The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Jonathan Ellman has been chosen by the Committee on Teaching and Learning to receive the 2016 Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences, one of six Yale College prizes awarded in recognition of distinguished undergraduate teaching. This prize is one of the highest honors for teaching that Yale College can bestow. Congratulations Jon!
Congratulations to Scott Miller, who has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies. "The American Academy serves the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from the academic, business, and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world." Click here to read the write-up in YaleNews. Bravo Scott!
The Department of Chemistry offers their most enthusiastic congratulations to Sarah Slavoff, who has just been named a 2016 Searle Scholar. Searle Scholar Awards are given annually to 15 young, U.S. scientists to support innovative research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences. Scholars are chosen based on "rigorous standards aimed at finding the most creative talent interested in pursuing an academic research career". Read more about the program and the Searle Foundation here. This award will support ongoing research in the Slavoff laboratory over the next three years. Congratulations Sarah!
Congratulations to Patrick Holland who received a Humboldt Research Award in recognition of lifetime achievements in research.
Yale Chemistry graduate student, Stafford Sheehan, was recently named one of Forbes "30 Under 30" in the Energy sector: http://www.forbes.com/30-under-30-2016/energy/. He is president and a co-founder (along with Aaron Bloomfield and Paul Anastas) of Catalytic Innovations, LLC. (http://cat.aly.st/)
Congratulations to Professor James Mayer for his appointment as the Leon I. and Helen Dickson Ross Professor of Chemistry.
Congratulations to Professor William Jorgensen on being awarded the 2015 Tetrahedron Prize for Creativity in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry! Details may be found at: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/tetrahedron-asymmetry/news/tetrahedron-prize-2015-announced/
The Department of Chemistry is delighted to announce that Allied-Bristol Life Sciences (ABLS) has licensed a proprietary platform technology developed in the laboratory of Professor David Spiegel. The Spiegel immuno-oncology platform and associated lead molecules-known as Antibody-Recruiting molecules (ARMs)-provide a novel approach to the treatment of various forms of cancer. For more information click here.
Congratulations to Josh Hummel, a graduate student in the Ellman Lab, on being awarded a highly competitive ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Fellowship!
Every year, five of our most outstanding Teaching Fellows are chosen for special awards. The winners for 2014-2015 were Mark Brown, Stephanie Craig, Shin Hee Lee, Megan Mohadjer Beromi, and Alex Thompson. We greatly appreciate the service of these and all of our graduate student instructors!
The department is delighted to announce that Professors David Spiegel and Scott Miller are both recipients of awards from the American Chemical Society! Professor Spiegel is a recipient of the 2016 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, the purpose of which is to "recognize and encourage excellence in organic chemistry." Professor Miller is the receipient of the 2016 ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, the purpose of which is to "recognize and encourage creative work in synthetic organic chemistry." For more information click here.
Congratulations to Kyle East, a graduate student in the Loria Lab, on being awarded the prestigious NIH Graduate Research Fellowship!
We are delighted to congratulate Christina Woo, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the Herzon Lab, on receiving the very prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface. Dr. Woo is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, training and researching in the general area of chemical biology. Congratulations, Christina! Additional information may be found here: http://news.yale.edu/2015/06/03/burroughs-wellcome-fund-awards-go-andrew-goodman-christina-woo
Congratulations to Nilay Hazari, who has been selected to win The Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication on Research from Yale University. As noted on the University website, "For the past several years we have awarded The Arthur Greer Memorial Prize to one or two deserving junior faculty members in the Natural and Social Sciences."
Congratulations to the following students on being awarded a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship: Megan Beromi (Hazari Group), Jaylissa Torres Robles (Spiegel Group), Zachary Vealey (Vaccaro Group), Benjamin Rudshteyn (Batista Group) & Sarah Malkowski (Spiegel Group). NSF awarded fellowships to 2,000 individuals from among 16,500 applicants. Awardees represent a diverse group of scientific disciplines and come from all states, as well as the District of Columbia, and commonwealths and territories of the United States. Also, congratulations to those students who received Honorable Mentions this year. Julia Darcy (Mayer Group), Sean McWilliams (Holland Group), Alexander Thompson (Schepartz Group) and Matthew Streeter (Spiegel Group). Well done!
Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Ellman, who has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). Members of the AAAS represent innovative thinkers in every field and profession, including more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. Ellman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Pharmacology, and has been a member of the Yale faculty since 2010. Bravo!
The Chemistry Department is delighted to congratulate Professor Alanna Schepartz on the occasion of her being named the 2015-2016 recipient of the Wheland Award. The Wheland Award is administered by the University of Chicago, and is "presented biannually to a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to chemistry." Previous recipients of the Wheland Award include an inspirational list of world leading colleagues, including several recipients of the Nobel Prize. Click here to read the write-up in YaleNews.
Congratulations to Professor Alanna Schepartz who has been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. As noted at the Academy web-site, "Election to the Academy is on the basis of scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications...outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence."
Congratulations to Professor Patrick Vaccaro who has been named a William Clyde DeVane Medalist for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This honor is bestowed upon a Yale faculty member by the senior members of the Yale Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. A inspirational list of the previous recipients of this distinguished honor may be found here: http://pbk.yalecollege.yale.edu/information/devane-medalists
The Chemistry Department is very pleased to congratulate Professor Pat Holland and Professor Charlie Schmuttenmaer on their election as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellows of the AAAS are elected "for their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership.” Additional information may be found here: http://www.aaas.org/news/new-aaas-fellows-recognized-their-contributions-advancing-science
The Department of Chemistry wishes to congratulate Professor Mark Johnson and his team on their recently issued patent, "Use of Cryogenic Ion Chemistry to Add a Structural Characterization Capability to Mass Spectrometry Through Linear Action Spectrometry” (USPTO# 8,890,059). More about the Johnson lab, and this remarkable capability may be found here: http://jlab.chem.yale.edu/
We are happy to announce that Professor Seth Herzon has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship. The NPR Lectureship is an annual event which is held at an international meeting, the recipient being a researcher who has made a significant contribution to any natural products-related research in their early independent career.
Congratulations to Kathryn Chew, a graduate student in Professor Pat Vaccaro’s Laboratory, who has been awarded a 2014 Rao Prize for her talk entitled “To Tunnel or not to Tunnel, Proton Transfer is the Question” at the 2014 International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy (ISMS). Kathryn will receive this accolade formally at the next ISMS meeting, where she has been asked to serve as a judge for the accompanying Rao-Prize competition.
Congratulations to Professor Mark Johnson and Professor Alanna Schepartz who have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. As noted at the National Academy of Sciences web-site, "The National Academy of Sciences elects new members and foreign associates in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research." Additional information may be found here.
The Department is pleased to congratulate Professor Kurt Zilm, who has been elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. As noted on their web-site, election to the CASE acknowledges "Connecticut's leading experts in science, engineering and technology." Additional information may be found here: http://www.ctcase.org/
The Chemistry Department is delighted to welcome Professor James Mayer, a leading scientist who will be joining our faculty in the summer of 2014. Prof. Mayer's research interests span coordination chemistry, catalysis and electrocatalysis, bioinorganic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, physical organic chemistry, electron transfer, and reactions of nanoscale materials, with a special focus on proton-coupled electron transfer. More information about the Mayer Group may be found here.
The Chemistry Department and the Chemical Biology Institute are thrilled to announce that Dr. Sarah Slavoff has accepted our offer to join the faculty as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2014. Dr. Slavoff is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard (with Alan Saghatelian) and was formerly a graduate student at M.I.T. (with Alice Ting). Her laboratory will apply novel chemical and biochemical tools to address fundamental questions about mRNA. In particular, she is interested in using chemical biology to elucidate the spatial and structural regulation of mRNA degradation inside living cells, and to identify the sites and cellular roles of non-canonical translation initiation.
The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Hailiang Wang will be joining our faculty and the Energy Sciences Institute as an Assistant Professor on July 1st, 2014. Dr. Wang is presently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley (with Gabor Somorjai) and formerly a doctoral student at Stanford (with Hongjie Dai). He will be setting up a laboratory focused on material design and synthesis for electrochemical energy storage and conversion, as well as molecular-level study of surface chemistry in heterogeneous catalysis.
