HBCU summer research partnership continues the legacy of St. Elmo Brady
You’re probably familiar with Illinois alumnus St. Elmo Brady, who in 1916 became the first African American to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States. What you might not know is that, after leaving Illinois, Brady went on to found chemistry programs at Tougaloo College, Howard University, Fisk University, and Tuskegee University—four Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
To strengthen that shared legacy, we recently established the St. Elmo Brady Scholars Program, which provides summer research opportunities at Illinois for undergraduates from these four institutions.
Meet Enleyona Weir, our first Brady Scholar, and learn about her summer at Illinois.
Annual day camps offer opportunity for students, faculty to connect with community
On June 29 and July 13, more than 100 local middle school girls attended the 11th annual Bonding with Chemistry Day Camp for Girls, organized by the Women Chemists Committee.
Led by current graduate students and faculty, the camps encourage girls entering 6th-8th grades to become excited about chemistry.
A conversation with international Ph.D. students and alumnus
International students make up almost 30% of the Department of Chemistry student population.
To understand the unique challenges faced by international students and their experience at Illinois, we interviewed two graduate students and an alumnus.
Collaborative investment in 7 Tesla MRI will impact Illinois research and patient care
Carle Foundation Hospital and the University of Illinois are launching an exciting, first-of-its-kind partnership to conduct both basic and applied research to advance and improve patient care. Chemistry at Illinois was one of several units that collaborated to make the partnership possible.
Twenty years in the making, the new leading-edge medical imaging research collaboration is finally becoming a reality.
Prashant Jain receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Prashant Jain received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which was announced by President Donald J. Trump on July 2 of this year.
PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers, in the beginning of their independent careers, who show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge in this century.
Round two of Discovery Fund will support research by Fout, Lu, and Rodríguez-López
The Discovery Fund, established in 2018 and supported by a generous gift from chemistry alumni Ving Lee (Ph.D., ‘75, Rinehart) and May Lee (Ph.D., ‘76, Rinehart), provides funding for innovative research in the Department of Chemistry.
The fall 2019 round of funding will support research on enhanced MRI sensitivity (Prof. Alison Fout), genetic engineering (Prof. Yi Lu), and improved environmental pollutant monitoring (Prof. Joaquín Rodríguez-López).
Peixin He and Xiaoming Chen to receive Dean's Quadrangle Award
Peixin He (Ph.D., '85, Faulkner) and Xiaoming Chen will be honored by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) in October with the Dean’s Quadrangle Award. The award recognizes those who have personified the unique benefits and responsibilities that define liberal arts and science education throughout their lives and careers, and who have maintained a lifelong personal bond with the college.
Previous Illinois Chemistry recipients include John Witt (Ph.D., '61, chemistry) and Margaret Witt in 2018, Ted Brown (professor emeritus of chemistry) and Audrey Brown (BA, '89, religious studies) in 2015, Richard L. Wasson (BS, '53, chemistry) in 2013, Robert Springborn (BS, '51, chemistry) and Carolyn Springborn in 2011, and James L. Foght (MS, '60; Ph.D., '63, chemistry) in 2005.
Zimmerman polyurethane research reaches one goal; now to make it more affordable
The Zimmerman group has found a way to degrade polyurethane at room temperature instead of by high heat with toxic byproducts. What they end up with is a glue more powerful than Super Glue. The only draw-back: the cost.
Listen to his BBC Newshour interview (45:00-48:24) (or read more here).
Explore the Entrepreneurship Portal
Illini have founded companies all over the world. Explore this crowdsourced list of companies with founders affiliated with the University of Illinois.
Is your company missing? Add it to the list here.
Alumni News & Updates
- Bryan Barton (Ph.D., ‘10, Rauchfuss) was named Young Investigator in the ACS division of organic chemistry for work he and colleagues did for Dow from 2010-2015 on shifting the oxidation pathways of polyethylene to create graphitic species in good carbon yield. Barton is a group leader in DuPont’s Chemical Mechanical Planarization business, within the Electronic and Imaging division.
- St. Elmo Brady (Ph.D., 1916) will be a posthumous recipient of the Sankofa Award at Illinois.
- H. N. Cheng (Ph.D., ‘74, Gutowsky) is a candidate for the 2020 American Chemical Society President-Elect.
- Markita Landry (Ph.D., ‘12, chemical physics) has been named one of c&en’s 2019 Talented Twelve. She was one of the founding members of the SACNAS chapter at Illinois and is currently an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UC Berkeley.
We—and other alumni—would love to know what you’ve been up to! Please share your news here.
- George John Cvejanovich (BS, '48), June 29, 2019
- John Edward Devries (Ph.D., '44, Smith), July 1, 2019
- John Figueras (MS, '50; Ph.D., '52, Leonard), July 4, 2019
- Edward Henry Kidera (BS, '51), June 20, 2019
- George William Parshall (Ph.D., '54, Fuson), July 28, 2019
- Yoder Fulmer Shealy (Ph.D., '49, Fuson), July 3, 2019
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