Chemistry News

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.

Dr. Jared Mike is featured in this month's edition of Chemical and Engineering News

Dr. Jared Mike, alum of the Jeffries-EL group, is featured in this month's edition of Chemical and Engineering News, He is currently at Texas A & M working with flexible batteries.

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate elected two Chemistry students to the posts of President and Vice President.

Congratulations to Anna Prisicari, President Elect and Brian Tlach, Vice President Elect.  News Release

Congratulations to Javier Vela for receiving the NSF Career Award!

The Vela group is featured in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters

SCUM to perform at VEISHA

The Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors will perform three shows during VEISHA: Friday, April 19 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM in 1002 Gilman Hall. See the flyer for more information.

Researchers in Mark Gordon’s team have a most-cited article in The Journal of Chemical Physics.

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