Dreyfus/ACS Symposium on Environmental Chemistry: March 22

The Dreyfus Foundation has organized a symposium on Environmental Chemistry, the topic of the 2021 Dreyfus Prize, that will be held at the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society on Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

The distinguished speakers are Paul Anastas (Yale), James G. Anderson (Harvard, recipient of the 2021 Dreyfus Prize), Barbara Finlayson-Pitts (University of California, Irvine), Vicki Grassian (University of California, San Diego), Frank Keutsch (Harvard), Francois Morel (Princeton), Dustin Schroeder (Stanford), and John Seinfeld (California Institute of Technology).

The anticipated agenda is provided below. For up-to-date information including how to attend, please visit the ACS meeting website.

Note: All times shown are Pacific.

8:30 am: Matthew Tirrell, The University of Chicago: introductory remarks

8:35 am: Barbara Finlayson-Pitts, University of California, Irvine
Atmospheric Chemistry and the Fundamental Chemical Sciences

9:10 am: Vicki Grassian, University of California, San Diego
Interfacial and Multiphase Environmental Chemistry

9:45 am: John Seinfeld, California Institute of Technology
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: Air Pollution to Climate Change

10:30 am: Dustin Schroeder, Stanford University
Observing the Evolving Subsurface Environments of Ice Sheets with Ice Penetrating Radar

11:05 am: Francois Morel, Princeton University, The Effect of Ocean Acidification on Marine Phytoplankton

2:00 pm: Paul Anastas, Yale University
Green Chemistry: The “And Therefore” of Environmental Chemistry

2:35 pm: Frank Keutsch, Harvard University
Chemical Intervention Via Stratospheric Aerosol Injection: Risk and Efficacy of Non-Sulfate Materials

3:10 pm: James G. Anderson, Harvard University
Quantitative Forecasts of Risk Triggered by Climate Change Resulting from Fossil Fuel Use

H. Marshall Schwarz, In Remembrance

H. Marshall Schwarz, retired chairman and chief executive of the US Trust Corporation and member of the Dreyfus Foundation’s Board of Directors for over three decades, passed away on November 19. Marshall made substantial contributions to the Foundation and its mission, especially to the Finance and Audit Committee on which he served for his entire tenure with the Board. The Dreyfus Board and staff offer our heartfelt condolences to Marshall’s family, friends, and colleagues. To learn a bit more about his remarkable life, please see his obituary.

2021 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation announces the selection of 8 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2021. 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.

Michael Campbell, Barnard College
Chemistry of Dinuclear Silver Complexes

Amanda Murphy, Western Washington University
Chemical Strategies to Customize Protein and Polymer-based Biomaterials

Katelynn Perrault, Chaminade University of Honolulu
Nontargeted Volatile Analysis of Batch and Longitudinal GCxGC Data with Machine Learning

Christine Phillips-Piro, Franklin & Marshall College
Building Tools and Engineering Functionality: Utilizing Unnatural Amino Acids to Study Proteins

Marino Resendiz, University of Colorado Denver
Structure-Function Relationships of Chemically Modified RNA: The Quest to Retain Students in Chemistry

S. Chantal Stieber, California State Polytechnic University
Synthesis and Spectroscopy for Elucidating NO2- Reduction Mechanisms

Grace Stokes, Santa Clara University
Quantification of Heavy Metal Ion Transport Across Bacterial Membranes

Kristen Whalen
, Haverford College
Decoding the Ocean’s Chemoinformatic Landscape: Explorations in Chemical-Mediated Interactions in the Ocean

Jim Anderson Awarded 2021 Dreyfus Prize

James G. Anderson (left), the Philip S. Weld Professor in Chemistry at Harvard University, was awarded the 2021 Dreyfus Prize, conferred in Environmental Chemistry, on September 23. Scott Walter (right), President of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, presented the Prize to Dr. Anderson in the company of his wife Shirine Boulos Anderson, Theodore Betley (Chair, Department of Chemistry), Daniel Nocera (Patterson Rockwood Professor of Chemistry and Dreyfus Board member), and Scott Siegel (Executive Director, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation). A formal public ceremony to honor Dr. Anderson is planned to be held at Harvard in 2022. See this page for more details on Dr. Anderson’s research and his receipt of the Dreyfus Prize.

Matthew Tirrell Named Winner of 2022 ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry & Welch Institute Chair

Matthew Tirrell, Dean of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at The University of Chicago and Chair of the Dreyfus Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, has recently received two significant honors. Dr. Tirrell is the recipient of the 2022 American Chemical Society Award in Colloid Chemistry, which recognizes outstanding scientific contributions in the field. Further, the Welch Institute for Advanced Materials, a partnership between The Welch Foundation and Rice University focused on world-leading advanced materials research, has named Tirrell as the new chair of its Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Tirrell is a pioneering researcher in the fields of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, specializing in the manipulation and measurement of the surface properties of polymers, materials that consist of long, flexible chain molecules. His work combines microscopic measurements of intermolecular forces with the creation of new structures and has provided new insight into polymer properties, especially surface phenomena, such as adhesion, friction, and biocompatibility, and new materials based on self-assembly of synthetic and bioinspired materials.