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From the Chemistry Department

Andrei Straumanis and Stacy Sparks Receive TONIC Award

Andrei Straumanis and Stacy Sparks have been selected to receive a Transformational Online Instruction Contributions (TONIC) award. This award recognizes professional instructional faculty who have demonstrated “exceptional creativity and rapid innovation in hybrid/online instruction”. During a tough COVID year, Andrei and Stacy have accelerat...

Lauren Webb Elected to UT Graduate Assembly

Associate Professor Lauren Webb, our Associate Chair for Graduate Education, has been elected to the UT Graduate Assembly. The Graduate Assembly oversees and develops guidelines for all issues related to the academic character of graduate programs. The Graduate Assembly also serves in an advisory capacity to the Deans of all colleges and the Vice P...

Devleena Samanta Joining Department

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Devleena Samanta will join the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2021 as an assistant professor. Dr. Samanta received her Ph.D. from Stanford University under the supervision of Richard N. Zare. She went on to be a postdoctoral fellow in Chad A. Mirkin’s laboratory at Northwestern Universi...

Shagufta Shabbir, Conrad Fjetland, Carlos Baiz, Emily Que, and Lauren Webb Promoted

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Shagufta Shabbir, Conrad Fjetland, Carlos Baiz, Emily Que, and Lauren Webb have been promoted, effective September 1, 2021. Conrad Fjetland has been promoted to Senior Lecturer and Shagufta Shabbir has been promoted to Associate Professor of Instruction. Carlos Baiz has been promoted...

Paul McCord Named Affordable Education Champion

Associate Professor of Instruction Paul McCord has been named an Affordable Education Champion by the UT Natural Sciences Council in partnership with UT Libraries. Affordable Education Champions are student-nominated instructors who increase access and equity by selecting free or low cost course materials for their courses.