News Archives

2005 News

December 9, 2005 - Annual Holiday Party
Chemistry department faculty, staff, graduate students, postdocs, and their families celebrated the end of another successful semester at our Annual Holiday Party. The events took place at the Inn Complete Ski Lodge located on South Campus, where everyone enjoyed the great food, fun, games, and conversation.

November 8, 2005 - New Construction, New Web Site
In 2006, Syracuse will break ground for construction of the Life Sciences Complex. Set to open in the fall of 2008, the 210,000-square-foot building is the University's largest, most ambitious construction project. It will bring the biology, chemistry, and biochemistry departments under one roof for the first time in the University's history.

To provide information on the Life Sciences Complex, The College of Arts and Sciences at SU has launched a new Web site: The site contains information on the facility's innovative design and features, images of plans, information on research that will be conducted there and links to the biology, biochemistry and chemistry departments. Over the course of the construction, the site will post updates on the building's progress.

October 10, 2005 - Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation
Congratulations to Prof. Joseph Chaiken, who received the 2005 Frank Annunzio Award in the field of science/technology by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. Prof. Chaiken was honored for his development of a noninvasive glucose monitor, which produces results with accuracy and precision comparable to existing fingerstick devices. The award was presented to Chaiken at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10, 2005. The Christopher Columbus Foundation was established by Congress to "encourage and support research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind." The Award, named for the late Rep. Frank Annunzio, founder of the Foundation, honors living Americans who are improving the world through ingenuity and innovation.

August 25, 2005 - Welcome New Faculty
The Department of Chemistry is pleased to welcome two new members to our faculty, Tewodros Asefa
and Robert Doyle.

Dr. Asefa's primary research activities focus on the design, synthesis, and self-assembly of novel inorganic and organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructured and nanoporous materials and nanobiomaterials. "There is nothing more satisfying than helping society with my knowledge and expertise in nanoscience and nanotechnology, which are at the forefront of science and technology. I see teaching just as I see my hobbies; I enjoy it enormously when an exchange of knowledge occurs between "teachers" and "students". I also like doing research in challenging areas that bring a better way of life to humankind and contribute to science"

The research in Dr. Doyle's group focuses on the roles metal ions play in biology, medicine, and materials science. "I study the roles that metal atoms play in a wide variety of chemical compounds and their applications, including enzymes, drugs, and materials. My research thus encompasses a diverse range of scientific areas as well as chemistry, which makes it fascinating to teach and exciting to explore."