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Graduation Pictures - Spring 2013
Congratulations to our Spring 2013 Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduating Class!
We sincerely hope our graduates and their guests enjoyed the afternoon and that many memories were created. Thank you to all who attended and participated in this milestone celebration.
As promised, we are happy to provide pictures of this wonderful event for viewing and downloading at no charge to you! For best resolution and reprinting, please download the full resolution images by clicking the link under the picture where it says "Full Size Image".
All pictures were taken by Nathan Campbell, Chemistry and Biochemistry IT Director, and he is more than happy to answer any technical questions for you.
Dr Jonas awarded 2013 Ahmed Zewail Award
David Jonas has been awarded the 2013 Ahmed Zewail Award in Ultrafast Science and Technology by the American Chemical Society. David joins a highly distinguished group of awardees. This is a relatively new award – established in 2007 – thus emphasizing David's seminal contributions to the field.
Gordana Dukovic has been selected as a 2013 Cottrell Scholar!
Gordana Dukovic has been named a 2013 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.She is one of 13 early-career faculty in physical sciences and related fields to receive this award in 2013. Cottrell Scholars receive $75,000 each in recognition of their scientific research as well as their dedication to teaching.
Originality, feasibility, and the prospect for significant fundamental advances to science are the main criteria for judging the candidates’ research, while contributions to education, especially at the undergraduate level, aspirations for teaching, and the candidates’ proposed strategies to achieve educational objectives are factors in assessing their teaching plans.
About Gordana's Award
Gallium-Zinc oxy(nitrides) are a group of materials interesting to researchers for their ability to absorb sunlight in a novel way and transfer that energy into the work of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. Such compounds may one day be key to producing clean, renewable fuels. Dukovic is interested in understanding precisely how these materials work, and perhaps, boosting their efficiencies by developing them into nanocrystalline forms – that is, very tiny crystals. She hopes to do so because matter behaves differently – sometimes much more efficiently – at the nano, or very small, scale.
The goal of her educational project is to develop 10 instructional modules integrating solar energy research into UC Boulder’s undergraduate physical chemistry course on quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Quantum mechanics deals with the behavior of subatomic particles such as photons and electrons – their interactions are central to the creation of electricity from sunlight. Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between matter and radiated energy such as light. By coupling these fields of study with solar energy research, Dukovic hopes to attract students interested in solving real-world problems.
For additional Information please visit the Dukovic Research Group Website: http://chem.colorado.edu/dukovicgroup
Wei Zhang has been selected as a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowships for 2013!
Wei Zhang has been selected as a 2013 Sloan Research Fellow.
“The Sloan Research Fellows are the best of the best among young scientists,” said Dr. Paul L. Joskow, President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. “If you want to know where the next big scientific breakthrough will come from, look to these extraordinary men and women. The Foundation is proud to support them during this pivotal stage of their careers.”
Administered and funded by the Sloan Foundation, the fellowships are awarded in eight scientific fields—chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, evolutionary and computational molecular biology, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics. Winners are selected through close cooperation with the scientific community. To qualify, candidates must first be nominated by their fellow scientists and are subsequently selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Fellows receive $50,000 to be used to further their research.
For a complete list of winners, visit: http://www.sloan.org/sloan-research-fellowships/2013-sloan-research-fellows/
For more information on Wei Zhangs Research, visit: Zhang Research Group Website
2013 Spring Commencement Ceremony
We are proud to announce our Graduation Celebration & Ceremony to honor our graduates and recognize their achievements!
- When: Thursday, May 9th 2013, 2PM-5PM
- Where: Millenium Harvest House Outdoor Pavillion
Location: The Millenium Harvest House is located at 1345 28th Street, Boulder, Colorado 80302. It is near the intersection of 28th Street and Arapahoe Avenue.
For more information please visit the Commencement section of our website.
See you there and Congratulations!
Veronica Vaida inducted into American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Veronica Vaida, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and a fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this month.
She was elected to the academy in recognition of her exceptional achievements in scientific research. Among the other 218 new members elected this year were U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor and director Clint Eastwood, journalist Judy Woodruff and Amazon.com founder and chairman Jeff Bezos.
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Veronica Vaida's Faculty Profile
Vaida Research Group
CU Names James "Casey" Hynes as a Distinguished Professor
James “Casey” Hynes has been named a Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious honor for faculty at the University of Colorado. A leader in the theory of chemical reaction dynamics in solution and at interfaces, his work has provided microscopic-level understanding and insight. Hynes’ scientific accomplishments have led to national and international recognition, including A.P. Sloan and J.S. Guggenheim Fellowships, the Hirschfelder Award in Theoretical Chemistry and the American Chemical Society’s Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Hynes has been at CU since 1971 and he has made hundreds of appearances as invited lecturer across the globe.