The Chemistry Department is delighted to announce that Dr. Ziad Ganim, presently a postdoc at the Technische Universität München (with Matthias Rief) and formerly a doctoral student at MIT (with Andrei Tokmakoff), has accepted our offer to join our faculty. Prof. Ganim will be joining the faculty in New Haven on July 1st, 2014 and he will be setting up a laboratory developing new broadly applicable single molecule spectroscopies and applying them to study aspects of biophysical and inorganic chemistry.
The Department of Chemistry is saddened by the news of the passing of Professor Harry H. Wasserman. Professor Wasserman, Eugene Higgins Professor Emeritus, was a member of the Yale faculty since 1948. His legacy knows no bounds. He was an outstanding scientist, an inspirational teacher, a selfless community citizen, and a beloved friend to many through his generous and far-reaching activities. To make a donation to the "Wasserman Prize for Excellence in the Teaching of Chemistry," please click here.
Congratulations to Craig M. Crews for being named the very first CURE Entrepreneur of the Year, for founding two biotechnology startups in Connecticut based on discoveries made at Yale. CURE (Connecticut United for Research Excellence) represents a network of small and large life and health care sciences companies, universities, scientists, educators, students, entrepreneurs, mentors, business experts, service providers, and investors. Crews' most recent venture is the New Haven biotechnology startup Arvinas, which is developing new drugs to treat pro-inflammatory, autoimmune, and rare diseases as well as cancer.
Congratulations to Professor Seth Herzon on receiving the 2013 Eli Lilly Grantee Award. For over four decades the Eli Lilly award has honored young synthetic organic chemists for their excellence in research. As one of the two awardees this year, Professor Herzon will receive a $100,000 research grant over two years and will present the results of his work at the Lilly Grantee Symposium, to be held in Indianapolis in 2016.
The Chemistry Department is delighted to congratulate our colleague James Rothman on his being awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine! Details may be found at: http://www.nobelprize.org/
Congratulations to Professor Robert Crabtree, who has been awarded the 2013 Yale Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize. This prize is awarded to the faculty member who is judged to have had the greatest positive impact on his or her postdoctoral appointees. Faculty members are nominated for the honor by postdoctoral scholars, and a committee appointed by Provost Ben Polak selects the prize winner. The prize includes a cash award and a plaque. Additional information can be found at http://news.yale.edu/2013/09/06/many-who-work-his-lab-robert-crabtree-quintessential-mentor
The Department wishes to congratulate two of our colleagues, each of whom has been recognized with a significant honor from the American Chemical Society.
Professor Mark Johnson has won the 2014 Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics sponsored by General Electric Global Research and the ACS Division of Physical Chemistry. Professor Seth Herzon has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards sponsored by the Arthur C. Cope Fund. These are outstanding honors that recognize the pioneering contributions of Professors Johnson and Herzon. Additional information may be found at: http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i36/ACS-2014-National-Award-Winners.html
The Chemistry Department is delighted to announce that our newest colleague, Professor Patrick Holland, has been named a 2013 recipient of one of the prestigious Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. The goal of the awards, according to Blavatnik Foundation Head Len Blavatnik, is "to recognize and celebrate exceptional young scientists - to make them examples of what the next generation of young scientists should strive to achieve." Additional information may be found at the following web-site: http://www.nyas.org/awards/blavatnikawards/main.aspx
The Chemistry Department is delighted to congratulate Miho Kaneko on being awarded the University Prize Teaching Fellowship. This award recognizes Miho's outstanding teaching activities and is one of the highest honors that a graduate student can attain at Yale.
The department is delighted to announce that Professor Seth Herzon is one of four investigators selected to receive the 2013 Amgen Young Investigator Award. The award recognized the scientific contributions and commitment to academic excellence from young investigators working in the area of synthetic chemistry.
Congratulations to Professor Robert Crabtree, who has been named the 2013 winner of the Centenary Prize of the Royal Chemical Society. This prestigious prize was established in 1947, commemorating at that time the centenary year of the RSC. Professor Crabtree will receive his prize as part of a lecture tour through the British Isles in the upcoming year. Additional information may be found at http://www.rsc.org/ScienceAndTechnology/Awards/CentenaryPrizes/
The Department of Chemistry is delighted to congratulate Professor Nilay Hazari, who has been named a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. As noted on the Sloan Foundation Web-Site, "These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field." Additional information may be found at http://www.sloan.org/fellowships.
