2017 Tarrant Summer Graduate Research Scholarships

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the second annual Tarrant Summer Graduate Research Scholarships. The endowment honors Prof. Paul Tarrant, a member of our department from 1946 to 1981, and this award promotes outstanding research for graduate students working in the Division of Organic Chemistry.

This year’s recipients are Adrian Figg and Danielle Fagnani. Adrian received his B.A. in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a member of Prof. Brent Sumerlin’s research group. His research involves the synthesis of precise polymeric materials using end-group functionalization techniques and dispersion polymerization. Danielle received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Drexel University and is currently a member of Prof. Ron Castellano’s research group. She studies the design, synthesis, and supramolecular properties of novel aromatic systems.

Congratulations to Adrian and Danielle!

New chemistry building opens its doors

“…the striking new chemistry/chemical biology building sits on the corner of Buckman Drive and University Avenue as if it always should have been there. Named Joseph Hernandez Hall, after a generous donor and UF alum, the building’s dedication took place on Friday, April 21.”

“‘Chemistry is a symbol for what a 21st-century land-grant university should be. Even on our own campus, people don’t realize what a good chemistry department we have. This is a celebration, not just of a building but of a department, not just for what we’ve done, but for what we’re going to do,’ Machen said.”

“Dave Richardson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and former chair of the chemistry department, has called the building ‘magnificent’ and ‘marvelous.'”

by Gigi Marino
photography: Betsey Hansen, Tyler Jones, Mirador Studios

For the complete article, check out http://news.ufl.edu/articles/2017/04/new-chemistry-building-opens-its-doors.php

For photos and videos, CLICK HERE.

For department history, CLICK HERE.

University of Florida researchers have identified addictive nut’s derivatives that could help smokers break their nicotine addictions

“Worldwide, over 1 billion people smoke cigarette and 600 million chew betel quid, an addicting mix of areca palm nut that can include tobacco. University of Florida researchers have identified at least one compound derived from the areca nut that targets the nicotinic receptor subtypes involved in nicotine addiction. In a collaboration between Roger L. Papke, Ph.D. (UF Pharmacology and Therapeutics) and Nicole A Horenstein, Ph.D. (UF Chemistry), they reported data last year on the nut’s active ingredient, arecoline. Horenstein and coworkers are synthesizing promising new arecoline derivatives, with the goal to treat nicotine and possibly Areca nut addictions without side effects associated with current smoking cessation drugs. Horenstein was featured in an ACS press release and she presented their findings earlier this month at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in San Francisco on April, 5, 2017.”

University of Florida researchers have identified addictive nut’s derivatives that could help smokers break their nicotine addictions

Worldwide, over 1 billion people smoke cigarette and 600 million chew betel quid, an addicting mix of areca palm nut that can include tobacco. University of Florida researchers have identified at least one compound derived from the areca nut that targets the nicotinic receptor subtypes involved in nicotine addiction. In a collaboration between Roger L. Papke, Ph.D. (UF Pharmacology and Therapeutics) and Nicole A Horenstein, Ph.D. (UF Chemistry), they reported data last year on the nut’s active ingredient, arecoline. Horenstein and coworkers are synthesizing promising new arecoline derivatives, with the goal to treat nicotine and possibly Areca nut addictions without side effects associated with current smoking cessation drugs. Horenstein was featured in an ACS press release and she presented their findings earlier this month at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting in San Francisco on April, 5, 2017.

More information on the April 5th presentation at ACS: