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From the Chemistry Department

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...

Graeme Henkelman Promoted

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Dr. Graeme Henkelman has been promoted to full professor. Dr. Henkelman also serves as associate chair for the Department.   Learn more about his research on the Henkelman Group page.

Electrochemical Society Student Chapter Receives Prestigious Award

Congratulations to the UT-Austin Electrochemical Society Student Chapter on receiving the prestigious Outstanding ECS Student Chapter Award for 2014 from the The Electrochemical Society. The student chapter is led by faculty advisor Prof. Arumugam Manthiram and Chapter President Josephine Cunningham.     The annual Outstanding ECS St...

Guangbin Dong Receives American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award

Dr. Guangbin Dong is a recipient of a $784,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. Grants from the American Cancer Society seek to support innovative cancer research across a wide range of disciplines to meet critically important needs in the control of cancer.

Jonathan Sessler Awarded CPRIT Grant

On November 19, 2014 Professor Jonathan L. Sessler of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin was awarded a $1.46M Bridging the Gap: Early Translational Research Award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) for the "Pre-IND Development of OxaliTex."   He will lead a team consisting of Drs....

UT Austin Ranks Among World’s Best in Scientific Productivity

Source: http://www.utexas.edu/news/2014/11/12/nature-index-scientific-productivity/   AUSTIN, Texas — The Nature Index, a new ranking from the prestigious journal Nature, rates The University of Texas at Austin No. 26 among the world's most productive scientific research institutions.   UT Austin ranks No. 15 among all U.S. universiti...

Jonathan Sessler to receive the 2014 MSMLG Award

Jonathan Sessler, will receive the 2014 MSMLG Award at the 4th International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates (MSMLG2014), to be held in Shanghai, China, from 9-12th November. Professor Sessler is the Associate Editor for ChemComm, a Royal Society of Chemistry journal. For more information on the conference and to see ...