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Parrill and Baker receive NIH R15 Grant

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The National Institutes of Health recently funded a joint project between the Parrill and Baker research groups entitled "GPR88 Ligand Discovery". This three-year R15 award totals $408,000. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) comprise a membrane protein family and are the primary cellular sensors for external chemical stimuli. Congratulations!

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WELCOME Nathan DeYonker!

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dr. Nathan DeYonker has been re-hired by the University of Memphis Department of Chemistry as a tenure-track Assistant Professor effective August 2016. Dr. DeYonker is no stranger to UM, having worked as a staff Research Scientist in the Department of Chemistry for seven years. The DeYonker group is off to a good start! Prof. DeYonker has been awarded a Residential Fellowship by the University of Warwick Institute for Advanced Studies. He will be visiting the UK in June to work with Prof. Scott Habershon on visualization of chemical mechanisms and automated reaction sampling methodologies. Research performed in the DeYonker lab, with 2015 REU student Shelby Dickerson, has also been featured on the cover of the January 15th issue of International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

Tenure and Promotion for Huang and Simone

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dusting off the cobwebs on the news site! Congratulations to Profs. Xiaohua Huang and Paul Simone. Effective September 1st, 2016, they have been awarded tenure by The University of Memphis and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. The Department of Chemistry appreciates their dedication to research, teaching, and service!

Welcome Tim Brewster!

Published: Thursday, September 10, 2015

Though it's a few weeks overdue, we would like to welcome the newest member of our faculty, Dr. Timothy Brewster! Tim joins us after his postdoctoral work with Karen Goldberg at the University of Washington, Seattle. His specialty is organometallic synthesis and he is currently seeking motivated undergraduate and graduate students to join his lab! Find out more about Tim on his profile page. 

Huang and Wang Receive NIH Grant

Published: Friday, August 28, 2015

Dr. Xiaohua Huang (PI) and Dr. Yongmei Wang (Co-PI) received a R15 grant from National Institutes of Health. This is a three-year project with a total amount around $400K. The fund will be used to support the research on developing new technologies for capture, detection and analysis of circulating tumor cells, in collaboration with Dr. Bashir Morshed in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Congratulations!

Wang Awarded Dunavant Profesorship

Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dunavant Professorships are endowed by a generous gift from William Dunavant in honor of Dr. Ralph Faudree who was dean of the college from 1995-2000. The College of Arts and Sciences awards one to four professorships annually. Awardees receive $5,000 per year for three years to support their research programs. Since 1999, over forty Dunavant Professorships have been awarded. Prof. Yongmei Wang is one of the 2015 awardees!

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Chemistry Students at the 2015 University Honor's Assembly

Published: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

At the University's Honors Assembly on April 26th, 2015, two undergraduate chemistry majors were awardees! William Prater received the Chemistry Department's Outstanding General Student award and Luke R. Hurst received the Department's Chi Beta Phi Award in Chemistry.

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Alexander and Deyonker on EST&L Cover

Published: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A journal article on the 2014 Elk River, WV chemical spill, with Prof. Alexander, Dr. DeYonker, and Chemistry major Kate Charbonnet, Prof. Andrea Dietrich from Virginia Tech, and co-workers, was selected to be the feature cover article of the April 2015 issue of Environmental Science and Technology Letters.

ESTL cover

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