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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...

Josephine Cunningham and Nicholas Brenes Receive NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to graduate students Josephine Cunningham and Nicholas Brenes, of the Crooks Group, on receiving fellowships through the NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Program, a program funded by NASA's Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP).   The graduate fellowship seeks to support ...

Ben Liu named Arthur C. Cope Scholar

Professor Ben Liu has been named as the 2014 recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Late Career Scholars Award sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund.  Ben will be presented with the award at the Society’s 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas, TX next March.   Additional information on the award can be found here.

Chemistry Department Aims to Improve Diversity with $2.7 Million Grant

The Department of Chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences has received two grants, totaling more than $2.5 million, to help recruit, retain and support graduate and post-doctoral students from groups that are under-represented in the sciences.   The grants, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation,...

Simon Humphrey named a 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award winner

Congratulations to Dr. Simon Humphrey on being named a 2013 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award winner.   The Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards are offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine academic and six health UT System institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in unde...

Jonathan Moerdyk Profiled in Scientific American

Graduate student Jonathan Moerdyk, of the Bielawski Group, has been profiled in Scientific American as part of their 30 Under 30 series. The series highlights young attendees of the 2013 Nobel Laureate Meeting who represent the future of chemistry. Congratulations to Jonathan on this recognition.

Siegel Group's New Method for Arene Hydroxylation Reported in Nature

The Siegel Group's new method of arene hydroxylation has been reported in the journal Nature.   Phthaloyl peroxide, in the absence of other reagents, enables the conversion of aromatic hydrocarbons to phenols even if the substrates possess functionality that are incompatible with oxidizing conditions. This method provides a novel and dire...

Eric Anslyn Receives 2013 Edward Leete Award

Professor Eric Anslyn has received the Edward Leete Award from the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching and research in Organic Chemistry. The award is named in honor of Edward Leete who, through his contributions to science and education, fostered an appreciation and love ...

Crooks Group Develops New Method of Seawater Desalination

A research team led by Professors Richard Crooks of The University of Texas at Austin and Ulrich Tallarek of the University of Marburg has developed a new method of seawater desalination which requires less energy than conventional techniques.   By applying a mere 3 volts to a plastic chip filled with seawater, the researchers were able to ...

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...