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                                                                                                                           Fall 2005    |   Volume 24


                            Chair’s Report
                            Renovation and Improvement
                                    am delighted to share news of the com-       stations and workplaces for




     Prof. King
                            I       pletion of a yearlong project to renovate
                                    and refurbish part of the teaching and
                                    research facilities on the fourth floor of
                             Corcoran Hall. Many of you will recall
                             Corcoran 405 as a very large teaching lab that
                                                                                 the postdocs, graduate stu-
                                                                                 dents and undergraduates
                                                                                 associated with the program.
                                                                                 The teaching spaces have
                                                                                 been divided into a “wet” lab,
                             had been used for more than 30 plus years for       which will serve as the prin-
qualitative and quantitative analysis and for a sequence of Experimental         cipal home for Quant and an Demolition of Corcoran 405
Chemistry classes. This room is where Professor Wren conducted                   “instrument” lab, which will
Qualitative Organic Analysis and Professor Vincent held forth with               serve as the principal home for PChem and Instrumental. PChem and
Qualitative and then his famous Quantitative Analysis courses. No doubt,         Instrumental will both have space in the “wet” lab for the preparations
there were years of memories tied up in that room. But with curricular           and storage that were always a point of concern in the previous
changes, including greater emphasis on undergraduate research and indi-          arrangements. And Quant will use the “instrument” space for several of
vidualized instruction, the facility was increasingly underutilized.             its experiments and the independent projects that conclude its lab pro-
Although a plan to renovate the facility into                                                                 gram. A previously designated instrument
several research laboratories had been on                                                                     lab will now provide a separate space with
the table for several years, major impetus for                                                                its own hood for preparations for the
an action plan came with the huge success                                                                     teaching program.
of Professor Vertes’ initiative to the Keck
Foundation and NSF. With the announce-                                                                     A couple of mysteries surfaced during the
ment of full funding for those proposals, the                                                              project. While emptying the cupboards,
University committed to renovation of the                                                                  we found a couple of boxes of very small
Corcoran Hall space.                                                                                       vials with crystalline inorganic salts dating
                                                                                                           from 1900 with beautiful labels in an
Planning for the project included arrang- Vertes group’s new lab, Corcoran 407                             excellent handwriting. Further along as the
ing for appropriate space for the Vertes                                                                   demolition was underway, an attic room
program, developing suitable space for the current program in                was revealed above a balance room at the north end of the quant lab.
Quantitative Analysis, setting aside space for the preparations for the      The room contained several bags of dried leaves and seeds of unknown
Introductory Courses experimental work, and establishing an accessi-         origin and a number of 25-50 liter flasks and mantels. If anyone can
ble location for program instrumentation. The research space needed          shed some light on these mysteries, we would love to hear about it.
to be open and flexible with sufficient access to utilities to permit vari-
ation and change as the nature of the research effort shifted over time.     This renovation was a tremendous
The teaching spaces needed to accommodate the evolving nature of             undertaking for all involved.
Quant, Instrumental, and PChem, while also providing access to the
department’s dual use instrumentation.                                       We are especially grateful to Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and
                                                                             Sciences and the Department for funding for the project. Colleagues
We believe that we achieved those goals now that the project has been        from the University’s Division of Architecture, Engineering and
completed. As the pictures above reveal, a beautiful, new research space     Construction and from the Department met weekly throughout the
has been provided for the Vertes group. An open lab design, with over-       year to plan and execute the project with the Architect and
hanging utility struts providing access to “clean” and normal power,         Construction team. We are very proud of the new space and invite
gases, exhaust and cooling lines, can accommodate four instrument            you to visit and see it for yourself.
Bourdon F. Scribner
Graduate Student Scholarship In Chemistry
                                                                                                   Meader Family
I am delighted to announce that GW Graduate and Department Friend, Bourdon F.                      Donation
Scribner, B.S. ’33, has made a generous outright gift of $500,000 to the Bourdon F.                to the Chemistry
Scribner Graduate Student Scholarship in Chemistry this June. Bourdon chose to sup-                Fellowship Program
port the program in this manner so that we could begin immediately using the endow-                Fund
ment payout to provide financial assistance to graduate students enrolled in the
                                                                                                   The Department is grateful to Susan
Department. The details of the award process have been left to the Department to deter-
                                                                                                   Menke, M.Phil. ’70, who set up a new
mine how best to utilize the funds. Current thinking is to use the payout to provide sum-
                                                                                                   charitable gift annuity with the
mer stipends to a number of students so that they will be able to focus completely on
                                                                                                   University in the name of the Meader
their dissertation research in the summer rather than have to teach or work for the finan-
                                                                                                   Family. The beneficiary of the annuity
cial support that they need to live on while pursing their graduate studies. The summer
                                                                                                   when the gift is realized will be the
months are a very critical time for students to make progress on their research. Providing
                                                                                                   Chemistry Fellowship Program, which
support for this period in the year multiplies the effect of the stipend because of the focus
                                                                                                   we reported last year had reached the
the students are able to achieve, while freed of the academic year distractions.
                                                                                                   level of an endowed fund.
I had the pleasure of meeting Bourdon and his wife Sally this summer at his apartment
                                                                                                   To Bourdon and Sally Scribner,
in Annapolis. Some of you will know that Bourdon was an avid sailor and chose to retire
                                                                                                   Edward and Virginia Caress, and
to Annapolis to be able to pursue his passion for boating. Though that phase of his life
                                                                                                   Susan Menke we express our sincerest
is past now, Bourdon remains surrounded by photos of the water and the boats he cap-
                                                                                                   appreciation. Your incredible generos-
tained. He is always ready to share stories of his travels, boating experiences, and involve-
                                                                                                   ity and consistent support will help us
ment with Alpha Pi chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, of which he was chapter President.
                                                                                                   to move forward and meet our mis-
Among the materials he has shared, I thought the paper he authored on “Carrier-
                                                                                                   sion within the University of first-rate
Distillation Method for the Spectrographic Analysis and Its Application to the Analysis
                                                                                                   teaching and top-tier research.
of Uranium-Bas Materials” was of particular interest and connection to current research
in the Department. For example, we have research currently underway on Uranium-
Metal Organic Frameworks (Cahill group) and high sensitivity analysis (Montaser).




Caress Endowment
Graduate Student Scholarly Travel
Rather discretely over the several years before he retired, Professor Edward and Dr.
Virginia Caress established an endowed fund to support the travel of graduate students
in chemistry to present their research and participate in conferences. Perhaps it was Ed’s
years in the Dean’s Office responding to regular requests for travel funds for our gradu-
ation students that was the origin of this benefaction. Practically every research group
does go to one or more conference each year and it had been quite a challenge to get
enough funding together to meet the demand of full funding for all the participants to
be attend those conferences and meetings. This new endowment will help us meet the
challenge and was used for the first time this past summer for a special need by one of
our research groups. The fund was very helpful to the group that had used up its allot-
ment of travel funds for the year, but had an important presentation to make at one             Lida Parvin & Lauren Borkowski
remaining conference.


