Volume 13, Number 18
Friday, May 16, 1997
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Mario Molina Named Institute Professor!
Congratulations to Professor Mario Molina, The Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Sciences, who was named last week as an Institute Professor, a title reserved for MIT scholars of special distinction. To become Institute Professor is a prestigious honor which is bestowed to colleagues who have demonstrated exceptional distinction through a combination of leadership and accomplishments and service in the scholarly, educational, and general intellectual life of the Institute or the wider academic community. There are usually no more than twelve Institute Professors at one time.
Professor Molina shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1995 for discovering the depletion of the ozone layer. His work has led to the first definitive demonstration of a truly global environmental effect of human activities - the chlorofluorocarbon-ozone depletion theory first presented in 1974. Dr. Molina was the principal author of the paper describing this theory, and was also principal co-author on a meritorious series of papers from 1976-86 that defined and refined the relevant kinetics of the compounds that act as "temporary reservoirs" for the free radicals responsible for catalytic ozone destruction.
Professor Satoru Masamune to Receive Fujihara Award on June 16th
On June 16th Professor Satoru Masamune will receive the 1997 Fujihara Award, one of the most prestigious scientific awards in Japan. The prize consists of 10 million yen (approximately US $80,000). Mr. Ginjiro Fujihara, the founder of the Japanese paper industry, created the Foundation which established the Fujihara Award in 1960. Every year two scientists in any field of science are selected for recognition. Professor Masamune joined the Department in 1978 and has made outstanding contributions in chemistry in general and in synthetic organic chemistry in particular. His major discovery is a powerful, conceptually new synthetic strategy for controlling relative as well as absolute stereochemistry with chiral reagents, now called reagent-controlled or double asymmetric organic synthesis. Professor Masamune's long-standing attraction to molecules of theoretical interest has also led him to synthesize new and unusual aromatic and anti-aromatic systems and organometallic molecules involving ensembles of the main group elements silicon, germanium, and tin.
Senior Recognition Dinner Honors Students
The Senior Recognition Dinner was held on May 8th, 1997 at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge. Professor John Deutch was the guest speaker and gave highlights of his tenure as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A number of undergraduate Chemistry Majors were honored for their achievements and service:
The 1997 Undergraduate Award Recipients
Chemistry Undergraduate Teaching Award: For outstanding teaching in the field of chemistry
Federico Bernal, Hisham Eissa, and Lily Huang
The Chemistry Undergraduate Service Award: For outstanding service to the department by an undergraduate:
The Merck Index Award for outstanding scholarship:
Annie Lee, Doris Lin, and Srivatsan Raghavan
The Hypercube Scholar Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of computers in teaching:
American Institute of Chemists Award presented in recognition of outstanding achievement, ability, leadership, and character:
Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award for outstanding research in the field of chemistry
Lillian Chong and Jennifer Sokol
The Alpha Chi Sigma Award for achievement in research, scholarship, and service:
Jennifer Sokol and Junko Tamiya
The following chemistry majors were noted for their work as educators, both at MIT and in the community elementary schools:
Teaching: Federico Bernal, Hisham Eissa, Pat Huang, Lily Huang, Sean Lavin, Zolatan Maliga, Michael Marino, Kenneth Mills, John Modzelewski, Georgiana Rivers, Timothy Shiau and Junko Tamiya
Tutoring: Songpon Deechongkit, Christina Eng, Wendy Jen, Suhail Mithani, Georgiana Rivers and Jason Wong
The Chemistry Magic Show: Joshua Bittker, John Gavenonis, Jennifer Lee and Timothy Shiau
Chris Morse Wins Goodwin Medal
Christopher Morse was one of two students awarded a 1997 Goodwin Medal, an award given annually in recognition of "conspicuously effective" teaching by a graduate student. The award consists of an engraved bronze medal, a leather-bound certificate, and $1500 in cash. Chris, a member of Alan Davison's group, has been involved in the teaching of 5.11 for over three years, as Teaching Assistant and as Chemistry Staff Member for the Experimental Study Group. In each capacity, he has won the appreciation of his students through a combination of an ability to present material in a clear and easily-understood manner, a willingness to devote many hours to helping those with problems, and a propensity for bringing home-made chocolate chip cookies to his class. Chris has also appeared on the television quiz show Jeopardy in an episode that will be telecast later this year.
Chemistry Undergraduates Honored at Awards Convocation
Two chemistry majors of the Class of 1997 were among those honored at the MIT Awards Convocation held on May 14th. Joseph Lee was one of two winners of the Frederick Gardiner Fasett, Jr. Award. This award is presented annually to members of the Interfraternity Council who have "unselfishly demonstrated the qualities of spirit, dedication, and service in furthering ideals of MIT fraternity brotherhood and sisterhood." Joseph is a member of Sigma Chi. Derek Stevens was one of four recipients of the Ronald E. McNair Scholarship Award. This scholarship, named in honor of the physicist and astronaut who died in the explosion of the Challenger, is awarded to African-American undergraduates who have had strong academic performances and have "made a considerable contribution to the minority community."
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemistry
Graduate Research Symposium in Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry
Thursday, May 29, 1997
2:00 PM, Room 6-120
Two Internships Available
Colgate-Palmolive in Piscataway, New Jersey, has an internship available with two choices of research topics to choose from. The first topic involves the development a clear superior antiperspirant stick. The challenge here is to understand the gelling mechanism of the currently used rheological additive, to identify a superior rheological modifier, and to overcome the product deficiencies such as tackiness, syneresis and high irritation potential. The second topic involves the development of a highly efficacious clear antiperspirant gel. The challenge is to improve the efficacy and fell of the existing antiperspirant gel. For both projects, an ideal candidate would possess a major in polymer chemistry or polymer science with a good background in organic chemistry. Please contact: Dr. Robert Bianchini at Mennen, Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07962-1928.
Foster-Miller in Waltham, MA: has an immediate opening for an intern for their project entitled, "Micron and Submicron Sized High Temperature Polymer Spheres" Most projects typically involve conducting a literature search to plan synthesis activities, performing small scale synthesis, characterizing the product and evaluating its potential for the intended applications. In addition to working on one or more projects, the intern will be exposed and will have the opportunity to contribute to numerous other chemistry related projects. Please contact Dr. K. "Jay" Jayaraj, Division Manager, Electronic Materials at (617) 684-4121 who will make arrangements for a visit to Foster-Miller. More information is available in the file in Susan Brighton's office.
Glass Blowing Services Available
Bob DiGiacomo will be coming in on Wednesdays or Thursdays to pick up any glass blowing work that you may have available. Please bring any work to room 6-031 or call Ed Udas or John Annese at 3-4505. Bob will do the work on a first-come, first-served basis.
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