Chemistry News

Congratulations to Mark Gordon

Congratulations to Mark Gordon for receiving the 2014 WATOC Schroedinger Medal! The medal is awarded each year to one outstanding theoretical and computational chemist. 

Congratulations to Klaus Schmidt, Rohr

Congratulations to Klaus Schmidt, Rohr who has been selected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Polymer Physics! His citation was for inventing and improving advanced solid-state NMR techniques that provide important new information about polymers, such as the Nafion used in fuel cells, those which occur naturally in plants and soils, and those which form nanocomposites in bone.

Congratulations to Joe Burnett

Congratulations to Joe Burnett for receiving the 2012-2013 College Advisers of the Year Award for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Congratulations to Professor John Verkade

 Congratulations to Professor John Verkade for receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He will be honored on November 7 at the annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

Congratulations to Professor Christine Aiken

Congratulations to Professor Christine Aikens, alumna from the Mark Gordon group, for receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her award at the 2013 annual Alumni Awards and Recognition Ceremony.

Pictured are: William Jenks, Chemistry Department chair, Christine Aikens, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Mark Gordon and LAS Dean Beate Schmittmann..

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John Corbett 1926-2013

It is appropriate that a man who truly loved his life's work - and who at age 87 went to his office daily - would pass away on the day that celebrated and honored workers, Labor Day, Sep 2, 2013. John Dudley Corbett, a resident of Ames for over sixty years, died six days after a severe stroke.

John was a Distinguished Professor at Iowa State University who joined the faculty in 1952 in inorganic chemistry. In his long career, he was mentor and co-researcher to scores of graduate and post-doctoral students, many of whom he still keeps in close contact with and who praise his mentorship, friendship, energy, and enthusiasm for chemistry. John received virtually every major award in his field, notably the Humboldt Prize (1985), membership in the National Academy of Sciences (1992) and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Chemical Society (2000). In 2007 he established an endowed professorship at ISU in his name.

Iowa State, Ames Lab chemists help find binding site of protein that allows plant growth

Professor Mei Hong is leading a team of researchers who have discovered where a protein binds to plant cell walls, a process that loosens the cell walls and makes it possible for plants to grow. Finding this binding target has been a major challenge for structural biologists.


Tom Greenbowe wins George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education

Congratulations to Tom Greenbowe for receiving the George C. Pimental Award in Chemical Education. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of Chemical Education. Tom will receive his award at the 247th ACS National Meeting in Dallas in March, 2014.

Bruce Roth and Tezcan Guney earn Perkin Medals

Bruce Roth, an ISU alumnus who is the inventor of Lipitor, and Tezcan Guney, graduate student in the George Kraus group, have both been awarded the Perkin Medal.

Art Winter and Pat Thiel receive Cassling Family Faculty Awards for Outstanding Teaching

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Chemistry professors Art Winter and Pat Thiel will receive the Cassling Family Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching at the LAS Convocation on September 11, 2013.

American Chemical Society names Thomas Greenbowe an ACS Fellow

Thomas Greenbowe, chemistry professor at Iowa State University, has been named as an ACS Fellow. The American Chemical Society named 96 fellows, who will be feted at the society’s fall national meeting in Indianapolis next month, in a ceremony hosted by ACS Immediate Past-President Bassam Z. Shakhashiri.

“This is an honor bestowed on members for their outstanding accomplishments in scientific research, education, and public service,” said Shakhashiri in announcing the 2013 class of ACS Fellows. “Their individual contributions to ACS, to science, and to society are hallmarks of distinction in keeping with the ACS mission of advancing the chemical enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people.”

This honor comes a few short months after Greenbowe was named one of the first Morrill Professors for excellence in teaching at Iowa State.

Science Bound Students Work in ISU Labs Through Project SEED

Three Des Moines area students worked in the labs of Javier Vela, Emily Smith and Malika Jeffries-EL this summer as a part of the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED – a summer science program that increases exposure to science careers for high school juniors and seniors from groups that historically have limited opportunities. News Release

Congratulations to Malika Jeffries-EL and Emily Smith

Congratulations to Malika Jeffries-EL and Emily Smith on their promotions to Associate Professor. Also to Yan Zhao on his promotion to Professor.

Arthur Winter Uses Video Interviews to Encourage Female Chemists

Art Winter uses video interviews to encourage women to pursue careers in chemistry. News Article

Chemistry's Thomas Greenbowe among first Morrill professors at Iowa State University.

Greenbowe is one of three professors who are the first to receive a new faculty award recognizing excellence in teaching. His broad national and international impact on chemistry education stems from his research in teaching and learning and his innovative instructional use of computer visualizations to enhance student understanding and problem-solving.