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Ben Liu Receives Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award

Congratulations to Professor Ben Liu, recipient of the the Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award by the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP). This award recognizes outstanding contributions in natural products research. Ben will present an award lecture at the annual ASP meeting in Charleston, SC, in July. 
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Fatima Fakhreddine and Matt Worden Named Affordable Education Champions

Professor of Instruction Fatima Fakhreddine and Assistant Professor of Instruction Matt Worden been named Affordable Education Champions by the UT Natural Sciences Council in partnership with UT Libraries. Affordable Education Champions are student-nominated instructors who increase access and equity by selecting free or lo...

Zak Page Receives PMSE Young Investigator Award

Congratulations to Zak Page for being selected as an ACS PMSE Young Investigator awardee. Zak will present his work at a symposium at the fall national ACS meeting in Chicago.

Promising Drug Candidate Licensed to Cancer Therapeutics Company

AuraTEX, a gold-based cancer drug developed by University of Texas at Austin researchers, has been licensed exclusively to OncoTex Inc., a cancer therapeutics company. In 2020, UT Austin chemists Jonathan Sessler and Jonathan Araumbula (now CEO of OncoTex), published a paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society showing that AuraTex preve...

Xiuling Li named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Xiuling Li was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This is a distinguished honor in the scientific community and includes scientists, engineers, and other innovators across a number of disciplines.   https://www.aaas.org/news/aaas-honors-outstanding-scientific-contributors-2021-aaas-...
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Chemistry Graduate Student Awards Showcase 2021

Dear Colleagues and Friends, I am delighted to present the Chemistry Graduate Student Award Showcase for 2021 to acknowledge and celebrate the major fellowships and awards received by our graduate students over the 2020-2021 academic year.  We are so proud of our students, both for their individual successes and their contributions to our depa...

Shagufta Shabbir Receives Clock Award

Assistant Professor of Instruction Shagufta Shabbir is a Spring 2021 recipient of the Clock Award from the UT Austin Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). This award recognizes faculty and staff that go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure students with disabilities have equal access to their academic experien...

Cassandra Callmann Joining Department

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Cassandra Callmann will join the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2021 as an assistant professor. Dr. Callmann received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego under the supervision of Nathan C. Gianneschi. She went on to a postdoctoral position in Chad A. Mirkin’s laborato...

Page Group Research Featured in ARO Year In Review

Work from the Page Group on visible light 3D printing was identified as a "Success Story" in the 2020 Army Research Office (ARO) Year In Review. This document provides an annual historical record of ARO funded programs during the 2020 fiscal year, during which the Page Group was supported through the Short Term Innovative Research (STIR) Progr...

Yi-Chih Lin Joining Department

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Yi-Chih Lin will join the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2021 as an assistant professor. Dr. Lin received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania under the supervision of Zahra Fakhraai. He went on to a postdoctoral position in Simon Scheuring’s laboratory at the Weill Cornell Med...
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Paul McCord Receives Course Affordability Award

Associate Professor of Instruction Paul McCord received the 2021 Course Affordability Award, granted by the Natural Sciences Council. This award is entirely nominated, selected, and awarded by students. CNS faculty and staff who have won student-nominated awards are honored at the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Banquet he...
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Deborah Walker Receives Faculty Innovation Center Undergraduate Teaching Grant

Associate Professor of Instruction Deborah Walker received a Faculty Innovation Center Undergraduate Teaching Grant for her proposal titled, “Building Self-Regulation via Mindset & Feedback in Exam Wrappers." Dr. Walker's project aims to educate students about study skills and elevate the effective use of exam wrappers (strategies and exercises...

Zak Page Receives 2021 RadLaunch Award

Assistant Professor Zak Page was honored with a 2021 RadLaunch Award sponsored by RadTech, the nonprofit for UV+EB technology. Zak was selected for his innovative high resolution stereolithographic 3D printing technology for multi-color visible light additive manufacturing.

Robert Newberry Joining Department

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Robert Newberry will join the University of Texas at Austin in Spring 2022 as an assistant professor. An alumnus of the department (B.S., 2011), Dr. Newberry received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Ronald T. Raines. He went on to a postdoctoral posi...

Andrei Straumanis and Stacy Sparks Receive TONIC Award

Andrei Straumanis and Stacy Sparks have been selected to receive a Transformational Online Instruction Contributions (TONIC) award. This award recognizes professional instructional faculty who have demonstrated “exceptional creativity and rapid innovation in hybrid/online instruction”. During a tough COVID year, Andrei and Stacy have accelerat...

Lauren Webb Elected to UT Graduate Assembly

Associate Professor Lauren Webb, our Associate Chair for Graduate Education, has been elected to the UT Graduate Assembly. The Graduate Assembly oversees and develops guidelines for all issues related to the academic character of graduate programs. The Graduate Assembly also serves in an advisory capacity to the Deans of all colleges and the Vice P...
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Devleena Samanta Joining Department

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Devleena Samanta will join the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2021 as an assistant professor. Dr. Samanta received her Ph.D. from Stanford University under the supervision of Richard N. Zare. She went on to be a postdoctoral fellow in Chad A. Mirkin’s laboratory at Northwestern Universi...

Shagufta Shabbir, Conrad Fjetland, Carlos Baiz, Emily Que, and Lauren Webb Promoted

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Shagufta Shabbir, Conrad Fjetland, Carlos Baiz, Emily Que, and Lauren Webb have been promoted, effective September 1, 2021. Conrad Fjetland has been promoted to Senior Lecturer and Shagufta Shabbir has been promoted to Associate Professor of Instruction. Carlos Baiz has been promoted...

Paul McCord Named Affordable Education Champion

Associate Professor of Instruction Paul McCord has been named an Affordable Education Champion by the UT Natural Sciences Council in partnership with UT Libraries. Affordable Education Champions are student-nominated instructors who increase access and equity by selecting free or low cost course materials for their courses. 
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Hang Ren Joining Department

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Hang Ren will join the University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2021. Currently an assistant professor at Miami University, he will move to Austin this summer.  With his background in electrochemistry and analytical chemistry, Dr. Ren will develop new scanning electrochemical probe micro...
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