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From the Chemistry Department

Guangbin Dong Named One of DuPont's 2014 Class of Young Professors

Dr. Guangbin Dong has been named one of DuPont's 2014 Class of Young Professors as part of its corporate efforts to recognize innovative research.   The DuPont Young Professor program is designed to help promising young and untenured research faculty who work in areas of interest to DuPont begin their research careers.  One of the most su...

Simon Humphrey Receives 2014 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award

Dr. Simon Humphrey is one of three recipients of the 2014 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award. This annual lectureship recognizes an emerging scientist in the early stages of their independent academic career. Recipients of the award will be invited to present a lecture at three different locations over a 12 month period. The recipie...

David Laude Featured in New York Times

Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management and Department of Chemistry professor David Laude has been featured in a New York Times article about UT's efforts to increase graduation rates. The article discusses Professor Laude's work on the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan and the University Leadership Network.   To read the art...

Keith Stevenson Testifies on Capitol Hill about Nanotechnology

Professor Keith Stevenson testified in Washington DC to Congress at a special hearing on nanotechnology on May 20, 2014. Professor Stevenson represented Texas and discussed the impact of the national nanotechnology initiative and how UT is addressing STEM and workforce needs.  

Andrew Wilson Receives Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Congratulations to graduate student Andrew Wilson of the Willets Group on being selected as the 2013-2014 recipient of the Jeff Byers Memorial Graduate Award in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Jeff Byers Graduate Award was established in 2009 in memory of Jeffrey D. Byers, Ph.D. Chemistry, 1992, by his family and friends to recognize a...

Tower Lighting Honors Grant Willson

The University of Texas Tower was lit May 5 to honor Professor Grant Willson who won the 2013 Japan Prize. Willson earned the international award, similar to the Nobel Prize, alongside his colleague and friend Jean M.J. Frechet for their development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips ...

Bruce Hua Named A Dean’s Honored Graduate

Department of Molecular Biosciences senior Bruce Hua is a Dean’s Honored Graduate for the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) for the 2013-14 academic year.  Bruce works in the research group of Department of Chemistry professor, Dr. Stephen Martin. This award is given to no more than 1% of CNS graduating seniors (typically about 20 students recei...

Paul Bernard Named A Dean's Honored Graduate

Department of Chemistry senior Paul Bernard is a Dean's Honored Graduate by the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) for the 2013-14 academic year.  This award is given to no more than 1% of CNS graduating seniors (typically about 20 students receive the award out of nearly 2000 graduating students in an academic year).  Honored Graduates are nominate...

Professor Emeritus Joseph Lagowski Has Passed Away

On April 29th, 2014, Professor Emeritus Joseph Lagowski passed away. Dr. Lagowski completed his Ph.D. in 1959 at Cambridge University. He joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin as an Assistant Professor in 1959. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1963 and Full Professor in 1967. He had a long and distinguished career at The ...

Sean Roberts Receives Natural Science Foundation Advisory Council Teaching Award

Assistant Professor Sean Roberts has received the 2014 Natural Science Foundation Advisory Council Teaching Award. The Natural Sciences Foundation Advisory Council funds these student-nominated and -selected awards and presents them at the annual Natural Sciences Council Honors Brunch.

John Stanton Named to Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Professor John Stanton is one of six UT Austin faculty members named to the university's Academy of Distinguished Teachers for 2014.   The academy was created in 1995 to recognize tenured faculty members who have made significant contributions to education, particularly at the undergraduate level. Academy members receive the title "Disti...

Guangbin Dong Receives CNS Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Guangbin Dong has been awarded a 2014 College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Dong will receive this award, including a framed certificate and check for $500, at the 2014 Celebration of Excellence program on Wednesday, April 23rd. The CNS Teaching Excellence Award celebrates the members of our faculty that excel in the classr...

Students Receive NSF Funding

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has posted the recipients of their 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship. Graduate students Jeffrey Dick, Rynne Ambrose, and Paul Nunez were offered awards and Alan Meis was named an honorable mention. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate ...

Summer 2014 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 perform res...

Division of Analytical Chemistry ranked #4 in recent US News & World Report study

The recently released 2014 Best Grad School Rankings from US News & World Report listed our own Analytical Chemistry Division at #4.  Congratulations to the faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

GSSPC Receives NIH Grant for Symposium

The Spring 2014 Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee (GSSPC) from UT Austin was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) R13 grant for their upcoming symposium at the 247th ACS National Meeting. The NIH R13 grant supports high quality scientific conferences that are relevant to the public health and to the scientific missions of the ...

Department of Chemistry Graduate School Highly Ranked by U.S. News and World Report

On March 11th, U.S. News and World Report released their 2015 Best Graduate Schools rankings; the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin is ranked 12th nationwide for chemistry graduate programs. The annual ranking of doctoral programs in the sciences is based solely on the results of surveys sent to academics in chemistry. W...

The Alcalde Names David Laude One of "The Texas 10."

The Alcalde has released "The Texas 10" for 2014, which includes Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor David Laude. The Texas 10 are the professors that alumni nominated as the most talented & inspiring UT professors ever. Congratulations, Dr. Laude!

Guangbin Dong Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

The Sloan Foundation has selected Dr. Guangbin Dong as a 2014 Research Fellow. Dr. Dong is one of 126 early-career scholars selected by the Foundation in recognition of distinguished performance and unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. The recipients of the fellowship receive $50,000 for a two-year period.   Sin...

President Obama Names Allen Bard an Enrico Fermi Award Recipient

President Obama has named Dr. Allen J. Bard and Dr. Andrew Sessler, of the  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as recipients of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the government's oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. The Presidential award carries an honorarium of $50,000, shared equally, and a medal. The award is admi...