The department is excited to announce the arrival of two new colleagues! Patrick L. Holland will join the inorganic chemistry group as a Professor of Chemistry in the Summer of 2013. Pat is currently a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester with a research program that includes elements of inorganic, bioinorganic, and organometallic chemistry. The department is also delighted to announce that Timothy R. Newhouse will join our organic chemistry group as an Assistant Professor in the Summer of 2013. Tim is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with E.J. Corey at Harvard University, having completed doctoral studies with Phil Baran at Scripps. Welcome Pat and Tim!!!
The Department is delighted to congratulate Professor J. Patrick Loria, who has been named a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. This distinction is a very special designation that recognizes the top scientists, engineers, and technology experts in the State of Connecticut. Additional information may be found at the Academy website: http://www.ctcase.org.
Congratulations to Professor Seth B. Herzon, who has received the 2012 Boehringer Ingelheim Creative Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award. The award was established to recognize the accomplishments of young faculty members working in the area of synthetic chemistry. This honor celebrates Prof. Herzon's outstanding contributions in the areas of complex molecule total synthesis and the study of complex chemical reactions.
The Department is delighted to congratulate Professor David Spiegel on being named one of only three recipients of the Era of Hope Scholar Award, sponsored by the Department of Defense. This award is the result of a highly competitive process for high risk/high return projects that promise new approaches to the treatment of breast cancer, and provide $2.5 million of direct costs for research over a five year period. Additional information may be found at the following web-site: http://cdmrp.army.mil/bcrp/awards/12eohsaawards.shtml
Congratulations to Professors Andy Phillips and Alanna Schepartz, who were just awarded $2.5 million from the National Cancer Institute to investigate novel approaches to treat cancers previously considered “undruggable”. The highly competitive grant, to be distributed over five years at about $500,000 annually, comes through NCI’s “Provocative Questions” program. Schepartz and Phillips, in collaboration with Dylan Taatjes at the University of Colorado, seek to address question 18: Are there new technologies to inhibit traditionally ‘undruggable’ target molecules, such as transcription factors, that are required for the oncogenic phenotype?
Congratulations to Professor Craig Crews on the FDA's recent approval of Kyprolis (carfilzomib) for the treatment of relapsed, refractory multiple myeloma - a particularly deadly form of cancer that originates from certain white blood cells. The approval of Kyprolis represents the culmination of over a decade's worth of work, which emerged from the Crews lab's discovery that the natural product epoxomicin could function as a highly potent, selective inhibitor of the proteasome. Kyprolis, a chemical derivative of epoxomicin first prepared in the Crews lab, earned FDA approval on July 20, and has been available for patients in the U.S. since August 1. Congratulations to Professor Crews, and all past and present members of the Crews lab, who have contributed to this exciting advance!
The Chemistry Department notes that Professors Elsa Yan and Victor Batista have been elected Chair and Vice-Chair for the Vibrational Spectroscopy Gordon Research Conference to be held in 2016. Chairs of the GRC's are elected by the attending scientists at these outstanding meetings, and are entrusted by their colleagues to use their leadership positions in their fields to assemble world-leading conferences in important fields of science. Best wishes to Elsa Yan and Victor Batista for great success with their GRC.
Congratulations to Arron Wolk, a graduate student in Professor Mark Johnson's Laboratory, who received a 2012 Rao Prize for his talk entitled "Isolation of ion-driven conformations in diphenylacetylene molecular switches using cryogenic infrared spectroscopy" at the 2012 International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy. Arron's research is a collaboration between the Hamilton lab and Johnson lab. Congratulations Arron!
The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce the establishment of the Aldrich Lecture at Yale. The inaugural Aldrich Lecture will be given by Professor Dionicio Siegel of the University of Texas at Austin and will be held in the Yale Chemistry Department during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Congratulations to Li Fu, a graduate student in Professor Elsa Yan's Laboratory, who received the Langmuir Student Award from the ACS Colloids and Surfaces Division. This award recognizes excellence in research in the field of colloids and surface chemistry. Among the 10 finalists, Li presented his research on “Characterization of proteins at interface by chiral sum frequency generation” in the 86th ACS Colloids and Surface Symposium and won the Langmuir Presentation Award for the best presentation!
