The Emory News Center recently published an article outlining a series of initiatives through which Emory University hopes to foster scholarly and research eminence. As part of its mission, titled “One Emory: Engaged for Impact”, Emory aims to inspire “Innovation through Scholarship and Creative Expression”. To achieve this goal, a Task Force on the Future of Basic Science Research was organized to identify how to maximize the success and impact of our research efforts.
This task force was co-chaired by Guida Silvestri and the Department of Chemistry’s own Dr. Huw Davies. Two priority research initiatives were decided upon as a result of this effort: “Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation” and “From Molecular Pathogenesis to Global Pandemics”. Dr. Davies, along with Dr. Haian Fu, leads the “Biological Discovery through Chemical Innovation” initiative with the aim of accelerating the development of the next generation of research tools, effective and safe drugs, and diagnostic agents.
“The idea is to enhance molecular science at Emory broadly,” says Davies. “The focus is not just on the potential for developing drugs, but on achieving more impactful basic science by deepening knowledge of biology and novel chemistry.”
“A ‘classical’ chemist is focused on getting a chemical reaction and creating new molecules,” explains Evangelista, assistant professor at Emory University. “As theoretical chemists, we want to understand how chemistry really works — how all the atoms involved interact with one another during a reaction.”
Carli Kovel, recently featured here in an Undergraduate Spotlight, has been named one of Emory’s Bobby Jones Scholars. This award, given to students selected for their academic excellence, exemplary character, and integrity, will allow its recipients to spend a year studying at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Carli currently conducts research in the MacBeth lab and is interested in catalysis and “green chemistry”.
“The opportunity will provide me with international perspectives on utilizing chemistry to solve global environmental issues. This will eventually enable me to become a catalyst for change, through chemical catalysis.”
Dr. Huw Davies has received the prestigious Humboldt Research Award for lifetime achievement in the sciences. He will spend the summer in Germany as part of an award-funded effort to build international research collaborations.
Tim Lian‘s energy research is the subject of a recent profile by Emory News Center and Emory’s eScience Commons, “Chemists find new way to do light-driven reactions in solar energy quest.” [Full Article]
Craig L. Hill was elected to the Academia Europaea (the European Academy). Dr. Hill is the first professor/researcher in the history of Emory University and in the history of the state of GA to be elected. Membership is by invitation only and follows a peer review process. Members of the academy “collectively aim to promote, learning, education, and research” in the sciences.