August 22, 2012
Professor Michelle Chang is the 2012 recipient of the Iota Sigma Pi Agnes Fay Morgan Award. This annual award is given for research achievement in chemistry or biochemistry. The nominee must be a woman chemist or biochemist, not over forty years of age at the time of her nomination.
Iota Sigma Pi is the national honor society for women in chemistry. The Hydrogen Chapter at UC Berkeley is the founding chapter, organized in 1902. Agnes Fay Morgan was a founding member of the society and a member of the Hydrogen Chapter. She also served as the first national permanent historian of the society.
Morgan spent most of her professional life at UC Berkeley, from 1915 until her retirement in 1954. Her teaching and research dealt with the chemistry of foods and nutrition, particularly with the distribution and functions of vitamins and their interrelationships with hormones. She died in 1968.
Ph.D. candidate Jonathan King, of the Reimer research lab, has won an Ernst Award from the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), a German learned society and professional association. The award is given to up-and-coming young researchers, honoring an outstanding publication.
The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker was founded in 1949 to represent the interests of German chemists in local, national and international contexts. GDCh “unites those people associated with the chemical and molecular sciences and supports them in their responsible and sustainable endeavors for the good of the public and of our environment.” The Ernst Award honors Richard R. Ernst, who won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on nuclear magnetic resonance techniques.
Graduate student Piper Klemm of the Raymond lab was elected to participate in the 2012 SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry program. SciFinder is the leading information research tool for chemistry and related disciplines. SciFinder provides instant access to the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) content collection.
CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is the world's authority for chemical information. CAS databases are recognized by chemical and pharmaceutical companies, universities, government organizations and patent offices around the world as authoritative.
Li-Chiang Lin, a grad student in the research group of CBE/Chemistry professor Berend Smit, is one of the 2012 AIChE Separations Division award winners for 2012. Lin conducts computational chemistry research focusing on predicting the performance of solid adsorbent materials for carbon dioxide capture.