Congratulations to E. James Petersson '98, recognized for Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry.
Nick Tito wins graduate teaching award! Formerly known as the Filene Teaching Award, this recognizes outstanding teaching campuswide by graduate students. Nick (Lipson group) was recognized for teaching especially in physical chemistry classes. Read more on the grad studies page here.
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award to Stefano Poggio (BelBruno group). Kudos to Stefano, who was quoted in a news release here: "I think TAing is an excellent opportunity to 'grow' as a person. It makes me more responsible, as I am the person students refer to if they have any problems. TAing makes me see the same issue from different perspectives and appreciate that a problem may be faced and solved in different ways," said Stefano Poggio from the Department of Chemistry, who was nominated by students from his Chemistry 6 class.
BelBruno Group develops sensors for secondhand smoke
Grad students Sadik Antwi-Boampong and Yuan Liu's research was featured here and also in Dartmouth Now. Smaller and lighter than a cellphone, their device can measure ppb levels of nicotine. Sadik's poster on related formaldehyde sensors also won a recent poster competition.
Nature Structural and Molecular Biology paper for Morgan Thompson (Kull group)
Read all about their X-ray crystallography results in the press release here.
Wetterhahn Fellowship to Bingqian Guo (Mierke group)
This graduate student fellowship honors our late colleague Professor Karen Wetterhahn.
Chemistry graduate students featured in The Nucleus (New England ACS section (NESACS) magazine), November 2012.
Nick Tito's article, "Molecules on a Cave Wall," about his NESACS-sponsored German exchange experience, got cover billing.
Xin Su and Justin Foy's selection for the ACS International-Domestic Student Summit (IDSS, see below for details and a picture) also appeared in the magazine.
Two synthetic methods/catalysis papers in Angew. Chem. and Organic Letters from Wu group
Gallium-catalyzed three-component reactions yield heterocycles, and Pd-catalyzed allylic fluorination makes C-F bonds. Read all about these new reactions developed by grad students Xinping Han and Hui Li (Ga) and postdoc Andrew Lauer (Pd) here and here.
This is Dartmouth paper #10 from the prolific Aprahamian group.
• More from that group: grad students Xin Su and Justin Foy were selected to represent the ACS Northeastern Local Section at the ACS International-Domestic Student Summit (IDSS) which will take place in Raleigh, NC from November 11-17. The main goal of the summit is "to discuss promoting cross-cultural understanding, skill flow, and increasing international collaboration." They will present a poster and give a talk.
Aprahamian's molecular switches make Nature Chemistry
Former postdoc Debdas Ray, grad student Justin Foy, Russ Hughes and Ivan Aprahamian recently described "A switching cascade of hydrazone-based rotary switches through coordination-coupled proton relays" in the high-impact-factor journal Nature Chemistry, a first for Dartmouth chemists. Details, or see the artist's summary as one molecule hands the proton baton to the next. This article was also highlighted in Nature Chemistry's "News and Views" section.
Chemistry graduate students win Dartmouth awards.
Matt Cain Ph.D. 2012 (Glueck group; now a postdoc at MIT with Nobel Laureate Richard Schrock) received the Hannah Croasdale Award for academic excellence, awarded annually to the graduating PhD recipient who best exemplifies the qualities of a scholar. This individual possesses personal qualities of intellectual curiosity, dedication, and commitment to the pursuit of new knowledge and to teaching, as well as a sense of social responsibility to the community of scholars. Look here to see the Dartmouth Grad Studies press release.
This year, there were three Graduate Teaching Awards, given annually to the graduate student teaching assistant who best exemplifies the qualities of a college educator. Current chemistry grad students took two out of three:
Chemist April Daigle (BelBruno group) was profiled here.
MCB student and honorary chemist Morgan Thompson (Kull group) was another winner.
Jason Toffey '12 (Pletneva group) profiled in Dartmouth Now
Jason's outstanding senior thesis research was described in this press release. He thanked Kate Pletneva, who "has been a great mentor and helped me really get involved in an area of research that was well beyond my knowledge at the time." Check out their paper (with several other undergraduate coauthors) in PNAS.
Chris Audu takes two awards
MD-PhD student Chris Audu (Mierke group) received the Graduate Community Award, given to graduate student(s) who best exemplify a deep commitment to serving the Dartmouth community, and have contributed in diverse ways such as participating in student government, serving on campus-wide committees and in the development and promotion of programs that enhance the academic and social options of the entire community. Dartmouth's Graduate Forum has the story here.
Chris was also one of 4 campus-wide grad student winners at the Graduate Poster Session. Click this for more.
Elise Wilkes '12 stars in Dartmouth brochure "Dartmouth changed my life"
Recent graduate Elise Wilkes, a successful researcher in the Aprahamian group, was featured on the cover of Dartmouth's advertising brochure describing student opportunities and faculty mentoring. Elise will attend Harvard for grad school next year.