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In Memoriam

Sadly, we note the passing of Professor         chaired the Committee on Graduate               He retired in 1976. During his tenure he
Emeritus Charles Naeser and Professor           Admissions and served as the advisor to         specialized in teaching introductory gen-
Emeritus David White.                           our graduate students. During this period       eral chemistry and advanced inorganic
                                                the department relied on him to maintain        chemistry. He authored a laboratory man-
David G. White began his career in chem-        the continuity of the graduate program.         ual for general chemistry and published in
istry with a Bachelor’s degree in chemical      He was renown for his meticulous records        various chemistry journals. After years of
engineering from Cornell University in          and the careful, thorough, and personal         teaching how to perform chemistry exper-
1950. His five-year program had been bro-       advising provided to each of the students.      iments in freshmen chemistry labs, he
ken up by a stint in the Army Signal Corp       As early as the mid-60’s he was advocating      penned Naeser’s Law which is seen today
from March 1946 through September               strengthening the infrastructure for grad-      in many calendars: “You can make it fool-
1947. He received his Ph.D. in 1954 from        uate study in the sciences at the University.   proof, but you can’t make it damned fool-
Harvard University where he studied             His “one simple request” of 1964 was for a      proof.” Who could possibly forget his
under Eugene Rochow. His dissertation           laboratory manager, which came to               humorous Christmas and Halloween lec-
on the Alkylation of Silane was completed       fruition when Raymond Johnson was               tures, in which he used the elements of
by September of 1953.                           hired to run the Chemistry stockroom.           “Earth, Wind, Fire and Water” to his
Professor White joined the faculty of                                                           advantage and brewed up thermite reac-
                                                Dave loved boating and for many years           tions, dichromate volcanoes, hydrogen-
George Washington as an Assistant               spent his summers in Annapolis sailing
Professor of Chemistry in the fall of 1953,                                                     fueled air transport, and solutions
                                                with his wife of 45 years, Marjory. He went     showing holiday colors or the renowned
hired by Charles Naeser. From the outset        to full retirement in 1994, spending much
of his career at GW, Dave’s interest was in                                                     “Helium Lecture,” where he demonstrated
                                                of his remaining years working on a             the properties of helium by sucking the
teaching general and inorganic chemistry,       genealogy project, tracing the history of
with time out for an NSF sponsored sab-                                                         gas from a balloon and delivering the rest
                                                his family. Dave had suffered from pancre-
batical in Japan in 1960 and another sab-                                                       of the lecture in a voice which bore an
                                                atic cancer since May of 2002, finally suc-
batical in 1980 to study geochemistry. His                                                      uncanny resemblance to Daffy Duck. He
                                                cumbing to the cancer in early March of
early research was in the area of boron-                                                        was a truly inspired and gifted instructor,
                                                this year at the Community Hospice of
nitrogen heteroaromatic compounds with                                                          for which he was recognized as the recipi-
                                                Washington. Professor Emeritus David G.
support from the Public Health Service.                                                         ent of the Washington Academy of
                                                White was 78 and will be sadly missed.
Generations of students took a section of                                                       Sciences’ highest teaching award. In 1962,
general chemistry with Dave. He did not         A native of Mineral Point,Wisconsin, Charles    he received the Washington Chapter,
shy away from taking on the sections            R. Naeser held a B.S. degree in Chemistry       American Institute of Chemists Honor
devoted to the engineering students, shar-      from the University of Wisconsin, Madison       Award for “Chemistry Teaching and
ing the same deep love of chemistry with        (1931), and a Ph.D., University of Illinois     Research in Inorganic Chemistry.” In
all who took his classes. He was also instru-   (1935). His Ph.D. research established the      1969, he received the Alpha Chi Sigma
mental in developing the course on exper-       atomic weight of gadolinium.                    Professional Service Award for service to
imental methods and ensuring sound                                                              the chemistry profession.
                                                Professor Naeser joined the George
library skills for our majors.                                                                  A Fellow of the American Association for
                                                Washington University Department of
From 1965 until shortly before his retire-      Chemistry in 1935, where he served for          the Advancement of Science and the
ment to half time in 1990, Professor White      41 years, including 23 years as Chairman.       American Institute of Chemists, he served as




                    Department of Chemistry                                                               Fall 2005   | Page 3
In Memoriam continued from page 3

President of the Chemical Society of            Professor Naeser was a Charter member of       and University service activities. His outside
Washington, was listed in “Who’s Who in         the George Washington Faculty Senate, on       interests included fishing, taxidermy and
America,” and was a widely published and        which he served for 11 years. He served as     birding, and for over 63 years he banded
widely cited author in Chemistry. From 1942     Chair of the Senate Committee on Faculty       birds for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
to 1945 he served as a Captain in the U.S.      Performance from 1962 to 1966, on the          He passed away at age 94, March 5, 2005,
Army Chemical Warfare Service and was the       Faculty Performance and Development            following a brief period of congestive heart
Scientific Advisor to the Headquarters,         Committee from 1966 to 1971, and on the        failure. An interment service took place in
European Command, in Heidelberg                 Senate Committee on Professional Ethics        September at the Columbarium, Arlington
Germany from 1950 to 1951. In 1940, he          and Academic Freedom during the 1970s.         National Cemetery.
developed a technique to enrich uranium for     He was the recipient of the Senate’s very
the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, which       first “Distinguished Service Award” in 1967.
played an integral part in the development of
                                                Professor Naeser was a teacher extraordi-
atomic power. (At the time, however, he was
                                                naire, widely respected researcher, and
unaware that this research would be used for
                                                active participant in innumerable public
the atomic bomb).




