Congratulations to our December graduates. In 2003, the Chemistry
Department conferred 6 PhD degrees, 5 MS degrees, and 9 BS degrees.
The Chemistry Department has received funding from the NSF-CRIF program
to add X-Band capability to our EPR
facility. Co-PIs for this proposal were Dr.
Kevin Redding, Dr. Lowell
Kispert, Dr. Martin Bakker,
and Dr. John Vincent.
Chemistry Department alumni Dr. Tao Xu
and Nathan Henderson were
awarded the Outstanding Dissertation and Outstanding Thesis awards respectively
for the College of Arts and Sciences. They will go on to compete for
the University Dissertation and Thesis awards.
Chemistry majors Bret Wilson
and Jason Spruell were
chosen to as nominees for the Goldwater Scholarship from the College
of Arts and Sciences.
David Dixon has a accepted a position as Professor of Chemistry
at The University of Alabama. Dr. Dixon comes to UA from Pacific
Northwest National Lab where he is currently a Battelle Fellow.
Dr. Dixon is a world-leader in the use of high-performance computing
in solving chemical problems.
Dr. Robin Rogers
has been eelcted as an ACS Divisional Representative on the ACS Joint
Board Concil Committee on Science. Dr. Rogers will serve on the board
for the 2004-2006 term.
Keith McDowell has been appointed Vice President for Research
by University President Robert Witt. In addition, Dr. McDowell will
have an appointment as Professor of Chemistry. Dr. McDowell comes to
UA from University of Texas-Arlington where he was V.P for Research
and Professor of Chemistry.
Silas Blackstock was named a College of Arts and Sciences
Distinguished Teaching Fellow by the Dean at the Fall A&S Faculty
meeting. Dr. Blackstock joins Dr.
John Vincent and Dr.
Bing Blewitt as Chemistry faculty who have been named Distinguished
Dr. Arunava Gupta
has accepted a position as MINT Professor at The University of Alabama.
In addition to working with the
MINT Center, Dr. Gupta will have a joint appointment in the departments
of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Gupta comes to The University
of Alabama from IBM.
Graduate Student Research and Travel Awards. Several
Chemistry students have won awards to present their research at regional
or national meetings.
Kevin Shaughnessy and Dr.
Russ Timkovich have received a grant from the National
Science Foundation through the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement
program to implement NMR spectroscopy as a hands-on technique throughout
the undergraduate curriculum. This award provides partial funding for
a new 300 MHz NMR spectrometer that will be used in undergraduate lab
Rogers has received funding from the Air Force Office
of Scientific Research for a project entitled, "Energetic Ionic
Street in collaboration with Dr.
Mark Weaver (Metallurgical Engineering at UA) have
received funding from the National Science Foundation for a project
entitled, "Dendrimer Based Nanocomposites for Nanotribological
Bakker has been awarded a AC-type award from the Petroleum
Research Fund for a project entitled, "Synthesis and Characterization
of Mesoporous Electrodes and Utilization in Electrochemical Chromatography."
Congratulations to all on their successful proposals.
Interim Provost Judy Bonner has recently announced the following promotions
that will take effect August 16th 2003.
Dr. Silas Blackstock:
promotion from associate professor to professor
Dr. Shane Street:
promotion from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure.
Dr. Greg. Szulczewski:
promotion from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure.
Fellowships for the 2003-2004 academic year have been awarded to the
Mr. Rick Swatloski
(Dr. Rogers): Graduate Council Research and Creative Activity Fellowship.
Mr. David Arrington
(Dr. Street): Graduate Council Research and Creative Activity Fellowship.
Mr. Junjie Gao (Dr.
Cassady): Graduate Council Research and Creative Activity Fellowship.
Ms. Rebecca Booth
(Dr. Shaughnessy): National Alumni Association Graduate Fellowship
in Synthetic Chemistry.
Mr. Michael Curry
(Dr. Street): National Alumni Association Graduate Fellowship through
the MINT center.
Mr. Roger Campbell
(Dr. Bakker): NASA Fellowship.
Mr. Rick Swatloski has
been awarded the Hancock
Memorial Award in Green Chemistry for his research in Dr. Rogers
group. This prestigious award sponsored by the American Chemical Society
will be presented to Rick at the 2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge
Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.
The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce the following student
awards. The awards will be presented during UA
Honors Week, April 14 - 18. Congratulations to all of the winners
on their accomplishments.
Outstanding Freshmen Chemistry Student Award:
Goes to the students with the highest grades in Freshman Chemistry.
Rebecca Gail Falls
Jennifer Lynn Phillips
Analytical Chemistry Award: Awarded to the student
with the highest average in CH 223
Bhavik Natvar Patel
American Institute of Chemists Award:
Claire Nichole Chisolm
Outstanding Chemistry Student Award:
Christopher Dwayne Key
Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
Brandon Walter Evans
Jason Michael Spruell
First Year Graduate Student Teaching Award: Awarded
to student(s) who performed best as teaching assistants in their
Enrilyn Robles Thronson
Shelby Fencil Shuler
Alan B. Hisey Scholarship:
Jelana R. Hamilton
Kailas B. Sawant
Outstanding Graduate Student Award:
Also to be honored at Honors Day are Dr.
and Mr. Yongju Chu who have won previously announced
University-wide awards for Excellence in Research by a Doctoral Student
and Outstanding Masters Thesis awards respectively.
Dr. Shane Street co-chaired
a symposium on Molecular
Tribology at the 225th National Meeting of the American Chemical
Society in New Orleans.
Vincent's research into the biochemistry of chromium points
to the fact that commonly used chromium supplements may cause sterility
and birth defects. Dr. Vincent's work, which was recently published
in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was
highlighted in The
The Department of Chemistry hosted the 2nd Annual Advanced
Instrumental Techniques Colloquium on March 1st. A total of
36 students and faculty from 6 regional colleges or universities attended
the event. Attendees saw presentations on advanced instrumental techniques,
and were able to tour UA facilities for mass spectrometry, NMR, EPR,
and surface techniques, such as AFM, STM, and XPS. We will be hosting
this event again in future years. If you are interested in participating,
Recent Funding News
Dr. Robin Rogers was recently informed that his major Department
of Energy funding will be renewed.
The department has been awarded funds by the National Science
Foundation Chemical Research Infrastructure/Facilities program to
update the departmental mass
spectrometer. This effort was spear headed by Dr. Carolyn Cassady.
who recently completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Rogers, was given the
award for Excellence in Research by a Doctoral Student at
The University of Alabama. This award is given to one student
at The University who has graduated with an doctoral degree in the
who recently completed his M.S. degree with Dr. Woski, was given
the award for Outstanding Masters Thesis at The University
of Alabama. This award is given to one student at The University
who has graduated with an masters degree in the past year.
Rick Swatloski, a graduate
student in Dr. Rogers's group, has been chosen by the Department of
Energy to attend the Nobel Laureates meeting in Lindahl Germany.
David Arrington, a graduate
student Dr. Street's group, has been awarded a Graduate Council Research
& Creativity Fellowship for the 2003-2004 academic year.
Four Chemistry Department graduate students have received Graduate
Student Research and Travel Fund awards to attend meetings and present
the results of their work.