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2007 News


December 11, 2007 - Oral-insulin paper by Doyle Group generates worldwide interest
A paper entitled "Vitamin B12 as a carrier for the oral delivery of Insulin" has been cited in numerous media outlets across multiple countries. It has been seen on CBSNBC and FOX in the US and appeared in theNational review of Medicine (Canada), In-Pharma Technology Magazine (UK) and appeared in newspapers in countries such as India, Holland, Norway and Australia. It has also been cited by Wall Street analysts as impacting certain stock prices. In addition the paper has been listed by the 'Faculty of 1000' as a 'must-read' article and it has been selected as a spotlight article by Angew. Chemie Int. Ed. It is also a cover and most accessed article of ChemMedChem (the only communication to be so). The work is the thesis project of Prof. Doyle's graduate students Amanda Petrus.

December 6, 2007 - Most-Accessed Article
A paper entitled "Tailored Core-Shell-Shell Nanostructures: Sandwiching Gold Nanoparticles between Silica Cores and Tunable Silica Shells" by Yan-Li Shi and Teddy Asefa is one of the most-accessed articles published in the ACS Journal, Langmuir, in the third quarter of 2007 and is being featured on the journal's Most-Accessed Articles web site. Dr. Yan-Li is a postdoctoral fellow working in Prof. Asefa's group.
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December 3, 2007 - Asefa Receives Additional Funding from Syracuse CoE
Prof. Asefa, along with his collaborators, Prof. Eric Schiff (Physics Department) and Anthony Terrinoni (Antek, Inc., located in Syracuse), received additional funding from the Center of Excellence. This seed-grant will help Asefa and his collaborators develop nanostructured materials based efficient solar cells, which have potential for being future alternative and renewable energy sources.

October 21, 2007 - Doyle Group Develops Promising Oral Insulin
Prof. Robert Doyle, grad students Amanda Petrus and Anthony Vortherms, and Timothy J. Fairchild, assistant professor of exercise science, have designed, tested and patented a new method of oral insulin delivery that can potentially help reduce daily insulin injections for those with diabetes.

October 2, 2007 - Luk Awarded NSF Grant
A research initiative led by Professor Luk that integrates disciplines across different departments has received an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their proposal: Porous Multi-Functional Interfaces for Controlling Biofoulings. Centered at the ability to make new molecules by organic synthesis and to fabricate new materials by water-in-water emulsions, this research will build functional three-dimensional materials that control unwanted biological interactions on a wide variety of surfaces that are in contact with aqueous fluid. This project is part of a bigger research effort that includes biosensor development (Funded by CARTI) and heterogeneous bio-catalysis.

June 18, 2007 - Syracuse Center of Excellence Awards Research Grants
Sixteen local university research teams, including Profs. Asefa, Dabrowiak, Borer, Hudson and Luk, have been awarded grants for studies aimed at improving air and water quality. The research projects are part of a Center of Excellence program called Collaborative Activities for Research and Technology Innovation (CARTI). Profs. Asefa and Dabrowiak's research will involve developing a sensor that can rapidly and reliably detect the common pathogens E. coli and salmonella under a variety of environmental conditions. Prof. Borer's two-year project, in collaboration with Prof. Hudson and Dr. Mark McPike, completes a current CARTI project to engineer and test sensors that can detect cryptosporidium and giardia, two pathogenic organisms that are resistant to chlorination. Prof. Luk will be collaborating with the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering to develop a class of highly porous hydrogel materials that can detect in real time the presence of specific pathogenic bacteria and proteins.

May 11, 2007 - Viswanathan Awarded Doctoral Prize
Subha Viswanathan was awarded a Doctoral Prize for her dissertation "Nitro- and Oxazoline-Derivatized Antennas: Structural and Photophysical Characterization of their Lanthanide Complexes." Congratulations to Subha, who was honored at The Doctoral Dinner, and her advisor Prof. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias. Each year, a faculty committee selects three to four doctoral prize recipients.

May 3, 2007 - Vroman University of Washington Summer Fellow
Suzanne Vroman, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry, will be working with Prof. Michael Katze at the UW Dept. of Microbiology this summer studying engineered forms of the influenza virus that contain one or more genes from the 1918 pandemic strain. The Katze group works with the Centers for Disease Control, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. The collaborators are researching what caused the 1918 strain to be so deadly and how to deal with potential future outbreaks. Suzanne has been working on Streptomyces metallo-proteins in the Doyle group since September 2006.

May 2, 2007 - 2007-08 Remembrance Scholars Announced
We congratulate Meredith Bowen, dual chemistry and magazine journalism major, and Ariba Chowdhury, dual biochemistry and bioengineering major, who are among the 35 undergraduate students named 2007-08 Remembrance Scholars. The award is considered the most prestigious scholarship awarded by the University and is a means of remembrance for the 270 people who were killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, of which 35 SU students were aboard.

April 5, 2007 - Taylor Receives Goldwater Scholarship
David W. Taylor, Jr. has won a prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2007. David is a Junior Biochemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Established by an act of Congress in 1986 to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, the Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

April 4, 2007 - Graduate Awardees
Congratulations to our recent fellowship awardees!
• Ata Pinto received an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship for his proposed studies on the biomimetic synthesis of palmerolide A.
• Patrick Hakey received a GEM Fellowship.
• STEM Fellowships were awarded to Tayo Ikotun, Tanieka Motley, and Sharon Rivera

March 30, 2007 - Development of Nanoparticle Based Sensors
Professors T. Asefa and J. C. Dabrowiak have recently been awarded a CARTI grant from the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (Syracuse CoE). The grant is for the development of nanoparticle based sensors for the rapid detection of waterborne pathogens such as E. coiland salmonella.

March 1, 2007 - Women's Leadership Award Nominee
Congratulations to Prof. Nancy I. Totah who has been nominated for a 2007 Women's Leadership Award. The Women's Leadership Program promotes and recognizes the role that women play as leaders on our campus and in the community. The focus of the program, now in its 15th year, is to explore current women's issues and how women leaders can contribute on a local, national and global level.

February 12, 2007 - Totah to Serve as Member of NIH Study Section
Prof. Nancy I. Totah has been invited to serve as a chartered member of the Synthetic and Biological Chemistry A Study Section, Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on the applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science.

February 6, 2007 - Asefa Receives CAREER Award
Prof. Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa has been presented the National Science Foundation's Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award is one of the most prestigious and competitive honors presented to young faculty members. Prof. Asefa's five-year award will fund his research group's effort in the development of novel multifunctional nanomaterials for efficient cooperative catalysis and other applications. The award will also be used in Asefa's integration of research and education at the University, as well as his Outreach Activities in the community.

The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career activities of those teachers and scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the future. CAREER awardees are selected on the basis of creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education within the context of their organization's mission.


January 12, 2007 - Accessed Article
"Activation of Carboplatin by Carbonate" a paper by Anthony Di Pasqua, Jerry Goodisman, Deborah Kerwood, Bonnie Toms, Ronald Dubowy and James Dabrowiak is the 3rd most accessed article in the ACS journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology in Jan-Mar 2006. Anthony Di Pasqua is a graduate student working in Professor Dabrowiak's research group.  » view top articles