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Department News
2011
June 8, 2011 – The department announced University President John J. DeGioia’s appointment of Timothy Warren and Christian Wolf to Full Professor effective August 1, 2011.
May 31, 2011 – Nine undergraduates, who attend colleges and universities throughout the country, arrived to begin a ten-week research program through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates​. Click here for more information about Georgetown’s NSF-REU program.
May 20, 2011 – Timothy Barbari, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Georgetown University, conferred the 2011 Career Research Achievement Award to Prof. Miklos Kertesz at the GSAS commencement ceremony.
May 17, 2011 – The National Science Foundation, through its Division of Materials Research, awarded Prof. K. Travis Holman a three-year grant totaling $405,000. The abstract for his project, entitled “Metal-Organometallic Frameworks Supporting Catalytically Active Moieties,” may be found on the NSF’s website.
April 26, 2011 – The Georgetown Chapter of Sigma Xi, an international science and engineering honor society, inducted new associate members at its annual induction dinner, including Chemistry major Holly Tao (C’12) and Biochemistry major Karinne Von Groningen (C’11).
April 15, 2011 – The Department recently learned that, in October 2010, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke awarded Dr. Thomas J. Bruno (Ph.D. ’81, Martire) a silver medal for his work. Dr. Bruno was recognized for developing a new method of analyzing complex fluid mixtures that facilitates the introduction of new fuels in the U.S. energy infrastructure. Dr. Bruno leads the Experimental Properties of Fluids Group of the Thermophysical Properties Division at NIST, Boulder.
March 30, 2011 – Monique Koppel, from Moasser's group, and Katy Sherlach, from Roepe's group, are the recipients of the ARCS fellowship for the 2011 - 2012 academic year.
March 15, 2011 – In connection with the International Year of Chemistry the students of our Chemistry Club received a $300 ACS grant for support of their outreach activities and contributions. The purpose of the grant is to "raise awareness of the importance of chemistry in everyday life".
March 10, 2011 – For its March 2011 issue, BioTechniques interviewed Professor Paul D. Roepe about “the ambitions, character, and motivations that led to his success.” [more]
March 8, 2011 For its issue dated March 14, 2011, ChemPhysChem selected a paper written in the laboratory of Professor YuYe Tong, Chair of the Department of Chemistry, to occupy its inside cover. [more]
February 23, 2011 – We have learned with sadness and regret that Mrs. Ann Pope, Professor Michael Pope’s wife, passed away.  [more]
February 9, 2011 At its February 9th meeting, the Cincinnati Section of the American Chemical Society named Georgetown alumna Apryll M. Stalcup (Ph.D. ’88, Martire), Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati, the 2011 Cincinnati Chemist of the Year. [more]
January 31, 2011 – The Office of Technology Commercialization at Georgetown University honored twenty-six members of the Georgetown faculty, including Professors Richard G. Weiss and Christian Wolf, for being awarded U.S. patents from 2007-2010.
2010
October 20, 2010 It is with great sadness that we report the unexpected and sudden death of alumna Silvia Carlota Termes (Ph.D. ’77, Pope). Sylvia’s latest work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involved studies on the environmental effects of pesticides. The department lost a faithful alumna. [more]
September 2010 – Dr. Leah B. Casabianca (Ph.D. ’09, de Dios) has been awarded twenty-four month Fulbright Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She also received an NSF International Research Fellowship Award in the amount of $122,900 in support of her research activity there.
September 17, 2010 – The Department of Energy (DOE-BES) awarded Prof. YuYe Tong a three-year, $510,000 grant for his proposal “In Situ NMR/IR/Raman and ab initio DFT Investigations of Pt-Based Mono- and Bi-metallic Nanoscale Electrocatalysts: from Sulfur-Poisoning to Polymer Promoters to Surface Activity Indexes.”
September 16, 2010 – Prof. Timothy H. Warren received a three-year, $435,000 grant from the Catalysis program of the National Science Foundation’s Chemistry division for his proposal “Catalytic C-H Amination with Late Metal Nitrenes and Amides.”
