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Guangbin Dong Receives 2014 Amgen Young Investigators’ Award

Dr. Guangbin Dong is a 2014 recipient of the Amgen Young Investigators’ Award. The award recognizes scientific contributions in drug discovery and commitment to academic excellence from young investigators. In addition to an unrestricted cash award of $25,000, Dr. Dong and the other recipients will be honored at the annual Young Investigators’ Symp...

UT Austin Chemistry Ranks 24th Among World’s Universities

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas of Austin is the 39th best university in the world and 28th best in the U.S., according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.   The rankings, released Aug. 15, are the third this year to recogni...

Sessler and collaborators develop molecule that makes cancer self-destruct

Professor Jonathan Sessler and collaborators at five other institutions have created a molecule that can cause cancer cells to self-destruct by ferrying sodium and chloride ions into the cancer cells.  These synthetic ion transporters, described this week in the journal Nature Chemistry, confirm a two-decades-old hypothesis that could point the...

David Vanden Bout Receives Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Professor David Vanden Bout is a 2014 recipient of the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. This prestigious award is offered annually in recognition of UT System faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. Nominees are evaluated by students, peer faculty and external re...

Hung-wen Liu Named ACS Fellow

Professor Hung-wen "Ben" Liu has been named one of the American Chemical Society's 2014 Fellows. The 2014 class of ACS Fellows includes 99 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. They represent a wide range of disciplines and geogra...

Changxia Yuan Receives Reaxys PhD Prize

Dr. Changxia Yuan, a Spring 2013 graduate and former member of the Siegel Group, is a recipient of the 2014 Reaxys PhD Prize.   The Reaxys PhD prize  is awarded for original and innovative research in synthetic chemistry, which demonstrates excellence in methodology and approach by a candidate currently studying for a PhD or having complet...

Allen Bard Awarded Torbern Bergman Medal

Allen Bard, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry and director of the Center for Electrochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, was awarded the Torbern Bergman Medal by the Analytical Division of the Swedish Chemical Society on June 9 in Stockholm.   He shared the recognition with fe...

Guangbin Dong Receives Biomatik Distinguished Junior Faculty Award

Dr. Guangbin Dong is a 2014 recipient of the Chinese-American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professors Association (CAPA) Biomatik Distinguished Junior Faculty Award. 

Guangbin Dong Named One of DuPont's 2014 Class of Young Professors

Dr. Guangbin Dong has been named one of DuPont's 2014 Class of Young Professors as part of its corporate efforts to recognize innovative research.   The DuPont Young Professor program is designed to help promising young and untenured research faculty who work in areas of interest to DuPont begin their research careers.  One of the most su...

Simon Humphrey Receives 2014 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award

Dr. Simon Humphrey is one of three recipients of the 2014 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award. This annual lectureship recognizes an emerging scientist in the early stages of their independent academic career. Recipients of the award will be invited to present a lecture at three different locations over a 12 month period. The recipie...

David Laude Featured in New York Times

Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management and Department of Chemistry professor David Laude has been featured in a New York Times article about UT's efforts to increase graduation rates. The article discusses Professor Laude's work on the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan and the University Leadership Network.   To read the art...

Keith Stevenson Testifies on Capitol Hill about Nanotechnology

Professor Keith Stevenson testified in Washington DC to Congress at a special hearing on nanotechnology on May 20, 2014. Professor Stevenson represented Texas and discussed the impact of the national nanotechnology initiative and how UT is addressing STEM and workforce needs.  

Andrew Wilson Receives Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Congratulations to graduate student Andrew Wilson of the Willets Group on being selected as the 2013-2014 recipient of the Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Jeff Byers Graduate Award was established in 2009 in memory of Jeffrey D. Byers, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1992, by his family and friends to recognize a...

Tower Lighting Honors Grant Willson

The University of Texas Tower was lit May 5 to honor Professor Grant Willson who won the 2013 Japan Prize. Willson earned the international award, similar to the Nobel Prize, alongside his colleague and friend Jean M.J. Frechet for their development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips ...

Bruce Hua Named A Dean’s Honored Graduate

Department of Molecular Biosciences senior Bruce Hua is a Dean’s Honored Graduate for the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) for the 2013-14 academic year.  Bruce works in the research group of Department of Chemistry professor, Dr. Stephen Martin. This award is given to no more than 1% of CNS graduating seniors (typically about 20 students recei...

Paul Bernard Named A Dean's Honored Graduate

Department of Chemistry senior Paul Bernard is a Dean's Honored Graduate by the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) for the 2013-14 academic year.  This award is given to no more than 1% of CNS graduating seniors (typically about 20 students receive the award out of nearly 2000 graduating students in an academic year).  Honored Graduates are nominate...

Professor Emeritus Joseph Lagowski Has Passed Away

On April 29th, 2014, Professor Emeritus Joseph Lagowski passed away. Dr. Lagowski completed his Ph.D. in 1959 at Cambridge University. He joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor in 1959. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1963 and Full Professor in 1967. He had a long and distinguished career at The ...

Sean Roberts Receives Natural Science Foundation Advisory Council Teaching Award

Assistant Professor Sean Roberts has received the 2014 Natural Science Foundation Advisory Council Teaching Award. The Natural Sciences Foundation Advisory Council funds these student-nominated and -selected awards and presents them at the annual Natural Sciences Council Honors Brunch.

John Stanton Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Professor John Stanton is one of six UT Austin faculty members named to the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2014.   The academy was created in 1995 to recognize tenured faculty members who have made significant contributions to education, particularly at the undergraduate level. Academy members receive the title "Disti...

Guangbin Dong Receives CNS Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Guangbin Dong has been awarded a 2014 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Dong will receive this award, including a framed certificate and check for $500, at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence program on Wednesday, April 23rd. The CNS Teaching Excellence Award celebrates the members of our faculty that excel in the classr...