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January 13, 2015
Professor Doug Stephan
University of Toronto
“Frustrated Lewis Pairs in Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
January 20, 2015
Professor Brian McNaughton
Colorado State University
“Expanding the Functional Utility of Proteins as Research Tools and Therapeutic Leads”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
January 27, 2015
O'Malley Lecturer:
Professor Tom Muir
Princeton University
“Houdini Proteins: Discovery and Applications of Ultrafast Inteins”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

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A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet

Fanke Meng
A man with many passions, Professor Ross Kelly is a teacher, researcher and collector.  His collection, a treasure chest of gadgets, gizmos and other devices that demonstrate scientific principles or just amaze with their seeming implausibility is on display in his office.  With a desire to share his remarkable assortment, Prof. Kelly and two undergraduates have created "A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet."  Open the Cabinet to choose from the many videos inside ranging from subjects such as fire, cannons and the seemingly impossible. 

When you close the doors to the cabinet, open the Facebook page, and we hope that you will "Like it." Prof. Kelly also hopes that you will share it so others can open the doors of "A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet."

To read more on "A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet," see the article in Chemical & Engineering News.  http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/i49/Curiosity-Cabinet-Collection.html

Also see the article in the Boston College Chronicle: “Toying with Science and Nature”

A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet

Graduate Awards

Fanke Meng
Fanke Meng has been named a Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate  Fellow in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. This distinction is given to graduate students who have demonstrated research and academic achievement and the potential for substantial accomplishments in the future. Meng, who is a graduate student in Professor Amir Hoveyda's research group, will receive a grant of $35,000; $30,000 in support of his continued research and education and $5,000 to cover the cost of supplies.

The 2014-15 LaMattina Family Fellowship in Chemical Synthesis have been awarded to Andrew Baggett (Liu Group) "Regioselective C-H Activation of 1,2-Azaborines," Ryan Coombs (Morken Group) "Synthesis and Utility of Enantioenriched Multi-borylated Intermediates via Pt-Catalyzed Asymmetric Diboration" and Hwanjong Jang (Hoveyda Group) "NHC-Cu-catalyzed Cu-B Addition Followed by Allylation."

Undergraduate Awards

Julia Curley
Julia Curley ’16 is the recipient of the 2014 Brian Lawrence Gray Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar in Chemistry.

(From L-R) Bobby Leon, Johanna O’Day, Michael Rudden and Aran Hubbell

Four students received John Kozarich Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships to support their work this past summer. Bobby Leon ’16 and Aran Hubbell ’15 worked in the organic labs of Professors Morken and Hoveyda, respectively. Working with chemical biologist Professor Weerapana was Johanna O’Day ‘15 and Michael Rudden ’15 performed research in the physical chemistry lab of Professor Tsung.

Professor Marc Snapper wins Ignite Funding

Marc Snapper

Professor of Chemistry Marc Snapper has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Office of the Provost as part of a new internal grant initiative designed to spur research across the University.  Snapper received funding for his project “Smart ‘First Aid’ Fabrics” to create novel first aid fabrics that respond selectively to injuries.
Snapper’s project was one of five proposals awarded funding during the first round of Ignite, which has been launched along with a second program, Research Across Disciplines and Schools (RADS), by the Vice Provost for Research. The two programs will award up to $550,000 annually in an effort to provide “seed” funding for new research, encourage interdisciplinary collaborations and help faculty compete for external funding.
To learn more about the new grant programs and the first Ignite awardees, please see the news release.

Amir H. Hoveyda
Professor Amir Hoveyda receives Italy's Eni Award for Hydrocarbons Research

Referred to as the 'Nobel Prize for Energy,' the Eni Award was presented to Professor Amir Hoveyda for his work developing catalysts that can be used in the life sciences and medical research.
Read the article >>>

In Rome to accept the award from the President of Italy, Professor Hoveyda describes his work.
See the video >>>

Profs. Weerapana & Tsung
Professors Eranthie Weerapana and Frank Tsung have developed a mechanism for 'smart' drug delivery


Boston College chemists have developed a nano-scale cage of chemical bonds that entraps small molecule drugs and then infiltrates cancer cells, showing promise it can serve as a “smart” drug delivery mechanism to fight cancer and other illnesses.

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Recent Graduate Discovers New Class of Recyclable Thermosetting Materials

Dr. Jeanette Garcia
Dr. Jeannette (Jamie) Garcia (formerly O’Brien), a recent graduate of our doctoral program and former member of the Hoveyda group, and her colleagues at IBM Almaden have developed a new class of polymers.

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Professor James Morken named Vanderslice Professor of Chemistry

James P. Morken

James P. Morken, whose research pursues new methods of chemical synthesis, has been named the Louise and James Vanderslice and Family Professor of Chemistry at Boston College.

Read the article on the Boston College Chronicle >>>

A new book edited by Professor Lynne O’Connell has been published

O'Connell Book
A book edited by Professor Lynne O’Connell, “Innovations and Renovations:  Designing the Teaching Laboratory” has recently been published. It is a must-read for anyone responsible for the design of chemistry laboratories in an educational institution. Each of the book’s chapters describe projects at a variety of sized schools and offer the perspectives of faculty, staff and architectural firms who have completed academic laboratory projects.

For more about the book, you can hear an interview with Professor O’Connell and O’Neill Science Librarian Sally Wyman at this link.

Casey Brodsky awarded McCarthy Prize

Casey Brodsky
For the second year in a row, a student in Professor Frank Tsung’s group has been chosen to receive the McCarthy Prize.  Casey Brodsky's thesis, “Metal-Metal Interactions in Bimetallic Nanoparticle Electrocatalysts for Energy Conversion,” was selected for the top honor among the 2014 Scholar of the College projects.  Ms. Brodsky will continue her studies next year at Harvard University.

Amir Hoveyda receives the 2014 ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry sponsored by Aldrich Chemical Co.

Amir H. Hoveyda
Professor Amir H. Hoveyda, the recipient of the 2014 ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, was honored at the Awards Ceremony on March 18, held in conjunction with the ACS National Meeting in Dallas, Texas.

First established in 1955 to recognize and encourage creative work in synthetic organic chemistry, this major award from the ACS has been sponsored by the Aldrich Chemical Co. since 1976. The award includes a cash prize which consists of $5,000 and a certificate.

The citation for the award reads: “For his design and development of new, selective, and highly powerful catalytic transformations and their application to total synthesis of complex molecules of biological significance.”

Dr. Hoveyda is the Joseph T. and Patricia Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry at Boston College and currently serves as chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Graduate Admissions News

Non-Standard Admissions: For students who would like their application to be considered outside of the usual application window and/or to begin graduate studies mid-year, please contact Dale Mahoney directly. (dale.mahoney@bc.edu)