Stanford Chemistry Newsletter
Spring Quarter 2018, Issue 4
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An Interview with Our Commencement Speaker: Dr. Sean Decatur, President of Kenyon College

Dr. Sean M. Decatur, President of Kenyon College, received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford in 1995.

Sean will return to campus this spring to speak at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony for the department of chemistry on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Read the full interview with Sean Decatur on our website.
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John Okhiulu and Bao Phan work together to test how different gasses affect a lighted candle.
Stanford Honors Leland Scholars Program with 2018 President's Award for Excellence Through Diversity

The Leland Scholars Program was honored “for creating an effective and welcoming transition program to Stanford for incoming first-year undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college or have attended under-resourced schools.”

Learn more about the Leland Scholars Program
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Professor Carolyn Bertozzi Elected to Royal Society

Carolyn Bertozzi, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, has been elected as one of this year’s ten new Foreign Members to the Royal Society for her pioneering work in the field of bioorthogonal chemistry.

Learn more about the Fellows of the Royal Society.
Hsiao-Tieh Hsu loads samples on the SGM beamline.
One Size Does Not Fit All When Exploring How Carbon in Soil Affects the Climate

Scientists from Stanford University are opening a window into soil organic carbon, a critical component of the global carbon cycle and climate change.

"We have to know what kind of carbon is in soil in order to understand where the carbon comes from and where it will go," said Hsiao-Tieh Hsu, a PhD student in chemistry at Stanford University. Read the full story.
Professor Wah Chiu and members of the new Stanford-SLAC cryo-EM team stand in front of a cryo-EM instrument as work nears completion on their new facility at SLAC.
Stanford and SLAC Open One of the World's Most Advanced Facilities for Cryo-EM

A new facility for cryogenic electron microscopy, or cryo-EM, has opened at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Built and operated in partnership with Stanford University, it’s equipped with four state-of-the-art instruments for cryo-EM, a groundbreaking technology whose rapid development over the past few years has given scientists unprecedented views of the inner workings of the cell. Read more about the new facility.
Gold nanoparticles are attached to threads of gold nanowires.
Zare Lab Creates Gold Nanoparticles in Water

An experiment that, by design, was not supposed to turn up anything of note instead produced a “bewildering” surprise, according to the Stanford scientists who made the discovery: a new way of creating gold nanoparticles and nanowires using water droplets. The technique is the latest discovery in the new field of on-droplet chemistry and could lead to more environmentally friendly ways to produce nanoparticles, said study leader Richard Zare, a chemist in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Read more about the discovery.
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Dr. Charlie Cox Wins H&S Dean's Award for Achievements in Teaching

Congratulations to Charlie Cox, a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, who was awarded a 2018 H&S Dean's Award for Achievements in Teaching. This award recognizes faculty and lecturers whose record shows particular accomplishments in teaching. Charlie will be recognized at a celebratory lunch with all of the Dean's Award winners for his dedication and commitment to outstanding teaching. Learn more about the Dean's Award.
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Sexual Harassment in Chemistry Put Under the Microscope

Greater openness and a growing acceptance that sexual harassment is a problem at universities is helping more victims than ever before to come forward. At the American Chemical Society’s spring meeting in New Orleans two chemists, including Stanford's Dr. Maria Dulay, shared their experiences that almost led them to abandon the field that they love. Learn more about the discussion that took place at the ACS meeting.
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Chemists Discuss Sexual Harassment in Chemistry on C&EN's Stereo Chemistry Podcast

In the second episode of C&EN's Stereo Chemistry podcast, host Kerri Jansen follows up on the September 2017 cover story on sexual harassment in chemistry to look at what has changed—and what hasn’t—since that piece was published. Jansen speaks with the reporters who worked on that story and with chemists who have survived sexual harassment, including Stanford University’s Maria Dulay and Miranda Paley of ACS.

Read more about the podcast episode and actions Stanford has taken to address harassment.
Graduate student Mireille Kamariza and chemistry Professor Carolyn Bertozzi developed a fast, inexpensive and reliable test for tuberculosis.
New Test Developed by Bertozzi Lab Brings Faster, Cheaper and More Reliable Tuberculosis Diagnosis to Rural South Africa

Tuberculosis, a distant memory to most Americans, remains a serious public-health threat in developing countries, in part because the most common test for the disease was developed a century ago and is not the most reliable. Now, a team of basic chemists working in collaboration with doctors and public health researchers in South Africa has developed a new test that makes it easier to diagnose and therefore treat the disease. Read more about the new test. 
Chaitan Khosla
Khosla Lab Looks for an Off-Switch for Celiac Disease

Researchers have discovered how a disease-associated protein gets inactivated, opening the door to possible new treatments.

Learn more about the enzyme that inactivates the TG2 protein. 
Professor W. E. Moerner, left, and postdoctoral scholar Anna-Karin Gustavsson position a sample on the new TILT3D microscope.
Moerner Lab Sees Nanoscale Details Within Mammalian Cells

In 2014, W.E. Moerner won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for co-developing a way of imaging shapes inside cells at very high resolution, called super-resolution microscopy. Now, he and his lab have created a new microscope that produces 3-D nanoscale images of mammalian cells in their entirety.

Read more about the new microscope the Moerner lab has developed.
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Isabel Goronzy Receives J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement

Congratulations to undergraduate Isabel Goronzy, who was awarded the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement. Established in 2006, this is one of Stanford's most selective recognitions of a student's overall academic performance. The top 25 graduating seniors in the School of Humanities and Sciences are honored for their efforts and academic achievements throughout their undergraduate education.

Learn more about the award

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