Recent coverage of the Department of Chemistry
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.
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.
Nerve cells, or neurons, found in the nervous system
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.
Dr. Tennyson Doane (left) and Kevin Cruz '18 hold perovskites of different colors
Professor Robert Doyle
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.
ChemMedChem journal cover
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.