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Emeritus Professor Barry Miller awarded Edward Goodrich Acheson Award

Date posted: September 27th, 2016

Emeritus Professor Barry Miller is this year’s recipient of the Electrochemical Society’s Edward Goodrich Acheson Award. This biennial award is given to recognize members of the Electrochemical Society for their “conspicuous contribution to the advancement of the objectives, purposes, and activities of the society (ECS)”. …Read more.

Dr. Mary Barkley, Department of Chemistry Chair, Awarded Distinguished University Professorship

Date posted: August 30th, 2016

As chair of Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Chemistry, Mary D. Barkley guides others to academic success by blending leadership, research and life skills. The M. Roger Clapp University Professor of Arts and Sciences was recognized for that guidance by being chosen as one of this year’s four Distinguished University Professors, a title acknowledging the outstanding contributions of full-time, tenured professors with exceptional academic records of research, scholarship, teaching and service. …Read more.

Dr. Blanton S. Tolbert, First Recipient of the Morton L. Mandel Award

Date posted: August 9th, 2016

The newly endowed Morton L. Mandel Award is an annual award to honor and reward outstanding faculty members of the Department of Chemistry, the discipline in which Morton Mandel earned his bachelor’s degree. …Read more.

Rekha Srinivasan Wins the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring

Date posted: May 6th, 2016

The J. Bruce Jackson, M.D. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring recognizes the positive impact Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff have on the lives of students.

Crespo-Hernández Honored with Diekhoff Teaching Award for his Dedication to Students

Date posted: May 6th, 2016

The John S. Diekhoff Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching is awarded annually to two faculty members that have made exemplary contributions to graduate students through work in the classroom.

Department Postdoc Listed in Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Science

Date posted: January 7th, 2016

Robert Gilliard specializes in synthesizing novel molecules with a variety of different methods. He’s coauthored 16 papers, working with some of the best chemists in both Europe and the United States. He’s also a gifted teacher, and has received a number of awards for both his teaching and research.


Nature Communications Publishes Work from Crespo Groupdoc1

Collaborative work from the Crespo Group titled “The origin of Efficient Triplet State Population in Sulfur-Substituted Nucleobases” was recently published in Nature Communications. This work is part of an international, multi-group collaboration between the Crespo Group and theoretical chemists from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain and the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.



Crespo Group – Research Highlighted by the News Media

The Crespo Research Group’s recently published work, Unintended Consequences of Expanding the Genetic Alphabet (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11447), has been recently highlighted in Nature’s Research Highlights, the American Chemical Society Office of Public Affairs’ Weekly Press PACs, and among other news media.Graduate student Marvin Pollum and undergraduate student Brennan Ashwood led the investigation, whereas Minh Lam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve and Steffen Jockusch, Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia University also contributed to the research effort.

Crespo Group – Research Highlighted by Royal Society of ChemistryRSC Back Title Page

The Crespo Research Group’s recently published work, Photochemical etiology of promising ancestors of the RNA nucleobases, in a high-profile themed collection on the “Prebiotic Chemistry and the Molecular Origins of Life” was highlighted by the Royal Society of Chemistry in the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics journal.

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