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Faculty and Staff awards from ISU and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Iowa State University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has honored Chemistry faculty and staff with awards.

Emily Smith received the ISU Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award. This award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or creative activity at the mid-career stage. Emily joined the department in 2006 in our analytical chemistry group.

Igor Slowing received the ISU Professional and Scientific Research Award. This award recognizes Professional and Scientific staff members for excellence in research. Igor received his PhD at Iowa State under the last Victor Lin in 2008. He joined the Ames Laboratory as a staff scientist in 2009 and then came to Chemistry in 2013 as an Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Brett VanVeller received the LAS Early Achievement in Teaching Award. This award recognizes a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding teaching performance unusually early in their professional career. Brett is an organic chemist who joined the department as an Assistant Professor in 2014.

Javier Vela received the LAS Institutional Service Award. This award recognizes a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty or staff for a history of exemplary institutional service that has benefitted the department, College and/or the University. Javier is a synthetic inorganic and materials chemist. He joined the department in 2009.

Gordon Miller received the LAS Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. This award recognizes the effectiveness of major professor who serve as mentors and who enrich the student-professor relationship by support and attention to detail which enables students to finish their work in a time and scholarly manner. Gordie is an experimental and theoretical solid state chemist who has mentored students in the department since in 1990.

George Kraus received the LAS Achievement in Intellectual Property Management. This award recognizes faculty and staff members four outstanding LAS/ISU based achievements in producing intellectual property. George joined our faculty in 1976 as an organic chemist.

Levi Stanley received the LAS Award for Learning Community Leadership. This award recognizes faculty and staff members for outstanding coordination and leadership for a learning community in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He is an organic chemist who joined the faculty in 2012.

Theresa Windus received the LAS Outstanding Teaching Award. This award recognizes members for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time in education. Windus, a theoretical and computational chemist, received her PhD from ISU in 1996 and joined the department as a Professor in 2006.

Cristina Bonaccorsi received the LAS Undergraduate Introductory Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding performance in teaching undergraduate introductory classes. Cristina was a post-doc under the late Victor Lin and joined the department as a Lecturer in 2007.

Kathy Burke received the LAS Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Lecturer. This award recognizes lecturers or senior lecturers for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time in undergraduate education. Kathy is a Lecturer who brings experience from teaching in both two-year and four-year undergraduate chemistry programs.

Steve Heideman received the LAS P & S Excellence Award. This award recognizes Professional and Scientific employees who have achieved excellence in their respective fields. Steve is the Teaching Laboratory Manager and assists with the departmental IT needs.

Ed Jack received the LAS Merit Excellence Award. This award recognizes Merit employees who have achieved excellence in their respective fields. Ed is one of the storekeepers in Chemistry Stores.

Professor Javier Vela named an IUPAC Young Observer

Congratulations to Javier Vela for being selected to represent the United States as Young Observer at the IUPAC World Congress and General Assembly in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July 2017.

Established by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 1977 to foster interactions with internationally acclaimed scientists in various fields, the IUPAC Young Observer Program strives to introduce the work of IUPAC to a new generation of distinguished researchers and to provide them with an opportunity to address international scientific policy issues.



Professor Mark Gordon Festschrift-celebrating a milestone birthday

Virtual Special Issue “Mark S. Gordon Festschrift” .  Among the many research paths Mark Gordon has explored are the development of fragmentation methods such as the effective fragment potential (EFP) and the effective fragment molecular orbital (EFMO) methods, the study of heterogeneous catalysis, and the study of the fundamentals intermolecular interactions.

Professor Tom Holme named a Morrill Professor

Congratulations to Professor Tom Holme for receiving the designation of Morrill Professor. The Morrill Professorship recognizes faculty members whose professional work has demonstrated outstanding success in teaching and learning in undergraduate, graduate and/or Extension/outreach programs which is reflected by a national or international reputation in the nominee's discipline. The Morrill Professionship was created in 2013 and Tom is the second Chemistry professor to be honored.

Lead Halide Perovskites: Challenges and Opportunities in Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy

Professors Javier Vela, Aaron Rossini and Emily Smith discuss their research in: Lead Halide Perovskites: Challenges and Opportunities in Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy

Professor Aaron Rossini is improving drug analysis.

Aaron Rossini, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University, helps pharmaceutical companies test their drug products using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Read more in LAS News.

