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Dr. Chrysoula Vasileiou is a recipient of MSU's 2013-2014 Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Award.  Conferred annually, these awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated innovative and/or sustained effort in the area of civic engagement that is specifically linked with the mission and efforts of their colleges. Dr. Vasileiou is being honored for her work with area high schools as part of our Project SEED program.  Project SEED provides financially underprivileged high school students the opportunity to conduct research in a chemistry lab over an eight-week period during the summer.  The program's overall goal is to introduce students, who due to their background were not offered many opportunities, to a scientific academic environment, mentor them about their future careers and allow them to showcase and develop their skills as part of a group.  Dr. Vasileiou and Professor Borhan established our Project SEED program 12 years ago by engaging East Lansing, Eastern, Everett, Haslett, Jackson, Okemos, Perry, and St. John's high schools.  All are active participants in the program and ~80 students from these communities have benefited from the experience.



The manuscript “Formation and Structure of Trivalent Chromium Process Coatings on Aluminum Alloys 6061 and 7075” by Liangliang Li (CEMS Ph.D. 2013) and Greg M. Swain has been selected to receive the 2015 Corrosion Best Paper Award. The Corrosion Best Paper Award is given in recognition of the most outstanding manuscript published in Corrosion in the calendar year preceding  the award. The award will be given out at CORROSION 2015 (Dallas, TX) in March 2015.



The Midwestern Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Chemistry will be hosted by the Department of Chemistry on October 11th, 2014.



The Huang Group's work on cancer vaccine development using a polymer platform has been highlighted on the journal MedChemComm cover.



The LaDuca group's work is featured on the cover of this month’s issue of ZAAC.



Professor Rob Maleczka has been named a 2014 ACS Fellow.  The ACS Fellow program honors ACS members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and ACS.  Professor Maleczka joins the Department's previously named ACS Fellows, Melanie Cooper, Xuefei Huang, Paul Mantica and Kennie Merz.  Also among the 2014 fellows is Professor Emmanuel P. Giannelis.  Professor Giannelis is the Walter R. Read Professor of Engineering in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Cornell University.  He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from MSU in 1985, working with Professor Tom Pinnavaia.  Other MSU Chemistry alumni to have been previously named ACS Fellows include Bridgette A. Barry (Post-doc, 1985), David E. Bergbrieter (BS, 1970), Joseph A. Caruso (PhD, 1967), Larry R. Dalton (BS, 1965), Mary Ann B. Meador (PhD, 1983), Patrick B. Smith (PhD, 1978), Claudia Turro (PhD, 1992), and Bobby L. Wilson (PhD, 1976).



Damith Perera (Maleczka group) was awarded the Bronze GSK Award for developing and successfully executing an 18 step synthetic route to a GSK target.   GlaxoSmithKline established this award program to recognize valuable contribution to company projects.  Before Damith, only one intern had ever won one of these GSK awards and Damith was the only Intern so honored this year.



The Spence group's recent article involving new technologies for cell analysis was featured on the cover of the RSC journal Analyst in a special themed issue on probe and chip approaches for cell analysis.  This is the Spence group's second front cover article in the past four months.  You can check out the cover of the issue here.



Damith Perera (Maleczka/Smith group and current GSK intern) won the Best Poster Award at the GlaxoSmithKline 2014 Chemistry Day, June 6th, 2014.  His poster detailed recent synthetic work that he has done in the GSK Research Triangle Park Antiviral Chemistry Group.  Damith’s accomplishment is particularly impressive given that his poster was compared to 35 other posters, most of which were presented by permanent GSK employees with much more experience.



Professor Merlin Bruening has won the 2014 CNS Distinguished Faculty Award.