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2008 News


November 10, 2008 - Life Sciences Complex Dedication
On Friday, November 7, SU dedicated its new Life Sciences Complex, the University's largest building project. The new complex will house for the first time the biology and chemistry departments in one building. The dedication included a keynote address by J. Craig Venter, a pioneer in decoding the human genome, as well as the world premiere of In Praise of Science by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward.

September 10, 2008 - Ruhlandt-Senge Receives NSF Special Creativity Award
Professor Karin Ruhlandt-Senge received a prestigious NSF special creativity award. This award entails the extension of her NSF funding for two additional years without the need to go through a competitive renewal. The focus of work will be alkaline earth metal chemistry, spanning from materials to bioinorganic applications.

July 23, 2008 - Local High School Teachers Experience Research
With support of SU Project Advance, Gina Duggleby, a biology teacher at Paul V. Moore High School in Central Square, and Lisa Hemler, a chemistry teacher at Liverpool High School, are participants in the summer REU program, conducting research in the labs of biology professor Michael Cosgrove and chemistry professor Yan-Yeung Luk.

July 10, 2008 - BioSym Technologies signs research agreement with Syracuse University
BioSym Technologies of Des Moines, Iowa, has signed a 10-year, $5 million research agreement with Syracuse University to support Assistant Professor of Chemistry Robert Doyle and his research team in their groundbreaking efforts to discover new ways to treat such diseases as diabetes, ovarian cancer and tuberculosis.

July 2, 2008 - Doyle Receives Grant from Serum Institute
Prof. Robert Doyle has been awarded a two-year, 250K research grant from the Serum Institute to study new oral vaccines for tetanus and rotavirus. Serum is a leading supplier of vaccines in the world, with 1 out of every 2 children immunized in the world vaccinated by one of the Institutes vaccines.

June 12, 2008 - AGEP Academic Excellence Symposium Awardees
Congratulations to graduate students Alex Augatis, Gillian Kupakuwana and Patrick Hakey, who were recognized for their excellence in poster and oral presentations at the AGEP Academic Excellence Symposium.
Competing against 32 other participants, Alex received first place for his poster titled "Face Selectivity in Dihydroprone Diels-Alder Reactions." Gillian was awarded second place for her oral presentation titled "Development of a One-Step Selection Method for DNA C-Probe Discovery," and Patrick's oral presentation, "Cryogenic Terahertz Spectroscopy and Solid-State Modeling of Illicit Drugs," was awarded third place.

Eighty students from multiple disciplines participated in the event, which was organized in part by chemistry graduate students Oluwatayo Ikotun, Tanieka Motley and Danielle Schuehler.


June 9, 2008 - Matthew Hudson Receives Student Lecture Award
Graduate student Matthew Hudson was a recipient of a 2008 Margaret C. Etter Student Lecturer Award given by the American Crystallographic Association. Matt's lecture entitled "Single Crystal Neutron Diffraction and Inelastic Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy of Proton Conductor Lithium Hydrazinium Sulfate" was presented at this year's ACA's Annual Meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee.

May 7, 2008 - Feature in Syracuse University Magazine
The work of Prof. Rob Doyle and his student research team is featured in the Spring 2008 edition of Syracuse University Magazine for their advances in the fight against diabetes and ovarian cancer.

May 5, 2008 - Asefa Receives an NSF Grant for Three Years
Professor Asefa receives a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant from the Ceramics Program, Division of Materials Research at NSF to develop novel nanostructured and nanoporous ceramics materials with tunable dielectric and catalytic properties by self-assembly. These materials will be potential building blocks in future computer chips, nanoelectronics and photonics devices as well as robust catalysts for various chemical transformations. Asefa’s award will be for three years and it will boost Asefa’s group research activities in nanoscience and nanotechnology, in addition to his currently NSF CAREER, Syracuse CoE, and Empire State Development Corporation-funded research projects.

May 1, 2008 - Syracuse CoE Awards CARTI Grant
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Profs. Luk and Sponsler (Chemistry) and Ren (Biomedical Engineering) have received a Syracuse Center of Excellence CARTI project award to support a highly interdisciplinary project that integrates laser holography with organic synthesis and materials fabrication to develop sensors that can signal the presence of dilute aqueous-borne toxins through optical changes that reflect mechanical adjustments in the materials – all without elaborate instrumentation. This project also uses the fundamentally new principle of water-in-water emulsion for new biomaterials and applications.

