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2009 News


November 2, 2009 - Baldwin Receives Prestigious Award from ACS
Congratulations to Prof. John Baldwin, who has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry by the American Chemical Society. The acclaimed award acknowledging his significant achievements in research will be presented in March during the 239th ACS national meeting in San Francisco. Baldwin is a William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Science in SU's College of Arts and Sciences.

November 2, 2009 - Ruhlandt Named Distinguished Professor
Karin Ruhlandt-Senge, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, was appointed Distinguished Professor by Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina. Distinguished Professor is one of the University's highest honors for faculty whose exemplary leadership in teaching and research has advanced the University's scholarly mission.

October 14, 2009 - Dabrowiak Authors Metals in Medicine
Metals in Medicine, a new textbook by Professor Dabrowiak, describes metal-based agents for treating and diagnosing disease. The text, published in November of 2009, distills the essence of this important topic for undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry, biochemistry, biology and the related areas of biophysics, pharmacology, and bioengineering, and for researchers in other fields interested in getting a general insight into metals in medicine.   » more info

September 28, 2009 - CARTI Grants Awarded
Professors Luk, Sponsler, and Maye from the Department of Chemistry and Professor Ren from the Department of Biomedical Engineering have recently been funded through an award from Collaborative Activities for Research and Technology Innovation (CARTI). The funding allows for an integration of organic chemistry, laser holography, and nanoscience to design real time detection mechanisms for toxic agents in aqueous solution. The CARTI award is made available through funding by the US-EPA and administrated through the Syracuse Center of Excellence. This project applies discoveries in fundamental science to build powerful sensors that can protect human health.

September 16, 2009 - Rabideau receives prestigious 2009 Astronaut Scholarship
Senior dual chemistry and biology major Amy Rabideau is among 18 students nationwide to receive the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's 2009-2010 scholarship award. The $10,000 scholarship is presented to top science and engineering students who exhibit exceptional performance, initiative, and creativity in their field, as well as intellectual daring and a genuine desire to positively change the world around them.

August 20, 2009 - Doyle Receives National Institute on Aging Grant
Professor Robert Doyle, in collaboration with Prof. Keith Deruisseau (Dept. of Exercise Science), has been awarded an NIH R-03 from the National Institute on Aging. The award is for $120K over two years and will focus on the decline in muscle quality and function with advancing age, termed sarcopenia. The work aims to uncover the relation between muscle iron changes and sarcopenia with the ultimate objective of improving muscle quality and function of elderly individuals.

July 15, 2009 - Korter Receives CAREER Award
Prof. Korter has been presented a CAREER Award, one of the most prestigious and competitive honors presented to young faculty members, for his project entitled "Terahertz Spectroscopy of Molecular Solids: Experiment and Theory". The goals of the project are to measure and simulate the THz spectra of standardized samples of a wide range of compounds with emphasis on energetic materials and crystalline pharmaceuticals.

July 15, 2009 - Maye Receives Prestigious PECASE Award
Prof. Mathew Maye has been selected to receive a Department of Defense Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his work on Bio-inspired self-assembly. Established in 1996, the PECASE Award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.
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July 9, 2009 - Luk Receives Career Award
Prof. Yan-Yeung Luk has been presented the National Science Foundation's Faculty Career Development (CAREER) Award with an increase to the proposed budget. The award is one of the most prestigious and competitive honors presented to young faculty members. Prof. Luk's award is for the project entitled "Engineering Materials with Biological Activity and Structural Hierarchy".

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.


June 22, 2009 - Syracuse University and Emisphere Technologies Inc. Research Agreement
Syracuse University and Emisphere Technologies Inc. have entered into a research agreement to combine Emisphere's proprietary Eligen® oral drug delivery technology with a new oral drug delivery system developed in the laboratory of Robert Doyle, associate professor of chemistry in SU's College of Arts and Sciences. The experiments will test whether the combination of Eligen® and Doyle's oral drug delivery technology will enhance the absorption of an appetite-suppressing hormone.

May 1, 2009 - Remembrance Scholars Announced
Congratulations to Amy Rabideau who was honored as one of 35 undergraduate students to be a 2009-10 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. Amy is a rising senior chemistry major who does research in the Doyle Group. This summer, as an Amgen Scholar, Amy will be doing research at MIT on bioprobes with Dr. Barbara Imperiali.

April 30, 2009 - Department Award Winners
Congratulations to those undergraduate and graduate students who were honored with a Department of Chemistry Award at our April 28th ceremony. Awards are given for performance in course work, research, and for excellence in graduate student teaching.

April 21, 2009 - Norma Slepecky Undergraduate Reseach Award
Undergraduate Kelly Whitenack has been honored with a Norma Slepecky Undergraduate Research Student Awards at the Norma Slepecky Memorial Seminar. Kelly was nominated by her advisor, Prof. Jon Zubieta, for her project titled "The Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Microporous Hybrid Organic/Inorganic Materials with the Potential of Hydrogen Storage." She will graduate this May with a degree with distinction in Chemistry.

With her enthusiastic approval, this Prize has been endowed by Dr. Norma Slepecky's family, friends and colleagues to honor her after her death in 2001. Dr. Slepecky was a distinguished auditory neuroanatomist. She was also passionate about research and a great mentor for many undergraduates seeking research experience. She strongly supported efforts to increase the numbers of women in science and engineering.


April 6, 2009 - Welcome New Faculty
We are excited to welcome new faculty members Dr. Ari Chakraborty and Dr. Daniel Clark to the Chemistry Department. Ari, a theoretical/computational chemist, completed his doctoral work at the University of Minnesota and his postdoctoral research at Penn State. Daniel is an organic chemist whose background includes doctoral studies at SUNY Buffalo and postdoctoral work at the Max Planck-Institut in Mülheim.

April 3, 2009 - Spencer Honored with Meredith Professorship
Professor James Spencer has been conferred with the title of Laura J. and Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. A substantial bequest from the estate of Dr. L. Douglas Meredith, a 1926 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, allowed Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw to create the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorships in 1995, to recognize and reward outstanding teaching at Syracuse University. The goals of the professorship are to recognize and reward excellence in teaching, encourage faculty members to look upon the many dimensions of teaching as manifold opportunities for constant improvement, emphasize the great importance the University places upon teaching, and as a result of all of those, to improve the teaching and learning processes on campus. The Meredith Professors receive a supplementary salary award and an additional fund for professional development for each year of their appointment. Spencer has also recently been designated as Associate Dean for Science and Mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences.

January 8, 2009 - Doyle Receives 'New Investigator Award'
Professor Robert Doyle has been awarded an American Chemical Society 'New Investigator Award'. The award is for 2 years and $100K and is for research into the catalytic conversion of butane into maleic anhydride.