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From the Chemistry Department

Jeffrey Dick Attends Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany

By Jeffrey E. Dick, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Prof. Allen Bard's Lab.     The 65th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany was a week to remember, rife with intellectual conversation, passionate debates, and copious amounts of German beer, sauerkraut, and sausage. 651 students from 88 different countries gathe...

Kate Biberdorf Receives Natural Science Foundation Teaching Award

Congratulations to lecturer Dr. Kate Biberdorf, recipient of the 2015 Natural Science Foundation Teaching Excellence Award.   Established in 1981, the Natural Science Foundation Teaching Award is awarded to one outstanding professor in the College of Natural Sciences each year. Earlier in the semester, the Natural Sciences Council invited st...

Michael Krische Receives Pedler Award

Congratulations to Professor Michael Krische, recipient of the 2015 Pedler Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Krische is recognized for pioneering novel powerful C-C coupling methodologies via transfer hydrogenation and their applications to elegant and highly efficient natural compound syntheses.

Chemists Develop Technique to Detect Single Viruses

Graduate student Jeffrey Dick of the Bard Group is the lead author on a paper describing a laboratory technique that can detect single viruses floating in a solution of water. A version of the technique had previously been demonstrated for metals and other inorganic materials, but this is the first time it's been demonstrated on biological samp...

Alan Cowley Retiring After 54 Years

Professor Alan Cowley, who has had a distinguished 54-year career at the University of Texas, has announced he will retire effective August 31, 2015.   Professor Cowley has long been a leader in our department, and he played a major role in helping establish our department as one of the best in the country through his research, his teaching,...

Simon Humphrey Wins ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Congratulations to Dr. Simon Humphrey, one of the winners of the 2014 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship, an annual lectureship series that recognizes an emerging scientist in the early stages of their independent academic career. In April, Dr. Humphrey completed a lectureship tour at UC San Diego, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Barbara.

Graduate student Edward Evans receives NSF fellowship

Department of Chemistry graduate student, Edward Evans has been awarded a graduate fellowship by the National Science Foundation.  Edward works in the lab of Professor Charles "Buddie" Mullins where his research focuses on renewable energy.  Edward received a B.A. in Chemistry from Wabash College in May 2013.  

Michael Cammarata Receives ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate Fellowship

Michael Cammarata, of the Brodbelt group, received a 2015 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Graduate Fellowship.  This highly competitive fellowship is given to graduate students in the field of analytical chemistry with a strong record of accomplishments.  Michael is completing his fourth year in the graduate program at UT, and the ACS fellowsh...

Zhongxing Huang Receives IPMI Elemetal Graduate Student Award

Congratulations to Zhongxing Huang, of the Dong Group, for receiving the 2015 IPMI Elemetal Graduate Student Award from the International Precious Metals Institute. The award recognizes unique research that advances the science of precious metal chemistry, catalysis, metallurgy, or natural science and increases the probability of industry to use or...

Michael Rose Receives Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to 2015 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award recipient, Dr. Michael Rose. The Teaching Excellence Award celebrates the members of our faculty that excel in the classroom. Dr. Rose will be honored at the April 2nd Celebration of Excellence banquet.

Company Founded by Jonathan Sessler Sold for $21 Billion

Pharmacyclics, a pharmaceutical company co-founded in 1991 by Professor Jonathan Sessler and physician Dr. Richard Miller, has been purchased by AbbVie for $21 billion. Read more about Pharmacyclics and Dr. Sessler's cancer research.

Graduate students participate in Inclusive Classrooms Leadership Certificate Seminar

In Fall 2014, several Department of Chemistry graduate students attended the Inclusive Classrooms Leadership Certificate Seminar, sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Graduate School.   Developed by Dr. Betty Jeanne Taylor, assistant vice president for strategic initiatives, the seminar engages teaching ass...

Safety Madness Featured in C&EN's The Safety Zone

The Department of Chemistry's 2014 Safety Madness competition was featured in The Safety Zone by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). The tournament, organized in brackets of research groups similar to March Madness, challenged graduate students to showcase their lab's safety guidelines and procedures for cash prizes. The Roberts group took ...

Summer 2015 Research Opportunity

Research Experience for Veteran Undergrad Students is seeking undergraduates for a research opportunity for the upcoming Summer semester at UT Austin. The program is designed for veterans who have served in the armed forces. The student will be mentored by a postdoc or graduate student during the summer semester (typically 2 months) and perfor...

Department of Chemistry Participates in ExxonMobil PALS Safety Workshop

In early January, a group of staff, instructors, and grad students participated in a safety workshop hosted by ExxonMobil in Houston.  The workshop brought together representatives from the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Florida, Georgia Tech, and Texas A&M as part of the new Partners in Academic Laboratory Safety program.  Th...

Richard Crooks Awarded Faraday Medal

In recognition of very significant contributions to various areas of electrochemistry, Professor Richard Crooks has been invited to be the 2015 recipient of the Faraday Medal.   The Faraday Medal is currently awarded annually by the Electrochemistry Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to an electrochemist working outside the UK in ...

Professor Emeritus Boyd Hardesty Has Passed Away

Dr. Boyd Hardesty died January 22, 2015 from injuries sustained in a fall. He was 82. Boyd was born May 15, 1932 in Cheney, WA to parents Bonner and Mildred Hardesty. He was raised in Rosalia where he met and fell in love with his sweet wife Willa Mae, graduating from Rosalia High School. In 1952, they married at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in S...

Professor Emeritus Lester Reed Has Passed Away

Lester J. Reed, Ashbel Smith Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, died in Austin on January 14, 2015, at the age of 90. Lester, the son of John T. and Sophie Pastor Reed, was born on January 3, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Inspired by a Gilbert chemistry set given to him by his sister Julia, L...

Congratulations to our Safety Madness Winners

Following a round of student led lab safety inspections, winners have been selected for our "Measures" and "Makers" conference brackets. The Roberts group takes home the final prize for the “Measurers” conference and the Anslyn group wins the “Makers” conference. Each group has earned a $200 gift card for their lab for showing excellent lab safety....

Que Research Reveals Origin of Fertilization-Induced Zinc Sparks

Dr. Emily Que published an article in Nature Chemistry titled "Quantitative mapping of zinc fluxes in the mammalian egg reveals the origin of fertilization-induced zinc sparks." This work comes from her post-doctoral research at Northwestern University in the laboratories of Drs. Thomas O’Halloran and Teresa Woodruff.   The amount of zinc pr...