   Chemistry By the Numbers
   Twenty-one new multiyear grant propos-        the year. An additional 4 papers have been    undergraduate enrollments in chem-
   als totaling about $8.2 million were sub-     accepted and 9 more have been submitted       istry courses rose again this year by 5% to
   mitted since May 2004 to external             as well. Furthermore, colleagues gave 31      3144 final registrations for the academic
   granting agencies and organizations.          contributed talks or posters at meetings      year. Summer session registrations have
   Almost $1.7 million in new multiyear          and conferences, and delivered some 35        risen 66% since 2000. Twelve students
   funding was actually awarded by the           invited talks at conferences, Universities,   were registered for undergraduate
   External Sponsors, during that cycle.         and other sites. Five patent applications     research in the fall, while eleven were reg-
   $285K was awarded from Internal GW            were submitted by Professors Miller,          istered in the spring. Our majors won 1
   funds to chemistry faculty, who submit-       Montaser, Vertes and Wagner.                  each of the Gamow, Luther Rice, Britt
   ted 5 proposals totaling $285K. As of                                                       and Vincent Fellowships/Scholarships for
   June 1, the department had 23 active          Nine new doctoral candidates matricu-         the year.
   awards from external sponsors valued at       lated during 2004-2005, swelling our
   about $4.2 million for their life.            graduate student population to 30. The
                                                 number of chemistry majors continued
   Colleagues published 41 papers, journal       to increase to a total of 61 declared
   articles, or conference proceedings during    major advisees as of spring 2005. Total




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Kudos
Congratulations to Faculty                                                Congratulations to Students

Christopher Cahill                                                        Kaveh Jorabchi
Professor Christopher Cahill, was selected to receive                     Kaveh Jorabchi was awarded a prestigious Summer Graduate
a Bender Award from the University for Teaching Excellence.               Fellowship from the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry.

Akbar Montaser                                                            Dan DeLill
Professor Akbar Montaser, has been invited to join the Editorial          Dan DeLill won an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists
board of Applied Spectroscopy.                                            (ARCS) Foundation, Inc. Scholarship for 2005–2006.

Akos Vertes                                                               Lauren Borkowski
Professor Akos Vertes, was a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal      Lauren Borkowski won a travel award to the American
Institute of Technology and awarded an Academy Award                      Crystallographic Association Meeting in Orlando, Florida,
Fellowship of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science            May 28 – June 2, 2005.
and the Arts while on sabbatical this year.

Professor Akos Vertes, was invited to present at an NSF sponsored         Rob Doe
“Broader Impact” symposium at the fall ACS meeting                        Rob Doe was nominated for an ARCS Foundation Fellowship.


Martín Zysmilich                                                          Mark Frisch
Professor Martín Zysmilich, was nominated as one of two GW                Mark Frisch was accepted to the National School on Neutron and
nominees for The Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professor of the              X-ray Scattering at Argonne.
Year Program.
                                                                          Maria Puccio and Eric Fallows
Wagner, Cahill, Teng, Montaser, Vertes, Sadtchenko,                       Maria Puccio and Eric Fallows received travel grants to the recent
King, Miller and Ramaker                                                  meeting of the Combustion Institute.
Professors Wagner, Cahill, Teng, Montaser, Vertes, Sadtchenko, King,
Miller, and Ramaker were awarded new or renewed grants.                   Elisheva Pauli
                                                                          Elisheva Pauli received one of four new NAI Student Research
                                                                          Scholarships from The NASA Astrobiology Institute to carry out
                                                                          experiments at the Mars Simulation Chamber at Leiden
                                                                          University, Holland.

                                                                          Daniel Mittelberger
                                                                          Undergrad Daniel Mittelberger received a Goldwater Fellowship.

                                                                          Salar Samii
                                                                          Undergrad Salar Samii received the Vincent Fellowship for the summer.




Kaveh Kahen discusses his research at the 2004-2005 Department retreat.




                        Department of Chemistry                                                             Fall 2005    | Page 5
Faculty in the News
Henry Teng                                              authors appears on the front cover of an upcom-     recent discoveries (at GW) of organic-inor-
Featured in Spectroscopy                                ing issue of Spectrochimica Acta.                   ganic semiconductors, and will enable Prof.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and                                                                        Xu to work on synthesizing novel hybrid
Geosciences Henry Teng has published work               Junior Scholar Incentive                            semiconductors that effectively integrate the
which will appear on the cover page of                  Awards — 2005                                       advantages of the organic as well as the inor-
Spectroscopy and which is also the                      Columbian College of Arts and Sciences con-         ganic components. This research emphasizes
feature article of this month in the                    gratulates the winners of the 2005 Junior           the close interaction between synthetic chem-
journal. The paper, entitled “AFM Measurement           Scholar Incentive Awards. Thirty-two proposals      istry and the various aspects of solid state sci-
of Step Kinetics for the Growth and Dissolution         were submitted to the JSIA program. A panel         ence and engineering, and has important
of Crystallites,” discusses two atomic force            made up of senior faculty from the humanities,      implications for speedy and robust develop-
microscopy (AFM) techniques that have been              sciences and social sciences read and ranked the    ment of organic electronics. The JSIA will be
used successfully to quantify step movement:            proposals. The top 8 were funded at $8,600          used to fund summer support.
direct and indirect measurement. See:                   each (2 from the humanities, 2 from the social
http://www.spectroscopymag.com/spectroscopy/            sciences, and 4 from the sciences). The recipi-     Chemistry Faculty Member receives
article/articleDetail.jsp?id=166470                     ents from chemistry are:                            a GW Award
                                                                                                            Continuing a 29-year tradition, The George
Cahill’s Work Appears on the Cover                      Henry Teng, Assistant Professor of                  Washington University has selected three
of Inorganic Chemistry                                  Chemistry and Geosciences                           members of the GW community to receive the
A research group including Chris Cahill,                Measuring Surface Electric Properties Using         “GW Award” for their lasting contributions to
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and collabora-        Newly Available Scanning Electrochemical            the University. The awards were presented at
tors at Pacific Northwest National Lab has been         Potential Microscopy: Surface electrochemical       the GW Commencement ceremony on the
featured on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry, one       properties (such as surface charge and surface      Ellipse. This year’s honorees included David
of the premier journals in the field. To view the       potential) are fundamental aspects of materials     Rowley, professor emeritus of chemistry.
cover of the May 2, 2005 issue, go to:                  and knowing these properties is critical to         David has contributed to the GW community
http://pubs3.acs.org/acs/journals/cover_art.page?       material       synthesis    and      application.   for over 35 years through advocacy, advising,
incoden=inocaj                                          Traditionally, surface charges are determined       and support for students of the sciences. He
                                                        by an acid-base titration method but this           introduced innovative techniques in the class-
Vertes’ Work Awarded Prestigious                        method has several limitations and clear and        room by instituting computer simulations into
SAB Prize                                               definitive identification of iso-electric posi-     the general chemistry laboratory program.
Professor Vertes and his co-authors, A. Bogaerts,       tions may not be recognized on titration            Rowley is well known for devoting time to his
Z. Chen and R. Gijbels at the University of             curves. The Junior Scholar Incentive Award          students outside of the classroom, serving as a
Antwerp in Belgium, received the prestigious            will be used to upgrade to the use of a more        pre-med advisor, an admissions interviewer for
2003 Elsevier/Spectrochimica Acta Award hon-            accurate method, scanning electrochemical           the joint B.A./M.D. program, and the faculty
oring the most significant article published in         potential microscopy (SECPM). The equip-            advisor of the Saudi Arabian Medical Student
this top journal during that year. The paper enti-      ment has been acquired through other grants         Program. Also, he has played many administra-
tled “Laser ablation for analytical sampling: what      and the JSIA will be used for summer support        tive roles throughout his tenure, including
can we learn from modeling?” (Spectrochimica            so that Prof. Teng can devote his time to           associate dean for the former Graduate School
Acta B, 2003, 58, 1867–1893) demonstrates the           becoming proficient at this technique and col-      of Arts and Sciences, deputy director of the
usefulness of a gas dynamic model for the               lect the first data sets on quartz, feldspar, and   University Honors Program, chair of the
description of atmospheric pressure laser sam-          calcite, three of the most common rock              Department of Forensic Sciences, and for
pling of solids for chemical analysis. In an ongo-      forming minerals.                                   decades has led the faculty into the University’s
ing collaboration between the GW and Antwerp                                                                Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.
groups the model, originally developed by Prof.         Zhengtao Xu, Assistant
Vertes in the early nineties for laser solid interac-   Professor Chemistry
tions in vacuum, was extended to treat laser            Novel Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Semi-
plume expansion at atmospheric pressure. The            conductors: The research funded by the
award consists of $1,000 and the picture of the         Junior Scholar Incentive Award builds upon

