2015 School News
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Four scientists (Catherine Murphy, Steve Granick, Taekjip Ha, and John Rogers) associated with the School of Chemical Sciences have been honored by their election to the National Academy of Sciences. UIUC News Bureau article. Thomas Allen (Makri group) has been awarded a 2015-16 Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship. As well as financial support he will have access to the powerful Blue Waters petascale computing system. He will do research in the simulation and analysis of proton transfer reactions in the condensed phase. Chemistry News article. Jerrod Henderson was honored with a 2014-2015 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. He was recognized for his efforts to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who pursue STEM careers. ChBE News article. Kenneth Suslick, Dana Dlott and colleagues used an "ultrasonic hammer" to provide insight into how explosives work and how to control them. UIUC News Bureau article. The Burke group has developed a molecule-making machine having the potential to speed up new drug development. Their work is featured on the cover of the March 13 issue of Science. UIUC News Bureau article. Douglas Mitchell is the recipient of the 2015 Pfizer Award in Enzyme Chemistry. He is cited for his outstanding work in enzyme chemistry where the presence of enzyme action is unequivocally demonstrated. Chemistry News article. Hong Yang and colleagues recently published a paper in Nano Letters on their development of new techniques using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to quantitatively study nucleation and growth kinetics of heterogeneous nanostructures. ChBE News article. Kenneth Suslick received the 2015 Innovation Transfer Award. The award recognizes local innovation and entrepreneurial excellence. Chemistry News article. University of Illinois hosted more than 200 students February 28 and March 1 for an American Institute of Chemical Engineers' regional student conference. ChBE News article. BBC News highlighted the building of minuscule 3D scaffolds that are being made using ingenious methods by the Rogers group. The scaffolds could be used as a "functional interface" with a growing tissue of cells. BBC Science & Environment article. The PAC-1 drug discovered by Paul Hergenrother is now in human clinical trials. The drug selectively destroys cancer cells, while sparing healthy cells. If trials go well it may become a treatment for brain cancer as it passes the blood-brain barrier. UIUC News Bureau article. Alison Fout was one of 23 selected as a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Chemistry. She focuses on addressing environmental, biological and energy problems by designing transition metal complexes and catalysts to understand the activation and transformation of greenhouse gases into novel compounds. Chemistry article. UIUC News Bureau article. Prashant K. Jain was awarded a 2015 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award in recognition of his work on atomic scale understanding of solid-state catalysts and reactive adsorbents. Chemistry article. Ryan Bailey is the recipient of the 2015 Pittcon Achievement Award. He is being recognized for his outstanding achievements in the fields of analytical chemistry and/or applied spectroscopy. Chemistry article. Deborah Leckband and collaborators have designed a new fluorescent protein that allows them to observe the dynamics of protein interactions in living cells. SCS article. A multi-disciplinary group with John Katzenellebogen as a lead investigator has developed compounds that show potential in treating a variety of disorders linked to estrogen signaling. UIUC News Bureau article. New faculty member, Charles Sing, was named to the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 Science List.
ChBE News article. Miriam Ross, sophomore at University Laboratory High School, Urbana, has been recognized with a Celebrating High School Innovators Award for her research on DNA catalysts with Prof. Silverman. SCS News — 2014