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2006 News

December 8, 2006 - ScienceDirect Top 25 Article
"2-Chloro-5-nitrobenzoato complexes of Eu(III) and Tb(III) - A 1D coordination polymer and enhanced solution luminescence," a paper by Professor Ana de Bettencourt-Dias and Subha Viswanathan, is aScienceDirect Top 25 Hottest Article for the April to June 2006 time period. The article was published inInorganic Chemistry Communications in May 2006.  » view Top 25

September 25, 2006 - Top Ten in Dalton Transactions
Professor Ana de Bettencourt-Dias and her group's recently published paper, "Nitro-functionalization and luminescence quantum yield of Eu(III) and Tb(III) benzoic acid complexes," is among the top ten most accessed from Dalton Transactions online for the month of September.  » view Top Ten

September 13, 2006 - Improved Glow For Luminescent Lanthanides
Assistant professor Ana de Bettencourt-Dias and her group's efforts for developing highly luminescent lanthanide complexes that can be processed into thin films for a variety of optoelectronic applications has been featured in Chemical & Engineering News: ACS Meeting News. Prof. de Bettencourt-Dias spoke of her group's efforts during a symposium sponsored by the Division of Inorganic Chemistry (INOR) at the American Chemical Society 232nd National Meeting in San Francisco.  » read C&EN article

August 28, 2006 - Research Grant Highlights
Congratulations to the following professors who have recently received research grants:
• John Baldwin, Isomerizations of Isotopically Labeled Hydrocarbons, National Science Foundation
• John Chisholm, Rhodium-Catalyzed Addition of Alkynes to Activated Ketones and Aldehydes, ACS Petroleum Research Fund
• Ana de Bettencourt-Dias, New Thiophene-Carbazole-based Ligands for Efficient Singlet to Triplet Intersystem Crossing and Triplet to Ln(III) Energy Transfer, National Science Foundation

August 11, 2006 - Syracuse Center of Excellence Awards Research Grants
Congratulations to graduate students Erik Burton and Michelle Ferguson who have been awarded fellowship awards from the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. The grants, which were also awarded to four other graduate students at university partners of the Syracuse CoE, were awarded for research associated with either air quality or water resource management, supporting innovations for improving environmental quality. The awards are made possible through funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency secured by U.S. Rep. James T. Walsh. Erik's project is entitled "Detection of Airborne Pollutants on Nanostructured Surfaces: Surface Chemistry in Air and Signal Transduction." Michelle's project is "Nucleic Acid Detectors for Environmental Sensing of Toxins and Pathogens."

July 25, 2006 - Top 5 Most Accessed Article
Prof. Zubieta's article entitled "Hydrothermal Synthesis and Structure of a Three-Dimensional Cobalt(II) Triazolate Magnet" was one of the top 5 most accessed in Inorganic Chemistry Communications from January 1, 2006 - March 31, 2006.  » read publication

July 12, 2006 - Astronaut Scholarship
Dual chemistry and Spanish major, Chris Tarolli, SU senior, has been awarded the prestigious Astronaut Scholarship by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The foundation, which fosters space science education through scholarship awards, is supported by former astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Shuttle programs. While other University students have been selected to win the award, Chris is the first from The College of Arts and Sciences. Currently, Chris works with Prof. David Gilbert of the biochemistry and molecular biology department at SUNY Update Medical University.

May 20, 2006 - Students Become 'CSI' Detectives
Local middle and high school students were given the opportunity to learn several crime solving techniques at CSI: Syracuse, an event at the MOST, executed by the Ruhlandt Group and sponsored by Jr. Café Scientifique. Professor Karin Ruhlandt-Senge and several graduate students set up a "crime scene" and taught participants to dust for fingerprints, isolate DNA, and analyze samples of hair, paper, handwriting and ink to solve the case.

May 3, 2006 - 2006-07 Remembrance Scholars Announced
Our compliments go to senior chemistry major Stephen Miller, who is among 35 undergraduate students awarded a 2006-07 Remembrance Scholarship. 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. Stephen does independent research under Prof. Mark Braiman.

May 16, 2006 - TACNY's 8th Annual Celebration of Technology
Thanks to their outstanding efforts in Sci/Tech Community Outreach, Profs. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias, Scott Samson, Mark Trodden and Paul Verhaeghen, organizing committee of Café Scientifique Syracuse, as well as Gwendolyn Maturo and Prof. Peter Plumley of Jr. Café Scientifique, have been recognized with an award from TACNY (Technology Alliance of Central New York). The awardees were recognized at TACNY's eighth annual Celebration of Technology Awards banquet on May 15. Café Scientifique, which began in England in 1998, is a series of local monthly meetings dedicated to sharing information and dialogue on science topics. They welcome all members of the community, not just those interested in science, and meet each month at Ambrosia in downtown Syracuse during the school year. For more information,

April 10, 2006 - Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Recipient
Under the direction of Prof. Christopher N. Boddy, Laura Furst has been selected as a 2006 Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. The award will permit Laura to devote full-time effort to research for eight to ten weeks this summer. She will also be presenting her research at an informal poster session at Pfizer Global Research & Development, Groton/New London Laboratories this fall.

April 4, 2006 - Gemini Industries Research Grant Awarded
Anthony Di Pasqua, a graduate student working in Prof. Dabrowiak's group, is the recipient of Gemini Industries Research Grant for his research involving platinum anticancer drugs. The prize is awarded annually to a graduate student doing or planning to do research work the following year in some area of precious metals, such as extraction, metallurgy, refining, material science, physical chemistry, etc. The award will be presented in June at the annual International Precious Metals Institute Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

March 28, 2006 - Dabrowiak works to mitigate damage from chemotherapy
Recent discoveries by James Dabrowiak, Syracuse University professor of chemistry, and his collaborators at SU and at SUNY Upstate Medical University, may revolutionize how cancer is treated with cisplatin and related drugs. Using a highly sensitive form of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), Dabrowiak and his team discovered that platinum drugs react with carbonate present in the blood and cells. The result is the formation of adducts, called carbonato complexes, which may be the main chemical components responsible for cell death.

March 28, 2006 - Promega Corporation to Create Undergraduate Scholarship Program at SU
Promega Corporation, in collaboration with the group of Professor Robert Doyle, have created the Promega Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program. This program provides funding to an undergraduate to spend the summer conducting research into streptomyces biology. The first Promega Scholar is Mr. Joseph Sirianni, a sophomore at SU.

March 27, 2006 - Crown, Angell, and Wise-Marcus 50-Year Friendship Scholars Announced
Congratulations to Eli Mekhlin, a Senior majoring Chemistry and Russian Language, Literature and Culture, who received a 2006 Crown Scholarship for his project entitled "Alkaline Earth Metal Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterization".

March 6, 2006 - 2006 Graduate Research Grants
Congratulations to the following students who have each been awarded a 2006 Graduate Research Grant for their proposals: Sarah Lynn Bolton, Patrick Carberry, Pawan Kumar Dhondi, Lucas Tucker and Subha Viswanathan.

February 6, 2006 - Study Featured in Chemical & Engineering News
The research interest of Prof. Timothy Korter was featured in the February 6th issue of "Chemical & Engineering News: Science Concentrates." Korter and group members Damian G. Allis and Darya A. Prokhorova used solid-state modeling methods to assign all of the features observed in the THz spectrum (3-120 cm-1) of the β-crystal form of HMX to distinct low-frequency vibrational motions. The modeling study, which may advance THz spectral analysis of pharmaceuticals and other compounds, demonstrates the shortcomings of using isolated-molecule (gas phase) theoretical methods to analyze motions in molecular solids.  » read publication