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                                                                                 Alpha Chi Sigma

                                                Chapter News
                                                The Alpha Pi chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma has          their chemistry classes. While we inducted 11
                                                accomplished much in this past year. We vol-         new members this year, 17 brothers graduated.
                                                unteered at Kidsfest in the fall which is an event   We want to thank the graduating brothers for
                                                where local children can participate in fun sci-     their efforts this year. We are also very excited
                                                ence experiments. In the spring we hosted girl       for this upcoming year because the Alpha Pi
         Prof. Henry Teng                       scouts at Corcoran Hall and showed them sim-         chapter is hosting the Tetra Banquet, an event
                                                ple demonstrations which helped them earn a          involving all the nearby Alpha Chi Sigma chap-
                                                science badge. The Wednesday night free
        New Faculty                             chemistry tutoring was again very successful as
                                                                                                     ters. We also hope this upcoming year will allow
                                                                                                     us even more chances to volunteer and help out
The department is delighted to welcome          GW students regularly showed up for help in          in both the GW and local communities.
Dr. Henry Teng as its newest faculty
member. For a variety of reasons, the
Department of Earth and Environmental
                                                                                      Cahill Group
Studies was closed last year as a free-stand-   The Cahill Group enters its sixth year with      College Scientists), a prestigious title that comes
ing unit and the faculty allowed to choose      some departures as well as new faces.            with $15,000 towards tuition. Lauren Borkowski
new departments with which to affiliate.
                                                Dr. Shannon Morrison received his Ph.D.          participated in the Carnegie/DOE Alliance
Professor Teng chose to affiliate with          entitled “Reverse Micelle Synthesis of           Center (CDAC) workshop at Argonne National
Chemistry and was given the new title of        Nanoparticulate Metal Oxides” and is headed      Laboratory and Mark Frisch published his first
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and of         to Virginia Commonwealth                                      paper — in Dalton no less! Noel
Geosciences. Dr. Teng received his B.S.         University for a post-doctoral                                Gunning will finish his MS shortly
degree in 1982 from Nanjing University          position. Undergraduate Jaqui                                 and has also managed to publish
and an M.S. in 1994 from Temple
                                                Danek graduated and headed                                    some sound contributions.
University. He completed his doctorate in
1999 at Georgia Institute of Technology         north to the University of
                                                Rochester for a lab technician                                Despite all of these wonderful
under Patricia Dove, earning awards for
Research Excellence, Dean’s Fellow in the       position while applying for grad-                             achievements of the group, the
College of Sciences, and Best University        uate admission (location TBA)                                 biggest news is perhaps the arrival
Research (Surface Science). After a post-       for Fall 2006. We also welcome           Prof. Cahill         of a single-crystal x-ray diffrac-
doctoral appointment at Argonne                                                                               tometer purchased from an NSF
                                                Karah Knope from Lake Forest College in
National Laboratory from 1999–2000                                                               grant. The new ‘Bruker APEX II CCD’ is
                                                Illinois. Karah will begin her PhD studies in
with Neil Sturchio, he joined the George                                                         arguably the most powerful machine of its kind
Washington University Department of             the fall of 2005. New undergraduate
                                                researchers include Deepak Chander and           and makes determination of molecular level
Earth and Environmental Sciences in
2000. With major funding from ACS-              Walled Kurtom.                                   structure relatively routine. Since its arrival in
PRF, NSF and DOE, Henry continues                                                                March, we have solved some 30 new structures.
to publish extensively on mineral surface       Veteran graduate student members Lauren          Time to get writing!
geochemistry (especially biomolecule-           Borkowski, Dan DeLill, Mark Frisch and
mineral surface interactions) and miner-        Noel Gunning, along with undergraduate           The funding situation continues to be strong.
al dissolution mechanisms. Dr. Teng adds                                                         June marked the receipt of a $282,000 three-
                                                Dan Bozzuto have all had a banner year. Dan
strength in materials, surface science and                                                       year Department of Energy grant to examine
                                                Bozzuto participated in a National Science
crystal chemistry to the growing cross-                                                          the hydrothermal chemistry of uranium oxide
disciplinary Materials Science program          Foundation Research Experience for
                                                Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program at              phases. This award will make hiring of a post-
in the Department.
                                                Northwestern University. Dan DeLill was selected doctoral associate possible and move the group
                                                as an ARCS Scholar (Achievement Rewards for      into some new areas.




