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Understanding the ‘hunger hormone,’ ghrelin

October 27, 2017

The hormone ghrelin is how our stomachs tell our brains to eat. Understanding how ghrelin works may lead to new therapies for diabetes and obesity, or a treatment for a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome. James Hougland, PhD, an associate professor of chemistry at Syracuse University and an adjunct professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Upstate, is at the center of this research.  Listen to the podcast produced by Upstate Medical University HealthLink on Air, an organiziation that explores health and medical issues of interest to Central New Yorkers.

Now accepting applications for the Summer REU and iREU programs!

October 18, 2017
Applications for the 2018 Summer REU and iREU programs are now available online.  Please visit the REU and iREU program websites to learn more, and to submit your application.  The deadline to apply is February 15, 2018.

Carlos Castañeda Receives ALS Grant

August 30, 2017
Carlos Castañeda's Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association grant has been recommended for funding.

Chemistry Department Summer 2017 Newsletter

August 18, 2017
The Chemistry Department Summer 2017 Newsletter is available.  Click here to download.

SU Chemistry Department launches search to hire Assistant Professor of Chemistry

August 2, 2017

The Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the areas of organic chemistry with a leading interest in bioorganic, medicinal, or polymer/materials chemistry starting in the fall of 2018, with the possibility of an earlier start date. The Chemistry Department of Syracuse University, within the College of Arts and Sciences, is committed to exceptional core education in the liberal arts and excellence in research and scholarship. Many resources, facilities, and collaboration opportunities exist within the Department, College, University, and neighboring institutes, including the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, Cornell University, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse VA Medical Center, and SUNY-ESF.

A Ph.D. in Chemistry or related area and relevant postdoctoral experience is required for consideration.

Successful candidates are expected to establish an active, externally funded research program and to demonstrate excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching, particularly in organic chemistry-related courses. For full consideration, candidates must complete an online application and electronically attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of research interests, a statement of teaching philosophy and contact information for three processional references.

To apply, go to www.sujobopps.com (job #073404). Review of applications will start on October 16, 2017. Please direct questions to chair of the search committee, Professor Yan-Yeung Luk (yluk@syr.edu). Syracuse University was part of the 2010 NSF-ADVANCE cohort and maintains its commitment to diversity and excellence in STEM and across the University. The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Applications for the Summer REU and iREU programs

January 1, 2017
Applications for the Summer REU and iREU programs are now available online! Please visit the REU and iREU program websites to learn more and to submit your application.  The deadline to apply is February 15, 2017.
October 11, 2016
Chemistry department awarded over $700,000 to support graduate diversity  (Oct 11, 2016)
A new 3-year grant from the United States Department of Education will help Syracuse University strongly recruit women and minorities into the the field of chemistry.
October 4, 2016

Chemistry undergraduate student Albanie Hendrickson-Stives, class of 2017, has been awarded the Sam and Arlene Straight Chemistry Scholarship.  Established in 2012 to help high-achieving chemistry majors pay for their Syracuse University education, the Straights want current chemistry students to make the most of their academic opportunities at Syracuse by engaging with an outstanding community of chemistry professors. The scholarship is for current chemistry majors going into their final year of their undergraduate education.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Nominations were solicited from members of the Chemistry Department.

September 16, 2016
Chemistry Professor Receives Five-Year NIH Award (Sep 16, 2016)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Ivan Korendovych, assistant professor of chemistry, a Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award to study catalytic activity in neurodegenerative diseases, drug resistance and new antimicrobial therapies.

Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop, Implement Strategies for New Antibiotics

Anthony Garza

Anthony Garza

August 17, 2016
Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop, Implement Strategies for New Antibiotics.  Biologist Anthony Garza, Chemist Yan-Yeung Luk will 'clone' organic compounds from unculturable bacteria.

Nerve cells, or neurons, found in the nervous system

Nerve cells, or neurons, found in the nervous system

Nerve cells, or neurons, found in the nervous system

July 8, 2016

A researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences has been awarded grants from The ALS Association and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to support his study of protein biosynthesis.

Carlos A. Castañeda, assistant professor of biology and chemistry, is the University’s inaugural recipient of a one-year, $50,000 starter grant from the ALS Association, a nonprofit organization that seeks to find a cure for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Castañeda will use the award to investigate the effects of a protein called Ubiliquin-2 (UBQLN2) on ALS.

