Mike 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.
Congratulations to Joseph W. Fowble, who successfully defended his Ph.D. work “Localization of the Human Malaria Parasite’s Dihydrofolate Reductase-Thymidylate Synthase and Examining Its Role in Proguanil and Atovaquone Drug Synergy” on June 5, 2014. Joe was a student in Pradip Rathod’s laboratory, working on several different projects during his time there. Joe obtained a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 2002, developed biochemistry skills in a Medicinal Chemistry lab at The Ohio State University until 2004, and worked with a start-up to establish anticancer drug screening prior to starting his Ph.D. at UW. He is looking forward to a short vacation before embarking on new scientific problems
Alpha 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.
Congratulations to Michael F. Roberto, who successfully defended his Ph.D. work “Translation of a Chemical Reaction from Batch to Continuous Flow via Process Analytical Technology and Chemometrics” on May 30, 2014. Michael was a student in Brian Marquardt’s laboratory at the Applied Physics Laboratory for the last five years. Michael obtained a BS in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2009. In July, Michael will start work at Infometrix Inc., in Bothell, WA. Michael looks forward to his upcoming career and is excited to continue to live in the Seattle area.
Congratulations to Joseph May, who defended his Ph.D. work “Theoretical Insight into the Manipulation of the Optical and Magnetic Properties of Transition-Metal-doped II-VI Semiconductor Quantum Dots” on May 6, 2014. As a student in Professor Xiaosong Li’s laboratory for the past five years, Joseph applied electronic structure theory to better understand the fundamental physics behind the effects transition-metal-dopants haveon the magnetic and optical properties of zinc oxide quantum dots. At the end of the month, he will be heading to Las Vegas to teach science at Mojave High School—go Rattlers! Joseph is excited to begin his new career as a science educator and return to his Southwest roots.
Congratulations to Samantha J. Connelly, who defended her Ph.D. work, “Preparation and Reactivity of Sigma-Complexes,” on February 20, 2014. Her work in the Heinekey Research Group focused on understanding the interaction between small molecules and transition metal complexes. Sam is excited to start her post-doc position at Pacific Northwest National Lab.
Congratulations to Jason R. V. Sellers, who defended his Ph.D. work, “Adsorption and Thin-Film Adhesion on Single-Crystalline Surfaces: Enthalpies, Entropies, and Kinetic Prefactors for Surface Reactions,” on November 12, 2013. As a student in the research group of Professor Charles Campbell, Jason’s work was focused on the design and construction of a new single crystal adsorption microcalorimeter for metal atom deposition. Jason will be sticking around the Department for a few months before leaving for a position in industry.
Congratulations to Peter Hsu, who defended his doctoral thesis, “Structural and biochemical studies of the transcription termination machinery,” on November 22, 2013.
As a student in research group of Professor Gabriele Varani, Peter characterized a number of proteins governing messenger RNA transcription termination in eukaryotic cells, using a combination of biochemistry, X-ray crystallography, and spectroscopic methods. In January, Peter will be moving to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington to conduct postdoctoral research with Associate Professor Ning Zheng.
Congratulations to Richard P. Rucker, who defended his Ph.D. work “New Reactions of Organoboron Compounds” on November 15. As a student with Professor Gojko Lalic, Richard studied the development and mechanisms of reactions utilizing catalytic organoboron–copper transmetallation to create well-defined nucleophilic organocopper intermediates. In January, Richard will start a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Michael Organ at York University in Toronto, Ontario, where he will study the fundamental reactivity of organopalladium complexes using a variety of experimental and computational techniques in an effort to develop more efficient catalysts for cross-coupling reactions.
Congratulations to Kristina Knesting, who defended her Ph.D. work “Polymer / Transparent Electrode Interface Studies with Applications for Organic Solar Cells” on September 23. Kristina was a student in Professor David Ginger’s group where she was a U.S. Department of Energy graduate fellow and studied how the interfaces in organic solar cells effect their performance. In the next few months she will be taking a short vacation before starting a career in industry.