From time to time, School of Chemistry staff and students will make the news! Below are excerpts from, and links to, recent news stories and articles about the School of Chemistry from print and electronic media.
School of Chemistry Student Prizes for 2013Thursday, 17 April 2014 - 5:45pm
Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded prizes based on 2013 results:
Dwights Prize – Wenxiao Yue
Exhibition Prize - Stephanie Quah
CA Taylor Prize – Luke Wilson
Huntsman Australia Prize – Liselle Aitkin
J.S. Anderson Prize – Claire Baillie
Dulux Australia Prize – Tessa Young
Fred Walker Scholarship – Joses Grady Nathanaael
James Cuming Memorial Scholarship (Major) - Scott Fletcher
James Cuming Memorial Scholarship (Minor) - Marcus Giansiracusa
Agilent Award For Excellence – Calvin Lee
Dr Rex Williamson and Family Scholarship – Anton Zalewski
Andrew Kirby Award for Research Excellence – Athanasios Zavras
Kernot Research Scholarship – Tessa Young
Stanley Harvey Prize – Tessa Young
Dixson Research Scholarship – Ashley Sutton
Ronald Riseborough Prize – Ognjen Belic
Monica Elizabeth Reum Memorial Prize – JiaYing Linda Chan
Thomas Healy Award (round 1) - Lu Cao and Quinn Besford
Thomas Healy Award (round 2) - Erwin Rodriguez
MS Provides Insights Into Insecticide ResistanceTuesday, 15 April 2014 - 11:30pm
By using twin ion mass spectrometry, researchers in the School of Chemistry led by Prof. Richard O’Hair in collaboration with the Batterham lab in Bio21 have explained how fruit flies express a single gene at high levels to rid themselves of a common insecticide (Anal. Chem. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ac404188g). The work was highlighted in Chem & Eng News.
MUCS: Valda McRae Memorial LectureTuesday, 8 April 2014 - 5:00pm
The Melbourne University Chemical Society, MUCS, hosted a Lecture in honour of Valda McRae on 2 April 2014 in the Cuming Theatre. The Lecture, entitled "What possible use can nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy have for chemistry?”, was delivered by Emeritus Professor Don Cameron. Some pictures from the event can be viewed here.
Launch of Chemistry Virtual MuseumFriday, 4 April 2014 - 10:15am
The School of Chemistry has set up a Virtual Museum to display items from the Chemistry Cultural Collection, which can be seen at http://museum.chemistry.unimelb.edu.au. The Virtual Museum was launched at the Valda McRae Lecture held at the Melbourne University Chemical Society (MUCS) meeting on 2 April 2014 and initially funded by a Scholarly Information Grant awarded to Michelle Gee.
Grimwade Prize to Chris BurnsMonday, 31 March 2014 - 5:45pm
The 2013 Grimwade Prize has been awarded to Dr Chris Burns (WEHI) for ‘The discovery and development of the dual JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor CYT387 (Momelotinib)'. The Grimwade Prize was established in 1905 by the Hon. Frederick Sheppard Grimwade, a drug wholesaler and part-owner of Felton, Grimwade & Co. The company later became Felton, Grimwade and Bickfords Pty Ltd, the largest drug wholesaler in Victoria. For a list of previous prize-winners see http://www.chemistry.unimelb.edu.au/grimwade-prize-winners .
Journal of Chemical Physics 2013 Editors’ ChoiceFriday, 28 March 2014 - 12:00pm
Congratulations to Alessandro and Willem whose article was chosen as one of the Journal of Chemical Physics 2013 Editors’ Choice. See Communication: Paramagnetic NMR chemical shift in a spin state subject to zero-field splitting A. Soncini, W. Van den Heuvel, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 021103 (2013)
Education Week GrantSaturday, 22 March 2014 - 12:15am
Mick Moylan received a grant from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to fund visits to schools during Education Week. The grant will allow students to investigate properties of chemical elements and get a better understanding of the way properties change across the Periodic Table.
RSC book on biological solid-state NMRSaturday, 8 March 2014 - 10:45am
The Royal Society of Chemistry are delighted to announce publication of the new book, Advances in Biological Solid-State NMR: Proteins and Membrane-Active Peptides, by Frances Separovic (School of Chemistry) and Akira Naito.
See the ToC and abstracts for each chapter here.
Research prize to PhD studentFriday, 7 March 2014 - 6:00pm
Congratulations to Boskovic group PhD student, Michele Vonci, who won a student poster prize at the recent "SANMAG" meeting at the University of Sydney.
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 10:00pm
The discipline of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne was ranked top in Australia and 26 in the world according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013/14. See Top Universities.
New research laboratoriesFriday, 28 February 2014 - 11:15pm
Stage 2 East, the final stage of the laboratory redevelopment in Chemistry, was completed in February 2014. The new research laboratories on Level 2 of the East Wing of the Chemistry Building include excellent analytical and instrumentation areas, see http://www.chemistry.unimelb.edu.au/chemistry-building-redevelopment
Richard O’Hair elected Fellow of ANZSMSThursday, 6 February 2014 - 9:30pm
Prof. Richard O’Hair has been elected as an inaugural Fellow of the Australian New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry (ANZSMS). Fellow status recognises and honours the contribution of distinguished members of ANZSMS to the field of mass spectrometry and their enduring support of the Society.
Rob Lamb, Executive Director of Canadian SynchrotronWednesday, 5 February 2014 - 10:15pm
Prof Rob Lamb from the School of Chemistry has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Light Source. See Light Source news.
Ship-shape inhibitors in the Williams Group!Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 11:15pm
Mannosidases are glycoside hydrolases that catalyze the hydrolysis of a diverse range of polysaccharides and glycoconjugates, with applications in the pharmaceutical, detergent, food, biofuels and oil and gas industries. Using a combination of computational chemistry, inhibitor design and synthesis, and X-ray crystallography of inhibitor/enzyme complexes, Dr Rohan Williams and Assoc Prof Spencer Williams, along with collaborators at York (UK), Newcastle (UK) and Barcelona (Spain) (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 1087-1091) have shown that that so-called mannoimidazole-type inhibitors are energetically poised to report faithfully on mannosidase transition-state conformation. Using the newly synthesized mannobiose-derived mannimidazole (ManMIm) direct evidence was provided for the conformational itinerary used by poorly characterized mannosidases and provided elusive, direct evidence in support of a boat-shaped transition state. You can read about the work here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201308334/abstract
Editorial role for Mark RizzacasaFriday, 17 January 2014 - 5:15pm
Professor Mark Rizzacasa has been invited to join the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters, which is a companion journal to J. Med. Chem.
vale Valda McRaeSaturday, 4 January 2014 - 11:30am
Dr Valda McRae passed away on Friday 3 January. Valda was a great stalwart of the School and much loved. She will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues at the University of Melbourne.