Four Faculty Members Elected Fellows of AAAS

Four faculty members from the Department of Chemistry were among the 701 newly elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of the AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members of the organization by their peers. The newly elected AAAS Fellows will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology at the Fellows Forum on February 16, 2013 during the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Eleven University of Washington researchers were among the 701 AAAS Fellows elected in 2012, including the following four from the Department of Chemistry:

David S. Ginger, Professor and Raymon E. and Rosellen M. Lawton Distinguished Scholar in Chemistry

D. Michael Heinekey, Professor of Chemistry

Sarah L. Keller, Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean for Research Activities

František Tureček, Professor of Chemistry

For additional coverage of the UW researchers receiving this honor, please see the UW News article.

Rob Synovec succeeds Heinekey as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

After a decade of exemplary service first in the role of Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and subsequently as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Professor D. Michael Heinekey has chosen to step down from the latter position. Professor Robert Synovec has been named as the new Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.

Our educational programs in Chemistry have flourished under the leadership of Heinekey, and the Department is extremely grateful for all of his hard work. Heinekey, whose research focuses on transition metal organometallic chemistry, now plans to focus all of his energy on his work as a primary investigator for the new Center for Enabling New Technologies through Catalysis (CENTC).

Synovec has been a faculty member in the Department for over twenty years, whose research is in the area of separation science. Synovec brings substantial experience in both mentoring graduate student thesis projects and in the management of our graduate program. We are fortunate that he has agreed to take on this important role, and greatly appreciate his commitment to our educational mission.

For more information about our graduate program, please visit our page on general graduate student information, or our page specifically for prospective graduate students.

For more information about Mike Heinekey and his research, please visit his faculty page.

For more information about Rob Synovec and his research, please visit his faculty page or research group website.