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What's New in the Chemistry Department

March 30, 2017

It has been another exciting and productive year at the Heights! I hope you enjoy an inside look at some of the highlights in the Chemistry Department:

  • Assistant Professor Jeffery Byers received a Cottrel Scholar Award to further his work on polymers and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.
  • Professor Shih-Yuan Liu was selected for a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award given by the Humboldt Foundation and Professor Emeritus Lawrence T. Scott received a 2016 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award.
  • Professor Amir Hoveyda was named one of the most highly cited researchers in 2015 by Thomson Reuters.
  • Alumni making the news recently include Jeannette Garcia, PhD'12, who delivered a TED talk about her discovery of a strong, light plastic that can be recycled. Stafford Sheehan '11 was included in Forbes' "30 under 30" list for 2016 in the energy sector.

In other news, this summer we welcomed three new faculty to our department: organic chemists Professor X. Peter Zhang and Assistant Professor Masayuki Wasa along with Assistant Professor Matthias Waegele, a physical chemist. The Chemistry Department is currently conducting faculty searches for a chemical biologist and a computational chemist.

This spring, construction will begin to transform the organic teaching laboratories into a state-of-the art facility and complete the upgrade of the department's teaching labs.

We strongly encourage you to keep in touch and invite you to visit the alumni page, where you can update us on what you are doing by filling out the BCC Alumni News Request.


Amir H. Hoveyda
Joseph T. and Patricia Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chemistry and Chair, Chemistry Department

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