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From the Chemistry Department

Michael Rose Receives Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Rose on receiving a 2013 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. The award is intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. Dr. Rose will receive $5,000 from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and a matching award from the University ...

Emma McInturff and Chris Bates Finalists for 2013 Reaxys PhD Prizes

Congratulations to graduate students Emma McInturff (Krische Group) and Chris Bates (Willson Group) who have been selected as finalists for the 2013 Reaxys PhD Prizes. Out of over 580 submissions from 400 worldwide institutions, Emma and Chris were two of only 45 finalists. As finalists, they are invited to attend the Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry ...

Professors Emeriti Raymond Davis and James Boggs Have Passed Away

Professor Emeritus Raymond Davis passed away Wednesday, May 29th, 2013. Dr. Davis retired from the University of Texas at Austin after 40 years of teaching. During this time, he received an impressive number of awards for his outstanding teaching, including the Chancellor's Council Outstanding Teaching Award (1980-81), the William David Blunk Memo...

Michael Rose Receives Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Rose on being selected to receive a 2013 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Rose will receive $500k over 3 years to fund his project, "A New Hybrid Molecular/Materials Approach to Semiconductor Surface Passivation for Application in a Solar Fuels Device."   The Young Investigator...

Katherine Willets Receives DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program Award

Congratulations to Dr. Katherine Willets on receiving a 2013 Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy. The program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. The 61 sele...

Brent Iverson Appointed Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Professor and department chairman Brent Iverson has been appointed dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) by Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie. Iverson will take the post vacated by former Dean Paul Woodruff last fall and filled for the past year by Interim Dean Larry Abraham. The appointment is effective July 1. ...

Stephen Fosdick Wins William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to graduate student Stephen Fosdick of the Crooks group on winning the William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship. The William C. Powers Graduate Fellowship was established in 2009 by Dr. Steven Ungerleider (renowned sports psychologist and 1970 UT-Austin graduate) through the Foundation for Global Sports Development, an outreach an...

Brent Iverson Inducted into UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

On April 23, 2013, Dr. Brent Iverson and 11 other outstanding educators were inducted into the inaugural UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The Academy will recognize educators who have demonstrated leadership in education and are committed to improving teaching across the UT System. Members of the Academy will serve as the System-level...

Grant Willson Receives Japan Prize

On April 24, 2013, C. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, received the Japan Prize for his development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world. The Japan Prize is an international award similar to the Nobel Prize.   The Presentation Ceremony is...

New faculty joining the department

The department is pleased to announce that Drs.  Emily Que and Sean Roberts will be joining the department in the 2013/2014 academic year.   Sean Roberts received his PhD from MIT under the supervision of Andrei Tokmakoff.  He went on to hold a postdoctoral position at the University of Southern California in the labs of Stephen Bradfor...

Michael Krische Receives Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship

Professor Michael Krische has received a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship to support a 2-week lecture tour in Japan. The JSPS fellowship program enables Japanese researchers to invite their foreign colleagues to Japan to participate in cooperative work and other academic activities.

Guangbin Dong named 2013 Searle Scholar

Dr. Guangbin Dong is one of the fifteen researchers in the chemical and biological sciences named as the 2013 Searle Scholars. Each recipient is awarded $300,000 to support their work during the next three years.   Since the program’s inception in 1980, five hundred and twelve (512) Searle Scholars have shared over $106,642,500 in grants. Th...

Faculty and staff win College of Natural Sciences awards

Dr. Simon Humphrey has been selected to receive a 2013 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. It is the intention of the Dean to increase awareness of excellent teachers and to promote quality teaching in the College of Natural science by recognizing faculty who has had a positive influence on the educational experience of our...

Eric Anslyn receives Izatt Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry

Professor Eric Anslyn has been selected to receive the Izatt Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry which is funded by IBC Advanced Technologies.  Dr. Anslyn will be presented with the award at the 8th annual International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry in Washington DC in July.

Call for nominations for Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award

The Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is now accepting nominations. The award was created to recognize a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Chemical Engineering who exhibits academic excellence, integrity, a collaborative spirit, compassion towards others, and who passionatel...

Graduate student, Jon Moerdyk, invited to 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Jon Moerdyk, a graduate student in Professor Christopher Bielawski's research group, received an invitation to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Chemistry in Lindau, Germany this summer. As one of 625 undergraduate and graduate students from 78 countries, Jon will have the opportunity to listen to and interact with an out...

Stephen Martin Receives the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry Senior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry

Professor Stephen Martin has been selected to receive the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry (ISHC) Senior Award in Heterocyclic Chemistry for 2013. This international award, which has been sponsored by Pfizer, recognizes significant impact on heterocyclic chemistry and is presented every two years at the biennial  meeting of the I...

Chris Bates wins Ben Streetman Prize

Congratulations to graduate student Chris Bates of the Willson Group on winning the Ben Streetman Prize. The award, a University-wide prize, is given each year for outstanding research by a graduate student in electronic and photonic materials and devices.  Former students of Dean Ben G. Streetman created the award in his honor.  Chris is the first...

Grant Willson Awarded Japan Prize

C. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the Japan Prize, an international award similar to the Nobel Prize, for his development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world.   He’s sharing the 50 million ...

UT Austin Chemistry Graduate Students Selected to be Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) for the 2014 Spring National ACS Meeting

Congratulations to Rebecca Anderson (Rossky group), Netz Arroyo (Bard group), Shawn Blumberg (Martin group), Victoria Cotham (Brodbelt group), Katharine Diehl (Anslyn group), and Alex Gade (Anslyn group). These six Chemistry graduate students have been selected as the Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) for the 2014 Spring Natio...