Chemistry News

2018 Exemplary Faculty Mentors

to Emily Smith and William Jenks for being recognized by the Provost's Office as 2018 Exemplary Faculty Mentors!

Promotion to Senior Lecturer

Congratulations to Cristina Bonaccorsi on her promotion to Senior Lecturer!

Article picked up by Chemical & Engineering News

A recent paper by Beatrice Berzina and Prof. Robbyn Anand got picked up by C&E News. 

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

A formal university announcement will come out this fall, but a congratulations goes out now to Theresa Windus on being named a Distinguished Professor. This will make three Distinguished Professors for the Department of Chemistry along with Mark Gordon (1998) and Pat Thiel (2002).

A Distinguished Professor above all else must have accomplishments in research, and/or creative activities that have had a significant impact on, or improved the quality of, their discipline. In addition a Distinguished Professor must have demonstrated outstanding performance in at least one other area of faculty responsibility: (1) teaching and advising, (2) extension/professional practice, or (3) institutional service.

Congratulations (Distinguished) Professor Windus on this recognition.

An unexpected passion

Graduating senior Grace Lutovsky,  found an unexpected passion in research. Since her junior year she has been actively researching with Levi Stanley, assistant professor in chemistry. One of their projects included working on a reaction to change the composition of a steroid, which could potentially lead to a new class of drug molecules. Now she’s headed to graduate school to pursue chemistry research and has received an honorable mention for a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Jacob Petrich

...for being named the 2018 recipient of the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Congratulations to Javier Vela

...on receiving the Cassling Innovation Award for 2018-2019 from the College of LAS.

Congratulations to Aaron Rossini

...for being named as recipient of the ISU Award for Early Achievement in Research.

New discovery may change MRI technology

Imagine getting an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, but instead of lying on a table that slides into the noisy tunnel of a large machine and waiting for the image to be collected, a simple hand-held device scans the area of concern. Such a scenario may one day be a reality thanks to collaborative research by Wenyu Huang.

Honorable Mention for the 2018 Zaffarano Prize

Congratulations to Kevin Clark!  Clark has been selected as Honorable Mention for the 2018 Zaffarano Prize for excellent graduate research at Iowa State University.  This award is given annually to recognize graduate students for superior performance in publishable research.  Clark will be presented with a certificate during a ceremony at the Sigma Xi banquet in April, and a cash award.


Dueñas to Receive an ACS Graduate Fellowship

Maria Dueñas, Lee Group, has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship from the ACS Analytical division set to start this summer


Beatrise Berzina receives a Baxter Young Investigator Award

Beatrise Berzina, graduate student in the Robbyn Anand group, has been selected to receive a 2017 Baxter Young Investigator Award. Baxter's Young Investigator Awards seek to stimulate and reward research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that save and sustain patients' lives.

Congratulations Beatrise!!


Registration will open this summer for the 2018 Midwest Regional ACS Meeting.  Abstract Submission will begin in May with a Deadline for Abstract Submission of July 24, 2018.

NMR technique plays vital role in searching for next antibiotic

Vincenzo Venditti, an assistant professor of chemistry, is searching for a new kind of antibiotic in the fight against superbugs. “Superbugs” are microorganisms such as bacteria, which have adapted to be resistant against the typical drugs used to treat them.

By using the NMR technique to reduce the number of drug compounds to test against the enzyme, Venditti hopes to greatly reduce the time spent searching for a molecule that can inhibit the enzyme and ultimately be used to create a new, effective antibiotic.

Latest Rankings of Graduate Programs by U.S. News and World Report

The magazine reports its graduate rankings are based on two kinds of data – expert opinions about program quality and statistical measures of a program’s faculty, research and students. The magazine says researchers did statistical surveys of more than 2,012 programs and sent reputation surveys to more than 20,500 academics and professionals.

The magazine’s latest rankings of Iowa State graduate programs ranks Chemistry, tied for 48th overall and tied for 28th among publics