During the week of May 13-17, the Department of Chemistry Joint Safety Team (JST) and Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Advisory Committee (DCGSAC) co-hosted the 3rd Annual Safety Week.
- David Sarlah, an assistant professor of chemistry, has received both the Amgen and the 2019 National Organic Symposium (NOS) Young Investigator Awards.
- Assistant Professor David Sarlah has been awarded the 2019 Bristol-Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. The $75,000 in award funding will support Sarlah’s research in the discovery of new reactivities and guiding principles for organic synthesis and their application towards biologically active natural products and methods development.
- Philip Kocheril, a student in the Zimmerman group, was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years in recognition for his potential to contribute to the advancement of research in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering.
- Joe Nugent, whose research focusing on dehydrogenation chemistry using cobalt pincer complexes, was selected to receive a TechnipFMC Fellowship for 2019-20.
- Professor Jefferson Chan received one of four 2019-20 Beckman Fellow awards which where announced by the Center for Advanced Study.
- A fortuitous conversation between two University of Illinois scientists has opened a new line of communication between biomedical researchers and the tissues they study. The new findings, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, show that high-intensity focused ultrasound waves can penetrate biological tissue to activate molecules able to perform specific tasks.
- Lucas Akin was one of seven graduate students who were chosen to receive the 2019 Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowships. The program offers University of Illinois graduate students at the M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. level the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research at the institute.
- Douglas Chan and Rana Youssef, were among 12 students who were chosen to receive Beckman Institute student awards. The awards, which are presented to undergraduate and graduate students, will be presented during a reception in May.
- Three University of Illinois chemistry students have won the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
- Professor Scott Denmark, the Reynold C. Fuson Professor of Chemistry, received the Eros Best Reagent Award for the reagent N,N'-Bis[(11bR)-3,5-dihydro-3,5-dimethyl-4-oxido-4H-dinaphtho[2,1-d:1',2'-f][1,3,2]diazaphosphepin-4-yl]-N,N'-dimethyl-1,5-pentanediamine. The award was created to honor the work of the authors to the online edition of Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis and is sponsored by Aldrich® Chemistry and John Wiley & Sons.
- Scott Denmark is the 2019 recipient of The Journal of Organic Chemistry’s Outstanding Publication of the Year AwardProfessor Scott E. Denmark, the R. C. Fuson Professor of Chemistry, is the 2019 recipient of The Journal of Organic Chemistry Outstanding Publication of the Year Award Lectureship.
- Martin Burke and graduate students discovered a new use for an existing drug in the treatment of cystic fibrosisAn approved drug normally used to treat fungal infections could also do the job of a protein channel that is missing or defective in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, operating as a prosthesis on the molecular scale, says new research from the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa.
- For centuries, chemists have been preoccupied with the question of how molecular structure relates to function, be it an antibiotic, fragrance, flame retardant, pigment, or vitamin—essentially, every natural and man-made object on Earth.
- The Illini Success initiative, a campus-wide effort to gather career-related information about recently graduated bachelor’s degree recipients, studies alumni within six months of graduation.