Castañeda also is the recipient of ORAU’s 2016 Ralph E. Power Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, whose $5,000 prize is being matched by the University. He will use the grant to study Ufm1, a protein that regulates the cellular stress response of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and is linked to diabetes, migraine, breast cancer and other diseases. ORAU is a national consortium of more than 100 major institutions, committed to groundbreaking research in science, education, security and health. Read the full article at SU News.

Syracuse Chemists Add Color to Chemical Reactions

Dr. Tennyson Doane (left) and Kevin Cruz '18 hold perovskites of different colors

Dr. Tennyson Doane (left) and Kevin Cruz '18 hold perovskites of different colors

May 9, 2016
Chemists in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences have come up with an innovative, new way to visualize and monitor chemical reactions in real time. For the full article visit the Arts and Sciences News Page.
April 28, 2016

Measuring the Elasticity of Poly-l-Proline Helices with Terahertz Spectroscopy. Tim Korter, professor and chair of chemistry, is featured in an article in Chemical & Engineering News (American Chemical Society, 2016) for his groundbreaking work in polymer elasticity and crystallization. 

Ceremony Today to Honor New Meredith Professors

Professor Robert Doyle

Professor Robert Doyle

April 14, 2016

Robert Doyle, professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Peter Wilcoxen, professor of public administration and international affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will be named as the 2016-19 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professors of Teaching Excellence at a ceremony on Thursday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in the Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center.  Read more at SU News.

Chemists Combine Biology, Nanotechnology to Create Alternate Energy Source

Three of the researchers involved in the lighting research. They are, from left: Liliana Karam, Mathew Maye and Tennyson Doane.

Three of the researchers involved in the lighting research. They are, from left: Liliana Karam, Mathew Maye and Tennyson Doane.

February 29, 2016

Chemists in the College of Arts and Sciences have made a transformational advance in an alternate lighting source—one that doesn’t require a battery or a plug.

Associate Professor Mathew Maye and a team of researchers from the University, along with collaborators from Connecticut College, have recently demonstrated high-efficiency energy transfer between semiconductor quantum rods and luciferase enzymes. Quantum rods and luciferase enzymes are nanomaterials and biomaterials, respectively. When combined correctly, these materials produce bioluminescence—except, instead of coming from a biomaterial, such as a firefly enzyme, the light eminates from a nanomaterial, and is green, orange, red or near-infrared in color.

The findings are the subject of a recent article in ACS Nano (American Chemical Society, 2016).

“Think of our system as a design project," Maye says. "Our goal has been to build a nanobiosystem that's versatile enough to teach us a lot, while allowing us to overcome significant challenges in the field and have practical applications. The design involves materials from our chemistry and biology labs, as well as various nanoscience and self-assembly tools. It's a true team effort with multiple collaborations.”

Read the full article at SU News.

New Medicinal Chemistry Track

ChemMedChem journal cover

ChemMedChem journal cover

January 4, 2016

The new Medicinal Chemistry Track incorporates the principles of chemistry and the biological sciences to help students develop an understanding of the design, synthesis, evaluation, and optimization of pharmaceutically relevant small molecules and biologics. This program provides a strong background for employment as a B.S.-level medicinal chemist in industry, government laboratories and other venues. Download the informational flyer

Rachael Burke - Best Capstone

May 8, 2015
Rachael Burke student in Rob Doyle's lab was awarded Best Capstone thesis in Science and Engineering at the Honors Convocation on May 8th.

ACS Journal of Chemical Theory and Computations Cover

March 16, 2015
Arindam Chakraborty and Shikha Nangia's research on ACS Journal of Chemical Theory and Computations Cover (http://pubs.acs.org/action/showLargeCover?jcode=jctcce&vol=11&issue=1#AC).

ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

March 16, 2015
Arindam Chakraborty selected as a winner of the highly competitive ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for Spring 2015. The award provides $1,000 to four outstanding tenure-track junior faculty members to present their work in COMP symposia at the Spring 2015 ACS National Meeting, in Denver.

Tools of the Trade

Chemistry professor Tara Kahan with one of the department's new spectrometers

Chemistry professor Tara Kahan with one of the department's new spectrometers

February 6, 2015
Syracuse’s new Science Equipment Excellence Fund enhances liberal arts learning - For more information read the article by Rob Enslin.

Winter 2015 edition of C.U.S.E.news

January 5, 2015

New Edition of C.U.S.E.news published.

The Winter 2015 edition of C.U.S.E.news, our department newsletter has been published highlighting the recent discoveries, news, and student achievements over the past semester.