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2019 Dreyfus Prize Topic: Chemistry in Support of Human Health


The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected Chemistry in Support of Human Health as the topic of the 2019 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. “In this spirit, there is no greater benefit that chemistry provides to society than the many profound contributions to the science and technology of human health. The field of the chemical sciences is rich with individuals whose work drives our understanding and betterment of human health.”

The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2019. Further details on the Prize and the nomination procedure are available on the Dreyfus website.

Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Symposium, October 26

The fifth biennial Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar symposium, Research Frontiers in the Chemical Sciences, will be held at the New York Academy of Sciences on Friday, October 26, 2018. Approximately 40 of the most recent Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars will present posters and produce brief videos about their research. In addition, Zhenan Bao, Sean Decatur, John Hartwig, and Timothy Swager will give talks on their current work. James Anderson will speak about recent innovations in teaching the chemical sciences.

A live stream of the talks will be available here. Below is the program of talks (all times EST).


9:35 am – 10:10 am: John F. Hartwig, Henry Rapoport Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley
Accelerating Chemical Synthesis with Catalysis


10:10 am – 10:45 am: Zhenan Bao, K.K. Lee Professor of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
Skin-Inspired Electronic Materials


12:05 pm – 12:40 pm: Sean M. Decatur, President, Kenyon College
Aggregating Proteins and Coupled Vibrations: A Case for the Integration of Biophysical Chemistry, Problem Solving, and the Liberal Arts


2:15 pm – 2:55pm: James G. Anderson, Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Harvard University
Frontiers and Foundations from a Global and Molecular Perspective: A New Approach to Introductory University Chemistry


4:15 pm – 4:50 pm: Timothy M. Swager, John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Molecular Designs for Specificity in Chemical Sensors

2018 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards


The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected eight Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2018. The award provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000 to young faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions who are accomplished researchers and committed educators.

nathan bowling
Nathan Bowling, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Controlling Conformations of Unsaturated Molecules

justin hines
Justin K. Hines, Lafayette College
Impact of Amino Acid Content on Amyloid and Molecular Chaperone Interactions in Live Cells

r jeremy johnson
R. Jeremy Johnson, Butler University
Mycobacterial Serine Hydrolases and their Roles in Dormant Tuberculosis Infection

jefferson knight
Jefferson Knight, University of Colorado Denver
Chemistry of Interfacial Protein-Membrane Interactions Central to Insulin Secretion

greg springsteen
Greg Springsteen, Furman University
Protometabolic Pathways Toward the Origin of Life

korin wheeler
Korin E. Wheeler, Santa Clara University
Toward Prediction of Nanoparticle Biomolecular Interactions and Reactivity

nathan wright
Nathan T. Wright, James Madison University
Towards Stabilizing Disease-causing Desmoplakin Mutations

kristin wustholz
Kristin L. Wustholz, The College of William & Mary
Development of Stimulus-Responsive SERS Probes for Biosensing

2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards


The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected 13 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2018. 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.


Alexander B. Barnes
, Washington University in St. Louis
Magnetic Resonance Technology for In-cell NMR Structural Determination of HIV Latency Reversal Agents


Amie K. Boal
, The Pennsylvania State University
Watching Metalloenzymes at Work


Abhishek Chatterjee
, Boston College
A Genetically Encoded Toolset to Unravel the Roles of Post-translational Modifications in Human Biology


Irene A. Chen, University of California, Santa Barbara
Probing Known Unknowns in Systems Biology


Francesco A. Evangelista, Emory University
Quantum Renormalization Group Methods for Excited States of Strongly Correlated Electrons


Danna Freedman
, Northwestern University
Applying Inorganic Chemistry to Challenges in Physics


Catherine L. Grimes
, University of Delaware
Breaking Down and Building Up Bacterial Cell Walls to Understand Inflammation


John B. Matson
, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Functional Bioactive Materials for Gasotransmitter Delivery and Tissue Engineering


Kang-Kuen Ni
, Harvard University
Ultracold Molecules for Chemistry and Physics


Corinna S. Schindler
, University of Michigan
New Methods for Sustainable Organic Synthesis


Mohammad R. Seyedsayamdost
, Princeton University
Total Chemo-Enzymatic Synthesis of Vancomycin and its Analogs


Mikhail G. Shapiro
, California Institute of Technology
Molecular Engineering for Noninvasive Imaging and Control of Cellular Function


Matthew D. Shoulders
, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Molecular Mechanisms of Protein Folding and Evolution in Living Cells

Mary Eileen Dowling Walter Elected to Board of Directors

Mary Eileen Dowling Walter was elected to the Board of Directors at the 2018 annual meeting. Ms. Walter also has served on the Boards of the Rochester General Hospital Association, Rochester General Hospital, the Rochester Garden Club, and McCurdy and Company, Inc. She was a Vice President at B. Foreman Company and holds a BA in Economics from Newton College (now part of Boston College).

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