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From the Chemistry Department

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...

Allen Bard Receives National Medal of Science

Congratulations to Professor Allen Bard on receiving the National Medal of Science.     President Obama today named twelve eminent researchers as recipients of the National Medal of Science and eleven extraordinary inventors as recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honors bestowed by the United S...

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...