September 1, 2010 – Prof. Jong-in Hahm received a new NIH R01 grant focusing on the study of zinc oxide nanorod-based early biomarker screening for acute kidney injury. This work is in collaboration with Dr. W. Brian Reeves (Department of Nephrology at Penn State Hershey Medical School). This is a five-year project and the awarded amount to Georgetown is $ $1,835,250.
September 1, 2010 – Prof. Miklos Kertesz was awarded a new NSF grant for this research on the “Electronic Structure of Organic Materials: Extremely Short Intermolecular Contacts.” The three-year grant will provide $244,971 for his research.
August 2010 – Lora Angelova, a third-year graduate student and member of the Weiss lab, has been awarded a Clare Booth Luce Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year.
August 2, 2010 – Mukund S. Chorghade (Ph.D. ’83, Hammer) currently at THINQ Pharma, MA, was elected to the 2010 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society.
August 1, 2010 – YuYe Tong was promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry.
May 2010 – Dean Timothy Barbari awarded the 2010 Harold N. Glassman Dissertation Award in the Sciences to Yosra Badiei (Ph.D. ’09, Warren) for her thesis, “Copper Carbenes and Nitrenes: Capture of Elusive Intermediates and the Development of Copper Catalyzed C-H Amination Reaction.”
May 6, 2010 – Georgetown broke ground May 5 for a $100 million, state-of-the-art science center. [more]
April 1, 2010 – Associate Professor Timothy H. Warren recently received new support from the National Science Foundation for his work that aims to unravel fundamental details of biological nitric oxide processing at copper ions. [more]
March 17, 2010 Sarah Stoll, associate professor of chemistry, received a $197,547 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund the acquisition of an X-ray powder diffractometer. [more]
January 8, 2010 – NIST awarded Georgetown University $6.9 million for the construction of the new Science Research Building. [more]
January 4, 2010 – In its January 4, 2010 issue, Chemical & Engineering News recognized Catherine E. Costello, a Georgetown Chemistry Ph.D. alumna, as a 2010 American Chemical Society Award Winner for receiving the Frank H. Field & Joe L. Franklin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry. [more]
2009
December 21, 2009 – In its December 21, 2009 issue, Chemical & Engineering News recognized recent discoveries in the laboratory of Steve Metallo, associate professor of chemistry, and collaborators as one of twelve “superlative achievements” in chemistry research for 2009.[more]
December 18, 2009 – Prof. Toshiko Ichiye recently received funding in the amount of $1,497,729 from the NIH. Her four-year grant will support her research project, “Computer Simulations of Electron Transfer Proteins.”
December 16, 2009YuYe Tong, associate professor of chemistry, received a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project “International Collaboration in Chemistry: Nanoscale Single Crystal Ensemble Electrocatalysis for Fuel Cell Applications. [more]
October 28, 2009Christian Wolf, associate professor of chemistry, received a $375,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for “Designing Atropisomeric Sensors for Enantioselective Recognition of Chiral Compounds.” [more]
October 9, 2009 – In an October 2009 edition of Georgetown University’s Blue & Gray, Victoria Fosdal detailed the visit by and lecture of Richard Schrock, the Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry and 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. Schrock was the guest of graduate students in the Department of Chemistry who selected him to serve as the Graduate Student Invited Lecturer for 2009. [more]
August 1, 2009 – Professor Steven Metallo was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure in the Department of Chemistry.
May 26, 2009Dick Weiss was awarded a doctor honoris causa degree from the University of Bordeaux I. [more]
April 6, 2009 – In its April 2009 edition, Georgetown University’s Blue & Gray featured a profile of Prof. Paul Roepe that describes his background, details the research being conducted in his lab, discusses his service to the university, and relates his influence in the classroom. [more]
March 2, 2009 – In its March 2009 edition, Chemistry World featured Prof. YuYe Tong in a piece about cutting-edge developments in the study of nanocrystals for catalysis. [more]
February 14, 2009 – Congratulations to Dr. Mukund Chorghade (Ph.D. ’82, Hammer), who was recently elected a Fellow of the Section on Chemistry of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was recognized at the Fellows Forum of the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. [more]
February 5, 2009Prof. Paul Roepe appeared on National Public Radio’s “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” to discuss Charles Darwin’s impact on current, cutting-edge research. [more]
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