Mike Larsen Selected as Winner of the 2014 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science

Larsen 1Mike Larsen, a Ph.D. candidate working with Assistant Professor AJ Boydston, has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science. Eastman Chemical partnered with the PMSE division of the American Chemical Society to offer this award in recognition of outstanding student achievement in the field of polymers and materials research. Applicants provided a copy of a recent publication, and finalists were selected to present a seminar at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Based upon the submitted papers and oral presentations, Mike Larsen was selected as this year’s awardee.

Scott Rayermann Receives Alpha Epsilon Delta Teaching Excellence Award

RayermannAlpha Epsilon Delta (AED), an undergraduate premedical honor society at the University of Washington, has awarded Scott Rayermann the AED Teaching Excellence Award. Each year, AED seeks to recognize one professor and one teaching assistant who have made exceptional efforts in teaching. Mr. Rayermann was nominated and selected by student members of AED for his dedication and commitment to teaching their students.

Joshua Guerrette awarded ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Summer Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to Joshua Guerrette, who has been awarded a 2012 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry (DAC) Summer Graduate Fellowship to support his Ph.D. work in our department! Joshua is a third year graduate student working with Professor Bo Zhang to develop an electroanalytical technique known as fluorescence-enabled electrochemical detection and imaging. Previously, Joshua was an undergraduate at University of Hawaii, where he majored in Chemistry.

UW team wins iGEM grand prize

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Chemistry graduate student Justin Siegel and undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry majors Casey Ager, Juhye An, Sydney Gordon, Elaine Lai, Seth Sagulo, Liz Stanley, Sarah Wolf, and Lei Zhang for a remarkable accomplishment. These students and 14 others were members of the UW team that won the Grand Prize in the sixth annual International Genetically Engineered Machine World Championship Competition (iGEM). This is the first time a team from the United States has won the award. Members of the UW community are invited to a celebration of their accomplishment on Monday, December 12, at 4:00 pm in the atrium of the Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Engineering Building.

This year, 160 teams from around the world competed in regional competitions. The 65 most competitive teams worldwide convened at MIT to present their synthetic biology projects.  Awards were presented and the four top teams (from Imperial College London, MIT, ZJU-China, and the University of Washington) were named as finalists.  An international panel of judges awarded the University of Washington the grand prize.

The University of Washington project is an example of undergraduate students engineering solutions to real-world problems. The students developed a novel protein with promise for the treatment of gluten intolerance (Celiac disease), to be taken as an oral therapeutic similar to the lactaid pill.  Additionally, they produced diesel fuel from sugar by engineering a novel biological system.  These projects demonstrate how synthetic biology can be used to solve many of the world’s problems, and that significant progress can be made by a group of undergraduate students with little formal training in just one summer.  More information can be found at http://2011.igem.org/Team:Washington. For more info about iGEM, visit http://www.igem.org

Graduate Student Alumna Dr. Susan Rempe wins R&D 100 Award

Chemistry alumna Dr. Susan Rempe (’98), currently at Sandia National Laboratory, has received the prestigious R&D 100 Award presented by R&D Magazine. The award recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Dr. Rempe was honored for her project “Biomimetic Membranes for Water Purification”, in collaboration with researchers from the University of New Mexico. The project has developed new biomimetic membranes that purify water with a ten-fold improvement in efficiency over traditional reverse-osmosis filters. Dr. Rempe received her PhD from the University of Washington, Department of Chemistry, working with former Department Chair Robert Watts.

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Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith awarded 2011 UW Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith, who has been awarded the 2011 UW Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award.  Aurelia earned her Ph.D. in 2010 in Professor Sarah Keller’s physical chemistry group. Her research centered on miscibility transitions within lipid membranes. Her work is broadly applicable because she performed the first systematic measurement of a dynamic critical exponent in any 2D system with conserved order parameter. Aurelia is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Congratulations to Jon Cox, Josh Patterson, and Cynthia Stanich for receiving the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the 2010-2011 academic year. This award is based on reliability, initiative, and scientific preparedness in meeting the duties of a Teaching Assistant in addition to nominations from undergraduates throughout the year.

Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith awarded 2010-2011 College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Medal

Congratulations to Dr. Aurelia Honerkamp-Smith, who has been awarded the 2010-2011 College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Medal for the Natural Sciences Division. Aurelia earned her Ph.D. in 2010 in Professor Sarah Keller’s physical chemistry group. Her research centered on miscibility transitions within lipid membranes. Her work is broadly applicable because she performed the first systematic measurement of a dynamic critical exponent in any 2D system with conserved order parameter. Aurelia is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge.

Alina Schimpf awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Alina Schimpf, who has been awarded a 2011 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to support her Ph.D. work in our department! Alina is a second year graduate student working with Professor Daniel Gamelin on the topic of magnetic semiconductor quantum dots. Her research involves the development of methods to generate, manipulate, and read spins in semiconductor nanostructures for potential spin-electronics or spin-photonics applications. This is a highly interdisciplinary research topic, involving many things from materials synthesis to magneto-optics and time-resolved EPR spectroscopy. Previously, Alina was an undergraduate at Boise State University, where she majored in Chemistry and Mathematics, and minored in Physics.

UW graduate Dr. Jason Farmer selected for Distinguished Dissertation

Chemistry Department graduate Dr. Jason A. Farmer’s dissertation, “Direct Measurements of Chemical Bonding at Solid Surfaces using a Unique Calorimetric Method: Towards Understanding Surface Chemistry in Energy Technologies” was selected by the University of Washington Graduate School as the university’s nomination for the 2010 CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering. Dr. Farmer’s dissertation now enters the nation-wide competition administered by the Council of Graduate Schools. The award is based on “original work making an unusually significant contribution to the discipline”. Additionally, Dr. Farmer is the first author on a paper that recently appeared in Science. Congratulations Dr. Farmer!

Science Magazine article: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/329/5994/933