Prof. Samuel Gellman and his group have been working on strategies to prevent infection by pathogenic viruses for several years. They are now using that work as a launching pad for research on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Collaboration goes viral tackling COVID-19
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a call to action for many within the scientific community. Long-time collaborators, Lloyd Smith, professor of chemistry, and Nathan Sherer, associate professor of molecular virology and oncology with the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research and Institute for Molecular Virology, set out, along with their students, to contribute to the global understanding of SARS-CoV-2 by adapting the Smith group’s Hybridization Purification of RNA-protein complexes followed by Mass Spectrometry (HyPR-MS) technology to the study of SARS-CoV-2.
Treichel Group alumni meet in Hong Kong
Alumni of Paul Treichel’s Inorganic Chemistry group (pictured above), David Shaw (Ph.D. 1975) and Rick Wong (Ph.D. 1977) had a reunion in Hong Kong in January. David and his wife Marsha completed a Singapore to …
ACS Organic Division launches new data site
Read the full version of this press release here. Abridged version of a news release from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry The American Chemical Society Organic Division released a new resource for organic chemists: …
Instructors, students find benefits in virtual learning
This year’s pandemic-induced online instruction did not stop students from enrolling in chemistry courses, but it did give instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) experience using a different instructional medium. “Teaching CHEM 344 online was definitely a unique experience,” said TA Maggie McEwan. “Teaching online requires a different set of skills compared to teaching in a classroom or lab, so I think I learned a lot this summer right along with the students.”
Connecting Science and Society: Science is Fun
Our public engagement programs reach large audiences in person, on the radio, in print, via television, social media and the internet. The Science is Fun truck traveled to schools, libraries, farmers markets, public parks and other community centers.
Featured Badger Chemist: Bruce Bursten, Ph.D. 1978 (Fenske)
Prof. Bruce Bursten received his Ph.D. in chemistry from UW–Madison in 1978. He was recently honored with the 2020 ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry.
Bursten’s journey toward the ACS award has been profoundly guided by his experiences. His story begins in high school, as a curious student in a math summer program.
Chemistry students win numerous awards
It was a busy year for awards, despite the constraints of a pandemic. In May, the Department of Chemistry celebrated students, faculty and staff with an online awards and graduation event called Celebrating Student Success. Because of generous donors, the department was able to give almost $500,000 in student support. See the winners of department and other awards below.
Remembering Phil Certain (Ph.D. 1969, Hirschfelder)
Phillip R. Certain, dean of the College of Letters & Science from 1993 until 2004, died Tuesday, August 11 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg at age 76 after a years-long struggle with progressive supranuclear palsy. He was the fifth-longest-serving dean of the largest college on the UW-Madison campus.
Remembering Marilyn Olmstead (Ph.D. 1969, Fenske)
Alumna teacher and leader in X-ray crystallography pioneered key techniques in the field By Becky Oskin, research communications UC Davis College of Letters and Science Marilyn Olmstead, a leader in X-ray crystallography and a stellar …