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From the Chemistry Department

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 ...

UT Austin Chemistry Ranked #15 in World

The University of Texas at Austin is the 15th best university for Chemistry, according the the Best Global University rankings published by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday.   The rankings focus on the institutions overall research. The methodology weighs factors that measure a university's global and regional reputation; academic r...

Chelikowsky awarded $1.2 million NSF grant to lead computational search for new magnetic materials

Source: https://www.ices.utexas.edu/about/news/332/ Magnets are essential to modern technology. They serve to drive electric motors, encode data on computer hard drives, and enable MRI machines to image the insides of bodies.   But the powerful, permanent magnetics in most high-tech products are not the same magnets stuck on your fridg...

Safety Madness Final Four

The Safety Madness Final Four has been decided!   Congratulations to the Anslyn, Brodbelt, Humphrey, and Roberts groups for advancing to the final four.  Each group will receive a $100 gift card for demonstrating excellent safety in their labs.   The next round features Anslyn vs. Humphrey and Brodbelt vs. Roberts.  Stay tuned for mor...

Graduate Students Receive Faraday Fellowship

Congratulations to graduate students Julia Aponte (Brodbelt group), Rebika Shrestha (Webb group), and Aaron Teator (Bielawski group) on receiving the Faraday Fellowship. The Faraday Fellowship is a teaching award given annually to our graduate students who serve as Teaching Assistants for general chemistry lectures and/or labs, based on nomination ...

Safety Madness Elite 8 Announced

The round 1 winners of safety madness have been announced!  Congratulations to the Humphrey, Sessler, Iverson, Anslyn, Roberts, Vanden Bout, Brodbelt, and Willets labs for advancing to the Elite Eight.  Safety coordinators will be contacted for a head-to-head divisional lab tour, with the winning lab from each division receiving a $100 gift card an...

Guangbin Dong Receives 2014 Amgen Young Investigators’ Award

Dr. Guangbin Dong is a 2014 recipient of the Amgen Young Investigators’ Award. The award recognizes scientific contributions in drug discovery and commitment to academic excellence from young investigators. In addition to an unrestricted cash award of $25,000, Dr. Dong and the other recipients will be honored at the annual Young Investigators’ Symp...