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Linda McGown, professor and chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, has been appointed to the editorial board of a new journal, NanoBiotechnology. The internationally peer-reviewed journal publishes research papers covering all aspects of the emerging and rapidly growing research area at the intersection of nanotechnology, molecular biology and biomedical sciences.

Alan Cutler, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, has received a $50,000 Cottrell College Science Award from Research Corporation for his research on acetic acid synthesis catalysis.

James Moore, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, has been elected vice chair of the American Chemical Society’s Polymer Division. During the third year of his term, Moore will serve as chair of the Polymer Division.

Linda McGown, professor and chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, presented a plenary lecture titled "Aptamer Affinity Reagents in Capillary Electrophoresis and Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization – Time of Flight – Mass Spectrometry" at the Latin American Symposium on Biotechnology, Biomedical, Biopharmaceutical, and Industrial Applications of Capillary Electrophoresis and Microchip Technology in Toledo, Spain, on Nov. 5-9. The paper was co-written by graduate students Adam Connor and Lawrence Dick Jr.

James Crivello, professor of organic and polymer chemistry, recently presented invited lectures titled "The Synthesis and Photopolymerization of Biorenewable Monomers" to Siena College and University of Missouri — Kansas City.

Lawrence Dick Jr., a graduate student in chemistry, received an award for his presentation at the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) annual meeting in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 3-7. Dick and Linda McGown, professor and chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, presented a paper titled "Aptamer-Enhanced Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization for Affinity Mass Spectrometry." The FACSS award recognized Dick's outstanding contribution by a graduate student.

Curtis Breneman, professor of chemistry and chemical biology, organized the fourth annual Symposium on Emerging Technologies in Computational Chemistry at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Philadelphia on Aug. 22-26. According to ACS, the objective of the symposium is to stimulate, reward, and publicize methodological advances in computational chemistry. The talks were evaluated by a panel of experts based on the impact the research will have on the future of computational chemistry and allied sciences.

Curtis Breneman, professor of chemistry, was named a permanent member of the California State Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program review panel, which is modeled after an NIH study section and is responsible for reviewing proposals for research funding provided by the California tobacco product tax. At the April meeting, over $21 million was awarded in research grants and pre- and post-doctoral fellowships.

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