Established in 2018, the ACS New York Section honors the dedication of college faculty in training the next generation of chemistry professionals. These awards recognize excellence in teaching Two-Year College Chemistry, Four-Year Undergraduate College Chemistry and Four-Year University with Graduate School Chemistry. These three awards are presented annually to recognize highly effective teaching and inspirational leadership by chemistry faculty within the New York Section. This year, Prof. Parkin received the Outstanding Four-Year University with Graduate School Chemistry Faculty Teaching Award. See the ACS announcement here http://newyorkacs.online/college_teaching/. Read more about Prof. Parkin here http://www.columbia.edu/cu/chemistry/groups/parkin/parkin.htm.
We are proud to announce that as a result of Prof. Brent Stockwell’s successful proposal for the Therapeutic Validation Center, the Center will be receiving up to $9 million to establish research facilities dedicated to accelerating early-stage research into new start-ups. Columbia is one of four of New York City’s leading scientific research institutions that will be receiving infrastructure grants totaling $38 million as a part of LifeSci NYC, a $500 million commitment to help establish New York City as the public health capital of the world.
Read the full announcement on NYC Office of the Mayor’s news page State of the City Preview: New York City Invests $38 Million in New Biotech Centers – January 21, 2021
Watch a recording of the live announcement on YouTube here.
Led by Applied Physics Prof. Latha Venkataraman with Department of Chemistry colleagues, the new ChEF center will focus on developing methods to use electric fields control and facilitate chemical reactions
A team led by Latha Venkataraman together with Department of Chemistry faculty Timothy Berkelbach, Colin Nuckolls, Tomislav Rovis, and Xavier Roy, has won a three-year $1,800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build the NSF Center for Chemistry with Electric Fields (ChEF). Supported by the Centers for Chemical Innovation Program of the NSF’s Division of Chemistry, the Phase 1 Center will focus on using directional electric fields to understand, control, and manipulate chemical transition states to alter the outcomes of chemical reactions.
Read full article on the Columbia Engineering’s website here.
Benjamin Rudshteyn, a postdoctoral research scientist in Richard Friesner’s group at Columbia University, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIH NRSA F32) from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) to support his research into the use of auxiliary field quantum Monte Carlo for biologically relevant systems.
Ben is from Brooklyn, New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York in 2013. He received his MS and PhD in computational chemistry from Yale University in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral fellowship is to enhance the research training of promising postdoctoral candidates who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. More information about the program is available at https://researchtraining.nih.gov/programs/fellowships/f32.
C&E News has released its 2019 Talented Twelve Class, which includes two graduates of our program-Michelle Lynn Hall (PhD 2011 with Friesner) and Brenda Rubenstein (PhD 2013 with Reichman). Congratulations to Michelle and Brenda!
The PECASE is “the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.”
Tim Berkelbach named winner of 2019 Kummel Early Achievement Award “for making possible the determination of condensed phase spectra within the framework of coupled cluster theory, and for elucidating the relationship between excited-state coupled cluster theory and Green’s function diagrammatic approximations.”
Matthew Carbone, a doctoral candidate in David Reichman’s group at Columbia University, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) to support his Chemical Physics research.
Carbone, from Gillette, New Jersey, received bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Rochester. Less than 5 percent of applicants are chosen for the fellowship each year.
The DOE CSGF, administered by the Krell Institute of Ames, Iowa, is funded by the DOE’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration. Each year, the program grants fellowships to support doctoral students whose education and research focus on using high-performance computers to solve complex science and engineering problems of national importance. Since it was launched in 1991, the DOE CSGF has supported 436 students at more than 65 universities.
DOE CSGF students receive full tuition and fees plus an annual stipend and academic allowance, renewable for up to four years. In return, recipients must complete courses in a scientific or engineering discipline plus computer science and applied mathematics. They also must do a three-month research practicum at one of 21 DOE laboratories or sites across the country.
Carbone joins a group of 20 first-year fellows in 2017, bringing the total number of current DOE CSGF recipients to 79 students in 14 states.
The fellowship and related practicum experiences are effective workforce recruitment tools for the national laboratories. Nearly a quarter of all DOE CSGF alumni currently work or have worked in a DOE lab setting. Others pursue careers in academia, industry or government, where they introduce and advocate for computational science as a tool for discovery.
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Two of our colleagues have been awarded ACS national awards. The Irving Langmuir Award has been given to George Flynn and the Ahmed Zewail Award has been awarded to Xiaoyang Zhu. Let’s congratulate both of them on this special achievement!
Read more about ACS 2018 national award winners here.
The American Chemical Society has selected Professor Bruce Berne as the 2017 recipient of the Peter Debye Award, sponsored by DuPont.
To read more about the Peter Debye award, visit the ACS website.