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Prof. Philip Coppens’ pioneering work on the X-ray structure of the photoinduced excited state of the nitroprusside ion is featured in “100 Years of X-Ray Crystallography” in C&E News in the August 11, 2014 issue. Please enjoy reading about crystallographic history made here at UB!

Prof. Janet Morrow is the 2014 recipient of the Schoellkopf Medal from the Western NY Section of the American Chemical Society. The award dinner will be September 23, 2014.

Prof. Luis Colón delivered a plenary lecture at KOFAS 2014 (The Korean Federation of Analytical Science) in South Korea, June 11, 2014.

Chemistry alumna, Janet Litster Rideout receives UB Distinguished Alumni Award.

Prof. Eva Zurek has received the TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award, 2014.

The University of Buffalo hosted ACS on Campus on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Brennan’s Bowery Bar and Restaurant and on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 8:30 am-4:00 pm at Silverman Library. ACS on Campus is an outreach program dedicated to helping students, post-docs, and faculty advance their chemical careers.

Students from the Colón Lab head out to NASA facilities for microgravity experiment.

International Photocrystallography workshop was held on UB’s Amherst (North) Campus, June 16-20, 2013.

Prof. Richard N. Zare, the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University, Stanford, California, delivered the 5th Annual Howard Tieckelmann Memorial Lecture (link to Seminars/Howard Tieckelmann/Link 2/Link 2-1 page) in Chemistry on Monday, April 22, 2013.

The UB Chemistry Students Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) awarded the UB Student Organization Award for Excellence in Academics and Service. They were recognized at the 2013 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, April 12, 2013.

Nathan Guterry, undergraduate student conducting research in the Colón Lab, was awarded the Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research. He was recognized at the 2013 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence, April 12, 2013.

Scott Simpson from the Zurek group receives UB’s Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award.

Prof. Philip Coppens, SUNY Distinguished Emeritus Professor, has received the 2013 Kolos Medal and Lecture Award in recognition of his pioneering achievements in crystallography. A ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sept. 16, 2013 during the LVI Conference of the Polish Chemical Society in Siedlce.

Prof. Eva Zurek has been selected as a 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow

Prof. Andrew Murkin wins a prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Chemistry alumna Dr. Allison Campbell, a distinguished graduate of the UB Chemistry Ph.D. program (Ph.D. studies with SUNY Distinguished Professor George H. Nancollas), has been named a 2012 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). According to AAAS, “Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.” We congratulate Dr. Campbell, who serves as Director, WR Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The Jane C. Denton Endowment Award — Jane Denton was a courageous woman, who received her BA (’66) and MA (’90) in chemistry from UB. Ms. Denton passed away in 2010 and two of her classmates initiated a merit-based student award in her honor.  Should the endowment increase to an appropriate level, a Jane Denton Lectureship in Chemistry will be established.

Prof. Diana Aga presents on-demand webcast on Trace Analysis of Pharmaceutical Pollutants and their Transformation Products in Wastewater.

Prof. Diana Aga receives the Menzie Environmental Educational Award from the North America Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).

Prof. Joseph A. Gardella, Jr. receives AVS recognition for Excellence in Leadership.

Diane Youker, a graduate student in Prof. Watson’s group, has received the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award.  She will do postdoctoral research at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware.

Prof. Javid Rzayev selected to receive the 2012 UB’s Exceptional Scholar – Young Investigator Award to be presented at the Celebration of Faculty & Staff Excellence ceremony on October 3, 2012.

Prof. Andrew Murkin is one of the winners of the 2012 DuPont Young Professor Awards

Prof. Luis A. Colón is the 2012 recipient of the Western New York ACS Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal. The Schoellkopf Medal is the oldest American Chemical Society local section award in the country.

Prof. John Richard named UB Distinguished Professor.

Andrew Shamp from the Zurek group recently received a summer fellowship from the 2012 Computational Chemistry and Materials Science Summer Institute at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Dr. Christine Ingersoll (UB-Chemistry Alumna, Bright group) one of the recipients of the inaugural Rising Star Award  by the ACS Women Chemist Committee presented at the March 26 ACS National meeting (C&EN April 16, 2012, p47).

