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Morris Honored with COS Diversity Award
(April 26, 2013) Prof. Amanda Morris has received the College of Science (COS) Diversity Award
for 2012-2013 for her contributions to diversity within the COS and at other levels in the university. The selection committee applauded her efforts to recruit diverse graduate students and faculty, for being an active and supportive mentor to underrepresented students and faculty in COS and elsewhere in the university, and for tireless efforts on behalf of the LGBT Office/Caucus and the wider LGBT community. (more on Morris
McGrath Receives G. Charles Overberger Award
(April 3, 2013) Prof. James E. McGrath received the Charles G. Overberger
International Prize for Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering. This is a biennial award that “recognizes and encourages accomplishments of unusual merit in the field of basic or applied polymer science.” Prof. McGrath will present his award address at a symposium organized in his honor at the Fall 2013 ACS Meeting in Indianapolis. (more on McGrath ...
Turner Named to Editorial Boards
(Feb 21, 2013) Professor S. Richard Turner, Director of the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII
), was recently named to the editorial boards of the American Chemical Society journals Macromolecules
and ACS Macro Letters
. Turner is also Editor for the Americas of Chemistry and Synthesis for Polymer
and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Polymer Science: Part A: Polymer Chemistry
and Polymer Reviews
. (more on Turner ...
Hemp Develops Cancer Drug Delivery Vehicle
(Jan 28, 2013) Sean Hemp, a graduate student in the Long Group
, has been recognized for his contributions to new therapies that target genetic diseases and cancer. Hemp creates polymers to deliver nucleic acids, molecules that carry genetic information within DNA and RNA. Effective uptake of nucleic acids facilitates the delivery of genetic code that may correct malfunctioning DNA or eliminate mutating cells, such as cancer. (More info here.
Long Named Associate Dean in COS
(Jan 25, 2013) Prof. Gary L. Long has been named the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Science. Long will be developing a sustainable process for selecting and awarding scholarships, leading interdisciplinary curricular development, and formulating assessment policies for recruiting and placement programs. He will also guide the development of forthcoming undergraduate degree programs in systems biology, neuroscience, and computational science. (more on Long
Susanne Dana Honored for High School Teaching
(December 7, 2012) Susanne M. Dana (Chem BS, 1991; MS, 1993) received the Southeast Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching from the ACS at the recent SERMACS meeting in Raleigh (NC). Dana, who has been a chemistry teacher at Blacksburg High School since 2000, earned the award for the quality of her instruction, her ability to inspire students both inside and outside the classroom, and her leadership in chemistry instruction. Congratulations, Susanne!