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The Strangler: The chemistry behind the Game of Thrones poison (video)
Game of Thrones gave us a shock with the Purple Wedding and now everyone is asking: 'Who poisoned King Joffrey?' While the search for the killer continues, the American Chemical Society's latest Reactions video focuses on what killed the hated king. The video is available at http://youtu.be/6UNEpRXcxM4. (2014-04-29)

There is no beating the breathalyzer this St. Patrick's Day (video)
If you're having some drinks this St. Patrick's Day weekend, remember to have a designated driver, otherwise you may end up on the business end of a breathalyzer on the side of the road. If you think you can beat it, think again; chemistry will land you in cuffs. In the American Chemical Society's latest Reactions video, we examine how your breath can get you busted when you've had too much to drink. (2014-03-10)

Harvard chemist wins national award for creating new molecules
Eric Jacobsen of Boston will be honored April 3 for his achievements in developing ways to tailor-make molecules useful in the pharmaceutical industry. He will receive the 2001 Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society at its national meeting in San Diego. (2001-03-28)

Acclaimed chemistry professor wins 2 major awards
One of Florida State University's most influential researchers, whose pioneering work in chemical analysis places him in an elite group of the world's top chemists, is set to receive two major, highly competitive chemistry awards. (2011-07-29)

Iowa State, Ames Laboratory researchers named AAAS Fellows for distinguished work
Four Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for their distinguished work in materials science, chemistry and agronomy. (2009-12-17)

What's the deal with the gut microbiome? (video)
Scientists call the trillions of microorganisms inhabiting the human body the microbiome, and it's one of the hottest topics in research these days. Over the past decade, researchers have learned a lot about the genetics of these microorganisms and the molecules they produce, for better or worse. In this week's Speaking of Chemistry, host Matt Davenport talks with Harvard University researcher Emily Balskus, Ph.D., about the next big things our gut can tell us. (2015-10-19)

NYU chemists discover twisted molecules that pick their targets
New York University chemists have discovered how to make molecules with a twist -- the molecules fold in to twisted helical shapes that can accelerate selected chemical reactions. The research, reported in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could yield valuable methods for making pharmaceuticals and other chemicals that require precise assembly of complex structures. (2009-08-10)

World's largest society names Wisconsin chemist congressional fellow
The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, has named Carl Picconatto, of Stevens Point, Wisc., a congressional fellow. Picconatto will spend a year in the office of Rep. Connie Morella (R-MD), a member of the House Science Committee, working on science and technology issues, including stem cell research, human cloning, and cyber-security. His fellowship began in September 2001 and ends in September 2002. (2001-11-30)

Harry Potter, Nicolas Flamel, and other marvelous alchemists, lecture at CHF
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) will present (2003-04-16)

Boston University chemists probe secrets in ancient textile dyes from China, Peru
Two Boston University chemists have refined a technique that helps archaeologists and anthropologists identify the plant species that ancient people used to make fabric dyes. Their technique has led to the discovery of at least one never-before described dye. In addition, the BU chemists have started a catalogue of plant sample characteristics for use by dye researchers around the world. (2005-03-31)

Making the world's most dreaded undergrad course fun (video)
Organic chemistry: it's among the most feared courses undergraduate science students take. Whether you call it 'orgo' or 'o-chem,' it has reduced many hopeful scholars to tears. One professor thinks he has a solution. William Dichtel, Ph.D., of Cornell University shares his thoughts on making organic chemistry classes more interesting and relevant to students in the newest episode of Prized Science from the American Chemical Society. Watch the interview at http://youtu.be/A6j1qAOOeHs. (2014-10-07)

Catalyzing new uses for diesel by-products
A new catalytic process discovered at Cardiff University could unleash a range of useful new by-products from diesel fuel production. (2012-01-26)

