Autumn 2022 ChemLetter

Season’s greetings! I hope this message finds you well and enjoying some time for quiet reflection as the year draws to a close. In the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington, we have savored our time together – in person. On a rainy day in June, our community gathered with many friends and relatives at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion to celebrate the graduation of the Classes of 2022, 2021, and 2020. Our alumni community grew by 358 baccalaureates in June and 19 graduates of the… Read more
An article in Science tells the story of the work published on November 9 in the New England Journal of Medicine in which a toddler who, before birth, received successful in utero treatment for Pompe’s disease, a rare genetic disorder. Babies with infantile-onset Pompe’s disease… Read more
How did Sarah Keller's group make a brief detour from investigating micron-scale phase separation in lipid membranes to analyzing time-lapse movies of blooming lilies? In a blog post for the Biophysical Society, Professor Sarah Keller provides the context behind the work that was published in the June 21, 2022 issue of Biophysical Journal titled " Read more
Chemistry graduate student Ricardo Rivera-Maldonado and co-worker Miguel González Montijo developed a bilingual English/Spanish climate science fact sheet, for which the Clean Energy Institute awarded them the Clean Energy Outreach & Service Award on May 26, 2022. The fact sheet "aims to empower K-12 students to discuss climate change and clean energy with their families and communities" and… Read more
Assistant Professor Dianne Xiao has been awarded a 2022 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering for her research on creating new materials to make chemical reactions that are compatible with renewable energy sources and raw materials. The Packard Fellowship is awarded to early-career scientists and engineers who are pursuing new areas of research. Each of the twenty new fellows… Read more
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Nicholas Riley will join us as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2023!  Dr. Riley received his B.S. in chemistry and psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2012, with Honors from the South Carolina Honors College. His undergraduate research in forensic analytical chemistry with Prof. Stephen Morgan first introduced him to mass spectrometers. He quickly became fascinated with these instruments, which led him to his Ph.D. work in mass… Read more
Welcome to the new staff in the Department of Chemistry!  Melanie Cash, Scientific Instructional Technician 2 Started June 2022 Melanie earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington in June 2022. As a student, Melanie conducted undergraduate research in the group of Professor Brandi Cossairt and worked in our department as a teaching associate and student assistant in the Undergraduate Stockroom. As a permanent member of our staff, Melanie will be supporting upper division lab… Read more
"PSBJ’s 40 Under 40 highlights people who’ve made significant strides in their careers and showcased a strong sense of civic duty while actively contributing to their communities in the Puget Sound region. Lewis will be featured in PSBJ’s upcoming publication and honored at their event on September 22. "Dr. Lewis E. Johnson is a scientist, entrepreneur, and life-long Seattleite. With a passion for making a better future, he’s devoted himself to research experience in nanotechnology,… Read more

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