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August 2017 Newsletter

Martin Gruebele, Department Head - sitting at his desk 
Martin Gruebele, Department Head 

Greetings from Chemistry at Illinois!

Welcome to the first edition of the Chemistry e-newsletter! I hope you enjoy the quarterly updates, and I invite you to be in touch. We love to hear what our alumni are up to!

I took over the headship from Greg Girolami in January, inheriting an outstanding department with talented students, award-winning faculty, and dedicated staff. I am grateful for this opportunity, and I am committed to continuing our long tradition of excellence during my time in this role.

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 150 year Illinois flag

Chemistry Turns 150!

We invite all our alumni and friends to attend the School of Chemical Sciences sesquicentennial celebration, October 6-7, 2017. Visit the event page to see a full schedule of activities and to RSVP.

A highlight of the celebration will be the rededication of Chemistry Annex. Read more about the renovation project here.

 group of attendees standing outside the Alice Campbell Alumni Center at the Leonard 100 Symposium

Nelson J. Leonard Centennial Celebration

On Saturday, April 15, 2017, the School of Chemical Sciences hosted a special event to celebrate the life and legacy of one of our most influential and most universally admired colleagues, Professor Nelson J. Leonard.


 3 female graduate students holding their signs at the Champaign-Urbana March for Science

Marching for Science

The Champaign-Urbana March for Science, held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, was attended by more than 5,000 people from the campus and local community!

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 Scott Denmark in the lab

Scott E. Denmark Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

“This honor is a wonderful acknowledgement of the scores of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and undergraduates whose dedicated efforts are being recognized and to whom I am eternally grateful,” Denmark, the Reynold C. Fuson Professor of Chemistry, said on his election.

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Jeffrey Moore Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Murchison-Mallory Professor of Chemistry Jeffrey Moore was recognized by the Academy for his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

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 headshot of Stephen J. Elledge

Elledge Receives Alumni Achievement Award

Chemistry alumnus Stephen J. Elledge (BS, '78), a world-renowned leader in the field of the genetics, biochemistry, genomics, and proteomics of cancer cell biology, has received a 2017 University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award.

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 Richard Dehm and Martin Gruebele, talking in a hallway in Noyes Lab
 Richard Dehm and Martin Gruebele

X-Ray Alumnus Visits Noyes

On a beautiful spring day in April of this year, Chemistry alumnus Richard Dehm (MS, '52; PhD, '54) stopped by Noyes Lab for a tour of the department's state-of-the-art X-ray facility.

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 headshot of Fiona Qu, standing outside on campus

Your Gifts at Work

Fiona Qu, Eunice Wu Memorial Scholar, is just one of many students who benefit directly from the support of our alumni and friends.

See how these gifts are making a difference!


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