Omar Villanueva Defends Thesis, Now Assistant Professor at Dalton College

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to congratulate Dr. Omar Villanueva on successfully defending his thesis, “Design and Development of Novel Bis(amidophenyl)amine Redox-active Ligands to Promote Novel Reactivity at First-row Transition Metal Centers.”

Omar’s thesis committee included Cora MacBeth (advisor), Craig Hill, and Khalid Salaita. He is now Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences at Dalton State College.

Congratulations, Omar!

High School Students Celebrate Successful Summer Internships

Ten campus labs hosted summer interns from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology in 2014. Several of these students will continue their work into the fall. Our internship program is for the benefit of high school students–host labs prepare students for college and research careers by introducing them to hands-on lab work at the college level. Our graduate students also benefit from a sustained mentoring experience. Thank you to host P.I.s, mentors, and GSMST students for a wonderful summer!

Telling Your Science Story

Ari Daniel

Last Thursday, over twenty Emory undergrads, grads, and postdocs attended a workshop in science communication hosted by NPR contributor Ari Daniel. Students listened to clips from science-related stories and learned to tell stories about their own research. The “Telling Your Science Story” workshop was organized by Meisa Salaita and Monya Ruffin and sponsored by the Preparing Future Innovators speaker series, a collaboration between Georgia Tech and Emory. The workshop was also supported by the Center for Chemical Evolution.

Chemistry Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Three  students  received NSF awards in the 2014 cycle–congratulations to Carolyn Cohen, an undergraduate major, and to Wallace Derricotte and Keon Reid, Department of Chemistry graduate students. Alum Kelly Burke who completed undergraduate research in the Dyer Group and now attends CalTech also received a 2014 award.

Atlanta Area Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Symposium Held at Emory

The Atlanta Area Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Symposium was held at Emory University on December 7th, 2013. This networking event brought together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty from the greater Atlanta area with interests in biophysics, biological chemistry, bioengineering, and cell and molecular biology. Khalid Salaita, Laura Finzi (Emory physics), and JC Gumbart (GATech physics) organized the symposium.

[Full Symposium Schedule]

Graduate Student Attends International Nobel Laureates Meeting

Graduate student Yoshie Narui (Salaita Group) attended the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting in Germany. Once every year, 30–40 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau to meet the next generation of leading scientists: undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doc researchers from all over the world. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings foster the exchange among scientists of different generations, cultures, and disciplines.

Eduardo Garcia Receives 2013 McMullan Award

Congratulations to Eduardo Garcia (13C) for being awarded the prestigious 2013 Lucius Lamar McMullan Award seeks to reward Emory College graduates who show extraordinary promise of becoming our future leaders and rare potential for service to their community, the nation, and the world. The winner receives $25,000 at the time of graduation to be used for any purpose of his or her choosing. The McMullan Award is presented at the College Diploma Ceremony of the May 2013 Commencement.

[Emory Report]

Blakey Receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Simon Blakey , receipient of a 2009 NSF CAREER award for outstanding young investigators. From the NSF website:

CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of 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. Such activities should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from junior faculty members at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Adams Invited to ACS Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy Summer School

Congratulations to Savannah Adams (1st-year student in the Lynn Group) for being invited to the American Chemical Society summer school on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy at the School of Mines in Golden, CO. From ACS:

The Summer School is open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars studying in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Most applicants are studying for or have earned advanced degrees in chemistry or chemical engineering, but applicants from other fields will also be considered. The program is sponsored by the ACS, ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and ACS Green Chemistry Institute. Coach-class airfare, ground transportation, shared on-campus housing, meals, and all program costs are provided to students.