Three CCB members will be featured in special presentations at the American Chemical Society spring meeting in New Orleans. Professor Daniel Nocera, as Keynote Speaker of the Kavli Lectures, will present the Kavli Foundation Innovations in Chemistry Lecture, "The artificial leaf," on Monday, April 8th. A symposium in honor of Professor Ted Betley, winner of the National Fresenius Award sponsored by Phi Lamda Upsilon, the National Chemistry Honor Society, will take place on Tuesday, April 9th. And Bryan Dickinson, co-winner of the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry, will speak at a symposium on Wednesday, April 10th, along with his current supervisor, Professor David Liu. Links to the symposia can be accessed at the ACS website.
In a new paper in the journal Nature, Alex Shalek and Jellert Gaublomme in Hongkun Park’s research group, in collaboration with Aviv Regev (Broad) and Vijay Kuchroo (Brigham and Womens Hospital), have utilized nanowire-based delivery to decipher the regulatory circuits that guide the differentiation of IL-17 producing T helpers cells known as Th17 cells. These cells play a key role in the defense against foreign pathogens, but they are also potent inducers of a variety of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Read more about Nanowire-based Perturbation of Primary T Cells
The Freie Universität (Free University) of Berlin has honored Professors George Whitesides and Tobias Ritter in the past month. On October 17th, Professor Whitesides was given an honorary doctorate by the university's Department of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy and in turn gave a speech (in English) on "The Future of Chemistry." Read more about Honors from Freie Universität
Congratulations to Alán Aspuru-Guzik, elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for his contributions at the interface of quantum information and chemistry and biology, including theory and experiment in quantum simulation for molecules, the development of the understanding of quantum coherence in photosynthesis, and density functional theory for open quantum systems.
Congratulations to Professor Charles Lieber, who has been selected to receive the Willard Gibbs Medal of the Chicago Section of the ACS! He will receive his award in May, and joins a group of distinguished winners of the Gibbs Medal including Professors E.J. Corey and David Evans, and former CCB professors Richards, Kistiakowsky, Bartlett, Woodward, Westheimer, and Wilson. Read more about Willard Gibbs Medal
Two December papers in the journal Science describe a new method developed by members of the Xie group, called MALBAC for Multiple Annealing and Looping-based Amplification Cycles, to reproduce an entire DNA molecule from a single cell and to verify and monitor the appearance of mutations in a cell as it divides. Read more about MALBAC
Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik will receive the 2013 Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry from the Physical Chemistry Division American Chemical Society "for his pioneering contributions to the intersection of quantum information and chemistry, in particular, quantum computing for chemistry and ultrafast quantum process tomography." The award will be presented during the Fall ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis. Congratulations, Professor Aspuru-Guzik!
And The Winner Is: Newly-appointed inorganic/energy professor Dan Nocera stars in the film "The Artificial Leaf" at the Sundance Festival! And the film has taken second place and a $50,000 award (for the producers) in the Focus Forward’s Filmmaker Competition for short documentaries. Over 600 entries from 69 countries competed for prizes in the Focus Forward competition. Read more about The Artificial Leaf
The Maryland section of the American Society has announced that Professor Eric Jacobsen has been selected to receive its 2013 Remsen Award. The award presentation will take place later in the spring. The award is named after Ira Remsen (1846-1927), who was the first professor of graduate-level chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, which had the first postgraduate program in the USA; Remsen is also the first recipient of the ACS Priestley Medal for his services to the discipline of chemistry. Read more about 2013 Remson Award