Congratulations to Professor Mark A. Johnson, who has been elected to receive a Humboldt Research Award. This award was conferred to recognize Professor Johnson's lifetime achievements in research. With this award, Professor Johnson is invited to carry out research projects in cooperation with colleagues in Germany and foster improved international scientific cooperation. Congratulations!
Professor David Spiegel has been selected by the editors of ACS Chemical Biology to serve as this month's "expert" in the field of Synthetic Immunology. His role will be to answer questions and engage in discussions related to challenges and opportunities in this emerging discipline. Additional information may be found here.
Congratulations to Professor Seth Herzon who has been awarded the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. This award supports the careers of talented young faculty in the chemical sciences who demonstrate leadership in research and education. Additional information may be found here.
Deacon J. Nemchick, a graduate student in the Vaccaro Group, has been awarded a prestigious student-nominated Prize Teaching Fellowship from Yale University in recognition for his outstanding performance and exceptional promise as a teacher. He will be honored at a dinner in the fall hosted by The Dean of the Graduate School and The Dean of Yale College. Additional information can be found here.
Paul Anastas, Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment and director of the Center for Green Chemistry & Green Engineering, will receive the German Chemical Society’s Wöhler Prize for his contributions to the design, discovery, and development of new chemistries and conceptual frameworks for advancing sustainability. Additional information may be found here.
Professor Seth Herzon has been named a Cottrell Scholar Award recipient. The Cottrell Scholars are named by the Research Corporation, and represent special recognition of early career faculty who are demonstrating special excellence and dedication to teaching and research. Additional information may be found here.
The Department of Chemistry is delighted to congratulate Professor Seth Herzon, who has been named a Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. As noted on the Sloan Foundation Web-Site, "These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field." Additional information may be found at http://www.sloan.org/fellowships.
Professor Seth B. Herzon has been named a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The CAREER program is the NSF's "most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research." For additional information, please visit their web-site at http://www.nsf.gov.
The Chemistry Department is delighted to congratulate the newest member of our faculty, Professor Jason Crawford, who has won the highly prestigious Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists. Sponsored by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the Dale F. Frey Award is bestowed on those individuals who are "most likely to make paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that transform the way we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer". More information about the award may be found here. Congratulations, Jason!
The Department is delighted to congratulate Professor David Spiegel, who has been awarded a Novartis Early Career Award. This award is presented annually to two outstanding young scientists in either organic or bioorganic chemistry, and is targeted to colleagues within 10 years of their first independent academic appointment. Additional information may be found here.
The Department wishes to congratulate two members of Mark Johnson's laboratory who are the recipients of two highly prestigious fellowships: Joseph Fournier, a graduate student in the Johnson lab, has received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, sponsored by the Department of Defense, and Christopher Johnson, a postdoc in the Johnson lab, has received an American Competitiveness in Chemistry Fellowship, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
The Chemistry Department is delighted to congratulate Professor Seth Herzon on being named a 2011 Packard Fellow. The Packard Fellowship was established in 1988 by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and provides support to early-career scientists in the physical sciences and engineering. There are only sixteen fellows each year, and they hail from virtually all scientific disciplines. Bravo! More information about the award may be found here.
Three National Awards for Chemistry Faculty Members. Three members of Yale Chemistry have received national awards from the American Chemical Society. William Jorgensen, Sterling Professor of Chemistry, will receive the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical & Experimental Chemistry of Liquids; Alanna Schepartz, the Milton Harris ‘29 Professor of Chemistry, will receive the Ronald Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry; Jonathan Ellman, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry, will receive the Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods. All will receive their awards at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego in March 2012. The National Awards of the American Chemical Society are among the highest honors bestowed upon outstanding scientists by the ACS. Additional information may be found here.
The Department wishes to congratulate Kyle Kimmel, a graduate student in Professor Jon Ellman's Laboratory, upon his selection to participate in the Abbott Scholars Symposium held at Abbott’s Corporate Headquarters on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. Kyle went above and beyond the call of duty when he decided to drive to Chicago to participate in the Abbott Scholars Symposium upon cancellation of his flight due to hurricane Irene.
The Department wishes to congratulate Nicholas Calandra, a graduate student in Professor Seth Herzon's Laboratory, upon his receipt of a prestigious fellowship from the American Chemical Society's Division of Organic Chemistry. This particular fellowship is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, to whom we are grateful. In addition to financial support, the fellowship also provides resources for Nick to travel to the upcoming National Organic Symposium in Seattle, Washington, where Nick will present his research.
