Karen Goldberg receives the 2016 ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry

Goldberg 2015The American Chemical Society has announced Professor Karen Goldberg as the recipient of the 2016 Award in Organometallic Chemistry. This national award recognizes outstanding research in the preparation, reactions, properties, or structure of organometallic substances that is having a major impact on research in organometallic chemistry, with special consideration for demonstrated creativity and independence of thought. Established in 1983, the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry continues to be supported by the Dow Chemical Company Foundation. Professor Goldberg will be honored at an Awards Ceremony on March 15, 2016 as a part of the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego.

Professor Goldberg was nominated for her groundbreaking work in developing mechanistic understanding of fundamental reactions in organometallic chemistry and for her application of this understanding in organometallic catalysis. Her pioneering studies of reductive elimination reaction mechanisms have become textbook examples of fundamental research guiding catalyst design. Professor Goldberg is a world leader in the activation and functionalization of C-H bonds in hydrocarbons, where her work may lead to better utilization of fossil resources such as natural gas.

Professor Goldberg is the Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC). CENTC, a National Science Foundation Phase II Center for Chemical Innovation, brings together researchers from across North America to collaboratively address the economic, environmental and national security needs for more efficient, inexpensive and environmentally friendly methods of producing chemicals and fuels from a variety of feedstocks. While the University of Washington serves as the lead institution, CENTC has 19 senior investigators at 15 locations across the U.S. and Canada, along with several industrial affiliates.

For more information about this and other ACS national awards, please see the announcement of the 2016 national award recipients and the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry.

For more information about Professor Goldberg and her research, please visit her faculty page, her research group website, and the Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC).

Charles Campbell receives the AVS Medard W. Welch Award

Charlie CampbellThe American Vacuum Society has awarded the 2015 Medard W. Welch Award to Professor Charles Campbell. Recipients of the award are recognized for their outstanding theoretical or experimental research in fields related to the AVS within the last ten years. Professor Campbell was selected “for seminal contributions to determining accurate adsorption energetics and for developing key concepts for the analysis of important catalytic reactions.” He will be presented with the award, including a medal, plaque, and an honorary lectureship, at the AVS Awards Symposium on October 21, 2015, part of the 62nd AVS International Symposium and Exhibition.

Professor Campbell pursues basic experimental research concerning environmental and energy-related catalysis, interfaces in solar cells and microelectronics, and array-based biochemical analyses. The broad range of work conducted in the Campbell group is aligned along the related goals of developing exquisitely precise tools to measure effects at surfaces more sensitively than anywhere else in the world, and establishing a much deeper understanding of reactivity and physical chemistry at solid surfaces, particularly the kinetics and energetics of elementary steps in energy-related catalytic reactions on solid surfaces.

His previous accolades include the ACS Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service to Surface Chemistry, the ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry, and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. Professor Campbell is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Elected Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and he has given numerous endowed lectures, such as the Robert Burwell Lecture in Catalysis, the Gerhard Ertl Lecture, and the Ipatieff Lecture. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Surface Science Reports, previously serving in the same capacity for Surface Science, and he is an active member of several editorial and scientific advisory boards.

For more information about Professor Campbell and his research, please visit his faculty page and his research group website.

Chemistry Team receives 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology

boydston_bryant_craig_stoll_group 2A team of four Chemistry faculty members was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology. Lecturers Jasmine Bryant and Colleen Craig and Assistant Professors AJ Boydston and Stefan Stoll were jointly recognized for their innovative use of technology in our instructional program. They will be honored with other 2015 Awards of Excellence recipients at a public ceremony on Thursday, June 11, at 3:30 pm in Meany Hall.

While the team members have each worked to improve student learning through technology in their individual courses, the overall impact has been broad. Their courses cover the range in our curriculum, from large undergraduate lecture courses in introductory general chemistry (Bryant, Craig) and organic chemistry (Boydston, Bryant) up to courses for our senior majors and graduate students (Stoll). Within Chemistry, the team serves as a resource for our faculty, piloting and vetting new technologies, advising our faculty on how best to adopt these technologies, generating a repository of modules, video mini-lectures, and tutorials shared among faculty, and making major contributions to curricular redesign. They have lowered the barrier for other faculty to make changes in their teaching, facilitating peer learning among colleagues in Chemistry as well as in other departments across campus. The efforts of all four are appreciated by the thousands of students they teach each year, who consistently reward their efforts with outstanding student course evaluation ratings.

