We are sad to inform you that University Professor Ronald Breslow passed away last night. Ronald was a titanic figure in the field of chemistry and made a deep impact on Columbia University. Arriving at Columbia in 1956, Breslow made wide ranging fundamental and practical contributions which include his work on the cyclopropenyl cation, the mechanism of the vitamin B1 catalyzed benzoin condensation and the founding of the field of biomimetic chemistry. Breslow was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the winner of the National Medal of Science, the Preistley Medal and the Welch Award, among other honors. He mentored over one hundred students and postdocs, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in chemistry and other fields. He was the recipient of the Mark Van Doren Award and Columbia’s Great Teacher Award for his teaching. In 1981 he wrote the influential “Breslow Report” that paved the way for Columbia’s transition to becoming a co-educational institution. As a scientist, mentor, colleague and citizen of the university, Ronald Breslow was irreplaceable and will be sorely missed.
With great sadness we pass along the news that Gilbert Stork passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017. Gilbert was a titanic figure in organic chemistry, and the winner of the Wolf Prize as well as the National Medal of Science. His arrival at Columbia in 1953 sparked the growth of the department into a world leader in the field of organic chemistry. Gilbert published his last paper in the field – “Synthetic Study toward the Total Synthesis of (±)-Germine: Synthesis of (±)-4-Methylenegermine” – in Organic Letters on September 6, 2017. According to Clark Still, “Work on the synthesis of germine began in 1979 and 15 students worked on the project through the year 2000. In 2010, Gilbert and his wife, Ayako Yamashita, decided that finishing the synthesis of germine would be a good retirement project. Working side-by-side (but only half time) in a small laboratory at Columbia, the two of them completed the synthesis of (±)-4-methylenegermine as a labor of love – a gift to each other and to all of Professor Stork’s students.” Gilbert Stork will be sorely missed. Inquiries about events in honor of Professor Stork should contact Alison Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Department of Chemistry at Columbia University is seeking outstanding applicants for tenure track Assistant Professor positions in all areas of chemistry, broadly defined, with a start date of July 1, 2018. The successful candidates for this position must have the potential to do innovative and pioneering research and to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, and have 3 letters of recommendation sent on their behalf.
The Department of Chemistry at Columbia University is delighted to announce that Professor Tom Rovis and his research group will be joining the Department in the Summer of 2016. Professor Rovis is a world leader in synthetic organic chemistry with a focus on the development of powerful strategies and methods in organocatalysis and transition metal catalysis. He began his independent career in the Department of Chemistry at Colorado State University in 2000 and is currently the John K. Stille Chair, a position he has held since 2008. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his research including the NSF CAREER award and the Arthur C. Cope Scholar award, and his research program is supported by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the Keck Foundation.
The Columbia Engineering Alumni Association (CEAA) has awarded its prestigious Pupin Medal for Service to the Nation in Science, Technology, or Engineering to Professor Ron Breslow. The Pupin Medal recognizes scientists for impactful contributions to science that are of broad and lasting significance to society. It has been awarded periodically by the CEAA since 1958, and is named in honor of Michael Pupin, a Columbia alumnus and former faculty member. The list of past awardees includes several Nobel laureates and many other scientists who are widely regarded as leaders in their fields.
To learn more about the Pupin Medal and see a list of past winners, visit the CEAA website.
The American Chemical Society has selected Professor Luis Campos for the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in recognition of his pioneering work on the synthesis of materials that are capable of singlet fission. Professor Campos will present his work at the Awards Ceremony during the Fall 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia.
To read more about the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, visit the ACS Website.
To read the profile on Professor Campos in Chemical and Engineering News, visit the C&E News Website.
The American Chemical Society has selected Professor Jonathan Owen for the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in recognition of his groundbreaking work on the synthesis and surface chemistry of colloidal quantum dots. Professor Owen will present his work at the Awards Ceremony during the Fall 2016 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia.
To read more about the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, visit the ACS Website.
To read the profile on Professor Owen in Chemical and Engineering News, visit the C&E News Website.
The Inter-American Photochemical Society (I-APS) has named Professor Luis Campos as its 2016 Young Investigator. The I-APS is a multinational scientific organization dedicated to advancing research in the photoscience. Established in 2002, the I-APS Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding young faculty members for groundbreaking research in photochemistry. As an award recipient, Professor Campos will present his research in May 2016 at the I-APS meeting in Santiago, Chile.
Visit the I-APS website to learn more about the Young Investigator award.
Visit the Campos Lab website to learn more about their research.
Congratulations to Professor Ruben Gonzalez, who has been named a “Scientist to Watch” by the editors of The Scientist a leading and very widely-subscribed-to life science research magazine that aggregates and summarizes recent research findings in the life sciences. The September issue includes an article describing Professor Gonzalez’ career and published work. You can also learn about his research interests on the Gonzalez group website. In addition to directing his research program, Professor Gonzalez is Director of Graduate Studies for the Columbia chemistry department.