The Department of Chemistry is delighted to congratulate William L. Jorgensen, Sterling Professor of Chemistry, on his election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Jorgensen is a world leader in the field of computational chemistry and molecular design. Membership in the Academy is an exceptional honor bestowed upon only the most influential and pioneering individuals in all areas of science. For the press release prepared by the NAS, please click here.
The Chemistry Department is delighted to congratulate Professor Robert Crabtree on his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is bestowed upon "some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, and the humanities." Additional information on this year's inductees may be found here.
The Department is delighted to congratulate Professor David Spiegel on receiving a 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. Sloan Fellowships are bestowed upon the most promising early career scientists. Recognition of "distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field" are hallmarks of the Sloan Fellowships program. Additional information may be found at: http://www.sloan.org/fellowships
Congratulations to the Herzon Laboratory on their recent synthesis of Lomaiviticin Aglycon (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011). This chemical synthesis represents an exciting contribution in the area of complex molecule synthesis, and showcases a strategy that is possibly related to the biosynthesis of this fascinating natural product. The structure also features rarely-observed-in-nature functional groups, which present special challenges for synthesis. Moreover, this work sets the stage for further study of the mechanism of action of this exciting natural product, which has been shown to exhibit potent anticancer properties. (See also: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/89/i06/8906news5.html)
The Department would like to congratulate Professor David A. Spiegel for being selected as one of seven winners of this year's Nature Chemical Biology Grand Challenges Essay Contest. This contest commemorates the journal's 5th anniversary issue and highlights critical challenges in the field of Chemical Biology. Professor Spiegel's essay, entitled "Synthetic Immunology to engineer human immunity", is currently available online.
The Chemistry Department is delighted to announce that Professor Andrew J. Phillips has been named a recipient of a 2011 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award. The Cope Scholar Award, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, is presented in recognition of excellence in the field of organic chemistry. Professor Phillips will deliver an award address at the 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, to be held in Denver, Colorado.
Congratulations to Mark Johnson, Arthur T. Kemp Professor of Chemistry, and Alanna Schepartz, Milton Harris ‘29 Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry, who have been elected to the 2010 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society. Members of the Fellows of the American Chemical Society “share a common set of accomplishments, namely true excellence in their contributions to the chemical enterprise coupled with distinctive service to ACS or to the broader world of chemistry".
The Department is delighted to announce that Professor William L. Jorgensen, Sterling Professor of Chemistry, has been elected to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences. Members of IAQMS "are chosen among the scientists of all countries who have distinguished themselves by the value of their scientific work, their role of pioneer or leader of a school in the broad field of the application of quantum mechanics to the study of molecules and macromolecules." Professor Jorgensen joins Professor John Tully, another Sterling Professor and member of our Department, as a member of this distinguished group.
Congratulations to James Blakemore, a graduate student in both the Crabtree lab and Brudvig lab, who has been invited to attend The 60th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is an interdisciplinary meeting bringing together more than 650 young researchers from around the globe with 59 Nobel Laureates from the fields of physiology or medicine, physics, and chemistry.
On June 21, Laura Allen, received the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award at the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Conference in Washington DC. This national award honors outstanding student contributions in green chemistry, a field that promotes environmentally sound chemical procedures and processes. Laura's work telescopes a three step organic chemical process of pharmaceutical interest into one step, a strategy that also avoids the toxic reagents previously required. Laura is a fourth year graduate student in Dr. Crabtree's lab in the Chemistry Department. Dr. Hancock was an active advocate emphasizing the role of chemists in solving environmental problems in an economically viable way.
The Chemistry Department wishes to congratulate our newest colleague, Professor Jonathan Ellman, who has been named the 2010 recipient of the Pedler Award of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The Pedler Award dates back to 1929, and has been bestowed on an inspiring list of former recipients, beginning with William H. Perkin in the inaugural year.
