- HONORARY DEGREE FOR DEPARTMENT ALUMNUS: On Saturday May 17, at the Spring Commencement, Dr. Gary S. Jacob, BS 1969, recieved an honorary Doctor of Science degree. The weekend began by Gary visiting the department and presenting an excellent lecture based on his experience in industry (Big Pharma) followed by a second career in Small Pharma. He is now Chairman and CEO of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc., New York, NY., and on Friday afternoon he presented the lecture: "Drug Discovery & Development 101: From the benchplace to the marketplace; and other ruminations on one UMSL Chemistry alumnus’ career in science".
- IMPORTANT LECTURESHIPS HELD: The two major external lectureships were arranged in early spring. On March 31 2014 Professor Joanna Aisenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. presented the Seventeenth Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture: "New materials: When chemistry meets optics and surface science″.
On May 5, 2014, Dr. Katherine M. Block, BS 2001, Senior Scientist at Novartis Clinical Trial Center of Excellence (Genoptix), in San Diego CA, presenedt the 27th Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture: "A Perspective on the Path to Industry".
- ALEXEI V. DEMCHENKO has been appointed Curators' Profesor of Chemistry. This news, although barely offical was announced informally in January, 2014.
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