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November 2018

Department Head Martin Gruebele sitting at his desk 
Martin Gruebele 

Greetings from the Department Head

It’s been a busy fall here in Urbana, and we’re just getting our first hints of winter. Our new students are beginning to acclimate, and I recently received word that everyone in our incoming graduate class has officially found a lab “home.” As all our students continue to settle in, we look forward to watching their progress and successes unfold over the coming years.

In the meantime, I invite you to catch up on our recent activities.

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John (PhD, ’61) and Margaret Witt are recipients of the 2018 LAS Dean’s Quadrangle Award

John and Margaret Witt received the 2018 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean’s Quadrangle Award. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated profound support for the college’s mission and who have personified throughout their lives and careers the unique benefits and responsibilities that define a liberal arts and sciences education.

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Renske van der Veen awarded a 2018 Packard Fellowship

Professor Renske van der Veen is the recipient of a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering for 2018. The prestigious fellowship provides $875,000 over five years for an early-career faculty member to pursue research.

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 Ted & Audrey Brown

Ted Brown 90th Birthday Symposium: Confronting the Challenges of Climate Change

Theodore "Ted" Brown, the founding director of the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois, celebrated his 90th Birthday with family, friends and former colleagues during a two-day symposium.

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Joaquín Rodríguez-López named as one of Science News' 10 scientists to watch

Professor Joaquín Rodríguez-López has been named to Science News magazine’s SN 10: Scientists to Watch list, a prestigious distinction spotlighting early- and mid-career scientists for tackling major challenges facing science and society. Professor Rodríguez-López was recognized for his efforts to expand affordable, renewable energy by designing materials to better store electric charge.

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Unusual double major leads to success for Tonisha Thacker

As a senior studying sociology and chemistry, Tonisha Thacker is used to people questioning her choice of majors, which on paper can seem like complete opposites. But her track record of success speaks for itself.

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John Katzenellenbogen inducted into the ACS Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame

At the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, Professor John A. Katzenellenbogen was inducted into the Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame. 

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2017-18 Annual Report

The Department of Chemistry Annual Report is now available, featuring statistics and highlights from 2017-18.

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Upcoming Events

Holiday Magic Show

December 12, 15 and 16, 2018 (Urbana, IL)


St. Elmo Brady Celebration
February 5, 2019 (Urbana, IL)

ACS Alumni Reception
March 31, 2019 (Orlando, FL)
Save the date! Details to come.


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