Team members have been recognized for their experience and expertise in teaching at the local and national level. Bryant and Craig have participated in the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative National Teaching Assistant Workshop as well as a variety of teaching and learning initiatives at the UW, and Bryant received the 2013 “Most Engaging Lecturer” Award from the UW Panhellenic Association & Interfraternity Council. The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has honored Boydston (2014) and Stoll (2015) with the Cottrell Scholar Award, which recognizes 10-15 innovative early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics and astronomy at U.S. institutions.

The University of Washington established the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1970 and five are given annually to faculty members from the Seattle campus. Recipients are chosen based on a variety of criteria, including mastery of the subject matter; enthusiasm and innovation in the teaching and learning process and in course and curriculum design; to inspire, guide, and mentor students through independent and creative thinking; and mentoring other faculty and teaching assistants to help enrich the scholarship of teaching and learning. Faculty members in Seattle who receive the Distinguished Teaching Awards are inducted into the UW Teaching Academy, where they will be able to participate in a variety of Academy-sponsored projects and events to further excellence in the teaching and learning process at the UW.

Boydston, Bryant, Craig, and Stoll will be honored with the other 2015 Awards of Excellence recipients at a public ceremony on Thursday, June 11, at 3:30 pm in Meany Hall. For more information about the 2015 Awards of Excellence, which honor UW achievements in teaching, mentoring, public service, and staff support, please visit the Awards of Excellence website.

Anne McCoy to join faculty

McCoy 2015 editWe are delighted to announce that Anne McCoy will be joining the Department as Professor of Chemistry for the 2015-16 academic year. Prof. McCoy is moving to the University of Washington from Ohio State University, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. Prof. McCoy is a leader in the area theoretical spectroscopy and dynamics. Her research focuses on the development of theoretical and computational approaches for understanding spectral signatures of large amplitude motions. She is particularly interested in molecules that are of atmospheric and astrochemical interest, and other species that exhibit large amplitude excursions from the minimum energy geometry even at low-levels of excitation.

Prof. McCoy is deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A, and she previously served as senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry. She is a member of the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training, which she chaired from 2012-2014. Prof. McCoy’s many honors include Ohio State University’s Distinguished Scholar Award and Arts & Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, several named lectureships, and election as a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

For more information about Prof. McCoy and her research, please visit her faculty page or contact her directly via email.

Alshakim Nelson to join faculty

Alshakim NelsonWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Alshakim Nelson will be joining the Department as Assistant Professor of Chemistry for the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Nelson completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Pomona College in 1999. He received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2004, where he studied carbohydrate-containing polymers and macrocycles with Professor J. Fraser Stoddart. He was then an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology working for Professor Robert Grubbs on olefin metathesis catalysts for the formation of supramolecular ensembles. Dr. Nelson joined IBM Almaden Research Center as a Research Staff Member in 2005, where he focused on synthesizing building blocks that enable large area nanomanufacturing via self-assembly. His research interests also include silicon-based polymers for lithographic applications, magnetic nanoparticles, directed self-assembly of nanoparticles, and hydrogen bonding block copolymers. Dr. Nelson has over 40 publications and 11 issued patents, and in 2011 he was designated as an IBM Master Inventor. In 2012, he became manager of the Nanomaterials Group, which includes the Synthetic Development Lab.

Dr. Nelson will begin his research program at the University of Washington in September 2015. His research will focus on the synthesis, characterization, and patterning of polymeric and supramolecular materials for the bio-interface.

For more information about Dr. Nelson and his research, please contact him directly via email.

Ashleigh Theberge to join faculty

Ashleigh Theberge PhotoWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Ashleigh Theberge will be joining the Department as Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Theberge completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Williams College, performing research with Professors Thomas Smith, Dieter Bingemann, Lois Banta, and Heather Stoll. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry with Professor Wilhelm Huck at the University of Cambridge in the field of droplet-based microfluidics. While pursuing her Ph.D., she was a visiting researcher at the Université de Strasbourg with Professor Andrew Griffiths, where she developed microfluidic methods for drug synthesis and screening. She completed her NIH postdoctoral fellowship with Professors David Beebe, William Ricke, and Wade Bushman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer using microscale culture and analysis platforms. She is presently an NIH K Award Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Theberge will launch her research program at the University of Washington in January 2016. Her research centers on the development and use of microfluidic technologies to understand the chemical signaling processes underlying disease, with a particular interest in steroid hormones in prostate disease and testis development and oxylipins involved in the immune response. She will develop new methods for microscale cell culture, small molecule isolation, and metabolomics.

For more information about Dr. Theberge and her research, please visit her faculty page or contact her directly via email.