                    Department of Chemistry                                                                     Fall 2005     | Page 7
                                                     Miller Research Group
During this past academic year, Prof. Miller         formation of nitrogen oxides and incorpora-         Cavity Ring Down
was on sabbatical and used the time to work in       tion of nitrogen into larger PAH’s as well as       Spectroscopy
the laboratory at GW as well as to work in lab-      particulate carbon.
                                                                                                         In addition to the near infrared sensor work
oratories at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center,
                                                     Finally, Eric has been developing a “smart” fire    mentioned above, we have continued our work
Rice University, and the Aculight Corporation
                                                     sensor that would simultaneously detect the         with prototypes of JPL’s Type II Interband
(a Seattle-based laser and optics company). In
                                                     concentrations (and rate of growth of concen-       Cascade lasers; a new source that provides rel-
addition, Prof. Miller scratched a life long itch
                                                     trations) for carbon monoxide, hydrogen             atively high powered, single mode lasers in the
and rode a bicycle across the country with his
                                                     cyanide, acetylene (all products of incomplete      mid infrared. During Miller’s trip to Rice,
son, Garrett. A website devoted to this adven-
                                                     combustion) and carbon dioxide. It is our           researchers in their Laser Science Group and
ture can be found at http://www.bikedust.org.
                                                     hypothesis that different regimes of combus-        Miller demonstrated detection of formalde-
Returning group members included Brendan             tion (from smoldering through flaming com-          hyde with these lasers at the tens of parts per
McAndrew, Postdoctoral Scientist, and                                                                    billion level. Miller also worked with a laser
Maria Puccio, a 2nd Year Ph.D. student. Eric                                                             under development at Aculight that uses near
Fallows, a first year Ph.D. student who did his                                                          infrared fiber laser and amplifier to pump an
undergraduate work at Boston University,                                                                 Optical Parametric Oscillator to produce
joined us in January. Summarized below are                                                               coherent midinfrared light. The incorporation
some highlights from the various research                                                                of the Aculight laser into a CRD sensor is the
areas. Further details can be found on the                                                               subject of several pending proposals with
Internet at http://home.gwu.edu/~houston.                                                                applications in planetary exploration, atmos-
                                                                                                         pheric monitoring, medical diagnostics, and
                                                                                                         homeland security.
Studies in Combustion
This is an ongoing project that has been the
                                                                                                         Development of Optical Tools
basis of continuing support from the National
                                                                                                         for Bio-chemistry
Science Foundation. During the last year,
Maria worked with the probe to analyze gasses                                                            Glauco Souza, who defended his dissertation
extracted from both stable and acoustically                                                              last year, moved to the MD Anderson Cancer
forced, flickering flames. The emphasis of this                                                          Center, part of the University of Texas Medical
program is to understand molecular growth                                                                Center in Houston, to investigate application
                                                            Brendan McAndrew and                         of Surface-Enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)
processes (i.e., soot formation). Not only is this               Prof. Miller
problem of importance in understanding                                                                   using gold nanoparticle aggregates for the
health impacts of combustion effluents, it is                                                            detection of bacteriophage binding events. GW
                                                     bustion) generate unique signatures in these
now thought that radiation forcing from so-                                                              is continuing to collaborate with MDACC in
                                                     quantities that could be reliably used to distin-
called “black carbon” is an important, if poor-                                                          the further development of this technology.
                                                     guish unwanted fire events from false alarms.
ly understood, variable in controlling climate                                                           Miller presented an invited talk at a Laser
                                                     The sensor is based on cw laser cavity ring
change. Maria’s work this year has been to                                                               Diagnostics Gordon Conference in early
                                                     down spectroscopy. Although never likely to
refine sampling and data analysis protocol for                                                           August describing this collaboration.
                                                     displace residential CO and smoke detectors,
direct sampling mass spectrometry. The same          technology such as this would be valuable for
approach has been applied to analyzing prod-         the protection of capital in larger commercial
ucts of flame to which pyridine has been added       and industrial facilities.
to elucidate the role of fuel nitrogen in both




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                                               Professor Akbar Montaser
Professor Montaser and his group continued        news and his picture appeared in Analytical          still contribute to the publication of manu-
their research program, addressing from theory    Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Journal. He       scripts as the result of our joint research. We
to practice, novel plasma sources and sample      published three articles and presented four          are happy to report that since the last
introduction devices for optical and mass spec-   papers at national meetings. Three graduate          Newsletter, Dr. Craig Westphal and Dr. Billy
trometry. Department of Energy and several        students (K. Kahen, K. Jorabchi, and C. M.           Acon have been employed by Dupont and the
industrial firms sponsor this research. The pri-  Nechita) received the 2004 FACSS Graduate            FBI, respectively. We congratulate Dr. Su-Ann
mary aim is to ultimately develop measurement     Student Travel Scholarship for their presenta-       O’Brien and Mr. Terrell Murdock for the
technologies that will, compared to the existing  tions. The undergraduate research scholars           birth of baby girl Savanna, who is now
technology, offer better selectivity,                           also were recognized through sev-      9 months old.
sensitivity, precision, reliability, and                        eral awards. Daniel               E.
ease of operation; allow chemical                               Mittelberger received the pres-
analysis at reduced cost with less                              tigious Goldwater Scholarship for
sample consumption and minimal                                  two years in a national competi-
waste generation; diminish instru-                              tion, and the FACSS Student
ment size and cost; and simplify ana-                           Travel Scholarship for his joint
lytical measurements. The research                              presentation with his graduate
team submitted, has in press, or         Prof. Montaser         student mentor, Kaveh Kahen.
published 11 manuscripts, and pre-                              Salar Samii and Jonathan
sented 15 papers at national and international                  Levine won, respectively, the
meetings, including 10 invited and plenary lec-   Vincent Prize for research at GW in summer
tures at major conferences and institutions       2005 and the American Chemical Society                         Prof. Hilderbrandt
worldwide. Professor Montaser was also invited    Award from GW Chemistry Department.
to organize and chair four symposia on micro-
and nano-nebulization and advances in plasma      Finally, Kaveh Kahen has completed his PhD                        Joan
spectrometry at the Federation of Analytical      research and will defend his Dissertation in
Chemistry and Spectroscopy Society (FACSS)        September. He already has accepted an impor-                  Hilderbrandt
conference and Pittsburgh Conference. He also     tant job offer from Perkin-Elmer/Sciex
                                                  Corporation. Over the past year, Kaveh Kahen           Joan Hilderbrandt continues as the
chaired symposia at 1) 17th Annual Conference
                                                  has published four papers in collaboration             Coordinator of the laboratory courses
ILASS — Americas and 2) Plasma Science and
                                                  with other group members, filed two patent             for Honors Chemistry (Honors 33/34),
Technology at the 16th International Vacuum
                                                  applications (with K. Jorabchi), and presented         Contemporary Science (Chem. 3/4) and
Congress, and was invited to serve on the
                                                  four papers at major conferences. Kaveh will be        General Chemistry (Chem. 11/12.) These
Editorial Board of Applied Spectroscopy Journal.
                                                  missed by all of us, and we wish him the best.         laboratories take place in Corcoran 402
The group filed two patent applications on a
                                                  Fortunately, two new PhD students, Jessica             and in Acheson Hall on the Mount
“smart nebulizer” and a “smart spectrometer”.
                                                  Gray and Ryan Brennan, have joined the group           Vernon Campus. (Approximately 120
Members of the research team made progress        this year and have started their research in sev-      students per semester now complete the
and shined in their research and in the scientif- eral areas. Results of their research, in collabo-     laboratory requirement at MVC.)
ic community. Kaveh Jorabchi received             ration with other group members (Kaveh                 Professor Hilderbrandt remains a lectur-
three prestigious awards this year: 1) American   Kahen, Kaveh Jorabchi, and Cristina Nechita),          er in the Chemistry 11 and Chemistry 12
Chemical Society — Division of Analytical         will be presented at upcoming ACS, FACSS               series. She will be the Departmental
Chemistry Graduate Fellowship for summer          meeting, and Winter Conference on Plasma               Advisor for the Graduating Class of 2009.
2005; 2) the 2005 Society for Applied             Spectrochemistry.                                      Joan will continue her recent appoint-
Spectroscopy Graduate Student Award; and 3)                                                              ment as the advisor for the 7-year
the 2004 Society for Applied Spectroscopy Best    We are grateful to previous members of the             BA/MD program.
Student Poster Award at FACSS. The award          group, who despite their departure from GW,




