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From the Chemistry Department

Students Receive NSF Funding

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has posted the recipients of their 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship. Graduate students Jeffrey Dick, Rynne Ambrose, and Paul Nunez were offered awards and Alan Meis was named an honorable mention. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate ...

Summer 2014 Research Opportunity

Research Experience for Veteran Undergrad Students is seeking undergraduates for a research opportunity for the upcoming Summer semester at UT Austin. The program is designed for veterans who have served in the armed forces. The student will be mentored by a postdoc or graduate student during the summer semester (typically 2 months) and perform res...

Division of Analytical Chemistry ranked #4 in recent US News & World Report study

The recently released 2014 Best Grad School Rankings from US News & World Report listed our own Analytical Chemistry Division at #4.  Congratulations to the faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

GSSPC Receives NIH Grant for Symposium

The Spring 2014 Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) from UT Austin was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R13 grant for their upcoming symposium at the 247th ACS National Meeting. The NIH R13 grant supports high quality scientific conferences that are relevant to the public health and to the scientific missions of the ...

Department of Chemistry Graduate School Highly Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

On March 11th, U.S. News and World Report released their 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings; the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin is ranked 12th nationwide for chemistry graduate programs. The annual ranking of doctoral programs in the sciences is based solely on the results of surveys sent to academics in chemistry. W...

The Alcalde Names David Laude One of "The Texas 10."

The Alcalde has released "The Texas 10" for 2014, which includes Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor David Laude. The Texas 10 are the professors that alumni nominated as the most talented & inspiring UT professors ever. Congratulations, Dr. Laude!

Guangbin Dong Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

The Sloan Foundation has selected Dr. Guangbin Dong as a 2014 Research Fellow. Dr. Dong is one of 126 early-career scholars selected by the Foundation in recognition of distinguished performance and unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. The recipients of the fellowship receive $50,000 for a two-year period.   Sin...

President Obama Names Allen Bard an Enrico Fermi Award Recipient

President Obama has named Dr. Allen J. Bard and Dr. Andrew Sessler, of the  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as recipients of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the government's oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. The Presidential award carries an honorarium of $50,000, shared equally, and a medal. The award is admi...

Richard Crooks Receives 2014 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award

Congratulations to Professor Richard Crooks on receiving the Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award. The award recognizes significant contributions to the field of analytical chemistry including introduction of a significant technique, theory or instrument and providing exceptional training or a fertile environment for progress in analytical chemi...

Adrian Keatinge-Clay, Lauren Webb, and Katherine Willets Promoted

Congratulations to Drs. Adrian Keatinge-Clay, Lauren Webb, and Katherine Willets on being promoted to associate professors and receiving tenure.

Simon Humphrey Featured on ACS Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry Podcast

Dr. Simon Humphrey was featured on an American Chemical Society Inorganic Chemistry virtual issue. The podcast was devoted to recent developments in synthetic inorganic chemistry by 17 young investigators whose research is leading the field in new and exciting directions and whose work has appeared in Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of the American Ch...

Ron Elber elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Ron Elber was one of three UT faculty members elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS fellows are chosen annually by their peers to recognize their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Dr. Elber was recognized for his groundbreaking work on...

Cynthia LaBrake Receives President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Cynthia LaBrake has been selected as a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award winner. This $5,000 award recognizes excellence in undergraduate education in the core curriculum. Congratulations, Dr. LaBrake!

Michael Rose Awarded Funding For Outreach Program

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has funded Professor Michael Rose to develop and expand an outreach program called "H2 from H2O: A Water-Splitting Outreach Kit for High School Chemistry Students." The program is designed to bring hands-on laboratory experience to local and regional high school chemistry classrooms, and to raise awareness a...

Chemistry Faculty Judge Siemens Competition

On October 9th, 2013, professors in the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin participated in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Dr. Grant Willson was the keynote speaker for the event, Dr. Brad Holliday was the lead judge, and Dr. Michael Rose participated in the judges' panel.   The Siemens Competition is the nation’...

Students Awarded at Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium

A group of UT Chemistry and Freshmen Research Initiative (FRI) undergraduate students gave research presentations at the Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium held at Rice University on October 25-26. The symposium  provides students an opportunity to interact with distinguished faculty and win prizes for outstanding presentations.   S...

Jonathan Sessler Receives 2013 ACS Southwest Regional Award

Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Sessler for receiving the 2013 American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Award. The award recognizes a person who, during a period of residence in the Southwest Region of the ACS, has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical education, either pure or a...

David Vanden Bout Named 2013 Provost’s Teaching Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. David Vanden Bout on being named a 2013 Provost's Teaching Fellow. The Provost’s Teaching Fellows program is designed to strengthen faculty participation and governance in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), enhance faculty collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and support specific faculty...

Christopher Bates wins DSM Science and Technology Award Americas 2013

Congratulations to Christopher Bates, a graduate student in the Willson Group, on receiving the DSM Science and Technology Award, Americas 2013. The DSM Science and Technology Awards are part of the DSM Bright Science Awards program. They seek to recognize and reward outstanding young researchers for innovative research with clear application pot...

3-D Printing Used to Confine Bacteria

  Researchers at UT Austin are using 3-D printing to build microscopic cages that contain bacteria and to study how this bacteria interacts and develops infections in humans.   The scientists, including Department of Chemistry professor Jason Shear, utilize 3-D printing technology to construct protein homes for bacteria in gelatin. Thi...