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03/26/2012

American Chemical Society Names Caltech Chemist Sarah Reisman a Rising Star

Kimm Fesenmaier

Sarah E. Reisman, an assistant professor of chemistry at Caltech, will receive the WCC Rising Star Award today, making her one of 10 midcareer women chemists to be honored with the award in its inaugural year. The distinction, bestowed by the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), will be presented at the society's 243rd national meeting in San Diego and is intended to help promote the retention of women in science.

03/16/2012

American Chemical Society Honors Shu-ou Shan

Allison Benter

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has honored Shu-ou Shan, professor of chemistry at Caltech, with this year's Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry.

 

 

02/01/2012

Caltech Study Supports Model for Locating Genetic Damage Through DNA Charge Transport

Kimm Fesenmaier

Our genetic information is under constant attack. Luckily, repair proteins are typically hard at work, locating and fixing damaged DNA. Over the past decade, Caltech chemist Jacqueline Barton has been exploring a model that describes how repair proteins might work together in this scouting mission to efficiently home in on lesions or mismatches within the DNA. Recent results from her lab support the model.

01/30/2012

Caltech Professor David Tirrell Named Director of the Beckman Institute

Kimm Fesenmaier

David Tirrell, the Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at Caltech, has been appointed director of the Beckman Institute.

01/13/2012

Caltech Chemists Devise Chemical Reaction that Holds Promise for New Drug Development

Kimm Fesenmaier

A team of researchers at Caltech has devised a new method for making complex molecules. The reaction they have come up with could open up new avenues for the development of novel pharmaceuticals and natural products from chemotherapeutic compounds to bioactive plant materials such as morphine.

12/22/2011

Caltech Faculty Receive Gates Foundation Grants for Global Health Initiatives

Katie Neith

On December 15, the Gates Foundation and Grand Challenge Canada announced over $31 million in new grants to help advance healthcare in the developing world. James Heath, Gilloon Professor and professor of chemistry, and Axel Scherer, Neches Professor of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, and Physics, were among the 12 grant recipients who will be funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Caltech was the only organization to receive more than one award.

12/15/2011

Caltech Chemists Propose Explanation for Superconductivity at High Temperatures

Kimm Fesenmaier

Caltech chemists have developed a hypothesis to explain strange behavior of high-temperature superconductors—copper oxides, or cuprates, that conduct electricity without a shred of resistance at temperatures much higher than other superconducting metals.

12/08/2011

New Professor Uses Chemistry and Chemical Engineering to Make a Difference

Kimm Fesenmaier

Rustem Ismagilov, the new John W. and Herberta M. Miles Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Caltech, believes in the ability of science and technology to address significant societal problems—from the spread of HIV and drug resistance to bacterial imbalances in the gut.

12/01/2011

Cheating Nature for Secrets

Kimm Fesenmaier

André Hoelz, Caltech's newest assistant professor of chemistry, endeavors to fully characterize the nuclear pore complex, a cellular component made up of many copies of about 30 different proteins—perhaps 1,000 proteins in all and 10 million atoms—which forms a transport channel in the membrane of the nuclear envelope. Hoelz calls the complex "the gatekeeper of the nucleus." 

11/29/2011

Caltech Nobel Laureate Named One of the Top Leaders in America

Kimm Fesenmaier

Ahmed Zewail, the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics at Caltech, has been named one of the Top American Leaders of 2011 by The Washington Post and Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.