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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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Yi Lu Joining Department

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Yi Lu will join the Department of Chemistry this coming Fall 2021. He will hold the Robert J.V. Johnson-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry. Dr. Lu received his PhD from UCLA in 1992 under Prof. Joan Valentine and did his post-doctoral work at Caltech under Prof. Harry Gray. Dr. Lu comes to UT from the University ...
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Council of Graduate Chemist hosts successful fundraiser for Central Texas Food Bank

The Council of Graduate Chemists (CGC) hosted a holiday fundraising event for the Central Texas Food Bank in December, and met their fundraising goal of $3000. Top contributing groups for this event were the Webb Group, Rose Group, and Brodbelt Group. A big thank you from CGC to all who donated and boosted their fundraiser to support those in need ...

Alumna M. Katharine Holloway Receives ACS Award for Computers in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Research

Alumna M. Katharine Holloway has received the American Chemical Society Award for Computers in Chemical & Pharmaceutical Research, sponsored by the ACS Division of Computers in Chemistry. This award recognizes and encourages the use of computers in the advancement of the chemical and biological sciences. Dr. Holloway received her PhD ...

Sessler's Work Featured in C&ENews Molecule of the Year

Professor Jonathan Sessler's work is recognized by C&ENews in their eagerly-anticipated 2020 Molecule of the Year competition. If you see this gigantic 2-D metallo-supramolecular assembly flying your way, be sure to duck.  

Eli Ortiz Receives NIH Fellowship

Graduate student Eli Ortiz is the recipient of a 2-year NIH diversity predoctoral fellowship to conduct research pertaining to the synthesis of anti-viral polyketide natural products with activity against coronavirus in the laboratory of Professor Michael J. Krische.

Zachariah Page Receives Grant from Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Assistant Professor Zachariah Page is a recipient of an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) grant awarded through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young invest...

Diego Granados Receives GCURS Outstanding Presentation in Green Chemistry Award

Undergraduate Diego Granados of the Krische Group recently participated in the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium (GCURS) hosted annually by Rice University. Diego's talk titled, "Enantioselective Conversion of Ethanol, a Renewable C2-Feedstock, to Higher Branched Alcohols via Iridium-Catalyzed Hydrogen Transfer" received the award fo...

Nancy Huynh Participating in Pfizer Organic Chemistry Symposium

Graduate student Nancy Huynh of the Krische Group has been invited to participate in the Pfizer Organic Chemistry Symposium on Tuesday, November 10th. Nancy's research talk is titled, "Enantioselective Ruthenium-Catalyzed Benzocyclobutenone-Ketol Cycloaddition & Progress Towards the Total Synthesis of Arenimycin A" and is summarized b...

Join the Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (IDEA) Task Force

Would you like to meet peers and work with faculty members within the Department of Chemistry advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusivity?  We would like to invite you to join the Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (IDEA) Task Force! This is an up and coming organization within the Department of Chemistry open for postdocs, graduate, and...

Rich Jones Retirement

At the end of the Spring 2020 semester, Professor Richard Atherley Jones formally retired from his position as Professor in the Department of Chemistry, marking the completion of a venerated 40 years of commitment to teaching and research. To mark this important milestone in Rich’s life, and to pay due tribute to his momentous impact on his student...