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Natural Sciences Students Create Endowment for Fellow Students

The Natural Sciences Council (NSC) will become one of the only student organizations in the history of The University of Texas at Austin to create an endowment to support scholarships for undergraduates. The NSC, which acts as a liaison between undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and its faculty and administration, are setting up th...nsc logo
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Bard Named Distinguished Scientist by Southeastern Research Association

The Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) today announced that Allen Bard, the Hackerman-Welch Regents Chair in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, will receive its 2009 Distinguished Scientist Award.

Cowley Honored for Advancing Inorganic Chemistry

Alan H. Cowley, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, is being recognized for his nearly 50 years of contributions to the field of inorganic chemistry.

Nanoscientist Barbara Wins Bright Wilson Award

Paul Barbara, the Richard J. V. Johnson Welch Chair in Chemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, is the recipient of this year's Bright Wilson Award for Spectroscopy.

Chemist Honored by ACS

Peter Rossky, professor of chemistry, is the first recipient of the American Chemical Society Physical Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry for his outstanding contributions to physical chemistry. Rossky will be invited to present a plenary lecture at the Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry during the summer, where he will receive the awa...rossky_web

Defusing Explosive Situations

Chemisty Professor Jonathan Sessler's laboratory is working with a class of molecules that would detect small amounts of TNT and rapidly change color, signaling the presence of the explosive. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have been a devastating weapon against United States armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. There have been more than 81,...Chemisty Professor Jonathan Sessler's laboratory is working with a class of molecules that would detect small amounts of TNT and rapidly change color, signaling the presence of the explosive.

$5 Million Grant to Fund Renewable Energy Research

The Center for Electrochemistry (CEC) at The University of Texas at Austin has received a $5 million grant from the Houston-based Welch Foundation to start the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a multi-disciplinary, collaborative effort to promote advances in renewable energy technologies. The initiative, says CEC Director Dr. Allen Bard, has thr...

Willson Presented with National Medal

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) presents C. Grant Willson (L) with a National Medal of Technology and Innovation during an East Room ceremony at the White House September 29, 2008 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America) Chemistry Professor C. Grant Willson was given a National Medal of Technology and Innovation yest...

Chemistry of Self-Repair

In the first of these scanning electron microscope images, you see an arroyo-like crack running from top to bottom in one of Bielawski’s materials. The physical gap disrupts electrical conductivity from one side to the other because it is difficult for electrons to hop across. Heating the material causes the material to convert to a liquid state w...In the first of these scanning electron microscope images, you see an arroyo-like crack running from top to bottom in one of Bielawski’s materials. The physical gap disrupts electrical conductivity from one side to the other because it is difficult for electrons to hop across.

Smart Materials Get Smarter

AUSTIN, Texas—A dynamic way to alter the shape and size of microscopic three-dimensional structures built out of proteins has been developed by biological chemist Jason Shear and his former graduate student Bryan Kaehr at The University of Texas at Austin. Shear and Kaehr fabricated a variety of detailed three-dimensional microstructures, known as...Dr. Jason Shear

Chemists Receive NIH Grant for Cancer Research

AUSTIN, Texas--Chemistry researchers at two Central Texas universities have received a four-year, $1,113,615 grant from the National Institutes of Health to evaluate a new technique that could rapidly predict the anti-cancer activity of new compounds. Lynn Guziec, assistant professor of chemistry at Southwestern University, will collaborate on the...

For Creating New Field Of Science, Bard Wins International Prize

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Allen Bard, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, was awarded the 2008 Wolf Prize in Chemistry jointly with Professor William Moerner of Stanford University. The award, announced by Israel’s minister of education, Professor Yuli Tamir, was given to the two scientists for their “creation of...

Chemist Wins Presidential Green Chemistry Award

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Michael J. Krische, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Austin, has been awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his innovative work developing a new class of chemical transformations that eliminate waste production. Krische received this award during a June 26 ceremony hoste...

Going Green

Dr. Michael Krische in the lab with post-doctoral fellow Andriy Barchuk. Photo: Marsha Miller. Medicines are made to heal, but ironically, the chemical reactions used to make them can generate unwanted, toxic wastes that can do harm to humans and the environment. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Michael Krische would like to minimize pr...Krische and Barchuk

Krische wins Elias J. Corey award for his work in green chemistry

AUSTIN, Texas--Dr. Michael Krische, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has won the Elias J. Corey Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for an outstanding original contribution to organic synthesis by a young investigator. His award will be presented the ACS National Meeting in March 2007. Krische received the honor for his origina...