Chemistry alumni gathered at the Sheldon Museum for a photoshoot to document the memorious occasion of the alumni reunion, which happens every five years.
More than 160 turned out for the 2016 Alumni Reunion
Our alumni reunion was a huge success! Alumni, former professors, present faculty, and students celebrated the occasion on April 22-23. Former Department Chair Dr. Pill-Soon Song was our special guest who we paid tribute to for his contributions to the Chemistry Department. We celebrated “100 Years of Doctoral Research in Chemistry,” in honor of George Borrowman, whose 1916 Ph.D. thesis was titled, “The Clays of Nebraska.”
First Pill-Soon Song Graduate Research Assistant Award Presented
Friday we paid tribute to our special guest Dr. Pill-Soon Song for his contribution to the Chemistry Department. Dr. Song has served in the department for 17 years. He served as Chair for almost 10 years in which time he hired nine of the now middle-aged faculty. Dr. Song started the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) in 1987, which meets biannually. His contribution continues today in the form of a permanent endowment to the University of Nebraska Foundation, called the Song Award Fund. An award is named in his honor, the Pill-Soon Song Graduate Research Assistant Award, which will be presented annually as a Ph.D. research award to a chemistry student. Thank you Dr. Pill-Soon Song.
Alexey Lipatov (right) receives the first Pill-Soon Song Graduate Research Assistant Award for excellence in grad research from Dr. Pill-Soon Song at the Annual Student Awards Colloquium, April 22.
From left, Chongqin Zhu, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Lei Li, Joseph Francisco and Jie Zhong.
Photo courtesy of Craig Chandler, University Communications
Study details formation of nitrous acid in atmosphere
Drs. Joseph Francisco, Xiao Cheng Zeng, and colleagues have identified the dynamic processes involved in the formation of nitrous acid through a series of quantum mechanics-based simulations detailed April 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read more.
Read the abstract.
Inaugural IAB Award Lectureship
Dr. Christopher Welch (left) engages in conversation with David Berkowitz, Department Chair (middle), and Eugene Cordes, Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Chair, at the Inaugural IAB Award Lectureship on March 18, 2016. Welch is Science Lead for Analytical Chemistry at Merck Research Laboratories in Rahway, NJ, and delivered the award lecture entitled “Using Chemistry to Speed the Discovery and Commercialization of New Medicines.” Welch is a leader in the field of separations science as relevant to drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry. He also recently served as Chair of the ACS Organic Division. This lectureship has been established by the Dr. Cordes and the IAB to strengthen ties between scientists at UNL and those in the industry by bringing outstanding industrial scientists to the department to present their work and interact with students and faculty.
Zhang wins NSF award for ‘green’ chemistry
Assistant professor Jian Zhang
Assistant professor Jian Zhang receives a five-year, $527,154 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop organic-based catalysts that uses the sun’s energy to facilitate chemical reactions.
Learn how Zhang’s research could one day lead to cleaner fuel production. Congratulations, Prof. Zhang!
Researchers build molecule to suppress stroke-related enzyme
From left, Christopher McCune, Matthew Beio and David Berkowitz
The Berkowitz research team recently collaborated with biomedical researchers at National University of Singapore (NUS) led by Peter T. H. Wong to establish “proof of principle” for a prospective approach to the treatment of stroke. This study targets the vitamin B6-dependent enzyme, CBS and was published in ACS Central Science, a brand new journal from the American Chemical Society.
Learn how these researchers developed a molecule that inhibits an enzyme linked with neuronal cell damage pursuant to stroke.
ACS Central Science is the first fully open access journal from the American Chemical Society and aims to publish about 200 articles per year that represent important developments across the field of chemistry.
NSF grant to expand Morin’s research on hybrid materials
Assistant professor Stephen A. Morin
Assistant professor Stephen A. Morin recently received a five-year, $649,474 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand his efforts in seamlessly combining hard and soft materials.
Learn more about how Morin will use this NSF CAREER award to continue crafting hybrid materials. The NSF funding will also help Morin and his team in developing an annual workshop for Nebraska’s Native American youth.
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