                     Department of Chemistry                                                                     Fall 2005     | Page 9
                                                      Professor David Ramaker
                            Prof. Ramaker and           2. The initiation of work with several new           from operating full cells. Dan has already
                            his group continued            collaborators. He has continued his work          had two trips to the synchrotron at
                            work this year on the          with Prof. Sanjeev Mukerjee and his group         Brookhaven National Lab to take data on
                            utilization of x-ray           from Northeastern University, Prof.               RhS2, a possible non-Pt fuel cell showing
                            absorption spectra             Christina Roth and her group at                   some promise. The group has recently
                            (XAS) to study oper-           Darmstadt University of Technology,               acquired some state of the art time
                            ating fuel cells. This         Germany (fuel cells), and Prof. D.C.              resolved, in situ XAS data from MoOX on
                            year was marked by             Koningsberger at Utrecht, NL (heteroge-           various supports; catalysts used for alkane
 Prof. Ramaker                                             nous catalysis). However this year he also        dehydrogenation. Dan is finding some fas-
                            three milestones:
                                                           initiated work with Dr. Karen Swider              cinating results coming from this new time
 1. The teaching of General Chemistry (Chem                Lyons and Dr. Maggie Teliska at NRL (fuel         resolved data.
    11) for the first time. Up to the present he           cells on oxidic supports), Prof. Bert
    taught Physical Chemistry, a junior/senior             Wechhuysen, Utrecht, NL (time resolved        This year Prof. Ramaker and his group pub-
    course, and Chemical Bonding, a graduate               XAS), Dr. Moniek Tromp, Univ. South           lished 8 papers (2 in JACS and 4 in JPC), and
    course (many readers of this article may               Hampton, UK (homogenous catalysis),           gave 4 papers at conferences such as the Gordon
    remember these courses). Prof. Ramaker                 and Dr. Jeroen van Bokhoven, ETH,             Research Conf. on Fuel Cells, and the ECS
    indicates that although teaching Chemistry             Zurich (alkanes on gold catalysts).           meeting in Quebec. Graduate student, Frances
    11 is a different experience with many more                                                          Scott, and the two postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Raj
    students in a large lecture hall, he enjoyed it     3. The addition of Dan Gatewood, a new           Zope and Denis Areshkin continue in his
    and will be continuing this fall.                      graduate student, to his group. Dan will be   group, the latter funded by an NRL contract.
                                                           working on the interpretation of XAS data
                                                           taken both in heterogenous catalysts and




                                            Professor Vladislav Sadtchenko
This year, our group celebrated its fourth             30 to 0°C. With the addition of another mass    Chonde and Danielle Smyla, who graduat-
birthday. Fully supported by the National              spectrometer, we are now capable of detailed    ed from GW this spring and whose scientific
Science Foundation, research has never been so         investigations of transport phenomena in        insight and expertise were instrumental in the
exciting. While continuing development of our          polycrystalline ices under a variety of condi-  success of our research program.
primary experimental apparatus, we have                tions. In addition to its funda-
made several scientific breakthroughs in the           mental significance, these
physical chemistry of condensed aqueous sys-           studies are of great interest
tems. Using a combination of Ultrafast                 in a variety of applied fields
Thermal Desorption Spectroscopy, Time-of-              such as Environmental
Flight Mass Spectrometry, and Ultrafast                Atmospheric         Chemistry.
Microcalorimetry, we investigated relaxation           Graduate students Haiping
dynamics in amorphous ice during rapid heat-           Lu and Stephanie Hopkins
ing, conducted studies of desorption mecha-            joined our group last fall and
nisms of water and various dopant molecules            are now at the front lines of
from the surface of ice at temperatures near its       this exciting research project.
melting point, and obtained the first measure-         We would like to express spe-
ments of the evaporation coefficient of ice at         cial gratitude to undergradu-             Prof. Sadtchenko with Haiping Lu,
                                                                                               Stephanie Hopkins and Danielle Smyla
environmentally relevant temperatures from -           ate research scientists Meshe


          Page 10       | Fall 2005                                     Department of Chemistry
                                                     Professor Akos Vertes
                           Two major events defined the past year in the        The work is well underway. Currently, the two major components of the
                           group. First, in collaboration with colleagues       system, a special mass spectrometer and a scanning near-field optical
                           from Physics and Biochemistry, we embarked           microscope are being modified for the task.
                           on a new project aimed at studying protein
                           distributions in live tissue. As the first exam-     The other important event was moving our projects into a newly remod-
                           ple, the Institute for Proteomics Technology         eled state-of-the-art research suite on the fourth floor of Corcoran Hall.
                           and Applications at GW, co-directed by Prof.         This 1350 sq ft laboratory gives a new home to our three major projects,
                           Vertes, in collaboration with the Children’s         the DOE-funded basic investigations in laser desorption, the NSF-fund-
                           National Medical Center is focusing on the           ed research on electrosprays and the protein microscope effort.
                           molecular basis of normal and abnormal mus-
  Prof. Vertes                                                                  We were also very active on the conference and lecture circuit. Three invit-
                           cle adaptation through studying the neuro-
                                                                                ed talks were delivered in Belgium at the Ghent University, the Catholic
                           muscular junction.
                                                                                University Leuven and the University of Antwerp. We presented at the
This project requires instrumentation that can not only identify peptides       Conference on Laser Precision Microfabrication in Williamsburg, VA, the
and proteins, but also provide information on their spatial and temporal        Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Hönggerberg),
distribution, and analyze their activity in vivo. The mass spectrometry         Zurich, Switzerland, the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics
technologies currently used to do this are limited in their ability to          [AMOLF], Amsterdam, The Netherlands and at the 2004 Gordon
resolve protein functions and interactions directly. We therefore defined       Research Conference on Laser Interactions with Materials, Andover, NH.
two goals:
                                                                                As a sign of recognition, Professor Vertes and his Belgian co-authors
  1. An innovative development in mass spectrometry that will expand            received the prestigious Elsevier/Spectrochimica Acta Award honoring
    its capability significantly and enable the determination of spatial        the most significant article published in this top journal during the year.
    protein distributions with submicron resolution.                            Our paper “Laser ablation for analytical sampling: what can we learn
                                                                                from modeling?” demonstrates the usefulness of a gas dynamic model
  2. This new device, in effect a “protein microscope,” will be utilized to     for the description of atmospheric pressure laser sampling of solids for
    explore protein distributions in and around the neuromuscular
                                                                                chemical analysis.
    junction in unprecedented detail.
                                                                                Additional information on the group is available at our web site:
This project received a major grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation. The
                                                                                http://www.gwu.edu/~vertes.
$1.5 million award supports our efforts to build the protein microscope.


