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The ISU Department of Chemistry, with the support of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee, condemns the opinion paper by Tomáš Hudlický that was recently accepted, posted online, and - only after a major public outcry - retracted by the eminent chemistry journal, Angewandte Chemie

Our deepest sympathy goes to the family of Kathryn “Kitty” Hach-Darrow, who passed away this past week, a few months shy of her 98th birthday. Kitty was a pioneering woman in business, a pilot, a mother, a wife and a great benefactor to Iowa State University and the field of chemistry.

Congratulations to Robbyn Anand for receiving the ACS Analytical Division Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science.  This is a national award from ACS recognizing her leadership in teaching and research as a separations scientist.

Congratulations to the following Chemistry faculty, and to all faculty in LAS, who were awarded promotions recently!

K.A. Burke
Associate Teaching Professor
Department of Chemistry

Congratuations to Bryce Westheimer, Gordon group, who has been awarded an NSF-funded fellowship by the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI).

Congratulations to Vologymyr Gvozdetskyi, a postdoctoral research scholar in the Zaikina Group, on receiving the 2020 Postdoctoral Research Excellence Award.

Due in part to a grant from Engineering-LAS Online Learning (ELO) Cristina Bonaccorsi created an informational video to promote CHEM 167, General Chemistry for Engineering Students, see the video and learn more

Robbyn Anand
3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 3M

Congratulations to Gordie Miller, named as an Exemplary Faculty Mentor for 2019-2020.

Congratulations to Gourab Bhaskar for receiving a GPSS teaching award and to Amrit Venkatesh for receiving a GPSS leadership award.

Congratulations to the chemistry majors named to Phi Beta Kappa

  • Benjamin Deeter
  • Marqeaux Nall
  • Matthew Ryan
  • Juyeon Won

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff
….Terry Kruse for LAS Early Achievement in Academic Advising
….Valerie Awino for LAS Merit Excellence Award
….Wenyu Huang for LAS Mid-Career Achievement in Research

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Dueñas (a 2018 PhD graduate from the Lee group) who was named a 2020 CAS Future Leader and will receive her recognition and leadership training at an upcoming Fall ACS meeting!

A temporary food pantry is now available on campus to meet the needs of our community. It is located in the lower level of the Union Drive Community Center (207 Beyer Ct) in the West Side Market space. Hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Congratulations to Terry Fernando, recipient of the ISU P&S Excellence Award and to Art Winter, recipient of the ISU Award for Achievement in Intellectual Property. It is great to have their achievements recognized outside of the department.

Congratulations to Sara Pistolesi, Kathy Burke, and Joe Burnett, who received final notification of their advancements to Associate Teaching Professor (Sara and Kathy) and Teaching Professor (Joe).

Congratulations to Robbyn Anand who heard about TWO awards today!

Congratulations to Dr. Javier Vela who has earned the title of University Professor.

VanVeller was interviewed by local news channel KCCI on the effectiveness of cleaning products to fight the COVID-19 virus, https://www.kcci.com/article/chemical-exp

Congratulations to our graduate award winners for this year!   We had an exceptionally large number of nominations this year—more than twice as many nominations as available awards—so there are also a great many folks that are doing outstanding work who aren’t listed.   

Unfortunately, due to the health crisis we will not be having a ceremony this year to celebrate the awardees. In its place, please join me in giving everyone a (virtual) celebratory round of applause.

Work published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society was highlighted in a recent issue of Chemical & Engineering News: https://cen.acs.org/materials/inorganic-

Sara Pistolesi, assistant teaching professor of chemistry, is part of a team awarded an Iowa State University Miller Faculty Fellowship.

Motivated by increased awareness about nitrate contamination of surface waters and its deleterious effects in human and animal health, we sought an alternative, non-noble metal catalyst for the chemical degradation of nitrate.

Dr. Ann Lii-Rosales, Thiel Group, is the 2020 recipient of the Karas Award for an outstanding dissertation in mathematical and physical sciences and engineering. This a completive campus-wide award for graduating PhD students, only awarded in even years.

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