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Chemistry Mourns the Passing of Prof. Karen Brewer

    Karen Brewer

(October 24, 2014) It is with great sadness that the Chemistry Department notes the passing of Professor Karen Jenks Brewer.  Karen joined the Virginia Tech faculty in the Fall of 1992 as an assistant professor after starting her career at Washington State University; she was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005.  Karen’s research in the areas of photochemical production of hydrogen gas and the use of supramolecular complexes of ruthenium, platinum, and rhodium, for the potential treatment of cancers by photodynamic therapy earned her an international reputation as a researcher.  Her 100+ peer reviewed research publications have garnered over 3,000 citations and her research pace was as active as ever at the time of her premature death on Friday, October 24th. Read more on the life and accomplishments of Karen here.  She will be missed more than we can say. 

There will be a visitation at McCoy’s Funeral Home in Blacksburg on Friday (Oct. 31) from 1 - 2 PM, followed immediately by funeral services. Her family has indicated that donations to the Roanoke Wildlife Rescue would be welcomed in lieu of flowers.

The MII Has a New Director!

    Tim Long
(October 29, 2014) Prof. Timothy E. Long has been named Director of Virginia Tech's Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII). The MII was founded 10 years ago to harness the university’s scientific and engineering expertise in polymers — crucial materials in the multi-billion dollar chemical and manufacturing industries. Prof. Long will lead in efforts to leverage the capabilities and infrastructure of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science to identify new opportunities for polymer research at the intersection of science and engineering. (more on Prof. Long's new role)

Claudia Brodkin Earns Diversity Ally Certification

    Claudia Brodkin receives Diversity Award

(October 10, 2014) Claudia P. Brodkin, Chemistry's Undergraduate Lab Coordinator, took the first step in becoming a Diversity Ambassador by earning recognition as a Diversity Ally.  The Diversity Development Institute's certificate program provides a curricular path for anyone in the VT community who wants to develop competency in diversity and inclusion in course content and/or practice.  Claudia also serves the department in her role as a member of the Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee, as a district counselor for Alpha Chi Sigma (the national professional chemistry fraternity), and as an active advocate for the diversity of women in science.  

Webster Santos Receives VT Innovators Award

    Webster Santos
(Oct. 9, 2014) Prof. Webster Santos was recently selected as one of four recipients of a $25,000 Innovators Award, jointly sponsored by the Fralin Life Science Institute and  the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. The award is given to highly successful, collaborative faculty that have demonstrated the ability to focus their innovative talents toward meeting some of society’s greatest challenges. The program aims to enable faculty to innovate and start new research initiatives and collaborations in their laboratories. Congratulations Prof. Santos!

Elements Newsletter Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of Elements is available here!



Highlands in Chemistry Seminars

FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
Fridays, 2:30 PM, 140 Hahn North

October 31
CANCELLED

November 7
Theo Dingemans
Delft University of Technology

The complete Fall 2014 Highlands in Chemistry seminar schedule is available here.  



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