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From the Chemistry Department

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...

Professor Ben Liu Receives A.I. Scott Medal for Excellence in Biological Chemistry Research

Professor Ben Liu has been selected to receive the A.I. Scott Medal for for 2011. The medal is awarded jointly by the Texas A&M University Chemistry Department, and the Texas A&M Local Section of the American Chemical Society.  Liu will receive the award at a fall symposium.

Self-powered, Blood-activated Sensor Detects Pancreatitis Quickly and Cheaply

Graduate student Brian Zaccheo and Professor Richard Crooks have developed and inexpensive and obtainable pancreatitis sensor.  See the following article for more information: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/04/25/crooks_pancreatitis_sensor/

Eight Chemistry and Biochemistry students invited to join Phi Beta Kappa

Eight  UT Chemistry and Biochemistry students are invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious academic honor society.  Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest fraternity and honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States.  This coveted invitation is a reflection of outstanding achievement and we congratulate the fo...

Dio Siegel Awarded College of Natural Sciences Outreach Innovation Award

Professor Dio Siegel has been awarded the College of Natural Sciences Outreach Innovation Award for 2011. Dean Rankin established this ward in 1999 to recognize an individual or group within CNS who has represented the College in outreach to the community and whose outreach efforts go above and beyond the day-to-day responsibilities of their job. ...

Freshman Biochemistry Major Off to a Fast Start

Stephanie Bickford is a freshman biochemistry major who is participating in Dr. Andy Ellington’s Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) stream. FRI is a program in the College of Natural Sciences which offers first-year students the opportunity to advance academically while performing cutting-edge, original, publishable research in chemistry, biochemi...

Graduate Student Dan Dreyer Recognized

UT chemistry graduate student, Dan Dreyer has been invited to the American Chemical Society’s 2011 National Meeting & Exposition. Dreyer will be giving a talk as part of the Division of Organic Chemistry’s symposium on” New Reactions and Methodology.” Dreyer’s research focuses on the development of new metal-free catalysts and chemical reagents...

Siegel Group research featured in news segment

The Siegel Group is featured in a recent news story about their research into the potential healing power of plants for disabilities like paralysis.  Click here to view the story.

Dr. Karin Keller Receives College of Natural Sciences Staff Excellence Award

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Karin Keller, director of the department's Mass Spectrometry Facility, has been awarded the College of Natural Sciences Staff Excellence Award.  Dr. Keller will receive a letter of acknowledgment from the Dean, a plaque, a monetary award and recognition on the College of N...

Professor Allen Bard Receives College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce that Professor Allen Bard is being honored with a College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. Natural Sciences Dean Mary Ann Rankin established this award to increase recognition of the College’s many exceptional faculty who are committed to teaching at either the underg...