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September 23, 2014
Professor Ted Betley
Harvard University
“Radical frontiers in catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
September 25, 2014
Professor Ning Fang
Iowa State University
“Science of Rock 'n' Roll”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
October 3, 2014
Professor Erick M. Carreira
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
“Advances in Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis: Bridging Tactics and Strategies”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130
October 4, 2014
Dr. Nicholas A. Meanwell
Executive Director, Discovery Chemistry, Bristol-Myers Squibb
“The Design of Direct Acting Antiviral Inhibitors of Hepatitis C Virus for Use in Combination Therapy”
10:00 AM, Merkert 130
October 4, 2014
Professor Erick M. Carreira
Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)
“Discovery and Surprises with Natural Products”
11:15 AM, Merkert 130

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Giving to Chemistry

Gifts to the Discretionary Fund of the Department of Chemistry provide needed support in critical areas. >>>

Three Open Faculty Positions

The Chemistry Department of Boston College invites applications for three tenure-track positions to be effective in the fall of 2015. >>>

Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship awarded to Meng

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.

Professor Marc Snapper wins Ignite Funding

Marc Snapper
By ED HAYWARD | CHRONICLE STAFF

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.


Khan selected to receive Student Innovation Award

Rana Kashif Khan
Rana Kashif Khan, a graduate student in Professor Amir Hoveyda's group, has been awarded the Alfred Bader Award for Student Innovation. This prestigious distinction, sponsored by Sigma Aldrich, acknowledges research that shows exceptional creativity and impact.  

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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Professor Amir Hoveyda Offers his Perspective

Recipient of the 2014 ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Professor Amir Hoveyda was asked to write a Perspective Article about a number of the most well known catalysts his group has discovered over the last 20-24 years. It appears in the June 6th issue of The Journal of Organic Chemistry.

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Publication by Professor James Morken's group on Journal of the American Chemical Society cover

A recent paper by members of Professor Jim Morken's group, graduate student Bowman Potter and Dr. Chunrui Sun,  has been chosen for the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

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David Cote receives the Edward H. Finnegan, SJ, Award

David Cote
Boston College's most prestigious undergraduate award was presented to David Cote at the University's Commencement.  Cote, a double major in Chemistry and Theology, performed undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Jeff Byers.  He credits Byers with helping him gain "invaluable experience" and offering him "one of my favorite and more intellectually challenging classes...."   Cote plans to attend medical school in the future.

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

By ED HAYWARD | CHRONICLE STAFF

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
By ED HAYWARD | CHRONICLE STAFF

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.


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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)