Chemistry News

Dr. Oden Warren President of Hysitron

Dr. Oden Warren was recently named President of Hysitron, a leader in the development of nanomechanical test instruments in Minneapolis. He received his PhD under Patricia Thiel in 1993. You can read more about his work at Hysitron here:
http://hysitron.com/Default.aspx?tabid=604

Research citations keep growing for Mark Gordon.

Professor Mark Gordon, an award-winning Iowa State University chemist – whose research has been published more than 550 times during his long career – has been cited thousands of times by other scientists. That’s quantity and quality.

http://www.las.iastate.edu/gordon-citations-2014/

Schmidt-Rohr selected Fellow of American Physical Society

Chemistry professor Klaus Schmidt-Rohr was one of seven scientists selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Polymer Physics. The honor recognizes Schmidt-Rohr “for inventing and improving advanced solid-state NMR techniques that provide important new information about polymers, such as the Nafion used in fuel cells, those which occur naturally in plants and soils, and those which form nanocomposites in bone.” The criterion for election is “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.” Fellowship is an honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers, according to the society.

Congratulations to Levi Stanley

Congratulations to Levi Stanley for receiving an NSF CAREER award. The CAREER award is given to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Congratulations to Patricia Thiel

Congratulations to Patricia Thiel who was named an "outstanding referee" by the American Physical Society for Physical Review and Physical Review Letters.

Congratulations to Mark Gordon

Congratulations to Mark Gordon for receiving the 2014 WATOC Schroedinger Medal! The medal is awarded each year to one outstanding theoretical and computational chemist. 

Congratulations to Klaus Schmidt, Rohr

Congratulations to Klaus Schmidt, Rohr who has been selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Polymer Physics! His citation was for inventing and improving advanced solid-state NMR techniques that provide important new information about polymers, such as the Nafion used in fuel cells, those which occur naturally in plants and soils, and those which form nanocomposites in bone.

Congratulations to Joe Burnett

Congratulations to Joe Burnett for receiving the 2012-2013 College Advisers of the Year Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Congratulations to Professor John Verkade

 Congratulations to Professor John Verkade for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He will be honored on November 7 at the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

Congratulations to Professor Christine Aiken

Congratulations to Professor Christine Aikens, alumna from the Mark Gordon group, for receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her award at the 2013 annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

Pictured are: William Jenks, Chemistry Department chair, Christine Aikens, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Mark Gordon and LAS Dean Beate Schmittmann..

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John Corbett 1926-2013

It is appropriate that a man who truly loved his life's work - and who at age 87 went to his office daily - would pass away on the day that celebrated and honored workers, Labor Day, Sep 2, 2013. John Dudley Corbett, a resident of Ames for over sixty years, died six days after a severe stroke.

John was a Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University who joined the faculty in 1952 in inorganic chemistry. In his long career, he was mentor and co-researcher to scores of graduate and post-doctoral students, many of whom he still keeps in close contact with and who praise his mentorship, friendship, energy, and enthusiasm for chemistry. John received virtually every major award in his field, notably the Humboldt Prize (1985), membership in the National Academy of Sciences (1992) and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society (2000). In 2007 he established an endowed professorship at ISU in his name.

Iowa State, Ames Lab chemists help find binding site of protein that allows plant growth

Professor Mei Hong is leading a team of researchers who have discovered where a protein binds to plant cell walls, a process that loosens the cell walls and makes it possible for plants to grow. Finding this binding target has been a major challenge for structural biologists.

http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/09/24/cellwallgrowth

 

Tom Greenbowe wins George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education

Congratulations to Tom Greenbowe for receiving the George C. Pimental Award in Chemical Education. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of Chemical Education. Tom will receive his award at the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas in March, 2014.

Bruce Roth and Tezcan Guney earn Perkin Medals

Bruce Roth, an ISU alumnus who is the inventor of Lipitor, and Tezcan Guney, graduate student in the George Kraus group, have both been awarded the Perkin Medal.

http://www.las.iastate.edu/isu-chemistry-alum-and-current-graduate-student-earn-perkin-medal-awards/

Art Winter and Pat Thiel receive Cassling Family Faculty Awards for Outstanding Teaching

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Chemistry professors Art Winter and Pat Thiel will receive the Cassling Family Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching at the LAS Convocation on September 11, 2013.

http://www.las.iastate.edu/2013casslingawards/

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