Stanford Chemistry Newsletter
Fall Quarter 2018, Issue 1
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Laura Dassama and Carolyn Bertozzi
Science and social media: Tweets offer glimpse into the lives of faculty 

Since its introduction over a decade ago, social media has become a ubiquitous part of daily life. Today, many scientists are leveraging Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to engage with the global scientific community and communicate their research findings to the public. Professors Carolyn Bertozzi and Laura Dassama are two of the most active Twitter users in the Department of Chemistry. They share what they love about the application, how they have used it to develop meaningful relationships with other scientists, and why they believe tweeting is worth the time investment. Read the full story.
Sessler Lectureship with Professor Peng Chen
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Special Seminar with Nobel Laureate Richard Henderson
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Five chemistry students named Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellows (SIGF)

Chemistry Ph.D. students Corleone Delaveris, Kyle Disselkoen, Anna Elleman, Annina Sartor, and Jiarui Wang were named 2018 Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellows (SIGF). The SIGF Program is a competitive, university-wide program that awards three-year fellowships to outstanding doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary research. Learn more about the program
Lynette Cegelski
Research led by Professor Lynette Cegelski could lead to new ways to treat UTIs without antibiotics

Stanford researchers have shown that bacteria involved in urinary tract infections (UTI) rely on a novel chemical form of the molecule cellulose to stick to bladder cells. The finding, published in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to new ways of treating UTIs and other infections without antibiotics. Learn more about Professor Cegelski's research
Livia Eberlin
Stanford chemistry alum wins MacArthur Grant for research in mass spectrometry

Stanford alum Livia Eberlin was one of 25 people who received a $625,000 award from the MacArthur Foundation on Oct. 4 in recognition of her career accomplishments and potential. Read about the award.
Lecturer Sara Loesch-Frank mixes in ground minerals to create the desired color.
Stanford course teaches students the science of art materials 

Science informs art and vice versa in this class that aims to encourage students to look at art - and materials found elsewhere - with fresh eyes. Learn more about the class
Carolyn Bertozzi
Chemist Carolyn Bertozzi on bridging chemistry and medicine

Carolyn Bertozzi, a professor of chemistry, is best known for the development of bioorthogonal chemistry, a set of techniques that allow researchers to watch molecules perform their functions within living things without interfering with the native biology. That discovery launched her to the top of her field, where she’s remained for more than two decades. Read the full story.
Mentors in Teaching program co-founded by Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann celebrates 10 years

A Stanford University program, Mentors in Teaching (MinT), that helps teaching assistants mentor their peers recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and is ready to further expand its impact. Read more about the MinT program.
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Professors Noah Burns and Steve Boxer get one rung closer to understanding strange ladderane lipids

Strangely structured ladderane natural products could help scientists understand how anammox bacteria turn ammonium and nitrite into gaseous nitrogen and water. Read the full story.
From left, Stanford PhD student Aryeh Gold-Parker, and Chris Tassone, Kevin Stone and Mike Toney
Q&A: Shining X-ray light on perovskites for better solar cells

In this interview, four scientists, including former Stanford chemistry Ph.D. student Aryeh Gold-Parker, discuss X-ray experiments at SLAC’s synchrotron that reveal new insights into how a promising solar cell material forms. Read the full interview.
Professor Tom Markland
Tom Markland promoted to associate professor of chemistry

Congratulations to Professor Tom Markland on his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure. Learn more about Professor Tom Markland's research.
Professor Eric Kool
A rare disease inspires a Stanford team led by professor Eric Kool to develop a new test for aldehyde exposure

If successful, such a test could help in developing a treatment to stop the aldehyde-induced DNA damage in people with Fanconi anemia and also help millions who are at risk of aldehyde-related cancers because of common genetic mutations or industrial exposure. Learn more about the new test developed by the Kool lab.
Rain Mariano and Patti Gumport
Graduate student Rain Mariano recognized as recipient of 2018 DARE fellowship

Chemistry Ph.D. student Rain Mariano was recognized at the DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Fellowship Welcome Reception on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 as a 2018 DARE Fellow. Read about the DARE fellowship program.
Ross Moretti
Ross Moretti, Ph.D.
2017 Graduate

1. What have you been up to since graduating from the Department of Chemistry?
Since graduating, I’ve moved to Pittsburgh, PA and am now working as a research chemist for PPG. My role is focused on synthesizing polymer systems for the development of new coatings to protect materials against processes like corrosion, with an emphasis on coatings for the automotive industry.

2. What is your favorite memory from Stanford? I have so many good memories from Stanford that it’s difficult to pick just one. I think one of my favorite experiences, though, was being a ChemWipes chair in my first year. It was a great way to get to know the people I’d be spending most of my time with throughout the rest of our program, and I made a lot of my closest friendships during all of the antics of that process.

3. Can you share any helpful advice for current students? I think the best advice I can give based on my experiences so far is to learn broadly: take advantage of the wide variety of seminars offered, talk to your friends and colleagues about what they’re working on in a meaningful way, etc. You probably won’t be working on your current research project—or even in the same field of chemistry—for your entire career, so it can be really valuable to learn how others think about solving problems.
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