On January 29, 2018, Prof. Mechref served on the NIDDK Special Emphasis Panel; + More PAR14-301-NIDDK Central Repositories Non-Renewable Sample Access (X01)-Biomarkers
for T1D; ZDK1 GRB-S (J1).
Prof. Jonathan Sweedler (UIUC) was guest speaker for the Dasgupta Lecture Series,
Feb 7th & 8th. + More His research focus is on developing new approaches for assaying small volume samples,
and in applying these methods to study novel interactions between cells (brain cells
in this lecture series). Learn More
The Department was pleased to host Dr. Ginny Shen Lin and her daughter Dr. Anna Elsalim
on Jan. 19th. + More During the department reception, faculty and staff had the opportunity to reminisce
and discuss the exciting happening within the department with Dr. Lin and Dr. Elsalim.
Dr. Lin has been a generous donor to the department over the years and her named scholarship
is part of what helps to make this department a special place. For further information
about department scholarships, please click on this link
Prof. Jorge A. Morales to be Visiting Professor at University of Pernambuco, Brazil + More Prof. Jorge A. Morales has received a visiting Professor position at the level of
full Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Federal University of Pernambuco,
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. This is a six-month position starting on June 1, 2018.
During his stay in Brazil, Prof. Morales will conduct theoretical chemistry research
with several groups in the University of Pernambuco and will teach a graduate course
on theoretical chemistry. Learn More
Prof. Andrew Harned named Associate Editor for Royal Society Open Science+ More Prof. Andrew Harned has been named an Associate Editor and member of the Chemistry
Editorial Board for Royal Society Open Science, a multidisciplinary open access journal, covering 12 subjects across all of science,
engineering and mathematics. The journal aims to publish high quality work, using
objective peer-review without restrictions on scope, length or impact. Although the
Royal Society owns the journal, the chemistry content is published in collaboration
with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Of particular note, Prof. Harned will be the
journal's first Associate Editor of chemistry content to be based in the United States.
Prof. Benjamin Wylie received a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award of $1,745,725
+ More Prof. Benjamin Wylie received a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) (R35)
from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His proposal was entitled “Functional
Interplay of Lipid Membrane Components: Activation, Inhibition, and Raft Formation.”
The Wylie lab will receive $1,745,725 over five years. Learn More
Brandon Watson places first in the 2017 ACS SWRM Undergraduate poster session + More During the 2017 ACS SWRM meeting held here in Lubbock, Texas, undergraduate student
Brandon T. Watson presented his research conducted in Dr. Cozzolino's lab, along 108
other undergraduate students from across the region. His poster was titled the “Design
of Moisture Stable Antimony (III) Compounds for Self-Assembly through Secondary Bonding
Interactions” and was the culmination of a year of research within the Cozzolino group.
His research focused on the synthesis of stable, tripodal antimony (III) and bismuth
(III) thiolates in hopes of being able to further construct self-assembled supramolecular
spherical structures. To read more about the happenings in Dr. Cozzolino's research
group, please click on the following link: Cozzolino Group
The Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Research Poster Session + More Event was held on Aug 25, 2017. Each poster was judged by at least 2 judges. This
year three prizes were given to best undergraduate posters and three prizes were awarded
to best graduate posters. This year winners were:
Graduate Students • 1st Place - Collin Borcik: Insane in the Membrane: The functional interplay between lipids and a full-length
inward-rectifier potassium channel via solid-state NMR • 2nd Place - Babak Tahmouresilerd: Strategies for Supporting Iodine Catalytic Sites in Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) • 3rd Place - Ranjith Nadipalli: HKT1 sodium transporter expression correlates with salt-tolerance in Arugula ecotypes Undergraduate Students • 1st Place - Amanda Miller: Cu(1,7-phenanthroline)(PPH3)2 . PF6: An 'Inhibited' Ligand Complex • 2nd Place - Brandon Watson: The Design of Moisture Stable Antimony (III) and Bismuth (III) Compounds for Self-Assembly
through Secondary Bonding Interactions • 3rd Place - Dustin Kenafake: Metal-Free "Hydrogenation of Ketones and Imines via 'Inverse' Frustrated Lewis Pair
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing high quality
education in the chemical and biochemical sciences for undergraduate and graduate
students, producing research contributions that are recognized nationally and internationally,
and making service contributions at all levels.