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Prof. A. Morris to Discuss Hydrogen Vehicles at Nat'l ACS Meeting

    Amanda Morris
(August 6, 2014) In her role as an “ACS Expert in Sustainable Energy,” Prof. Amanda Morris will be one of three national experts taking part in a press conference at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco to discuss Toyota’s first hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle—as well as the small-series production of hydrogen fueling stations, which are essential for this new transportation technology.  The press conference will be held Monday, August 11, at 9 AM PST in the Moscone Center, North Building.  Interested parties can access a live video of the event at the ACS Ustream channel. For more information about this press conference, check out the ACS article here.

Fabijan Pavosevic Earns Best Poster Honors

    Fabijan Pavosevic
(July 28, 2014) Fabijan Pavosevic, a third-year graduate student with Prof. Edward Valeev, won the Best Student Poster Award for presenting his work on the development of an accurate quantum chemistry methodology applicable to large systems at the 45th Southeastern Theoretical Chemistry Association (SETCA) conference, which was held at Emory University in Atlanta earlier this year.  His poster was selected as the top entry from among more than 70 student posters!

Rachael Parker Receives Protein Society Award

    Rachael Parker
(July 14, 2014) Rachael Parker, a third-year graduate student in Tijana Grove’s research group, has been selected to receive The Finn Wold Travel Award from The Protein Society. Supported by contributions from the Society and its members—and named in honor of one of the Society’s founding members—the Wold Award is given to outstanding students based on scientific merit. In addition to financial support to contribute to the 28th Annual Symposium of The Protein Society (this year in San Diego), awardees will be recognized during the plenary awards session. Rachel’s work targets the design of a synthetic module that specifically binds the Mycobacteria cell wall. Her studies have implications in the development of inexpensive point-of-care diagnostic devices for TB.

Jessica Wynn Delivers Award-Worthy Presentation

    Jessica Wynn
(June 27, 2014) Jessica Wynn, a fifth year graduate student in the Webster Santos research group, won second place oral presentation at the international meeting of boron chemists (BORAM XIV) in New Jersey.  Jessica’s work deals with developing novel branched peptide boronic acids that recognize the structure of RNA macromolecules vital to the replication of HIV-1.  Her studies have implications in the next generation of therapeutics that can combat HIV/AIDS.

First-ever Virginia Science Festival to be Held in Blacksburg

    Karen Brewer
(May 14, 2014) As part of her NSF-sponsored outreach, Prof. Karen Brewer and her research group represented the Dept. of Chemistry at the media announcement of the inaugural Virginia Science Festival, to be held in Blacksburg and Roanoke from October 4-11, 2014.   Jointly sponsored by the City of Roanoke, the Science Museum of Western Virginia, the Town of Blacksburg, NASA-Langley (and others), the Virginia Science Festival will be a highly visible outdoor event designed to provide opportunities for engagement and exchange between children, teens, families, and local scientists.  It will feature more than 100 exhibitors who will provide hands-on activities, live performances, interactive demonstrations, and family-oriented science entertainment.  Contact Prof. Brewer for more info on her outreach activities.

Elements Newsletter Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of Elements is available here!

Rededication of Davidson Hall!

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