Communicating Chemistry with Gino del Guercio & Stephen Lyons

The Dreyfus Foundation asks each of its recent Teacher-Scholar Award recipients to produce a short video (under 3 min.) that describes their research for a lay audience. Two veteran science television producers, Gino del Guercio and Stephen Lyons, offered constructive suggestions on how to effectively communicate chemistry to the public and produce a successful video at the 2016 Teacher-Scholar symposium. The video below includes excerpts from their talks. The videos produced by the most recent Teacher-Scholars are compiled here.  

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 …

Dreyfus Foundation 2016 Year in Review

The Dreyfus Foundation 2016 Year in Review is now available. This brief report includes information about the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar & ACS Presidential symposia, Dreyfus Prize, lectureships at the University of Basel & undergraduate institutions, Teacher-Scholar videos & online forum, 2016 awards, and 2017 program deadlines. Read it by clicking here or on the cover image below.

George Whitesides on Full Frame

George Whitesides, the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard and recipient of the inaugural Dreyfus Prize in 2009, appeared on Full Frame on December 31, 2016. Among the topics discussed was his work with Diagnostics for All, a low-cost diagnostic device designed specifically for use in the developing world. See the program here: http://america.cgtn.com/2016/12/31/george-whitesides-simple-solutions  

2017 Dreyfus Prize Topic Announced

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected Theoretical and Computational Chemistry as the topic of the 2017 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. The Dreyfus Prize, awarded biennially, recognizes an individual for exceptional and original research in a selected area of chemistry that has advanced the field in a major way. The prize consists of a monetary award of $250,000, a medal, and a certificate. “Each Dreyfus Prize highlights major accomplishment in a different area of the chemical sciences. We consider, in addition, the promise of benefit to society,” said Matthew Tirrell, chair of the Dreyfus Foundation Scientific Affairs Committee. “Innovations in theoretical and computational chemistry are deeply significant and underpin our understanding of biological interactions, chemical dynamics and structure, as well as many beneficial chemical technologies.” The deadline for nominations is March 2, 2017. Further details may be found at: http://www.dreyfus.org/Prize/prizenomination.shtml

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Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Symposium: October 28, 2016

The fourth biennial symposium for recent Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars will be held at the New York Academy of Sciences on Friday, October 28. Over 40 of the most recent Teacher-Scholars will present posters of their research, bracketed by talks from four senior Teacher-Scholars. This year’s speakers are: Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado Boulder; Anthony Bishop, Amherst College; Steven Buchwald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania. This year will introduce a special session on communicating chemistry. The invited Teacher-Scholars will each have produced a 2-3 minute video about their research and its potential importance, with much of the content to be aimed at non-scientists. Noted videographers Gino Del Guercio and Stephen Lyons will select segments from these videos and present them with commentary at the symposium. The videos produced by the Teacher-Scholars are posted on the Foundation website. The talks will stream live at http://www.dreyfus.org/contact/TSS.shtml …

2015 Dreyfus Prize Awarded to Krzysztof Matyjaszewski

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has announced that Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, the J. C. Warner University Professor of Natural Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, has won the 2015 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, conferred this year in Making Molecules and Materials. The international prize, awarded biennially, consists of $250,000, a medal, and a citation. The award ceremony was held at Carnegie Mellon University on October 1 and included a lecture by Matyjaszewski. Matyjaszewski developed the process of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), which has proven to be the most important advance in polymer synthesis in half a century. Based on ATRP, he has developed processes for efficiently synthesizing complex structured polymers and co-polymers, as well as many other important new materials. In addition to developing applications of ATRP, he has led this new field in understanding mechanisms and developing new catalysts. For example, his development of new copper complexes, …