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From the Chemistry Department

Professors Iverson and Marcotte named AAAS Fellows

Professors Brent Iverson and Edward Marcotte have been named Fellows of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).   AAAS fellows are chosen annually by their peers to recognize their scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  They will be recognized for their contributions to science and tech...

Five Department Faculty Issued Patents in 2011

Five Chemistry and Biochemistry department faculty were issued United States patents in 2011 and were honored recently at the inaugural UT Austin Inventor of the Year award ceremony, sponsored by the UT Office of Technology Commercialization.  Brad Holliday, Alan Cowley, and Richard Jones were each inventors on a US patent titled, "Polymer-nan...

Biochemistry Student, Diya Liu, Wins Marie Claire Front Row College Challenge

Congratulations to Biochemistry student Diya Liu on winning the Marie Clair Front Row College Challenge! We are very proud of her achievement. Diya Liu. In addition to putting on a runway show sponsored by Marie Claire and LOFT  at the Mohawk in November, Diya will have the opportunity to intern in NYC this summer.     http://www.youtu...

Professor Xiaoyang Zhu elected as Fellow of the American Physical Society

Professor Xiaoyang Zhu has been elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for his "pioneering investigations of surface molecular structure, electronic band alignment, and femtosecond electron and nuclear dynamics at molecule-solid interfaces, including applications to surface photochemistry, molecular electronics, and solar energy...

Biochemistry Student, Diya Liu, Finalist in Marie Claire Front Row College Challenge

Congratulations to Diya Liu, a Biochemistry senior, on being selected as a finalist in the Marie Claire Front Row College Challenge. Diya is one of four finalists chosen to compete for an internships with Marie Claire and Loft. Click here for more information. Diya will be producing a fashion show at the Mohawk on November 17th.

Bard and Meyers awarded GCEP grant for Redox Flow Battery Research

Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project has awarded $3.5 million to five universities to develop new technologies that improve energy storage on the grid. Stanford University's Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) is awarding $3.5 million to researchers at five universities to develop new technologies that could dramatically improve e...

Marvin Hackert Elected to the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography

Congratulations to Marvin Hackert on his election to a 6-year term on the Executive Committee of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). "The IUCr is an International Scientific Union. Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in crystallography and to contribute to all aspects of crystallography, to promote international p...

Professors Iverson and Stanton Win 2011 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

The Board of Regents of the UT System has selected Chemistry and Biochemistry professors Brent Iverson and John Stanton to receive the 2011 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award.   Offered annually in recognition of faculty members at the nine University of Texas System academic institutions who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom perfor...

Department inviting applications for tenure-track faculty positions

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin invites applications for tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry. Special attention will be given to applicants whose research interests target major interdisciplinary efforts at the interfaces of chemistry ...

Guangbin Dong Named CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Dr. Guangbin Dong has been awarded a recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The award recruits investigators with the ability to make outstanding contributions to the field of cancer research, promote inquiry into new areas, foster collaboration, and stimulate growth in the field. For more information, please ...

Women in Chemistry Win College of Natural Sciences Service Award

Congratulations to Women in Chemistry (WIC) for winning the College of Natural Sciences Service Award. The award recognizes WIC's survey of Chemistry graduate students'  thoughts on gender issues and other departmental experiences. WIC also is committed to community outreach and promoting science education.     For more information abo...

Professor Peter Rossky Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election Professor Peter Rossky as one if its newest members.  The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfar...

Dr. Christopher Bielawski selected for Defense Science Study Group

Professor Christopher Bielawski was selected to participate in the 2012-2013 Defense Science Study Group (DSSG), which introduces outstanding scientists and engineers to the challenges facing national security and provides them with opportunities to focus on defense policy, related research and development, and the systems, missions, and operations...

Dr. Dmitrii Makarov receives 2011-12 Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Award

Dmitrii Makarov, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received a 2011-12 Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Award to pursue his project on  the design of molecular-level biosensors. He was among seven University of Texas at Austin researchers selected for the award who are confronting what the scientific community has ...

Dr. Jim Brown 1930 - 2011

James Robert Brown was born in Port Angeles, Washington on August 17, 1930 and died in Austin on May 7, 2011 at the age of 80. He entered the University of Washington in 1949 but his studies were interrupted by his service in the US Army during the Korean War. He completed his BS in Chemistry in 1956 and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the Univ...

Dr. Guangbin Dong joins the Department

Dr. Guangbin Dong has joined the Department as an Assistant Professor.  He plans to establish an innovative synthetic organic research program which will seek to address several challenges in the field, such as activation of inert C-H bonds distal to existing function groups, enhancement of the efficiency in natural product synthesis, and construct...

Professor Lauren Webb Selected To Receive 2011 Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award

Professor Lauren Webb has been selected to receive the 2011 Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award.  She is invited to the Iota Sigma Pi National Convention in Cleveland, OH in June where she will be presented with her award. Founded in 1902, Iota Sigma Pi is a national honors society for women in chemistry and serves to promote their adv...

Professor Jonathan Sessler awarded Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize

Professor Jonathan Sessler has been awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize.  Sessler will be invited to a symposium held in his honor and presented with an RSC medal.  The Centenary Prizes are awarded to outstanding chemists, who are also exceptional communicators, from overseas to give lectures in the British Isles.

Professor Chris Bielawski named to editorial board of new journal

Professor Chris Bielawski has been named to the editorial board of Chemical Science.  Launched in 2010, Chemical Science publishes original research articles of exceptional significance from across the chemical sciences. The journal seeks to help define the important areas by publishing the most significant cutting-edge research. Chemical Scienc...

Chemistry graduate student invited to participate in 2011 Abbott Scholars Symposium

Chemistry graduate student Charles Shanahan has been invited to participate in the 2011 Abbott Scholars Symposium, to be held at Abbott’s Corporate Headquarters in Abbott Park, Illinois on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 where he will present his research.  The purpose of this biannual event is to bring together outstanding chemists from chemistry departm...