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John Ovian awarded EJ Corey Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship

August 31, 2021

John Ovian, a graduate student in the Jacobsen Lab, has been chosen as a recipient of the EJ Corey Bristol-Myers Squibb Fellowship for 2021-22. John’s doctoral research focuses on developing catalytic enantioselective methods for the synthesis of chromanes and fluorinated building blocks. He also works to elucidate the catalyst features responsible for achieving high selectivity. Congratulations, John!

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American Chemical Society announces Division of Inorganic Chemistry Awards

August 31, 2021
Dr. Agnes Thorarinsdottir is the recipient of the 2021 American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry award together with Dr. Yunjung Baek. Dr. Thorarinsdottir, Harvard University Center for the Environment Fellow, received her Ph.D. with Dr. Dave Harris at Northwestern University and currently she is conducting her postdoctoral studies in the Nocera Group. Dr. Yunjung Baek received her Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Theodore Betley, Harvard University CCB.
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Harvard Women In Chemistry Launches Spotlight Initiative

August 11, 2021
The Harvard Women in Chemistry (HWIC) student-led group has launched a new series spotlighting female scientists in the department. HWIC leadership is strongly invested in community building and outreach and this platform will help to highight exceptional trainees. HWIC's mission is "dedicated to addressing issues concerning the representation and quality of life of women in STEM fields, particularly chemistry. We are dedicated to outreach to the local community to promote awareness of women in chemistry.... Read more about Harvard Women In Chemistry Launches Spotlight Initiative
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Rebecca Sherbo awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award

August 5, 2021
Rebecca Sherbo, a postdoctoral fellow in the Nocera group, has been awarded the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. This award funds the postdoctoral-to-faculty transition for postdocs who have completed a Ph.D. in physical sciences and then transitioned into biological sciences. Rebecca’s work is at the interface of electrochemistry and synthetic biology. She focuses on growing carbon- and nitrogen-fixing bacteria electrochemically to make food products from renewable energy and gases. A full story can be found... Read more about Rebecca Sherbo awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award
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Researchers find first experimental evidence of elusive quantum state

August 3, 2021

“The Axion insulator is a new quantum state with truly exciting quantum properties.” said Suyang Xu, an assistant professor of chemistry at Harvard and a lead author of the report. “For a long time, researchers have been searching for materials that can realize this state. Finally, we have found a good one!”

The work, published in the journal Nature, is believed to be the first experimental evidence of this type of quantum state and can one day help generate a magneto-electric effect that can lead to...

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CCB Visiting Scholar, Dr. Frank Laukien, to serve as co-chair of new AACR Cancer Evolution Working Group

August 3, 2021
On July 28, 2021, The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) announced the formation of its seventh and newest scientific working group, which will be dedicated to supporting cancer evolution research. CCB Visiting Scholar Dr. Frank Laukien, PhD, has been selected to serve as co-chair. The newly formed working group's mission is "to advance cancer diagnostic, therapeutic, and prevention strategies by fostering a fundamental understanding of cancer evolution amongst its members and the broader cancer research community." A full story can be found... Read more about CCB Visiting Scholar, Dr. Frank Laukien, to serve as co-chair of new AACR Cancer Evolution Working Group
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Kevin Zhao selected as a 2021 Schmidt Science Fellow

June 4, 2021
Eric and Wendy Schmidt today announced the fourth cohort of Schmidt Science Fellows, a group of 28 early-career scientists committed to harnessing interdisciplinary science to make a positive difference in the world. Kevin Zhao, a G5 in the Liu Lab, is one of three Harvard University students to receive the coveted fellowship. The Selectors were very impressed by the high quality of the candidates this year and Zhao was selected from a group of over 400 highly accomplished candidates nominated from 88 of the world’s leading science and technology universities and... Read more about Kevin Zhao selected as a 2021 Schmidt Science Fellow