Dreyfus/ACS Symposium on Chemistry in Support of Human Health, April 12

The Dreyfus Foundation will sponsor a symposium on Chemistry in Support of Human Health, the topic of the 2019 Dreyfus Prize, at the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society on Monday, April 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. EDT. The symposium, originally scheduled to take place at the March 2020 ACS national meeting, will be held online. The distinguished speakers are (in sequence): Susan Richardson (U. of South Carolina), David Tirrell (Caltech), Carolyn Bertozzi (Stanford), Richard Friesner (Columbia), Chaitan Khosla (Stanford), Peter Schultz (Scripps Research Institute), Sangeeta Bhatia (MIT), and Robert Langer (MIT, recipient of the 2019 Dreyfus Prize). This event is also sponsored by the ACS Multidisciplinary Program Planning Group. For the full schedule, please visit the symposium web page.

Scott Walter Elected Board President

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is pleased to announce the election of H. Scott Walter as President of the Board of Directors. He succeeds Henry C. Walter, who had served as President since 2009.

“This is an especially exciting time for the chemical sciences, which has a significant impact on so many aspects of our lives. I look forward to working with the Board and our scientific Advisors to most effectively support the chemists and chemical engineers who are at the forefront of this important work,” said Mr. Walter.

Mr. Walter was elected to the Dreyfus Board in 2008, and has previously served as Vice President and Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Currently, Mr. Walter is a Director, Data & Systems Strategy, at ADL.org. Previously, he was Director of Field Operations at the International Rescue Committee, where he was responsible for the operational excellence of field offices in 40 countries. Earlier in his career Mr. Walter was Senior Vice President and Principal at Bernstein Global Wealth Management, where he played a key role in the development of the firm’s Private Client business. He started his career as a statistician for the International Crop Research Institute in Mali, West Africa, where he was also a Peace Corps volunteer. Mr. Walter, a member of the Dreyfus family, earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.

2020 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation announces the selection of 8 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2020. The award honors young faculty in the chemical sciences who have created an outstanding independent body of scholarship and are deeply committed to education with undergraduates. Each Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $75,000.

Nicholas Ball, Pomona College
New One-Electron Strategies in S(VI) Fluoride Chemistry


Katherine Berry, Mount Holyoke College
Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial RNA-Binding Proteins


Christopher Hobbs, Sam Houston State University
Recycling Polymer-Supported Catalysts from Monomer to Polymer and Back to Monomer


Juan Navea, Skidmore College
Shedding Light on Atmospheric Interface Processes through Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Research


Kayode Oshin, Creighton University
Developing New Catalyst Systems for Atom Transfer Radical Addition Reactions


David Rider, Western Washington University
Research at the Intersection of Polymer Chemistry, Applied Polymer Science, and Nanomaterials


John Sivey, Towson University
Environmental Transformations Involving Commonly Overlooked Constituents in Disinfected Water and in Agrochemical Formulations


Lindsay Soh, Lafayette College
Designing Sustainable Biorefinery Products and Processes Using Green Chemistry and Engineering


New Chemistry Shorts Film on Direct Air Capture

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the third film in the Chemistry Shorts series, Direct Air Capture & The Future of Climate Change. Direct Air Capture is widely considered to be one of the most promising approaches for mitigating and eventually reversing the effects of global climate change. This film introduces the chemistry and engineering involved in this technology, as well as the obstacles that will need to be overcome in order for it to be successful. Several experts from academia and industry appear in the film, including Christopher Jones, the William R. McLain Chair and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Chemistry Shorts films highlights the many ways the chemical sciences contribute to the betterment of humanity. Aimed at a general, science-curious audience, each film is also accompanied by a lesson plan that offers suggestions on how it may be incorporated into the classroom. For more, please visit the Chemistry Shorts website, YouTube channel, and Twitter.

2021 Dreyfus Prize Topic: Environmental Chemistry

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected Environmental Chemistry as the topic of the 2021 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences. The deadline for nominations is December 3, 2020.

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.

“The chemistry of the Earth’s environment affects every person on the planet in a profound manner,” said Matthew Tirrell, chair of the Dreyfus Foundation Scientific Affairs Committee. “Understanding the genesis and the resultant effects of environmental chemical phenomena, and devising mitigations to undesired changes, are among the greatest contributions that chemistry is making to society. The Dreyfus Foundation therefore wishes to recognize Environmental Chemistry with its 2021 Prize in the Chemical Sciences.”

Further details on the Prize and the nomination procedure are available on the Dreyfus Prize webpage.


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