Faculty News

Dave Thirumalai Receives Major Award from American Chemical Society

The Department of Chemistry’s new chair, Professor Dave Thirumalai, has been selected to receive the 2016 Award in Theoretical Chemistry by a division of the largest scientific society in the world.   Thirumalai was chosen “for outstanding contributions to physical and biophysical chemistry, especially work on protein and RNA folding, protein aggregation, and effects of […]

David Vanden Bout Receives President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to Professor David Vanden Bout on receiving the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to being a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Vanden Bout is the CNS Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education.     The President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award award was established in the fall of 1980 and recognizes […]

Crooks and Martin Receive Funding from Dell Medical School

Source   Professors Richard Crooks and Stephen Martin have received funding from the Dell Medical School, as part of the inaugural class in the Texas Health Catalyst program. The Texas Health Catalyst connects academic researchers with industry professionals so products can be refined early in the development process.   Martin received $100,000 for developing a new drug treatment for neurodegenerative […]

Guangbin Dong Promoted

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Guangbin Dong has been promoted from Assistant Professor to Full Professor effective September 1, 2016. Professor Dong received his PhD in 2009 from Stanford and joined the Department in 2011.   Visit his group page to learn more about his research.

Simon Humphrey Promoted

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Simon Humphrey has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, effective September 1, 2016. Professor Humphrey received his PhD in 2005 from the University of Cambridge followed by a postdoctoral fellow appointment at UC Berkeley.  He joined the Department in 2009. Visit his group page to […]

Jonathan Sessler Elected to National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has elected Professor Jonathan Sessler as an NAI Fellow.  The NAI Fellows Selection Committee chose Professor Sessler for induction due to his having demonstrated “a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and […]

Researchers Develop New Tool for Green Chemistry

Chemists from The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University have developed an environmentally friendly method for creating chemical structures with complex shapes like those found in living things. The results have implications for reducing toxic waste in chemical manufacturing and research, understanding basic biological processes and developing more effective medical therapies.   […]

Dave Thirumalai to Chair Department of Chemistry

We are excited to announce that Professor Dave Thirumalai of the University of Maryland College Park has accepted the chairmanship of the Department of Chemistry at UT Austin. Thirumalai will join the Department in January 2016.   Thirumalai received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and was a postdoc at Columbia University.  In 1985, he joined the […]

UT Austin Receives $4M to Develop Techniques for Brain Imaging & Manipulation

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin will receive three grants totaling $4 million to develop techniques for imaging and manipulating the activity of neurons in the brain, research that will help scientists explore the mechanisms of addiction, obesity, fear and many other brain states and disorders. The funding, provided by the National Institutes […]

Alan Cowley Retirement Symposium and Banquet, October 2015

For the latest information regarding Alan Cowley’s Retirement Symposium and Banquet, including the schedule of events and how to provide support, please visit the event’s website. – September 21, 2015