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March 12, 2015
Merck Lectureship in Organic Chemistry
2:30 PM, Reception
Dr. Jared Silverman
“A History of the Development of Daptomycin: From Bedside to Bench and Back Again”
3:00 PM, Merkert 130
Professor Sarah Reisman
“From Alkaloids to Terpenoids: New Strategies and Tactics for the Synthesis of Polycyclic Natural Products”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

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Drs. Masayuki Wasa and Matthias Waegele Join the Faculty

We are very pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members.  Professor Masayuki Wasa, whose research interests are in the general areas of organic synthesis and catalysis will join the chemistry faculty this coming April. He received his doctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California and has been a JSPS postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the past two years.

Professor Matthias Waegele completed his doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, both in the area of physical chemistry. He will join the department in the fall. With a general interest in physical chemistry, Prof. Waegele’s future research will encompass light matter interactions, with the immediate applications focusing on solar energy harvesting and interface catalysis.

Professor Jeffery Byers receives NSF Early Career Development Award

Jeff Byers
The National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program is designed to provide support for junior faculty who typify the role of teacher-scholar.  Professor Jeffery Byers has received this prestigious award for his project, "Iron Polymerization for the Synthesis of High Performance Degradable Polymers."

Also see the article in the Boston College Chronicle: “Research on Sustainable Chemistry Earns NSF Award”

Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion

Professor Dunwei Wang's research on nanomaterials for energy conversion was profiled at the Materials Research Society's (MRS) fall meeting.  The MRS is the leading international organization for materials research.

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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."

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