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Gavin Williams wins Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Greek letters "sigma" and "xi" form the acronym of the Society's motto, "Spoudon Xynones," which translates as "Companions in Zealous Research." Posted April 16, 2014

Enzyme "wrench" could be key to stronger, more effective antibiotics

The Williams group has revealed how a key enzyme "wrench" involved in the biosynthesis of antibiotics interacts with a factory-like assembly line of biosynthetic machinery. This knowledge could allow the construction of novel hybrid antibiotics and other biologically active small molecules. Read more here. Posted April 16, 2014

Rhodes selected as an IMSD Graduate Scholar

Nastassja Rhodes, a first-year graduate student in the Sombers lab, has been selected as an IMSD Graduate Scholar at NC State University. The NC State Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) is a program funded by the National Institutes of Health. This program seeks to promote and achieve a diverse biomedical and behavioral science workforce and recognizes the importance of effectively advancing knowledge and creating innovative technologies and treatments. Posted April 7, 2014

Karli Moore awarded a Udall Scholarship

Karli Moore, a sophomore Chemistry major, Park Scholar, and member of the University Scholars Program was recognized with a Udall Scholarship. Each year the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (an independent US government executive agency) awards scholarships to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Posted April 3, 2014

Kay Sandberg wins Gertrude Cox Award

Professor Kay Sandberg has been selected for the Gertrude Cox Award. This award was created to honor the creative pedagogy of NC State's faculty and technical staff and their work in integrating new technologies into effective teaching strategies. Posted April 3, 2014

RTP Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium

The inaugural Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium will take place May 30th at GlaxoSmithKline in RTP.

This is a joint venture between NC State, UNC, Duke and GlaxoSmithKline, and is designed to showcase research and promote collaboration at the chemistry-biology interface in the RTP area.

Speakers will include Prof. Christian Melander (Chemistry) and Dr. Chase Beisel (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering) of NC State, as well as researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, Novozymes and Codexis. The entire event, including the poster session, is open to all undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and faculty. The event will be hosted by GlaxoSmithKline at the company’s Building 5 at 5 Moore Drive in Research Triangle Park.

To register for attendance and/or submit your poster abstract, simply email Admission is free. The Department of Chemistry will plan to provide a shuttle for transport to and from the event.

More information can be found here. Please contact Gavin Williams ( ) if you need further information. Posted April 3, 2014

Alex Smirnov named as an Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award recipient for 2012-2013

Professor Smirnov is only one of four awardees university wide for this award, given annually by the alumni association. It is regarded as one of the highest honors that a faculty member can receive at NC State. Posted April 3, 2014

Melander named Howard Schaeffer Professor of Chemistry

Christian Melander has been named the Howard Schaeffer Professor of Chemistry in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Research, Teaching and Service. Posted March 28, 2014

Chemistry Department welcomes new staff member

The department is pleased to announce the addition of Wendy Jacobs as administrative assistant in Partners III. Posted March 28, 2014

Chemistry students participate in 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Six students from Chemistry participated in the 9th Annual Graduate Research Symposium at North Carolina State University on March 26th, 2014 in the McKimmon center. The level of effort and quality of their research was uniformly outstanding. The students were:

  • Eric Goggins (Weare Group)
  • Bérénice Lemercier (Pierce Group)
  • Nikolette McCombs (Ghiladi Group)
  • Yasamin Moazami (Pierce Group)
  • Andreas Schmidt (Sombers Group)
  • Jing Zhao (Franzen Group)

Andreas Schmidt was chosen as the first place winner in the sciences group. Posted March 28, 2014

15th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session

The 15th Annual Department of Chemistry Poster Session was held the weekend of March 21st at the Doubletree by Hilton. A total of 90 posters were submitted. One of the goals of this poster session was to select the most outstanding posters at the junior and senior level in the areas of Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chemical Education, Organic, Inorganic, as well as a BASF Award. Judges circulated the posters throughout the evening and poster awards (consisting of a certificate and a check to follow) were presented as follows:

  • BASF - Innovation Graduate Research Award
    Andreas Schmidt

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Bioanalytical/Biophysical/Chemical Education
    Lars Dunaway (2nd Yr) & Sophie Koroloff (Senior)

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Organic Chemistry
    Jonathan Mills (2nd yr) & Nataliia Shymanska (Senior)

  • Outstanding Graduate Research in the area of Inorganic Chemistry
    Karim El Roz (2nd Yr) & Jonathan Boltersdorf (Senior)

Please take a moment to congratulate these outstanding graduate students for the excellent research they're doing. Posted March 28, 2014

Muddiman elected President of the US-HUPO

David Muddiman, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, was recently elected as President of the United States Human Proteome Organization (www.ushupo.org). He will serve for two years as President-Elect, two years as President, and two years as Past-President. Professor Muddiman is currently the Treasurer of the US-HUPO and member of the Executive Board. Posted March 25, 2014

Eric Alexy, Junior, Chemistry has been awarded a Goldwater scholarship

Success in the Goldwater competition requires substantial undergraduate research experience, and Eric has worked for three years in Dr. Jonathan Lindsey's laboratory. Posted March 24, 2014

Teaching Assistant Professor of Chemistry Lori Petrovich wins outstanding teaching award

The North Carolina State University Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes excellence in teaching at all levels. Upon being selected as an Outstanding Teacher, recipients become members of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers for as long as they are NC State faculty. Recognition will be given at commencement, Celebration of Academic Excellence, and the Teaching and Learning Symposium. Posted March 13, 2014

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