Robert Synovec wins GCxGC Scientific Achievement Award

SynovecProfessor Robert E. Synovec has been awarded the GCxGC Scientific Achievement Award. He presented a plenary lecture and received his award at the 10th International GCxGC Symposium in May 2013. The GCxGC Scientific Achievement Award recognizes the pioneering contributions of key scientists in promoting two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC) instrumentation, software, and method development and/or applications. Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography is an analytical technique ideally applicable to the separation of complex samples of volatile and semi-volatile compounds. Professor Synovec and his research group have made significant contributions to this emerging technology since 1998.

To learn more about Professor Synovec’s research, please visit his faculty page and research group website.

Munira Khalil named a 2013 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

khalilAssistant Professor Munira Khalil has been named a 2013 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program supports the research and teaching careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences. Based on institutional nominations, the program provides discretionary funding to faculty at an early stage in their careers. Criteria for selection include an independent body of scholarship attained within the first five years of their appointment as independent researchers, and a demonstrated commitment to education, signaling the promise of continuing outstanding contributions to both research and teaching. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

To learn more about the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program, please visit the Dreyfus Foundation website. To learn more about Prof. Khalil, please visit her website and research group page.

Joshua Vaughan to join faculty

Joshua VaughanWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Joshua Vaughan will be joining the Department as our newest Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Vaughan studied chemistry as an undergraduate at Reed College. He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry with Professor Keith Nelson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he developed novel adaptive optical tools and applied them in multidimensional optical spectroscopy, coherent control, and quantitative optical microscopy. He then conducted postdoctoral research with Professor Xiaowei Zhuang at Harvard University in biophysics, with a focus on the development of novel photoswitching chemistries for ultrahigh-resolution fluorescence imaging in fixed and living cells. He received an NIH postdoctoral fellowship and a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific Interface for his postdoctoral research.

Dr. Vaughan will commence his program at the University of Washington in July, and he is happy to be returning to the Pacific Northwest. His research program spans multiple scientific disciplines and will combine the development of new fluorescent probes for bio-nanoimaging and the application of these tools to probe the molecular-level organization of various cellular and organelle systems.

For more information, please contact him directly via email at