Departmental News


Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry Opens

On March 13, we celebrated the opening of the Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry. The building is named in honor of the Lawrence E. and Helen F. Thatcher family, whose generous gift and those of many other donors made the new facility possible. For more information about the new building, please, click here. You can also view more photos from the Dedication Ceremony.

Prof. Edward (Ted) Eyring Retires, Undergraduate Scholarship Announced

Our beloved colleague, Professor Edward Eyring, is retiring after more than 50 years of service as a member of the Chemistry faculty. To honor his contributions to the world of chemistry, the annual Edward M. (Ted) Eyring Undergraduate Scholarship was established in his name as part of the Ragsdale Scholarship Endowment. This spring, we name d our first Edward M. Eyring Scholar, Levon Katsakhyan. If you would like to make a contribution honoring Prof. Eyring, donations are being accepted to establish a second scholarship in Ted’s name, which would allow two students to receive this prize every year.

Emeritus Professor David M. Grant Passes Away

David Morris Grant, 82, died of natural causes on April 13, 2013 at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Distinguished Professor Grant was former Chair of the Department of Chemistry and former Dean of the College of Science. He was a pioneer in the development of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry. The David M. Grant NMR Center was named in his honor in 2006. In his career, Prof. Grant received the Department of Chemistry’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology, the University’s Distinguished Alumnus accolade, and the prestigious Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence. Read more about his life in his obituary from the Deseret News.

New Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry

The Department is very excited to announce the Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry. The $2.5 million Thatcher Chair endowment was established this spring by the generosity of the Lawrence E. Thatcher Family to support cutting-edge biological chemistry research in the new Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry. Distinguished Professor and new Department Chair Cynthia Burrows is the inaugural holder of the Thatcher Chair (pictured on the right with Tom and Kathy Thatcher).

Prof. Ryan Looper Wins Young Investigator Awards

Professor Ryan Looper, whose research focuses on the behavior of small molecules within biological systems, is a recent recipient of Amgen’s Young Investigator Award and Eli Lilly & Co.’s Young Investigator Award. Both recognize young scientists doing excellent research in organic chemistry, and come with unrestricted research grants.

Peter Stang wins the 2013 Priestley Medal from the ACS

Congratulations to Peter Stang for being named as the 2013 recipient of the Priestley Medal, the highest honor given by the American Chemical Society. The medal is a lifetime achievement award for chemists and "recognizes Stang's cutting-edge research that has had far-reaching implications for many areas of science..."

The Ron and Eileen Ragsdale Scholarship Endowment Fund

Ron Ragsdale, a professor of chemistry for 47 years, and his wife, Eileen, recently established the Ragsdale Scholarship Endowment Fund, a scholarship program for undergraduate chemistry majors. This program is a tremendous opportunity to support some of the top students at the University as they begin their careers in science and related professions. To download the Ron and Eileen Ragsdale Scholarship Endowment pledge form, please, click here

2013-2014 Faculty Awards

  • Cindy Burrows, Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women
  • Joel Harris, U of U Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Henry White, Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology
  • Gary Keck, Cope Scholar Award
  • Jack Simons, Hirschfelder Prize, University of Wisconsin
  • Shelley Minteer, Fellow of The Electrochemical Society
  • Mike Bartl, Scialog Fellow, Research Corporation for Science Advancement
  • Jack Simons, Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry
  • Jon Rainier, University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Joel Harris, Honorary Membership Award, Society of Applied Spectroscopy
  • Janis Louie, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Peter Stang, Priestly Medal of the American Chemical Society
  • Ryan Looper, Amgen Young Investigator Award
  • Ryan Looper, Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
  • Vale Molinero, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award
  • Joel Harris, Coblentz Society Bomem-Michelson Award
  • Gary Keck, U of U Distinguished Scholarly & Creative Research Award

For a complete list of 2012 awards click here


Upcoming Seminars

Monday, February 24

Dmitri Talapin, U Chicago
When many nanocrystals work as a team: collective properties of nanocrystal solids

Tuesday, February 25

Masahiro Yamashita, Tohoku U
Frontier of Quantum Molecular Spintronics Based on Single-Molecule Magnets: Toward Green IT Devices

Thursday, February 27

Joel Miller, U of Utah
Extraordinarily Long 2-Electron - 4-Center (2e-/4c) 2.9-Å Carbon-Carbon Bonds - What is a Chemical Bond?

Monday, March 3

Sergey N. Krylov, York U
Kinetic Capillary Electrophoresis - an Analytical Swiss Army Knife

Thursday, March 6

Don Watson, U Delaware

Monday, March 10

Mary T. Rodgers, Wayne U

Thursday, March13

Stephen White, St. Jude Children's Hospital

Thursday, March 20

Colloquium with Bill Jorgensen, Yale

Tuesday, March 25

Giddings Lecture with Professor Mary Wirth, Purdue

Thursday, March 27

Giddings Lecture with Professor Mary Wirth, Purdue

Monday, March 31

W. David Wei, U Florida

Thursday, April 3

Michelle Arkin, UCSF

Monday, April 7

Baron Peters, UCSB

Tuesday, April 8

Ragsdale Lecture

Thursday, April 10

Brian McNaughton, CSU

Monday, April 21

Distinguished Alumnus Lecture with David Clemmer, Indiana U

Tuesday, April 22

Distinguished Alumnus Lecture with Jerry Murry, Amgen

Monday, April 28

Dieter Gerlich, Technical University Chemnitz

Tuesday, April 29

Jamie Manson, EWU

Wednesday, April 30

ChemSAC Seminar with Professor Tobias Ritter, Harvard U

Thursday, May 1

Christopher Beaudry, Oregon State U