Two chemistry alumni will be recognized during the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences 2024 alumni awards celebration in April. Read more about all eight College of LAS honorees who will be recognized this spring on the LAS website.


 LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Portrait of Dan Heller in a white lab coat in a lab setting

Chemistry alum Daniel Heller (PhD, ’10) will receive an LAS Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Dr. Heller is the head of the Cancer Nanomedicine Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he has rapidly become one of the preeminent young scientists in cancer science. In 2023, Heller and colleagues reported a new nanotherapeutic approach targeting blood vessels to deliver medicines to brain cancers. This work could open the doors to new treatments for brain cancer.



LAS Dean's Quadrangle Award

Susan Morisato and Tom Remec standing side by side in room with a window and video screen in the background.
Alumni Susan Morisato, left, and Thomas Remec.

And chemistry alum Tom Remec (BS, ’74, chemistry; MS ’83, metallurgical engineering) and Susan Morisato (BS, ’75, mathematics and education; MS, ’77, mathematics) will receive the LAS Dean's Quadrangle Award.

Susan Morisato and Tom Remec have found many avenues to give back to the College of LAS and university since graduating. Susan Morisato retired as the president of the Medicare Supplement Business for United Healthcare and AARP, and Tom retired as the president of Beta Instruments and Display Process Consulting. They have served on advisory boards and leadership councils for various departments around campus and provide funding for the Susan C. Morisato Mathematics Scholarship and the Thomas Remec and Susan Morisato Fund for Data Science in the Chemical Sciences.