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.
The Columbia Center for Computational Electrochemistry-CCCE was formed this fall with the aim of bringing together scientists at Columbia and at Schrodinger, Inc. to use and develop tools from electronic structure theory, machine learning, molecular dynamics and classical Monte Carlo, and multiscale modeling, to advance our understanding of energy storage materials. Stay tuned at https://ccce.chem.columbia.edu/ for new developments.
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.
We are saddened and anguished by the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other Black lives that were taken before them. We join in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn the injustices and police brutality that continue to result in the death of Black lives at the hands of the very community that is tasked with serving and protecting them.
Moving forward, we must condemn not just these individual violent acts, but also the broader systemic racism that pervades our society and the scientific community. We cannot be silent in the face of this systemic racism that excludes, silences, and marginalizes people of color in our laboratories, classrooms, departments, and institutions.
These recent events have emboldened our resolve to increase diversity, foster an inclusive and equitable climate, and support pipeline and outreach programs in our department. We understand that consequential change can come only from empathetically listening to the experiences of members of our community, reflecting on what we learn, identifying disparities, and enacting meaningful change.
As a first step, the Committee on Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity and the Graduate Student Class Representatives will host two forums. The first of these will take place at 3:30pm this coming Thursday, June 11, 2020 and will be focused on listening and reflecting on shared experiences of systemic racism. The second forum will take place at 3:30pm the following Thursday, June 18, 2020 and will be focused on a discussion of actions we can take as a department to address systemic racism. In addition, the Graduate Student Representatives have created a Google Doc listing resources and charitable organizations that is continually being updated. In the weeks following these forums, we will devise a plan of concrete actions to be taken within our department with the aim of building diversity and supporting marginalized groups at all levels, and transforming the next generation of scientific and academic leaders.
The Committee on Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, on behalf of the Students, Faculty, and Staff
The Department of Chemistry
We are so glad we were able to join together virtually to celebrate the accomplishments of our students at yesterday’s Thirty Third Annual Chemistry Awards Ceremony, featuring presentations from some of our award winners, including Kevin Qian, the recipient of the Thomas Katz Prize; Matthew Bowers, the recipient of the Richard Bersohn Prize; and Ben Ravetz, the recipient of the Hammett Award.
We wish the class of 2020 the best in their future endeavors.
Colin Nuckolls has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Please join us in congratulating Colin on this great honor!
It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that George Flynn, Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Engineering, died on January 8, 2020
Professor Flynn joined the Columbia faculty in 1967. He was a pioneer in the use of lasers to probe molecular dynamics in gases and liquids and the use of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy to study the structure of solid surfaces and the properties of graphene. Among his many honors are the Herbert P. Broida Prize in Chemical Physics, the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, and his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences. Professor Flynn was a scholar and a gentleman, universally respected for his wisdom and sage advice by his colleagues and collaborators. He made a deep impact on Columbia through his service as Chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments and Director of EMSI, and as an extraordinary teacher and mentor to all students–including many who have gone on to notable research careers as university professors. He was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Van Doren Teaching Prize for the excellence of his teaching in Freshman Chemistry. George’s passing is a huge loss to the Department of Chemistry and Columbia University.