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Recent coverage of the Department of Chemistry

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.
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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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