Prof. Luis A. Colon receives the 2012 Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award from the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS). The award was presented April 20, 2012 in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the NAGS annual meeting.

Prof. Joseph A. Gardella, Jr. wins the UB University Community Partners Award for his highly engaged community-based and academically connected research associated with the UB/Buffalo Schools Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership. The award will be presented June 13th at the annual UB Partners Day at the Buffalo Convention Center.

Sarina Dorazio from the Morrow group was selected to receive the Eli Lilly Travel Award, a highly competitive award administered by the Women Chemists Committee of the ACS, providing funding to travel to a national meeting to present her research work. Sarina presented her work at a Gordon Research Conference.

Chris Patridge, a recent graduate from the Banerjee group, has been awarded the 2012 Julian David Baumert Ph.D. Thesis Award by the National Synchrotron Light Source in recognition to his research at UB-CHE. He is the first UB student to receive this award. He is now a NRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory.

Prof. David Watson wins the 2011-2012 Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award by the UB Student Association.

Prof. Luis A. Colon selected to receive the inaugural (2012) UB Graduate School’s “Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award”; the award will be presented on March 29, 2012.

Prof. Luis A. Colon wins the 2012 A.A. Benedetti-Pichler Award in Microchemistry by the American Microchemical Society for outstanding research in the field of microchemistry. The award will be presented at the Eastern Analytical Symposium in Somerset, NJ in November 2012.

New Fellowship Opportunity: Speyer Graduate Fellowship — For full details and requirements, click here (link:

The Department of Chemistry is recognized for increasing the number of Latino students earning advanced degrees.

Prof. George Nancollas honored with the 2011 WNY Pioneer of Science Award.

Prof. Eva Zurek’s research work gets press release.

Graduate student Lijuan Su was selected to participate in the 2011 American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy (June 26 – July 3, 2011) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with travel support from ACS.

Graduate student Susan MacKintosh (Aga’s group) wins the 1st nation-wide NSF IGERT poster competition in Washington, DC.

Graduate students Ivonne Ferrer and Lisandra Santiago (Colon’s group) were selected to participate in the 2011 Howard University Preparing Future Faculty Summer Institute to take place in Washington DC (June 8-11).

Graduate student Katie E. Farley (Takeuchi’s group) was awarded a 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants from the UB Graduate School.

Graduate student Susan MacKintosh (Aga’s group) is a finalist in the NSF IGERT poster competition and will go to Washington, DC to present the poster at NSF. The top 10 finalists will receive a $3,000 travel award and the other 14 finalists will receive a $1,000 travel award.

Graduate student David Lonie (Zurek’s Group) was awarded a prominent scholarship from Google, the “Google Summer of Code” – he will implement tools to visualize molecular systems.

Graduate student Diane G. Youker (Watson’s Group) awarded the National Science Foundation EAPSI 2011 summer fellowship to spend the summer at the University of Tsukuba in Japan doing research on time-resolved spectroscopy.

Prof. Sarbajit Banerjee is the recipient of the UB’s Exceptional Scholar – Young Investigator Award for 2011.

Chemistry Faculty recognized by UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) for their intellectual property contributions in 2010:

– Visionary Innovators (Technology Licensed to Industrial Partners): Profs. Sarbajit Banerjee and Thomas Szyperski

– Inventors on US Patents in 2010:  Profs. Frank V. Bright, Michael R. Detty, David G. Hangauer, and Paras N. Prasad

Prof. Javid Rzayev wins the Herman F. Mark Young Scholar Award, ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry (2011). The award will be presented at a special half-day symposium at the 2011 ACS Fall Meeting in Denver, CO.

Prof. Diana Aga was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue collaborative research and teaching in Environmental Sciences at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines from June-December 2011.

Graduate student Kenneth R. Kort (Banerjee’s Group) awarded the National Science Foundation EAPSI 2011 summer fellowship to spend the summer at Pusan National University in South Korea doing research on nanostructured thin films.