Dr. Morokuma was an expert on electronic structure theory and applications, having authored or coauthored more than 900 papers, many review articles and several books. He received numerous awards, directed many scientific centers, and served as president of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences.
Dr. Morokuma was a loving husband to his dear wife, Eiko, father of three sons and one daughter, and grandfather of two grandchildren. He will be remembered by his colleagues and friends for the enthusiasm and energy he brought to everything he did, from science to tennis. He will be deeply missed.
Research from Emory’s Emerson Center for Scientific Computing has been highlighted by Chemical and Engineering News. The research, the result of a collaboration between the Emerson Center’s Djamaladdin D. Musaev and the Kenichiro Itami at Nagoya University in Japan, involves Cu-catalyzed C-H imidination. The article, “Onward to simpler C–H functionalizations” appears in the November 07-08 issue of Chemical & Engineering News both in print and online.
The 2016 Emerson Center Lectureship Award Symposium was held in Harland Cinema on September 23rd, 2016. Professor Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California, the 2013 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was the Emerson award winner and keynote speaker. His talk was titled “How to Model the Action of Complex Biological Systems on a Molecular Level.” The symposium also featured talks by David Lynn, Brian Dyer, and R. Prabhakar (University of Miami). The symposium was hosted by Jamal Musaev and the Emerson Center for Scientific Computation. Financial support for the symposium came from the Emory’s Hightower fund, the Department of Chemistry, and Microway Technologies.