                                                Professor Michael Wagner
This year, one of the lab members, Kim Mooney, graduated with her Ph.D.        studying ferroelectric nanorods and nanocrystalline phosphors for field
She now works for the FBI in the ORISE program at Quantico, fulfilling a effect display technology, potentially a “next generation” replacement for
lifelong dream. The lab added one postdoctoral researcher,                                     LCD displays. Amal took a one-year leave of absence in
Michael Erickson, replacing Louie Rendek, who is now                                           January to have her first child, and will return next spring.
enjoying sunny Florida working for the Harris Corporation,
                                                                                               I’m very pleased to report that my former students are doing
and one graduate student, Chao Yan (Jerry). Four others,
                                                                                               very well. Jennifer Nelson, my first Ph.D. student, is mak-
Robert Doe, Olivera Zivkovic, Amal Bassa and Cliff
                                                                                               ing her name at Penn State. Susie Keeton, who was an
Cook continued their studies here. Rob is making great
                                                                                               undergraduate researcher in the lab during her junior and
progress in developing materials for better lithium ion batter-
                                                                                               senior lab, now working for CMS Field Products in Alabama,
ies, research which resulted in a patent application as well as a
                                                                                               had her first child, James Edge Keeton. Congratulations!
number of presentations, including two in Honolulu, Hawaii          Prof. Wagner
                                                                                               Bhoomi Bhrambratt, now doctor of medicine, is in
at the joint international meeting of the Electrochemical
                                                                                               California for her internship. Khalid Hanif is finishing his
Society and the Electrochemical Society of Japan, as well as a
                                                                               first year in a postdoctoral position at the Naval Research Labs. Alejandra
publication. He and Cliff are also developing lithium/water batteries, a truly
                                                                               Echezuria is now married and working for Croda, Inc, in New Jersey.
challenging project. Olivera is making good progress toward her degree,


                      Department of Chemistry                                                                        Fall 2005     | Page 11
                                         Professor Martín G. Zysmilich
                         Professor Zysmilich holds a teaching            standing teaching innovation, creativity, and originality in teaching
                         appointment at the Department of                an introductory course, as well as a recipient of a Bender Teaching
                         Chemistry. Since joining the department in      Award for the year 2003 in recognition of his efforts as a teacher.
                         August 2000, his main responsibility has
                         been teaching Contemporary Science for          Professor Zysmilich is also a member of the Honors Program,
                         Non-Science Majors (CHEM003 and                 teaching the highly praised Honors General Chemistry courses,
                         CHEM004). The steady improvement of             HONR033 and HONR034. He has been advising Chemistry
                         these two courses, with the inclusion of sci-   majors since 2001, and joined the freshman advising team in 2004
                         ence topics that make headlines in some of      by teaching a Proseminar for Scholarship and Advising
 Prof. Zysmilich
                         the most respected newspapers and publi-        (CCAS001), and by participating as a Faculty Advisor in the 2005
                         cations in the world, as well as the use of     Colonial Inauguration.
state-of-the-art classroom technology, have kept CHEM003 and
                                                                         Professor Zysmilich has been appointed to the 2006 Chemistry in
CHEM004 among the most popular courses at GW, with enroll-
                                                                         Context Examination Committee of the ACS Division of
ments surpassing 700 students per semester.
                                                                         Chemical Education.
These novel changes have also made Professor Zysmilich the recip-
ient of the student-nominated 2002 Robert W. Kenny Prize for out-




Graduation 2005


Undergraduate Students
David W. Berke-Schlessel                                                 Jacquelynn Danek
Drexel University, PhD program in Polymer Chemistry.                     Working as lab technician at University of Rochester, Biology
                                                                         department. Plans to apply to graduate school.
Meshe D. Chonde
Worked over the summer of 2005 for The George Washington                 Mark D. Dexter
University Department of Chemistry.                                      Teaching Physics and Introductory Physical Science for a high
                                                                         school.
Olesya Y. Chornoguz
Summer of 2005, worked in The George Washington University,              Nathaniel D. Faggioli
Department of Chemistry. Working in research position for NIH            Works for a financial advising firm located in San Francisco.
until end of 2005. In 2006, plans to pursue PhD in Biochemistry.         Hopes to return to Chemistry in future.




         Page 12     | Fall 2005                                 Department of Chemistry
Dawn S. Hawkinson                                                 Teira M. Zajac
The George Washington University, MS program.                     No information at this time.

Blake L. Horridge                                                 Graduate Students
American Baptist Seminary of the West in California, Masters
                                                                  Brandi Benford,
program in Divinity.
                                                                  MS, Spring of 2005

Hyunwoo Kim
                                                                  Noel Gunning
Applied to dental school.
                                                                  MS, Fall of 2004

Rebekah F. Kushner
                                                                  Kaveh Kahen
Was awarded an extra fellowship, the Woodruff Graduate
Fellowship at Emory University, PhD program in Biochemistry,      PhD, Summer of 2005
Cell and Developmental Biology.
                                                                  Shannon Morrison
Matthew C. McDonough                                              PhD, Spring of 2005
Commissioned by the Navy and is presently at sea.
                                                                  Lida Parvin
Muralikrishna Mukkamala                                           MS, Summer of 2005
Applied to medical school.
                                                                  Cynthia Smith
Yared Z. Nurelegne                                                MS, Spring 2005
No information at this time.

David S. Penneys
University of California Berkeley, PhD program of Mathematics.

Jacqueline M. Ryan
Moved to California and plans to seek opportunities with
Allergan. Also, plans to reapply to medical school, or apply to
graduate school at University of California, Irvine.