Scientists find new way to induce programmed cell death, or apoptosis
Researchers from the Hebrew University and Weizmann Institute have developed a technique to cause apoptosis -- programmed cell death. In two proteins involved in apopotosis -- mitochondrial carrier homologue 2 and truncated BID -- they found the regions that bind to each other to help initiate apoptosis. They then developed peptides that inhibited the binding process, which in lab experiments resulted in the death of human-origin cancer cells. This is a potential target for the development of anticancer drugs that will stimulate apoptosis. (2012-07-17)

Wyoming researchers receive award for new pollution test
Chemists John F. Schabron, Ph.D., and Susan S. Sorini of Western Research Institute in Laramie, Wyo., were honored June 15 by the American Chemical Society for developing a new test to find fuel contamination in soil. They received one of two 2001 Industrial Innovation Awards at the Society's Northwest regional meeting in Seattle. (2001-06-18)

Dr. Jacqueline Barton To Receive 1998 Women & Science Award
1998 Weizmann Women & Science Award to be given to be given to Jacqueline K. Barton, Prof. of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. (1998-04-21)

World's largest scientific society announces subjects, dates for 2002 ACS ProSpectives Conferences
ACS Prospectives Conferences features latest interdisciplinary research in drug delivery, proteomics, catalysis and process chemistry. (2002-02-11)

New nanocluster to boost thin films for semiconductors
Oregon researchers have synthesized an elusive metal-hydroxide compound in sufficient and rapidly produced yields, potentially paving the way for improved precursor inks that could boost semiconductor capabilities for large-area applications. (2008-10-31)

Boston College chemistry professor Udayan Mohanty receives a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship
Boston College chemist Udayan Mohanty has been awarded a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his study of rare chemical reactions within genetic processes. (2009-04-13)

Pittsburgh researcher receives national award
Chemical engineer Raman Venkatesh of Pittsburgh, Pa., will be honored on August 20 by the world's largest scientific society for developing the first cost-effective process to remove the toxic contaminants perchlorate and nitrate from drinking water. He will be designated one of 12 Heroes of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society at its 220th national meeting in Washington, D.C. (2000-08-17)

Illinois chemist wins national award for high-tech materials
Tobin Marks of Evanston, Ill., will be honored April 3 for his innovative research with materials useful for plastic transistors, display screens, solar cells, light-based telecommunications and other applications. He will receive the Award in the Chemistry of Materials from the American Chemical Society at its meeting in San Diego. (2001-03-28)

Yale's Micalizio receives Eli Lilly Award for Organic Chemistry
Yale Assistant Professor Glenn Micalizio has been named an Eli Lilly Grantee for Organic Chemistry, an award that comes with a two-year unrestricted grant of $100,000 that will be used to continue his research on ways to simplify the synthesis of complex biologically active organic molecules making collections of complex molecules easier to synthesize. (2007-01-19)

Pasadena chemist wins national award for environmental research
Michael Hoffmann of South Pasadena, Calif., will be honored April 3 for his achievements in applying fundamental insights of chemistry to environmental problems and solutions. He will receive the 2001 Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology from the American Chemical Society at its meeting in San Diego. (2001-03-28)

Air quality and ozone pollution models for forested areas may be too simple
A new study assessing the influence of species diversity of canopy trees on the amount of ozone precursors a forest emits suggests that atmospheric chemistry models in use now may underestimate the importance of tree species mix and size to ozone pollution, says lead author Alexander Bryan, a postdoctoral fellow in the Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (2015-09-29)

Salt Lake City-area chemistry teacher wins regional award
Chemistry teacher Nancy Treasure of Layton High School in Layton, Utah, will be honored June 20 by the American Chemical Society for outstanding high school chemistry teaching. She will be presented with the ACS Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching at the Society's Northwest regional meeting in Spokane, Wash. (2002-06-13)

Pennsylvania chemist wins national award for drug research
Roger M. Freidinger of Lansdale, Pa., will be honored March 25 by the American Chemical Society for his achievements in designing and making compounds to treat disease, especially drugs based on the building blocks of proteins. He will receive the 2003 Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry at the Society's national meeting in New Orleans. (2003-03-04)

NSF awards $500,000 to Kansas State University chemist
Christopher Levy wants to teach chemistry students to (2004-04-27)