April 28, 2008 - Remembrance Scholars Announced
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Congratulations to Amy Otuonye, chemistry major, who is one of 35 undergraduate students named a 2008-09 Remembrance Scholar. 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 18, 2008 - Norma Slepecky Undergraduate Reseach Awards
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Undergraduates Lindsay Avery and Amy Otuonye have both been honored with Norma Slepecky Undergraduate Research Student Awards at the Norma Slepecky Memorial Seminar.

Lindsay was awarded first prize for her work with Prof. Totah entitled "Using Functionalized Dihydropyrones to Control Diastereoselectivity in the Dihydropyrone Diels-Alder Reaction". In recognition of her research accomplishments, Lindsay received a $750.00 prize. Lindsay graduated from Syracuse in December 2007 with Bachelor's degrees in both chemistry and biochemistry. She will begin graduate study in clinical pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University this fall.

Amy, who works with Prof. Asefa, was awarded a recognition prize for her project entitled "Multifunctional Nanomaterials for the Absorption and Release of Drugs." Amy is completing her junior year, and will be traveling abroad this summer as part of the International Research Experience for Students program to the Graz Institute of Technology in Graz, Austria.

Dr. Norma Slepecky was a distinguished researcher, an advocate for undergraduate student research and mentoring, and a strong supporter of women in science and engineering.


April 15, 2008 - Ouellette Honored with Young Investigator Award
Wayne Ouellette, postdoctoral associate in the group of Distinguished Prof. Jon Zubieta, has been honored with a Young Investigator Award given by the Division of Inorganic Chemistry. Wayne will be giving an award presentation at the Philadelphia ACS meeting this coming August.

April 7, 2008 - Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
Congratulations to Troy Lam, who has been honored by the Graduate School as a recipient of an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. The program recognizes those TAs who have made distinguished contributions by demonstrating excellence in significant instructional capacities. Graduate students are nominated by their departments, and selected by a university-wide committee of faculty.

March 11, 2008 - Enitiative Project funding awarded to Doyle
Professor Doyle has been awarded a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation thorough the Enitiative program. The award was for a proposal entitled "Non-invasive oral insulin delivery" and is for two years. A write-up on the award and review of the research for which it will be used appeared in a recent issue of Central New York Business Journal. » full story

January 17, 2008 - Asefa Invited to Write Multiple Book Chapters
Prof. Asefa has been invited by Wiley-VCH to write a chapter, entitled "Spherical & Anisotropic Non-Magnetic Core-Shell Nanomaterials," for Vol. 3 of a ten-volume series of books, "Nanomaterials for the Life Sciences", 2008. Asefa was also invited to contribute a chapter to “Heterogeneous Catalysis Research Progress," 2008, published by Nova Publishers in New York. Prof. Asefa will also be serving on the Advisory Board for the International Symposium, Proceedings, and Book on Nanoporous Materials V, 2008.

January 9, 2008 - New Course solves century-old problem in stereochemistry/symmetry
A new course (Chemistry at the Interfaces) carried out in chemistry department by Luk, Boddy and Doyle solved a century-old problem in stereochemistry/symmetry. Ever since 1901 when symmetry labels were applied to molecules and crystallography, there is a set of symmetry labels (TO and I) that exist theoretically, but it has been extremely difficult to imagine or visualize any real objects or molecules that fulfill this set of symmetry. Several Nobel laureates published proposed structures that are either incorrect or less than rigorous. In this class, we made a serendipitous discovery on how to design objects, as well as molecules, that satisfy rigorously the requirement of symmetry TO or I. This work entitled "Chiral Molecules with Polyhedral TO or I Symmetry: Theoretical Solution to A Difficult Problem in Stereochemistry" by Sri Kamesh Narasimhan, Xiaoying Lu and Yan-Yeung Luk* will be appear in Chirality in 2008. Other unsolved problems will be explored and studied in this class in Spring 2008. » course info