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From the Chemistry Department

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 ...

Eight Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergrads Receive Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarships

Congratulations to Wenrui Chai, Leslie Chang, Ricardo Garza Jr., Bruce Kuan-Yee Hua, Ryan Lannan, Hyunwoo Lee, Naveen Mehta, and Tyler West on receiving 2012-2013 Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarships (UEPS). The UEPS program was created in 1973 to make available substantial scholarships for outstanding students at The University o...

Dio Siegel awarded NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Dr. Dio Siegel on receiving the NSF CAREER Award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education a...

Alan Cowley receives 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Manchester

Congratulations to Professor Alan Cowley for receiving the 2012 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Manchester. Outstanding Alumni Awards are given to former students who have achieved distinction within their profession, have provided exemplary service to the University, or have made an outstanding contribution of a personal human...

Faculty and staff win College of Natural Sciences awards

Professor David Hoffman has been selected to receive a 2012 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.  The Teaching Excellence Awards were established by Dean Mary Ann Rankin to increase recognition of the college's many exceptional faculty who are committed to teaching at either the undergraduate or graduate ...

John Brantley awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

John Brantley, a second year student in the Bielawski Group has been awarded a 2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US inst...

Christopher Bielawski Receives 2012 Journal of Polymer Science Award

Congratulations to Professor Christopher Bielawski on winning the 2012 Journal of Polymer Science Award. The Journal of Polymer Science Innovation award was established in 2012 to celebrate significant research innovation and achievement in a polymer scientist under 40. In recognition of the award winner, a symposium is hosted in association wit...

Graduate student, Cory Nelson, invited to 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Cory Nelson, a graduate student in Professor Xiaoyang Zhu’s research group, received an invitation from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to attend the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Physics in Lindau, Germany. This summer, more than 25 Nobel Laureates and 550 young researchers from across the globe will meet to excha...