Chem major Andy Zureick '13 wins a Goldwater Fellowship
According to the Dartmouth Now press release, this makes him "among the nation's most promising scientists." Dartmouth's other Goldwater recipient, Marissa Lynn '13, a biology major with a concentration in biochemistry, is a researcher with adjunct chemistry professor Mark Spaller in the Pharmacology/Toxicology department at the recently renamed Geisel School of Medicine. Andy is currently a Presidential Scholar with David Glueck.
Tiberiu Moga '09 featured in Nature Chemistry
Congratulations to Tiberiu Moga '09, now a medical student in Toronto, who won an international science writing contest with an essay about his favorite element, copper. The article catches the reader's attention by describing a copper boat in a Finnish epic. Tiberiu also appeared in the 'Reactions' interview series of Nature's 'Sceptical Chymist' blog, where he name-checked several Dartmouth chemistry faculty (thanks!)
Marc Lajoie '08 makes Forbes 30-under-30 list of top young scientists
Congratulations to Russ Hughes, who was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of Science magazine. Read the Dartmouth press release here. This is the latest in a string of honors for Russ, who earlier won the 2010 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry (see below for pictures of our reception for that prize).
Why did the big D change color? Click here to see how grad students Yin Yang and Xin Su, working with Ivan Aprahamian and collaborators at U Oregon, designed these molecules to act as solid-state acid-base sensors. This paper was one of the most-accessed articles in November 2011 in the RSC journal Chemical Science.
ACS Noteworthy Chemistry also recently covered this paper here, with comments by aggregation-induced emission expert Ben Zhong Tang.
Learn Stereochemistry and Polymer Chemistry via Animated YouTube Videos?
Now you can, thanks to Jimmy Wu's NSF-supported videos, created in collaboration with Lorie Loeb and Jodie Mack of Dartmouth's computer science and film/media studies departments.
More broader impact: Ivan Aprahamian and his group have their own YouTube channel. Check out their videos on self-assembly here, as well as their outreach page. These demonstrations have reached literally thousands of people via presentations at the USA National Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC.
Hughes and Lemal named ACS Fellows
The 2010 and 2002 winners of the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry (see below), Professors Russ Hughes and Dave Lemal, joined department chair Peter Jacobi as ACS Fellows. See the Dartmouth Now press release for more details here.
The ACS Fellows program began in 2009 as a way to recognize and honor ACS members from academe, industry, and government for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS.
Big congratulations to Kate Pletneva, who received an NIH RO1 Grant to study CONFORMATIONAL PROPERTIES OF CYTOCHROME C IN APOPTOSIS. The public health relevance: cancer, neurodegeneration, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.
Chemistry graduate students routinely win these campus-wide awards; see here for past examples including the 2010 and 2009 winners, Tim Chapp and Colette Quinn.
Dartmouth's full news story about Jen is here.
May 2011Joe BelBruno wins Dartmouth's 2011 Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award, awarded annually to members of the Dartmouth faculty who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering the professional and personal development of graduate students.
Congratulations to Joe (and his lucky students).
May 2011. More Pletneva group outreach at a Science Cafe at Lebanon Middle School included presentations by grad students Jie Gu and Thomas Freeman.
May 2011. Chemistry grad students, including Thomas Freeman, George Lisi, Molly Croteau & AJ Bonilla participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Honorable Mention to grad student AJ Bonilla (Pletneva group). Congratulations to AJ for the award in this national fellowship program!
Outreach October 2010 Kate Pletneva and her students participated in National Science Week activities at the Boston Children's Museum. The topic: "Behind the Scenes in Chemistry" where kids learned about the science behind the magic of Hollywood movies and television.
Congratulations to the winners of our undergraduate awards for chemistry majors. See all the details here.
Check out these happy Ph.D. and M.S. graduates.
Chemistry graduate students win Dartmouth research and teaching awards
Congratulations to Jian Yuan, winner of Dartmouth's Croasdale Award to the graduating Ph.D. recipient who best exemplifies the qualities of a scholar. Jian is now a postdoc with Nobel Laureate Richard Schrock at MIT.
More congratulations to Tim Chapp, who received Dartmouth's Filene Teaching Award to the graduate teaching assistant who best exemplifies the qualities of a college educator. Tim will take the next step in his college teaching career as a visiting assistant professor at Hamilton College in the fall.
John Baldwin '59 wins ACS National Award: James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry
NSF Graduate Fellowship to April Daigle
Congratulations to 2nd-year graduate student April Daigle for another highly competitive national award. April earlier received an honorable mention in the fellowship competition (see news from May 2009 below), but her award was upgraded. April joins several other recent chemistry grad student NSF fellowship awardees, including recent graduate Brandon Smith Ph.D. '09, Will O'Neal Ph.D. '07, and Hamp Sessions Ph.D. '06.
Hughes wins 2010 ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry
Congratulations to Russ Hughes for this prestigious national award. He joins a list of distinguished chemists including our own Dave Lemal, the 2002 winner. You can learn more about the award and its sponsor, Honeywell, on the ACS web page, here.