Professor Javier Vela building confidence, diversity and opportunity

Javier Vela is the kind of chemistry professor every college student wishes they had. An associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and an associate of the Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory, Vela has a knack for helping students of all backgrounds fall in love with science. Read more in Link Magazine

Chemistry summer courses

Summer courses in Chemistry

9 GREAT reasons for taking chemistry at ISU in the summer:

1.  Smaller class size and more personal attention.

2.  Fewer distractions (fewer classes and fewer social and sporting events).

3.  8-week semester allows students to focus on the class.

4.  Get ahead/stay on track in your academic career.

5.  Improve your GPA.

6.  Avoid summer learning loss and stay sharp for fall semester.

7.  Enjoy summer in beautiful AMES, Iowa!

8.  Chemistry is fun all year round!

9.  No need to move back home with your parents!

See the full list of courses here:

Summer 2017 courses in Chemistry

Questions?  Email or call 515/294-6352 or visit 1608 Gilman Hall

Arthur White receives Brown Graduate Fellowship

Arthur White, a student in the Vela/Miller group, has been selected to receive the Brown Graduate Fellowship for 2017-2018. This $10,000 award is given to students who are helping to advance ISU's research in the areas of science, agriculture and space science. Arthur is one of 15 recipients this year. Congratulations!!

Exploring mysteries on the surface: 2D materials reveal surprising properties

Two-dimensional materials are a bit of a mind-bending concept. Humans live in a three-dimensional world, after all, where everything observed in our natural world has height, width, and depth. And yet when graphene—a carbon material unique in its truly flat, one-atom-deep dimension—was first produced in 2004, the mind-bending concept became reality and an unexplored frontier in materials science.

Ames Laboratory scientists Pat Thiel and Michael Tringides are explorers on that frontier, discovering the unique properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials and metals grown on graphene, graphite, and other carbon coated surfaces.  See the complete article here.

Professor Theresa Windus: Advancing community coding standards could advance scientific modeling

Theresa Windus is working to advance the use of collaborative computer science in Chemistry as well as other molecular science areas. See the complete article here.

Javier Vela receives 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Award

Congratulations to Professor Javier Vela for receiving the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Advancing One Community Award.

This award is presented every January in honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a campus-wide celebration and the recognition of individuals and groups who have followed the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Advancing One Community Award recognizes recipients' efforts to create an inclusive university community that embraces justice and equity.

Click here to read more.

Congratulations Javier!!

Anderson group featured on Analytical Chemistry podcast

Check out Analytical Chemistry's December podcast with Professor Jared Anderson where he discusses the work done for their recent ACS publication Sample Preparation for Bioanalytical and Pharmaceutical Analysis (Anal. Chem., 2016, 88 (23), pp 11262–11270)

Woo group alumna named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Woo group alumna and Utah State University professor Lisa Berreau has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the nation’s top national science honors. One of 391 honorees recognized nationwide, she will be formally honored in a Feb. 18 ceremony during the association’s 2017 annual meeting in Boston.

An inorganic chemist, Berreau is recognized for her innovative work in understanding reaction involving metals and dioxygen that led to carbon-carbon bond cleavage and the influence of hydrogen bonding on metal-centered reactivity. Her work investigates the role metal ions play in human health, the environment and catalysis.

“Dr. Berreau is a most deserving awardee and Utah State is thrilled she is receiving this prestigious recognition,” says Maura Hagan, dean of USU’s College of Science. “She promotes the role of science not only as an accomplished researcher, but also as a dedicated educator and administrator.”

In addition to her administrative and research efforts at Utah State, where she teaches and supervises a team of graduate and undergraduate students in research, Berreau serves as treasurer of the American Chemical Society of Inorganic Chemistry.

At USU, Berreau was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Research Fellowship and was also named a Herman Frasch Foundation Fellow. In 2006, she was named “Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year” for USU’s College of Science.

Berreau earned a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University in 1990 and completed a doctorate from Iowa State University in 1994. She returned to her native state in 1995, where she served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota until 1998. She joined USU as a faculty member in 1998, where she became a full professor in 2011 and served as interim dean for the College of Science from 2014-2015.

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of a number of academic journals, including the association’s flagship publication “Science.”

Chemistry of Materials October 2016

Congratulations to students Brian Rosales, Long Men and Michael Hanrahan and Drs. Sarah Cady, Aaron Rossini and Javier Vela on the October cover of Chemistry of Materials!