Danielle R. Smyla
Worked in research position with The George Washington
University during the summer of 2005. Hopes to be working in
the DC Metropolitan area.
                                                                  May 20205 Commencement
Natalie Yeakle                                                    [first row, left to right] Jacqueline Ryan, Natalie Yeakle, Nathaniel
                                                                  Faggioli, Rebekah Kushner and Jacquelynn Danek
Worked as pharmacy technician. In 2006, plans to apply to phar-   [second row, left to right] Mark Dexter, David Berke-Schlessel, Olesya
macy school at a university located in South Carolina.            Chornoguz and Blake Horridge




                   Department of Chemistry                                                                  Fall 2005      | Page 13
Chemistry Department
Prizes and Awards 2005
                                                      American Chemical Society                         Byrne Thurtell Burns
                                                      Awarded to a student completing his or her        Memorial Prize
                                                      junior year and who has demonstrated excel-       Awarded to the graduating chemistry major who
                                                      lence in Analytical Chemistry. Jonathan           has show the greatest proficiency in organic
                                                      Adam Levine                                       chemistry as demonstrated by a written exami-
                                                                                                        nation. Jacqueline Mcginnis Ryan
                                                      American Institute
                                                      of Chemists
                                                      Awarded to the graduating senior majoring in      William E. Fitch Prize
                                                      chemistry, who excels in scholarship, integrity   Awarded to the graduating chemistry major with
                                                      and leadership. Jacquelynn Bethany                the best written comprehensive examination in
                                                      Danek and Rebekah Felice Kushner                  chemistry. Jacqueline Mcginnis Ryan

Jacqueline Ryan receives Burns and Fitch Awards
[left to right] Prof. Xu, Prof. Ramaker, Jacqueline
                                                      A. D. Britt Memorial
Ryan, Prof. Cahill and Prof. Hilderbrandt             Scholarship
                                                                                                        Chemical Rubber Company
                                                      Awarded to one or more outstanding junior or
                                                                                                        Freshman Chemistry
                                                      senior undergraduate majors to carry out
Alpha Chi Sigma                                                                                         Achievement Award
                                                      research in the summer. Deepak Chander
Awarded to the graduating senior with the                                                               Awarded to one or more freshmen who have
highest academic record in chemistry courses                                                            achieved the highest records in their respective
(with at least 16 hours at GW). David                                                                   sections of Introductory Chemistry. Anika Jahn
                                                      Chemical Society of                               Ackerman, Nikila V. Kumar, Alexander Lee
Signorielli Penneys
                                                      Washington Prize                                  Matz and Jessica Yvonne Schmitt
                                                      Awarded to the outstanding junior majoring in
                                                      chemistry. Daniel James Bozzuto




The Chemistry Department on retreat at Alpine Lakes, WV




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Alumni News
Hyunwoo Kim, B.S. ’05, writes that she has             collaborating with Prof. Cahill. He stops in on        Meggan Wagner, B.S. '02, is working for
returned to Korea and has been busy preparing          occasion with crystals structures to solve.            GlobalEmed, a provider of diagnostic tests and
for the dental admission test.                                                                                laboratory equipment. Her position entails set-
                                                       Craig S. Westphal, Ph.D. ’05, has taken a              ting up the laboratories and training staff on
Doren Indritz, B.A. ’73, writes that he was            position as a Research Chemist in the corpo-           the use of the equipment. As such she has been
very saddened to hear about Profs. Naeser and          rate center for Analytical Sciences at the             doing lots of traveling around the world, most
White. Hopefully, Profs. Caress and Rowley are         Dupont Center for Research and Development             recently to South Africa.
healthy and enjoying their retirements!                Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE.
                                                                                                              After 27 years, John Van Patten, B.S. ’85, has
Dr. Stephanie Holt, B.S. ‘76, is practicing            Susan Menke, M Phil ‘70, one of Ted Perros’s           retired from the Navy and moved back to his
medicine in Parkland, FL. She visited recently         former students, is the Chief Technology               home in upstate New York. His first civilian job
with one of her sons, who is looking at colleges       Editor for Government Computer News. She               was as a Chemistry Specialist at Seton Health
for next year.                                         visited the University in the fall and had lunch       Systems in Troy New York. He writes that he
                                                       with Ted and Michael King. Susan pointed out           will be leaving that position to return to school
Writing from Arizona, Bheru Gandhi, B.S.               that her background in chemistry gave her the          for a teaching certificate so that he will be able
’02 , indicates that he is in his 3rd year of med-     ability to shift gears into a science editor status.   to teach Chemistry and Biology to High
ical school and loving it! This past year he had
                                                                                                              Schoolers. Good Luck John, what a great sec-
a chance to deliver babies. I know, scary              Carly Levin, B.S. ’03, stopped by recently on
                                                                                                              ond career that will be!
thought!                                               her way to the annual Nobel Laureates Meeting
                                                       in Lindau Germany. Carly, a graduate student           Congratulations to Madeleine Jacobs, B.S.
Karl Miller, B.S. ’98 stopped in to share some         at Rice University, was one of 25 students             ’68, DSc (Hon) ’03, who was selected as the
stories as a counterfeit specialist with the           selected by the NSF to attend the 55th Lindau          George Braude Memorial Lecturer by the
secret service. Be sure to also check out the          Meeting. Other attending students are spon-            Maryland Section of the American Chemical
video stream, with a guest appearance from             sored by DOE and Oak Ridge. (You may recall            Society. The Award, including a cash prize and
Karl that was done by Associated Press.                that two of Prof. Montaser’s students were             appropriate award document, provides for an
http://wid.ap.org/video/video/counter feits.rm.        attendees a few years back.) Carly also had a          annual lecture on a scientific, yet broad, topic
The       story     can       be      found      at    cameo appearance on a piece on Naomi Halas,            to attract the attention of the chemists of the
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=354424.    her Rice University advisor, that aired on             local section. The designee also is given discre-
                                                       NOVA. While visiting MD Anderson and Rice              tion to designate an appropriate place for a
Su-Ann O’Brien Murdock, Ph.D. ‘05, has
                                                       as part of his collaborations there, Prof. Miller,     grant to support chemical research. We thank
taken up residence in Junction City Kansas near
                                                       Carly’s undergraduate research advisor, had a          Madeleine for designating her Department’s
to where her husband is stationed. She brought
                                                       chance to go to dinner and talk about the great        research fund for that grant.
her baby to the Hooding Ceremony in May.
                                                       progress Carly has been making on her work
Jack Crawford, B.S. ’82, is a Founder and              with Nano Shells at Rice, recently passed her          Thanks to all of you who have written or
Director of Managed Ventures, Inc., an infor-          candidacy exam. She reports that she has               stopped by over the past year. Your colleagues
mation technology consulting group in Irvine           maintained contact with Ed Brandt and some             are always eager to learn about what is happen-
California that focuses on life science informat-      of the “gang” from 2003.                               ing in your lives and careers. Such information
ics needs. http://www.managedventures.com/about1.htm                                                          also helps to illustrate the successes of our
                                                       Tarik Nabi, Ph.D., writes that he has moved            alumni for current students in the department.
Robert Pike, B.S. ’82, was promoted to Full            into a new apartment on Spout Run Parkway              So, we continue to invite you to send an e-mail
Professor at the College of William and Mary.          in Arlington, VA.                                      (kingm@gwu.edu) or note to the department,
He just finished a five-year Henry Dreyfus                                                                    which we can relay to your colleagues in our
Teacher-Scholar award period and has been                                                                     next edition.




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