June 11, 2009
2009 Chemistry Senior Major Awards and Prizes
Congratulations to these graduating seniors on their awards, which were announced at the department's annual lunch. See more details on the prizes and previous winners here.The Elden Bennett Hartshorn Medal Kathryn S. Twyman '09
2009 Haseltine Chemistry-Physics Prize Tiberiu G. Moga '09
The Chandler T. White 1916 Research Prize Jeffrey A. Garber '09 and Katherine H. Schiavoni '09
The John L. Zabriskie Jr. '61 Senior Chemistry Prize Reem A. Hannun '09 and Eric M. Padegimas '09
The Stephen W. Wright '81 Pfizer Green Chemistry Award Adam J. Schoenfeld '09 and Ashley A. Zuzek '09
The Hypercube Scholar Award Kathryn S. Twyman '09
American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry Bridget A. Alex '08
The Paul R. Shafer & Douglas M. Bowen Award Alexandra East '09 and Reem A. Hannun '09
American Institute of Chemists Foundation Student Award Chris K. Lim '09
The T.J. Rodgers '70 Book Prize
Jonathan D. Eisenberg '09
Tiberiu G. Moga '09
Shasta S. Small '09
Matthew A. Wean '09
2009 Merck Index Prize
Sean T. Jones '09
Allison H. Kay '09
Brett B. Palm '09
Bailey Yuguan Shen '09
In memoriam: Paul Veale (1951-2009)
Paul Veale, until recently Senior Lecturer and Director of the Organic Chemistry Laboratories, died on May 28, 2009. Paul was a dedicated teacher and a wonderful colleague; we miss him. Memorial contributions may be made to Cathedral High School 260 Surrey Rd. Springfield, MA, 01118. Look here for the obituary in The Dartmouth.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships: Honorable Mention for April Daigle
1st-year graduate student April Daigle received an Honorable Mention in the nationwide competition for NSF graduate research fellowships. Congratulations! For more about this NSF program, click here.
Colette Quinn wins Filene Teaching Award!
Chemistry graduate student Colette Quinn was one of three 2009 winners of Dartmouth's Filene teaching award for graduate student teaching assistants. Dean of Graduate Studies Brian Pogue wrote "Each of these graduate students demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to teaching. They managed individually to be innovative and creative in and out of the classroom, dedicated to their teaching, and to serve as mentors and role models for undergraduate and other graduate students." See the graduate studies page for more details and the other winners.
Dartmouth Chemistry grad students at the ACS National Meeting, Salt Lake City
Thanks to Sara Campbell for this picture of graduate students (left to right, Anna Greene, Matt Cain, Brian Anderson Ph.D. 2008 (now a postdoc at U. Utah), Sara Campbell, Tim Chapp, plus Brandon Smith in the front), all of whom made presentations in Utah.
Summer Zabriskie Fellowships have been awarded to these chemistry majors for research in summer 2009: Emma Nairn, Shreoshi Majumdar, Peter Zhao. Thanks again to John Zabriskie '61.
February 13, 2009
Zabriskie Fellowships awarded to chemistry majors
Congratulations to these chemistry majors, who have been awarded John L. Zabriskie Jr. '61 fellowships to support their thesis research. Thanks to Dr. Zabriskie for his generous support of undergraduate research.
Bridget A. Alex, Chris K. Lim, Reem A. Hannun, Ashley A. Zuzek, Katherine H. Schiavoni, Bailey Yuguan Shen, Allison H. Kay, Sean T. Jones, Jeffrey A. Garber, Zachariah H. Foda, Shasta S. Small, Hanh M. Nguyen, Eric M. Padegimas, Adam J. Schoenfeld, Kathryn S. Twyman, Pavel A. Sotskov
January 9, 2009
New protein function described in Cell by Dartmouth chemists
Postdoc Jared Cochran, undergrad Natasha Mulko '07, Professor Jon Kull and their collaborators reported a new mechanism for function of the motor protein kinesin. See Dartmouth's news release for more, or read the paper yourself here. The photo, courtesy of Joe Mehling '69, shows Jon (left) and Jared (right) in the lab, while the figure (thanks, Jared) shows protein NOD at the end of a microtubule.
Sabathia to NY, Teixeira to NY, Grubbs to NY
New web pages go live
You're looking at the newly revamped web pages of Dartmouth College's chemistry department. We hope you like them! Please send comments and suggestions for improvement.
Another new page: a grad student group one on Facebook.
Chemistry major Kathryn Twyman '09 earns Rhodes Scholarship
Kathryn S. Twyman ’09, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has won a Canadian Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England. Kathryn is a double major in chemistry and physics with a minor in biology and rows on the Crew Team. At Oxford, she plans to study for a D. Phil. in physical chemistry; she already has experience in this field as a summer 2008 Zabriskie research fellow with Robert Cantor. Kathryn is also a chemistry representative in the Peer Academic Link (PAL) program.
See Dartmouth's news release for more.
Last Updated: 6/17/13