Chemistry Major Interns with the Department of Homeland Security

One of the most surprising things I learned was that diamonds rarely appear in nature like you stereotypically see in jewelry stores. Most look like small, black, unpolished rocks […] If all of these stones are known to originate from South Africa future researchers can predict that stones with large boron impurities originate near the same area.

Undergraduate Jessica Elinburg, president of our award-winning ACS club, ChEmory, is profiled in a blog about her recent internship with the Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM summer internship program. Congratulations, Jessica!

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!

Stars’ Chemistry Key to Their Planets’ Ability to Support Life

Born in a disc of gas and rubble, planets eventually come together as larger and larger pieces of dust and rock stick together. They may be hundreds of light-years away from us, but astronomers can nevertheless watch these planets as they form.

A recent article on Space.com (republished from Astrobiology Magazine) highlights a collaborative project detailed in the recent article “Complex organic molecules in protoplanetary disks.” Susanna Widicus Weaver and graduate student Jake Laas in the Widicus Weaver group are co-authors of the paper.

Be sure to check out the full text and the paper!

Khalid Salaita Receives Dreyfus Award, NSF Early Career Award

Khalid Salaita
Khalid Salaita

Assistant Professor Khalid Salaita is a 2014 recipient of the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award and a 2014 recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Early CAREER Award.

The Drefyus award supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. According to the Dreyfus Foundation, they seek “Teacher-Scholars who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Nominations must provide compelling evidence of the advance of important knowledge in the chemical sciences by the nominee.” The award provides a $75,000 unrestricted research grant, $7,500 of which is allocated towards departmental expenses associated with research and education.

The NSF Early CAREER Award is the organization’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty. The award recognizes “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.”

The Emory University Department of Chemistry is pleased to recognize Dr. Salaita’s achievements as an accomplished researcher and an engaged member of the Emory community.