The Chemistry Department is delighted to welcome Professor Andrew Phillips as a member of our faculty, effective during the summer of 2010. Professor Phillips will add exciting new projects in complex molecule synthesis, natural products chemistry and in the study of problems at the interface of chemistry and biology. Additional information about Professor Phillips and his research may be found at: http://spot.colorado.edu/~aphillip/index.html
Congratulations to Professor Patrick Vaccaro on the occasion of his receiving the "The Dylan Hixon '88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Natural Sciences for 2010." The Dylan Hixon Prize is one of Yale’s highest honors for teaching excellence. Professor Vaccaro will receive his award as part of Yale’s Commencement and Class Day activities.
Congratulations to Alanna Schepartz who was just elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). Members of the AAAS represent innovative thinkers in every field and profession, including more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. Click here to see the announcement in the Yale Bulletin.
Congratulations to Professor Elsa Yan on receiving a 2010 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award will support Professor Yan’s multidisciplinary project on Molecular Mechanism of Vision. The CAREER program, according to the NSF website, “offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.”
Congratulations to Alanna Schepartz who was awarded a highly coveted National Academies Keck Futures Initiative grant for a project entitled "Separate but equal: Design of orthogonal, functional environments within living mammalian cells"
Congratulations to Seth Herzon who has been named a 2010 Searle Scholar. The Searle Scholar Award is given annually to 15 young scientists nationwide to support research in medicine, chemistry, and the biological sciences. This award will support ongoing research in natural products synthesis and reaction development in the Herzon laboratory.
The Department of Chemistry is delighted to welcome Professor Jonathan Ellman as the newest member of its faculty, effective July 1st, 2010. Professor Ellman brings exciting research projects in the areas of Organic and Organometallic Chemistry, as well as in Chemical Biology.
The Ellman Laboratory will establish its programs both in the Department of Chemistry and at the Yale School of Medicine. Professor Ellman will also play a pioneering role in the development of the Chemical Biology Institute on Yale's new West Campus. Click here for additional information regarding the Ellman Research Group.
The Spiegel Research Group has recently made important strides in their work involving antibody-recruiting small molecules that target HIV and prostate cancer. These molecules function by redirecting antibodies present in the human bloodstream to proteins expressed on the surface of human pathogens, and represent novel and potentially general strategies for disease treatment. These studies were recently published in JACS, and have been highlighted in various venues, including ACS Chemical Biology, Faculty of 1000 Biology, Popular Science, R&D Magazine, e! Science News, Science Daily, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, & ACS Noteworthy Chemistry.
Professor Seth Herzon and co-workers Christina Woo, Liang Lu, Shivajirao Gholap, & Devin Smith have completed the synthesis of the anticancer agent kinamycin F, as described in a recent issue of Journal of the American Cancer Society. A summary of their work can be found in the Yale Bulletin.
The Department is pleased to announce that Alanna Schepartz has been selected as the Alexander M. Cruickshank Lecturer at the Gordon Research Conference on Biopolymers to be held at Salve Regina University on June 6-11, 2010. Congratulations, Alanna!
Yale's Thomas Steitz is one of three winners of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work describing the structure and function of the ribosome, the molecular machine that translates the information in messenger RNA into protein. Read the Yale Press Release.
The Department is pleased to announce that Alanna Schepartz, Milton Harris Ph.D. Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, is the very first recipient of the ACS Chemical Biology Prize Lectureship. This award, bestowed by the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry, is designed to honor the contributions of a single individual who has had a major impact on scientific research in the area of Chemical Biology. The inaugural award will be presented at the 239th ACS National Meeting held March 21–25, 2010, in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.biochemdivision.org/awards. Congratulations, Alanna!
Professor Robert Crabtree has won the 2010 Kosolapoff Award of Auburn University. The award is given in recognition of landmark contributions in
Chemistry and Biochemistry, and has illustrious history of previous recipients: Kosolapoff Award of Auburn University. The Chemistry Department extends warmest congratulations to Professor Crabtree on this occasion.
Congratulations to William Jorgensen and John Tully who have been selected as members of the first class of ACS Fellows. Click here to read the write up in C&EN
The Department of Chemistry is delighted to congratulate Dr. Francis Collins on his nomination to assume the leadership of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Collins received his Ph.D. in 1974 from the Chemistry Department at Yale, working with Professor R. James Cross. The title of Dr. Collins' dissertation was, "Semiclassical Theory of Vibrationally Inelastic Scattering, with Application to H++ H2." The Department offers Dr. Collins all best wishes on this important occasion.