Happy New Year! As we enter 2019, a new year of innovation and achievement, let’s take some time to appreciate some of the wonderful things that took place in the Department of Chemistry during 2018.
Victor Pui-Yan Ma, a rising 5th year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Salaita, has been chosen to participate in the 2018 CAS SciFinder® Future Leaders Program.
According to their website, “The CAS SciFinder Future Leaders program aims to expand professional networks among emerging researchers, increase knowledge and exchange ideas about the role of information within the research process, and share lessons from industry and academic leaders about the role of science in the global economy, academia and the media.”
Selected from hundreds of applicants, Victor will join 30 other outstanding Ph.D. students and postdocs from around the world during a visit to the CAS headquarters in Columbus, Ohio in August. During their visit, the researchers will collaborate on new initiatives to shape the future of scientific information and innovation.
To read the full announcement, click [here]!
Happy New Year! As we welcome 2018, let’s reflect on some of the great things that happened during 2017.
- Francesco Evangelista was awarded the 2017 Dirac Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious awards for theoretical and computational chemists under 40
- The Department launched “The Chemmys” seminar series with Dr. W. Carl Lineberger giving the inaugural keynote speech
- ChEmory held their inaugural alumni career panel featuring three distinguished alums, Dr. Vicky Stevens, Dr. Holly Carpenter, and Nelly Miles
- Bill Wuest joined the Emory Department of Chemistry faculty
- Morgan McCabe joined the Department of Chemistry as Lead Research Specialist
- ChEmory students traveled to San Francisco to attend the ACS Meeting
- Joel Bowman was selected as one of three keynote speakers at the International Conference on Computational Science and its Applications in Trieste, Italy
- Dennis Liotta gave the keynote address at the Molecular and Systems Pharmacology Graduate Program Symposium
- Huw Davies received the Humboldt Research Award for lifetime achievement in the sciences
- The Hill Group received over 1000 citations on their paper “Polyoxometalates in Medicine”
- Ian Pavelich was awarded an Advancing Science in America Fellowship, an award for academically outstanding students in science, engineering, and medical research
- The Wuest Group was featured of the August Issue of ChemBioChem
- Craig Hill was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for his impactful contributions to the field of chemical sciences
- The Department of Chemistry kicked off its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative with its “Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) seminar
- ChEmory was recognized by the American Chemical Society as a commendable chapter for 2016-2017, placing ChEmory in the top 10-20% of all undergraduate ACS chapters
- The Department of Chemistry joined the Twitterverse @EmoryChem
- Morgan Vaughn of the Dyer Group was awarded a Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, an award designed to allow advanced students to design and teach a course
- Vincent Conticello was quoted in Chemistry World discussing protein materials
- The Center for Selective C-H Functionalization received a $20 Million Renewal from the NSF
- Bill Wuest received the 2017 ACS Infections Diseases Young Investigator Award for his research on bacterial biofilms and antibiotic resistance
- Chemistry Unbound revolutionized the undergraduate chemistry program
- Elaine Liu received the Advancing Science in America (ARCS) Award, an award for academically outstanding students to help fund the “seed stage” of their work and discovery
- The Lynn Group was featured in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
- Victor Ma received the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award from the NIH to fund his remaining thesis work and future postdoctoral work
- Members from the Department of Chemistry and the CCHF attended the SACNAS symposium and outreach event at the Leonardo Museum
- The Salaita Group research on “Picky Platelets” was featured in Medical Express
Victor Ma, a fourth-year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Khalid Salaita, was recently selected as one of twenty-six Predoctoroal to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award Fellows from the National Institute of Health. This award will provide Victor with two years of funding to complete his doctoral thesis and an additional four years of funding for future postdoc training. In the Salaita lab, with co-mentorship by Dr. Brian Evavold, Victor’s research focuses on developing technologies to study mechanobiology at the molecular scale. With an ultimate goal of establishing an alternative mechanism for regulating T cell activity, he studies the roles of mechanical forces in T cell activation, whether these forces are coordinately controlled by mechano-sensitive proteins, and the importance of these forces for T cell biological function. The findings from these studies can provide insight into a potential strategy for developing effective immunotherapies.
In his postdoc, Victor plans on transitioning into the field of tumor immunology, where he hopes to capitalize on his skillset to elucidate the physical mechanisms responsible for preventing T cells from interacting with tumor cells. “My ultimate career goal is to become an independent investigator at a research-intensive university, where I can assume teaching duties and direct a research lab that combines knowledge from various disciplines to innovate career research,” says Victor. “This award will surely serve as a stepping stone to help achieve my goal!”
On Friday, August 26th, the Department of Chemistry celebrated our new and returning graduate students with the Welcome Back Fourth Friday and Graduate Awards Ceremony. Students, staff, and faculty enjoyed Fox Bros. BBQ and cupcakes from Atlanta Cupcake Factory while cheering on award winners. In a new tradition this year, our 2016 graduate class was officially introduced to the community by their graduate student mentors at the end of the awards ceremony.
Here are the awardees:
Recognition of Service Instructors
- Mass Spec: Samantha Summer (Liotta)
- X-ray Crystallography: Daniel Collins-Wildman (Hill); Tom Pickel (Scarborough)
- NMR: Bruce Liao (Davies); Benjamin Fontaine (Weinert); Noel Li (Lynn); Amaan Kazerouni (Blakey)
- Bioanalytical Instruments: Jenny Coffman (Lutz)
- Quayle Outstanding Student Award: Yang Liu (Salaita); Luyao Zou (Widicus Weaver)
- Quayle Advanced/Senior Student Award: Liangbing Fu (Davies); Christian Wallen (Scarborough)
- Quayle Student Achievement Award:Benjamin Fontaine (Weinert); Kornelia Galior (Salaita);Robert Kubiak (Davies); Bruce Liao (Davies); Victor Ma (Salaita)
Outstanding TA Awards
- General Chemistry: Brooke Andrews
- Analytical: Paula Tyler
- Physical Chemistry: Sean Bresler
- Organic: Ally Boyington
Recognition of ARCS Nominees
- Austin Baker (Jui)
- Jacob Burman (Blakey)
- Daniel Collins-Wildman (Hill)
- Paula Tyler (Dyer) Selected as 2016 ARCS Scholar
Congratulations to all!