Seven Chemistry graduate students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

GRFP_logo smallCongratulations to the seven graduate students in the Department of Chemistry who were awarded 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and to the nine graduate students who received honorable mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients:
Zuzana Culakova (Goldberg research group)
Tyler Chozinski (Vaughan research group)
Emily Dieter (Maly research group)
Rachel Eaton (Bush research group)
Marco Howard (Vaughan research group)
Johanna Schwartz (Boydston research group)
Karena Smoll (Goldberg research groups)

Honorable Mentions:
Maike Blakely (Kovacs research group)
Caitlin Cornell (Keller research group)
Andy Dang (Turecek research group)
Lauren Gagnon (Vaughan research group)
Michael De Siena (Gamelin research group)
Michael Enright (Cossairt research group)
Troy Kilburn (Gamelin research group)
Francis (Ray) Lin (Jen research group)
Chloe Lombard (Maly research group)


For more information, please see the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program website and the full listing of NSF GRFP Awards and Honorable Mentions.

Dan Fu to join faculty

FuWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Dan Fu will be joining the Department as Assistant Professor of Chemistry for the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Fu completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Peking University. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry with Professor Warren Warren at Princeton University, where he developed novel nonlinear absorption microscopy for visualizing non-fluorescent biomolecules and applied it to early melanoma diagnosis. Dr. Fu briefly conducted postdoctoral work on quantitative phase microscopy with the late Professor Michael Feld at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to his current postdoctoral position at Harvard University with Professor X. Sunney Xie. While at Harvard, Dr. Fu has focused on the development of multiplex and hyperspectral stimulated Raman scattering microscopy, which he has applied to the study of biological problems such as lipid metabolism, drug transport, and cell growth.

Dr. Fu will launch his research program at the University of Washington in the summer of 2015. He will focus on the development of novel quantitative optical spectroscopy and imaging techniques to study the spatial-temporal dynamics of biomolecules in living biological cells and organisms, with an overarching goal of using analytical and physical chemistry approaches to explore the cellular mechanisms of complex diseases, develop early disease diagnosis tools, and establish effective drug screening processes.

For more information about Dr. Fu and his research, please visit his faculty page or contact him directly via email.

Stefan Stoll named a 2015 Cottrell Scholar

Stoll_headshot_150pxAssistant Professor Stefan Stoll has received a 2015 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA). The Cottrell Scholar Award provides $75,000 in funding to support innovative teaching and research. The RSCA granted fifteen awards this year to early career scientists in the fields of chemistry, physics, and astronomy at institutions across the United States, recognizing the recipients as outstanding teacher-scholars with innovative research programs and academic leadership skills.

Stoll uses an experimental biophysical approach to pursue a deeper understanding of the molecular structure and dynamics of proteins and protein complexes that underlie the mechanisms of all chemical processes in life. He is developing highly sensitive and accurate methods to measure the flexibility of protein shapes using double electron-electron resonance (DEER) spectroscopy, a pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technique that measures nanometer-scale distances between spin labels attached to proteins, allowing the determination of conformational distributions and flexibility in a manner unattainable by other methods. With DEER, it is possible to distinguish rigid proteins from flexible ones, and to quantify and visualize the flexibility, though Stoll is also working to significantly increase the sensitivity of the DEER technique to improve its use as a measurement tool.

As an educator, Stoll is interested in enhancing student engagement and increasing learning outcomes through the use of digital media. He is working to design and produce an extensive series of brief lecture videos and a set of tutorial videos, which will be integrated into his physical chemistry courses, as well as an online open-access textbook for undergraduates in physical chemistry.

Please visit the Research Corporation website for more information about the Cottrell Scholars program and the 2015 award recipients.

For more information about Professor Stoll and his research, please visit his faculty page and research group website.

Three Chemistry graduate students honored as inaugural PNNL Graduate Fellows

PNNL logo squareCongratulations to Chemistry graduate students Jose Araujo (Gamelin research group), Rachel Eaton (Bush research group), and Michael Enright (Cossairt research group), who have been named as the first-ever PNNL Graduate Fellows. The awardees will be supported by research assistantships funded by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for Spring Quarter 2015.

The PNNL Graduate Fellowship Program provides recipients with valuable research experiences complementary to their graduate education at the University of Washington. This program was recently established by the Department of Chemistry and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with the goal of generating new opportunities for collaboration, accelerating progress in research areas of mutual interest, and strengthening existing ties between the Department and PNNL. Our institutional ties were also recently expanded through the addition of PNNL scientists Dr. Thom Dunning and Dr. James De Yoreo to the Chemistry faculty; each holds an appointment as Affiliate Professor of Chemistry with graduate faculty status, which allows them to supervise graduate students at the University of Washington.

Please see the Graduate Program website for more information about the awardees: Jose Araujo, Rachel Eaton, and Michael Enright.