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January

We have just been notified that our own professor Francisco Fernandez-Lima has been awarded a NSF Career Award. The project is entitled: "CAREER: Development of Gas-phase, Post-ionization Structural Tools for the Study of DNA-protein Complexes," This is indeed an achievement. Congratulations to Professor Fernandez-Lima

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Organometallic chemist honored for his efforts to activate carbon-hydrogen bonds. Robert Bergman has won the 2017 Wolf Prize in Chemistry. Bergman is the Gerald E.K. Branch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. The prize is given out by the Israel-based Wolf Foundation to honor achievements in medicine, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the arts. Professor Bergman was also the Ph.D. mentor of our own Konstantinos Kavallieratos.

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The nuclear scholarships and fellowship applications; the homeland security internship; postdoc opportunities,and several others become due within the next 2 to 4 weeks. Please click on this news item or on the "opportunities tab" on the yellow band on this web page to find out more.

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February

It's that time for chemistry students to submit their applications for the Zaida C. Morales-Martinez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award. The deadline for submission is March 6, 2017. Please click above for more details.

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April

Two chemistry students, Michael Perez and Robert Wood are being recognized as Worlds Ahead Students. Both students are dual majors: Michael in Biology and Chemistry; Robert in Psychology and Chemistry. Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Haixiang Yu, student in the Biochemistry Ph.D. Program, for winning the UGS Provost Award for Graduate Student Outstanding Paper or Manuscript in STEM. Haixiang's faculty mentor is BSI researcher Dr. Yi Xiao. Chemistry and Biochemistry students were well represented among the awardees at the Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2017

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Abigail Sundberg and Natalie Smith will receive the Zaida Morales-Martinez & Howard E. Moore Scholarship Award on Thursday, May 4, from 4-6pm at the MARC Pavilion.

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Richard Schrock, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, will be lecturing at the University of Miami. The lecture is entitled "Ever More Surprises and Useful Organic Reactions Involving Olefin Metathesis by Molybdenum and Tungsten Catalysts" Please click on this news item for details. All are invited.

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The 6th annual IFRI Symposium will take place on May 9 and May 10th. This year's symposium coincides with the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Institute, and we look forward to continuing the excellent tradition of engaging keynote speakers, workshops, and presentations covering a wide range of topics in forensic science. Deadline for Submission of Abstract is April 14, 2017.

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May

Worlds Ahead biochemistry Ph.D. graduate Jill Beaver has been awarded an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Provost Kenneth Furton uses his forensic expertise in scent detection for contemporary art exhibit at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum.

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FIU students Alexander Bolufer and Anthony Castellanos from Dr Francisco Fernandez-Lima research group obtained the Second place for Poster presentations during the FAME 2017 meeting, held in Tarpon Springs, FL.

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June

Farewell to a good friend and leader: A retrospective on the career of FIU founding faculty and founding chair of the Department of Chemistry, Dr. Leonard S. Keller.

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The coating used on the fabric was invented by FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton and chemistry researcher Abuzar Kabir who are co-authors of the study.

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"The new analytical development will increase the number of molecules that can be examined six-fold, giving scientists a more detailed look into the chemical changes crude oil undergoes in a spill,” said Paolo Benigni, Ph.D. candidate in FIU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and lead author of the study. “This work opens the door to answering complex chemical questions about how molecules change in the environment.”

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