Fusing chemistry, commerce a success
Tech Launch Arizona Licensing Manager Paul Eynott reports that fusing chemistry and commerce is a success. (Photo courtesy of Tech Launch Arizona)
Dr. John Jewett Wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Congratulations to Dr. John Jewett who has received the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CAREER awards are the highest honor bestowed by the NSF to scientists early in their career, and they are given to junior faculty... Read More
Professor Robin Polt won 1st place honors in the 2015 Catalyst Award competition for earning the highest applied science metrics as calculated by the UA College of Science. He is a contributing scientist to ProNeurogen, Inc., a peptide chemistry company founded by Physiology Professor Meredith Hay. Professor Polt is also a contributing scientist to GlycoSurf, a local Tucson biosurfactant company co-founded by CBC Professor Jeanne Pemberton and Bio5 Professor Raina Maier. He was awarded several exclusive license agreements in 2015.
Indoles, found in essential biological compounds such as tryptophan and serotonin, are also an important class of pharmaceuticals. Additionally, the number of fluorinated drugs has been rising sharply in recent decades due to fluorine’s beneficial impact on properties ranging from solubility to metabolic activity. A new synthetic method enabling the synthesis of fluorinated indoles developed by graduate students Edon Vitaku and David Smith under the guidance of Dr.
Sona Avetian has been selected as the CBC Outstanding Student of the Month for December 2015 and January 2016.
Sona was nominated by CBC student Leo Hamerlynck. The nomination emphasized Sona's tireless efforts serving as Event Outreach Coordinator for the Chemistry Club and in research. Sona broke her arm over winter break AND was still coming in to work late nights in Dr. Armstrong’s lab! Leo states that Sona has “a unique devotion to and enthusiasm for chemistry” and a passion for chemistry.