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From the Chemistry Department

Guangbin Dong receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Dr. Guangbin Dong who has been selected to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.  His project is "SusChEM: CAREER: Ketone Alkylation Using Simple Olefins: A Sustainable Chemistry Approach," and will be funded over 5 years. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that ...

David Vanden Bout and Dmitrii Makarov Promoted

Congratulations to Drs. David Vanden Bout and Dmitrii Makarov on being promoted to full professors.

Jonathan Sessler wins Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates Award

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Sessler who has been selected to receive the 2nd annual Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates Award.  The award will be presented at a symposium in Shanghai, China in 2013.

Grant Willson named co-Inventor of the Year

Congratulations to Professor Grant Willson who has been named co-Inventor of the Year by the University.  He was recognized with S.V. Sreenivasan, a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering.  Together, they developed nanoimprint lithography for manufacturing computer chips and electronic devices and founded a company, Molecular Imprints which n...

Research featured in Journal of Chemical Education marks National Chemistry Week

The 25th anniversary of National Chemistry Week is being celebrated October 21–27, 2012 with the theme Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science. Work from UT-Austin in the Center For Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology (CNM) was highlighted on the cover of this month's Journal of Chemical Education. Dr. Dean Campbell, a Bradley Uni...

Chelikowsky wins the American Physical Society’s (APS) highest award in computational physics

ICES is pleased to announce Jim Chelikowsky, Professor of Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Chemistry and Director of the ICES Center for Computational Materials, has won the American Physical Society’s (APS) highest award in the field of computational physics, the Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics.   Cited for his "computa...

Edward Marcotte Receives $2.5 Million Pioneer Award for Genome Research

Systems biologist Edward Marcotte has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to pursue cutting-edge research in the area of genome sequencing technology.   The five-year grant is one of 10 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards given this year. The Pioneer Award, established in 2004, challenges investigators at all c...

Deborah Walker named a 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award winner

Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Walker on being named a 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award winner. Dr. Walker is a longtime lecturer in our department and has, for the past few years, taught the Longhorn Scholars sections of general chemistry.   The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are offered annually in recognition of faculty mem...

2012 ACS Southwest Regional Meeting

The Louisiana State University Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society cordially invites you to the undergraduate programming at this year’s Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.   Activities Day Time Field trip to Louisiana Art and Science Museum Sunday November 4 4:00 – 6:00 PM Undergraduate Poste...

Edward Marcotte's Research Featured in The New York Times

Dr. Edward Marcotte and his group's research  into thiabendazole decreasing tumor growth has been featured in The New York Times. To visit the article, click here.   Previously: Common Antifungal Drug Decreases Tumor Growth and Shows Promise as Cancer Therapy

Common Antifungal Drug Decreases Tumor Growth and Shows Promise as Cancer Therapy

An inexpensive antifungal drug, thiabendazole, slows tumor growth and shows promise as a chemotherapy for cancer. Scientists in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin made this discovery by exploiting the evolutionary relatedness of yeast, frogs, mice and humans. Thiabendazole is an FDA-approved, generic drug taken...

University of Texas at Austin Chemistry Ranked 24th Worldwide

UT Austin Chemistry Department is ranked 24th in the world, according to the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The ranking is based on six indicators: the number of alumni and staff members winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly c...

Michael Krische wins Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award

Dr. Michael Krische has been awarded the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award. The American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Award recognizes and encourages excellence in organic chemistry. The award consists of $5,000, a certificate, and a $40,000 unrestricted research grant. The recipient will deliver an awards address at the Arthur C. Cope Symposium...

Changxia Yuan and Yu Lu Receive Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

Changxia Yuan and Yu Lu have been granted the 2011 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad by China Scholarship Council (CSC). This award was founded by the Chinese government in 2003 with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding ...

Ilya Finkelstein Awarded $2 Million CPRIT grant

The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has announced that Ilya Finkelstein has been awarded a $2 million Faculty Recruitment Grant.  Finkelstein recently joined the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry as an Assistant Professor.  His research focuses on single molecule techniques and he is using them to solve importan...

Emma McInturff wins Aldrich Graduate Student Innovation Award

Sigma Aldrich has announced that Emma McInturff has been selected to receive a 2012 Aldrich Chemistry Graduate Student Innovation Award (GSIA).  The GSIA award consists of a monetary award to support the student’s research efforts and a travel allowance to attend a scientific meeting. Additionally, the awards program culminates with a symposium a...

United Nations declares 2014 as the "International Year of Crystallography"

On July 3rd the United Nations approved a resolution declaring 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr). The resolution, an initiative of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), was introduced by the Moroccan delegation, and joined in sponsorship by the nations of Australia, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Luxembourg, Mexico...

Guangbin Dong wins 2012 Herman Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research Award

Dr. Guangbin Dong has been selected to receive a 2012 Herman Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research Award. The award carries with it $250k in research funding payable over 5 years.   The Herman Frasch Foundation for Chemical Research is a trust created under the will of Elizabeth Blee Frasch, administered by Bank of America Merrill Lynch ...

New faculty joining the department in Fall 2012

The Department is pleased to announce that Drs.  Andreas Matouschek, Ilya Finkelstein, and Michael Rose will be joining the department in Fall 2012.   Dr. Matouschek is currently a professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and an Associate Dean in the Graduate School at Northwestern University.  He received his PhD in chemistry fr...

Guangbin Dong wins Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award

Professor Guangbin Dong has been awarded a 2012 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associate Universities.  The Powe Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of ...