A Message from the Chair...
Our students have again arrived for fall semester, and the campus pulse quickens after a relatively calm summer of research and preparation. We always take delight in the seasonal changes that take place at ASU, but fall is special. There are fresh expectations and new relationships to form. Now almost at the middle of the semester, we look forward to Homecoming and the greeting of old and new friends. Of course we want to brag about all of the accomplishments of the department and its members – but we also look forward to hearing from our alumni and friends.
We would be particularly pleased if you could join us at our annual Homecoming Reception to be held on Thursday October 25th at the University Club on the ASU campus. Details are given elsewhere in this newsletter. At the Homecoming Reception, we will make special note of the major transitions of faculty, staff and alumni. We will celebrate promotions, the new arrivals, and retirements.
October 25, 2012
The University Club
The department has grown substantially over the past several years. Undergraduate majors now number 1,360, with over 1,100 in the biochemistry/medicinal chemistry majors. As you can see, our numbers are heavily driven by a huge interest in the biosciences, but also show sustained and strong interest in the core chemistry majors, as well as environmental chemistry.
In research, the department continues to generate an impressive list of important results, funding awards, and recognition. All point to the hard work of our students, staff and faculty, and the vibrancy of the department. In brief: Professor Hao Yan was very recently honored as the inaugural Milton D. Glick Distinguished Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He has also just received an impressive $6.25 million multi-disciplinary research award from Department of Defense. Professor Petra Fromme has been awarded ASU’s coveted Galvin Professorship. Professor Joshua LaBaer is receiving recognition for his nanowell technology advancing the study of proteins. Professor Ariel Anbar has published a seminal study using isotopic analysis to create a technique for osteoporosis bone loss detection during its early stages.
Assistant Professor Anne Jones has recently been awarded a prestigious Early Career Award from Department of Energy, the first such award at ASU. On November 23 of this year Argentina’s Minister of Science will award Professor Ana Moore with the Premio RAICES a la Cooperación Internacional en Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación in recognition for her untiring work to promote international scientific collaborations. Professor Bob Pettit was recently recognized with Washington State University’s highest alumni honor, the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award. Professor Pierre Herckes’s cloud research was featured in a recent issue of US News and World Report. We would describe all of the other high impact publications from our faculty, but the list is just too long!
The department finds itself central to many university-wide initiatives including the Biodesign Institute, the Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability. The department has formed critical collaborations with the department of physics on nanotechnology, the School of Life Sciences on many areas of bioscience, the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Fulton Schools of Engineering in renewable energy sciences. The science and creativity to be found in chemistry and biochemistry are essential for the success of many of these enterprises, which is why most of our faculty are found in collaborations that cut across department, school and college boundaries. We are certainly energized by these connections and the central roles that we are playing. Please visit our web site at http://chemistry.asu.edu or contact me (480-965-4430 or Dan.Buttry@asu.edu) to learn about what we are doing. Better yet, please come to our Homecoming Reception on October 25th.
With best regards,
Professor and Chair
Chemistry and Biochemistry