Ilana wins a 2012 Safford Award

Congratulations to Ilana for winning a Safford Award for excellence in teaching. As the fourth member of the group to be recognized, she has demonstrated outstanding teaching capability and a willingness to go above and beyond the dimensions of her teaching assignment.

Well done, Ilana!

Best Poster Prize at Gordon Conference on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions

Last week, Prof. Hutchison presented a poster on our molecular piezoelectric research, “Donor-Acceptor Molecule Piezoelectrics: Electromechanical Materials from the Bottom Up” at the 2012 Gordon Research Conference on Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions. The work was picked as one of the three best posters at the conference, and he gave a presentation on Thursday night in one of the coveted “poster talk” slots.

Group Members Accepted to Speak at ACS Meeting

Group members Steve Owens, Andrey Sharapov, Xinfeng Quan, and Xialing Chen have been accepted to give talks while attending the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia August 19-23, 2012.

Professor Hutchison will also be giving several talks.

Congratulations! More details on the talks will be posted when available later this summer.

Prof. Hutchison wins Cottrell Scholar Award

Congratulations to Dr. Hutchison for being awarded a 2012 Cottrell Scholar Award by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) for his proposal titled “Molecular Piezoelectrics: Building Responsive Electromechanical Materials from the Bottom Up.”

This award is meant to recognize exceptional ability and drive to integrate teaching with research among professors at major research universities. Along with the receipt of a grant, Dr. Hutchison has been accepted into the Cottrell Scholars Collaborative, a group with over 250 like-minded professors focused on the necessity for continued improvements in the teaching of science in an increasingly competitive global arena.

Congratulations Dr. Hutchison!


Paula wins an Honorable Mention for the NSF GRF

This Spring, Paula was awarded and Honorable Mention for her application to the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. This program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported sciences.

With the competitiveness of the program, an Honorable Mention is a nice achievement. Congratulations Paula!

Terry Wins the American Institue of Chemists Award

This Spring, undergraduate researcher Terry Paske was awarded the American Institute of Chemists Award.  Nominated and chosen by faculty members, the AIC seeks to recognize demonstrated ability, leadership, and promise in outstanding Seniors studying chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering.

This is an outstanding achievement- congratulations Terry!

Chris Marvin and Ilana Kanal Join

This February, graduate students Christopher Marvin and Ilana Kanal joined the Hutchison group.

Chris comes to us from South Carolina and will be working on the piezoelectric project.  Ilana has lived in Pittsburgh for awhile with her husband and four children and will work on computational projects in the group.

Welcome Ilana and Chris!