New American Chemical Society video series: Conversations with Celebrated Scientists
The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, today launched a new video series that will feature noted scientists discussing the status of knowledge in their fields, their own research, and its impacts and potential impacts on society. Chemistry over Coffee: Conversations with Celebrated Scientists is available at www.acs.org/ChemistryOverCoffee. (2013-01-08)

Ohio State chemist wins national award for study of reactive intermediates
Chemist Matthew S. Platz of Ohio State University wins American Chemical Society award for uncovering the sequence of steps by which organic chemicals undergo conversion. (2001-08-20)

Buckyballs become bucky-bombs
Scientists have built nanoscale explosives out of buckyballs that could one day be used to eliminate cancer cells without damaging surrounding tissue. (2015-03-18)

Scripps Florida scientists share $3.85 million NIH grant to develop new class of cancer therapies
A pair of Scripps Research Institute scientists, one a cancer biologist and the other a chemist, has been awarded $3.85 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a new generation of broad spectrum anti-cancer therapeutics, including breast cancer and lymphoma. (2012-03-06)

Science of soot lands Hope Michelsen in Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame
Sandia National Laboratories scientist Hope Michelsen, who peers through atmospheric soot to learn about the air we breathe, has been named by the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame as the 2013 Outstanding Woman in Science. She is the first Sandia employee to receive this award. (2013-03-25)

Longstanding bottleneck in crystal structure prediction solved
The various patterns that atoms of a solid material can adopt, called crystal structures, can have a huge impact on its properties. Being able to accurately predict the most stable crystal structure for a material has been a longstanding challenge for scientists. Researchers calculated the lattice energy of benzene, a simple yet important molecule in pharmaceutical and energy research, to sub-kilojoule per mole accuracy -- a level of certainty that allows polymorphism to be resolved. (2014-09-25)

RIT's Todd Pagano named outstanding undergraduate science educator
Todd Pagano, founding director of the Laboratory Science Technology program at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award by the Society for College Science Teachers. (2016-02-18)

'Kids & Chemistry Live!' event mixes kids, chemists and chemistry
ACS members, including undergraduate chemistry students, professional chemists, chemical engineers and former classroom science teachers, will share chemical demonstrations and interactive experiments with participating children and their families. (2002-03-28)

Riverside, Calif., chemist wins national award for petroleum research
Chemist Francisco Zaera of Riverside, Calif., will be honored April 3 for his insights into understanding how catalysts work in the oil industry. He will receive the George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry from the American Chemical Society at its 221st national meeting in San Diego. (2001-04-03)

Method Eases Making Amino Acids Critical In Medicinal Chemistry
The synthesis of both left- and right-handed versions of alpha-, beta- and gamma-amino acids is the latest application of a chemical methodology developed at the University of Illinois (1997-05-02)

What does space smell like? (video)
You can see it through a telescope, or watch a documentary about it, but you can't stick your nose out and take a whiff. Speaking of Chemistry returns this week to answer the very important question, 'What does space smell like?' Matt Davenport, Ph.D., reveals the stinky secrets of the cosmos from the people who have been there. (2015-03-04)

ACS designates new International Historic Chemical Landmark in North Carolina and Ottawa
Washington, DC-American Chemical Society President Edel Wasserman today announced that ACS has joined with the Canadian Society for Chemistry to designate a chemical breakthrough by a Canadian entrepreneur as a new International Historic Chemical Landmark.The designation will be marked October 15 with a ceremony in Ottawa. (1999-10-13)

International public-private partnership offers new paradigm for medicinal chemistry
The Wellcome Trust has announced a £4.1 million ($6.1 million) investment in a new initiative to generate small molecule inhibitors -- (2008-12-19)

Russian scientists propose new approach to measuring atoms
Today, when new drugs are designed with the help of supercomputers, and electronic devices operate on a nanoscale, it is very important for scientists to understand how neighboring molecules behave towards each other. For this purpose, they need to know the sizes of atoms with the highest degree of precision. (2020-03-20)

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