Chemistry News

Postdoctoral Association Recognition

The Graduate College and Postdoctoral Association are recoginizing Dr. Jian Wang with a Postdoctoral Scholar Research Excellence Award, and Dr. Mark Gordon with a Postdoctoral Mentoring Award.

Congratulations to you both!

University Award for Teaching Excellence

Joe Burnett will be among the more than 50 Iowa State faculty and staff will be honored during the university's annual awards ceremony Monday afternoon, Sept. 23, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Burnett is being recognized for his Outstanding Achievement in Teaching. The award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding teaching performance over an extended period of time. Congratulations Joe!

2019 Trapp Innovation Award

Yan Zhao, professor of chemistry, received the Trapp Innovation Award for his inventive research that fosters the development of nanoparticles that can recognize carbohydrates, proteins, drugs and peptides. These synthetic materials can mimic naturally occurring antibodies and enzymes in their functions. The award provides funding to a faculty member who is pursuing new or unique research in chemistry or the physical sciences.

LAS Award Winners Announced

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Announced their 2019 awardees, and the Department of Chemistry is would like to congratulate Pat Augustin and Pat Thiel. Augustin has been given the LAS Merit Excellence award, and Thiel has been given the LAS Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. Congratulations to all LAS award recipients, who will receive their awards at the LAS Fall Convocation September 9, 2019 at the ISU Memorial Union.

Goldwater Scholar

Congratulations to Matthew Ryan, who was named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year. From an estimated applicant pool of over 5,000 across the nation, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded 496 scholarships. Ryan is one of four at Iowa State to receive this prestigious undergraduate award.

New Chemical Instumentation Facility Manager Named

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Cady on her promotion to manager of the Chemical Instrumentation Facility. Cady will continue many of her NMR duties, as well as, some overarching management and outreach.

ISU Awards

Congratulations to Joe Burnett and George Kraus. Burnett has received the ISU Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching. Kraus has received the ISU Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property. Way to go!

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Patricia Thiel, who studies surface chemistry on an atomic scale, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Thiel is one of more than 200 newly elected members, the academy announced today. Thiel will join the academy’s chemistry section within its mathematical and physical sciences class. Formal induction ceremonies will be in October in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Chemistry Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Awards

The Department of Chemistry held their annual Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 17. See a list of those that were recognized on the departmental awards page.

Congratulations to all those that were honored for their hardwork.

National School on Neutron & X-ray Scattering Admit

Congratulations to Colin Harmer, who has been accepted into the highly competitive 2019 National School on Neutron & X-ray Scattering, https://www.aps.anl.gov/Conferences-and-Workshops/2019/national-school-neutron-and-x-ray-scattering. The School is jointly conducted by Argonne National Laboratory's Communications, Education, and Public Affairs Division; Advanced Photon Source and Materials Science Division; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Neutron Scattering and Materials Science and Technology Divisions.

The main purpose of the National School on Neutron and X-ray Scattering is to educate graduate students in the use of major neutron and X-ray facilities.

Harmer is wrapping up his fourth year of the PhD program in the Kovnir Group. We wish him safe travels and look forward to hearing about his experience.

Argonne Training Program for Extreme Scale Computing

Congratulations to Zach Crandall, who has been accepted into the highly competitive Argonne Training Program for Extreme Scale Computing, https://extremecomputingtraining.anl.gov.

This is an intensive two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement and execute Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) applications on current and next-gneration supercomputers.

Crandall is wrapping up his first year of the PhD program in the Windus Group. We wish him safe travels and look forward to hearing about his experience.

Hinners Awarded Cotton-Uphaus

There were four wonderful and informative talks given on April 10, by four outstanding finalists, but the judges have awarded the Cotton-Uphaus award this year to Paige Hinners.  Great job Paige, and congratulations to all of our finalists: Haley Banovetz, Rick Dorn, Patrick Heintz and Paige Hinners.

Baumler Awarded NSF Fellowship

Congratulations to Katelyn Baumler, who has just been notified that she will be a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. Baumler was an undergraduate research assistant in the Vela Group and graduated with her BS in Chemistry from Iowa State University, December 2018. She continues her research with Javier Vela, and will start at Penn State in the fall.

Congrats again on this prestigious award and we wish you all the best in your graduate studies.

Chemistry Represented at 2019 NCUR

Brennan McBride, senior in Chemistry, is one of 30 Iowa State students selected to present their research at the 33rd annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), which takes place April 11-13 at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.  McBride will present his research, “Synthesis and Structure of Ternary Rare Earth Silicon Pnictides.”

VanVeller receives NSF Career Award

Congratulations to Brett VanVeller who has been notified that he will be receiving a NSF Career Award for his meritous research.

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