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Lewis Johnson
September 16, 2022
"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
Brandi Cossairt speaks with Munira Khalil (whose back is toward the camera); both are wearing academic regalia
September 12, 2022
by Brandi Cossairt and Diana Knight The Department of Chemistry has been known to be a welcoming place with a collegial atmosphere and collaborative environment where interdisciplinary research can thrive. Our mission is to create new chemical knowledge and prepare the next generation of scientists in a safe and inclusive environment. We invite you to read a brief history of our continuing journey in the DEI space. Creating a Committee When Professor Emeritus Paul Hopkins was chair, he... Read more
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September 12, 2022
Dr. Rajakovich arrived in January 2022 and established her UW lab; we’re pleased to introduce her and her research  Lauren Rajakovich was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate studies took her south to North Carolina, before returning to Pennsylvania for her graduate education. She then went north to Massachusetts for her postdoctoral training before moving to the west coast to start her faculty position at the University of Washington in January 2022.  Lauren attended an all-... Read more
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August 24, 2022
Each year, members of our faculty nominate students to be presented with a certificate of merit from the American Chemical Society in each of the traditional divisions of chemistry. We congratulate the following students recognized for the 2021-2022 academic year: The ACS Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry has been presented to Hannah Lea in recognition of her research. Hannah Lea graduated in March 2022 with a B.S. in biochemistry with college honors. Hannah has spent... Read more
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August 23, 2022
Welcome to new staff in the Department of Chemistry! Mark Hertle, Grants Manager Started September 2021 Mark earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from University College, London, and Cancer Research UK, and an A.B. in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. Mark was a science teacher and program officer prior to most recently working as a lead grants manager in the UW School of Medicine. He enjoys his rescue dog’s frequent interference in house... Read more
Lucinda Liu wearing a graduation cap and gown standing behind a lectern
August 23, 2022
Reflections on working, researching, learning, and living amid a pandemic as members of the Department of Chemistry. William Wu, B.S. 2022Thinking back to four years ago, I still remember the day of the freshman welcome party of the chemistry department. It seems that we have some more/less people today. This is not because we break the law of conservation, but because our chemistry department is an open system, in which we thoroughly exchanged our ideas, our feelings, and our... Read more
a white dog with one ear up and one ear folded wearing goggles, a white lab coat, and yellow booties for protection in the chemistry lab
August 23, 2022
Reflections on working, researching, learning, and living amid a pandemic as members of the Department of Chemistry. Stefan Stoll, professor This past academic year, the Department was again given the opportunity to run a faculty search. We advertised an Assistant Professor position in all areas of chemistry and interdisciplinary fields involving chemistry. By the deadline of September 30, 2021, we had received well over 300 applications. The pool of... Read more
The Velian group in front of Bagley Hall giving the peace sign
August 19, 2022
Our capacity for excellence in research and teaching is a direct result of hundreds of friends and alumni coming together to support the department’s work each year. With your help, we are educating the next generation of leading scientists, advancing the field of chemistry, and accelerating vital scientific discoveries. In the past year, your gifts have made a tangible impact on: Recruiting the top graduate student applicants by providing generous fellowship support Strengthening research... Read more
Alshakim Nelson
August 19, 2022
We are pleased to announce that Associate Professor Alshakim Nelson has been promoted to professor, effective September 16, 2022. Professor Nelson and his interdisciplinary research team focus on the development of new stimuli-responsive materials and bio-hybrid materials for use in additive manufacturing. The Nelson group utilizes synthetic polymer chemistry and supramolecular chemistry to control macromolecular architecture and composition, which govern the viscoelastic properties of... Read more
Ashleigh Theberge, Dan Fu in the lab, Cody Schlenker
August 19, 2022
We are pleased to announce that Assistant Professors Dan Fu, Cody Schlenker, and Ashleigh Theberge have been promoted to associate professor with tenure, effective September 16, 2022. Prof. Dan Fu Professor Dan Fu’s research program focuses on the development of precision chemical and functional measurement tools to study living biological systems and address challenging biomedical problems. Leveraging recent advances in lasers, ultrafast spectroscopy, and optical imaging, the Fu group... Read more

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