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The Department of Chemistry presents Professor Catherine L. Drennan as our inaugural Distinguished Women in Science seminar series speaker. Prof. Drennan is a Professor of Chemistry and Biology at MIT and a Principal Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The Drennan Research Laboratory seeks to understand how Nature harnesses and re-directs the reactivity of enzyme metallocenters in order to perform challenging reactions. The Drennan Education Laboratory creates resources for the innovative teaching of freshman chemistry.  

On August 28, 2017, the Department of Chemistry officially welcomed 37 new students into its graduate program from across the United States and the world. Our students begin their career at Brown from undergraduate institutions that span 14 states as well as China and Germany.

David Garcia, a year 4 graduate student, is the recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. "Through this award," according to the NIH, "promising predoctoral students will obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting well-defined research projects in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers."

Every year, the Office of the Dean of the College hosts a Summer Research Symposium, where UTRA recipients and other undergraduate researchers showcase their summer projects. This summer, nine undergraduates affiliated with the Department of Chemistry presented at the symposium with topics ranging from exploring protein function to applying computational methods to understand how chemical species interact. 

"Award recipients expand Brown’s global reach and will contribute to the institution’s mission of discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge." – Graduate School

How do we modernize and improve on traditional, fundamental laboratory investigations in the introductory organic chemistry sequence?  A publication by three collaborators in the Department of Chemistry provides one answer to this question.

Research summarized in a publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from the lab of Prof. Gerald Diebold, along with scientists from State Key Laboratories of Crystal Materials at Shandong University (China), has been highlighted in RSC ChemistryWorld as "record-breaking." The researchers have developed an innovative laser technique able to detect gases at the parts-per-quadrillion level, advancing our ability to determine trace concentrations of environmental pollutants.

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Prof. Sandra Russo-Rodriguez has been promoted to Senior Lecturer in Chemistry effective July 1, 2017. 

Katie Hills-Kimball (GS, Chen Group) has been awarded a 2017-18 GAANN Fellowship from the US Department of Education to support her research. She has also been named a Scholar by the Center for Nanoscale Systems at Harvard University.

Prof. Sandra-Russo-Rodriguez, Lecturer in Chemistry, was awarded the 2017 Student & Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS) Access Ambassador Award, which is presented annually to a "faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional awareness, inclusiveness, and support for students with disabilities (1)." SEAS Awards were presented at a ceremony on May 24, 2017.