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February 6, 2017

UO Alum Thomas Hager Selected for 2017 ACS Science Writing Award


The American Chemical Society’s 2017 James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public has been awarded to University of Oregon alumnus Thomas Hager. The award recognizes writers whose work increases the public’s knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.

Hager, a science wrtier who holds a master’s degree in medical microbiology and immunology from the Oregon Health Sciences University and a master’s in journalism from the University of Oregon, will be honored at an Awards Ceremony in April in conjunction with the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

His most recent book, The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler, was a Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of The Year,” a Borders “Original Voices” Selection, and a finalist for the National Academies Communication Award.





July 15, 2016

Grad Student Ann Greenaway Honored with Two Awards

AnnieGreenawayAnn Greenaway, a chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of Oregon, is one of 90 doctoral students in the U. S. and Canada selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.  She was sponsored by Chapter W of Arkansas.

In addition, Ann was chosen by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for the prestigious 2016–17 AAUW American Fellowship.

Ann is a 2012 graduate of the Hendrix College in Conway, AR, where she was the recipient of Goldwater and Truman scholarships, among many other honors. She is currently completing her fourth year in the University of Oregon Chemistry PhD program, working in Prof. Shannon Boettcher’s research laboratory on the development of low-cost alternative growth methods for the world’s most efficient solar cell materials. After graduation, Ann plans to pursue a career in fundamental solar energy and solar fuels research, while working to advance the presence of women in science.

About the P.E.O. Scholar Awards

Supporting Women…Changing the World

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university.  Scholar Awards recipients are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.

The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to supporting higher education for women. There are approximately 6,000 local chapters in the United States and Canada with nearly a quarter of a million active members.

About the AAUW American Fellowship

One of the world’s oldest fellowship programs for women

American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888, making them one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowships in the world exclusively for women. AAUW American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.

“I am incredibly excited to receive this fellowship,” Ann says. “The American Fellowship will allow me to focus full-time on completing my dissertation this year, as well as on continuing my mentoring and outreach activities within the University of Oregon’s scientific community.”

“We have a long and proud history of supporting exceptional women scholars through our American Fellowship program. This year’s group includes women who are leaders in their institutions and their fields working on issues related to sexual violence, race, and other topics of importance to women and girls. They aren’t just brilliant, they are agents of change,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs.

For the 2016–17 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million to more than 230 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls through six fellowships and grants programs. AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 12,000 women from more than 140 countries since 1888.

Read AAUW’s announcement about this year’s awards. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit AAUW’s online directory. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or e-mail


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at

July 8, 2016

Sage Bauers chosen for 2016 ITS Graduate Student Award

bauers,sageThe International Thermoelectric Society (ITS) has announced the recipients of the 2016 Graduate Student Awards.  Sage Bauers, a doctoral student in the David Johnson lab, was one three students selected for the award. The Graduate Student Awards are supported by ITS.

Recipients are nominated by their adivsors and must be Ph.D. graduate students, holding a Master Degree or its equivalent, that are actively engaged in theoretical, experimental, synthesis or device research in the field of thermoelectrics.


June 22, 2016

Shannon Boettcher selected for 2016-17 UO Fund for Faculty Excellence Award


UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Shannon Boettcher is among fifteen outstanding members of the University of Oregon faculty selected to receive Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards for the 2016-17 academic year.

Read more in AroundtheO.


June 9, 2016

Adam Jansons Receives Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award

Adam Jansons1UO Chemistry graduate student Adam Jansons has been named a recipient of the 2016 Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Innovation Award. Adamis a member of the Hutchison Lab group

The award is designed to support doctoral students who are interested in pursuing innovative experiences that will prepare them for careers outside of academia in areas including but not limited to industry, business, and the non-profit and government sectors.


May 27, 2016

Michael Pluth named a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

CjPGyZPWgAEfzxyUO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Michael Pluth was among 13 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2016 who were named in May.

Read more in AroundItheO.


May 24, 2016

Mike Pluth receives 2016 Early Career Award

Michael Pluth

Michael Pluth

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation has announced the recipients of the 2016 University of Oregon Research Excellence Awards.Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Mike Pluth was selected for an Outstanding Early Career Award.  Each year,  two Early Career Awards are granted to tenure-track faculty members at the assistant professor rank with a track record of significant scholarship and emergent recognition.

Read more at:

May 20, 2016

Richmond Receives Medal of Honor in White House Ceremony May 19th

Read about the event and view a slideshow in the Register Guard:

President Obama honors UO chemist Geri Richmond with Medal of Science


And more in the May 31st issue of the Daily Emerald

May 12, 2016

UO team awarded $3.5 million to study quantum simulators

From left: Michael Raymer and Andrew H. Marcus

From left: Michael Raymer and Andrew H. Marcus

A project co-directed by UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Andrew Marcus and UO Physic’s Michael Raymer has received a 3.6 million dollar award from the John Templeton Foundation.  Read more in AroundtheO.

April 28, 2016

2016 UO Alumni Achievement Award in Chemistry and Biochemistry

The winner of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award, UO Alumnus Alan Waggoner (Ph.D. 1969) will give a talk on Friday, 14-Oct-2016 and be honored at a banquet dinner that evening. Vickie DeRose and Michael Pluth are hosting the event.

You can read more about Professor Waggoner’s research at:

The Department of Chemistry Alumni Award program was established to honor our successful alumni, to provide our current students with inspiring role models, and to instill in them the confidence to succeed in their scientific careers.


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