Michele Parrinello Wins Dreyfus Prize

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has announced that Michele Parrinello, Professor at USI Università della Svizzera italiana and ETH Zurich, has won the 2017 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, conferred this year in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. The international prize, awarded biennially, consists of $250,000, a medal, and a citation. The award ceremony will be held at USI Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, on September 20 and will include a lecture by Parrinello. Parrinello is honored for his groundbreaking developments of molecular dynamics simulation methodology and associated landmark studies of chemical, material, and biomolecular systems. “Innovations in theoretical and computational chemistry underpin our understanding of biological interactions, chemical dynamics and structure, as well as many beneficial chemical technologies. Michele Parrinello is a giant in the field, whose innovations are widely used in chemistry, biology, materials science, and engineering,” stated Matthew Tirrell, Chair of the Dreyfus Foundation …

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2017 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected 13 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2017. These young faculty have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship and are deeply committed to education. The frontier accomplishments of these award recipients span the broad range of contemporary research in the chemical sciences. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $75,000. Chase Beisel, North Carolina State University Understanding and Exploiting the Biochemical Properties of CRISPR-Cas Immune Systems Brandi Cossairt, University of Washington The Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry of Sustainable Technologies Jason Crawford, Yale University Decoding Specialized Bacterial Metabolic Pathways in the Human Microbiome Aaron Esser-Kahn, University of California, Irvine Chemical Methods to Understand and Improve Vaccines Alison Fout, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ligand Influences on Base Metals for Multi-Electron Reactions Randall Goldsmith, University of Wisconsin-Madison New Technologies for Single-Molecule Spectroscopy: Optical Microresonators, Fluorescent Catalysts, High Concentrations, and Cancelling Brownian Motion …