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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...

UT Austin Chemistry Ranks 24th Among World’s Universities

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas of Austin is the 39th best university in the world and 28th best in the U.S., according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.   The rankings, released Aug. 15, are the third this year to recogni...

Sessler and collaborators develop molecule that makes cancer self-destruct

Professor Jonathan Sessler and collaborators at five other institutions have created a molecule that can cause cancer cells to self-destruct by ferrying sodium and chloride ions into the cancer cells.  These synthetic ion transporters, described this week in the journal Nature Chemistry, confirm a two-decades-old hypothesis that could point the...

David Vanden Bout Receives Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Professor David Vanden Bout is a 2014 recipient of the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. This prestigious award is offered annually in recognition of UT System faculty members who have demonstrated extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in undergraduate instruction. Nominees are evaluated by students, peer faculty and external re...

Hung-wen Liu Named ACS Fellow

Professor Hung-wen "Ben" Liu has been named one of the American Chemical Society's 2014 Fellows. The 2014 class of ACS Fellows includes 99 scientists who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and made important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest scientific society. They represent a wide range of disciplines and geogra...

Changxia Yuan Receives Reaxys PhD Prize

Dr. Changxia Yuan, a Spring 2013 graduate and former member of the Siegel Group, is a recipient of the 2014 Reaxys PhD Prize.   The Reaxys PhD prize  is awarded for original and innovative research in synthetic chemistry, which demonstrates excellence in methodology and approach by a candidate currently studying for a PhD or having complet...

Allen Bard Awarded Torbern Bergman Medal

Allen Bard, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry and director of the Center for Electrochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin, was awarded the Torbern Bergman Medal by the Analytical Division of the Swedish Chemical Society on June 9 in Stockholm.   He shared the recognition with fe...

Guangbin Dong Receives Biomatik Distinguished Junior Faculty Award

Dr. Guangbin Dong is a 2014 recipient of the Chinese-American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professors Association (CAPA) Biomatik Distinguished Junior Faculty Award. 

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...