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2021 V.T. and Louise Jackson Summer Fellowship

The department is pleased to announce the recipients of
the 2021 V.T. and Louise Jackson Summer Fellowship.

Maria-Jose Ferrer received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of
Hartford and is a member of Professor Russ Bowers’ research group.
Her research focuses on integration of ultrasonic atomization with
parahydrogen enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance as a means for
synthesizing hyperpolarized substrates for biomedical disease
detection and monitoring.

Angie Korpusik received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of
California, Berkeley and is a member of Professor Brent Sumlerin’s
research group. Her research focuses on using polymerization-induced
self-assembly to construct nanostructures for drug delivery.

In 2002, The Betty J. & J. Stanley Livingstone Charitable Foundation
established this fund as part of the V.T. and Louise Jackson Chemistry
Endowment. Vestus Twiggs “V.T.” and Louise Jackson were the
parents of Betty Livingstone. Originally from Georgia, V.T. earned his
doctorate from the University of Chicago. At the University of
Florida, he was a pioneer faculty member of the Department of
Chemistry and taught general chemistry from 1924 until his death in
1951. Specializing in physical inorganic chemistry, he did research in
Spanish moss and sodium carbonate reactions. Betty was also a chemist
and the Livingstones founded Livingstone Coating Corp. where Betty
developed successful applications of Teflon and other industrial
coatings in various industries. The Foundation was funded after her
death in 1986 and the UF endowment honors both Betty and her parents.

Congratulations Maria and Angie!

2021 Dr. Howard and Brenda Sheridan Summer Fellowship

The department is pleased to announce the recipients of
the Dr. Howard and Brenda Sheridan Summer Fellowship awards.

Subhradeep Bhar received his Bachelor’s Degree from West Bengal
University of Technology and his Master’s Degree from Birla
Institute of Technology and is a member of Professor Rebecca
Butcher’s research group. His research focuses on discovering novel
natural products produced by roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans using
mass spectrometry and comparative metabolomics techniques.

Vineet Jakhar received his Master’s Degree from National Institute
of Science Education and Research and is a member of Professor Adam
Viege’s group. His research focuses on synthesizing tethered
tungsten-alkylidenes for the synthesis of cyclic polymers, in
particular cyclic polynorbornene.

Arun Raj Kizhakkayil Mangadan received his Master’s Degree from
Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, Bhopal and is a
member of Professor Aaron Aponick’s research group. His research
focuses on Palladium catalyzed alkene functionalization reactions for
the synthesis of heterocycles using atropisomeric P,N-ligands.

Cheng-Yen Pan received his Bachelor’s Degree from National Chiao
Tung University and his Master’s Degree from National Taiwan
University and is a member of Professor Ron Castellano’s research
group. His research focuses on Design and Synthesis of Low-Gap
Phthalhydrazide-Directed Self-Assembling pi-Conjugated Materials for
Organic Optoelectronic Applications

This fund was established in 2008 by Howard M. Sheridan, M.D. and
Brenda Sheridan.  Dr. Sheridan earned a bachelor’s degree in
chemistry from the University of Florida in 1965 and Brenda a degree
in Journalism.  Both went on to have very successful careers and
Howard and Brenda have been long-time friends and supporters of our
department, their generosity extending back to 1981. As one of our
most successful alumni, we are extremely fortunate that Howard and
Brenda have again and again made the choice to give back to the
Department and the University. Dr. Sheridan has been a member of the
Department of Chemistry’s Leadership Board since 2011, when it was
established.  The fellowship recipients are pictured with their
favorite photograph from a collection of his nature photographs
contained within the Sheridan Auditorium in the new Chemistry and
Chemical Biology Building.

Congratulations Subhradeep, Vineet, Arun, and Cheng-Yen!

2021 Harry Sisler Summer Fellowship

The department is pleased to announce that Juan Torres Gonzalez has
been awarded the 2021 Harry Sisler Summer Fellowship. Juan received
his Bachelor’s Degree from Universidad de Los Andes and is a member
of Professor Leslie Murray’s research group. His research focuses on
N2 activation by multiiron complexes.

Prof. Sisler moved to UF in 1956 and served as the Department Chair,
the Dean of CLAS, a Vice President at UF, the Dean of the Graduate
School, and the Director of Sponsored Research.  It’s hard to
imagine that someone could hold so many distinguished positions.  This
fellowship honors Prof. Sisler and his many contributions to UF.

Congratulations Juan!

2021 Maurice Moore Summer Fellowship

The department is pleased to announce Eddie Laguna has been awarded
the 2021 Maurice Moore Summer Fellowship. Eddie received his
bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and
his master’s degree from University of California, Riverside and is
a member of Professor Aaron Aponick’s research group. His research
focuses on the synthesis of analogues of a natural product for
applications against systemic lupus erythematosus and cancer.

This fund was established in 2007 by the estate of Dr. Maurice Lee
Moore and supports a student working in medicinal chemistry.  Dr.
Moore earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemistry from
the University of Florida in 1930 and 1931, respectively.  After
earning a PhD at Northwestern University, he went on to have a
successful career at Winthrop Laboratories and Sterling Drug where he
served in a variety of high-level leadership roles before retiring in
1974.

Congratulations Eddie!

2021 Ann R. Stasch Summer Fellowship

The department is pleased to announce Ashlyn Hale has been
awarded the 2021 Ann R. Stasch Summer Fellowship. Ashlyn received her
Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida and is a
member of Professor George Christou’s research group. Her research
is in the field of molecular nanoscience and focuses on a bottom-up
molecular approach to Mn-oxo nanomagnets, relevant to applications
such as high-density information storage and spintronics, and involves
the synthesis of giant Mn-oxo tori of 4 nm dimensions and molecular
nanoparticles of Mn dioxide.

Ann R. Stasch established this endowment in 2000 to foster the
academic success of female graduate students studying chemistry. In
1956, Ann became the first female to earn a doctorate in chemistry
from the University of Florida. She also received her master’s
degree in chemistry from UF. After leaving Florida, she worked in
Georgia, Mississippi and California in agricultural research. She was
a professor at California State University, Northridge, where she
taught for 25 years.

Congratulations Ashlyn!

2021 Charles and Monica Burkett Summer Fellowship

The department is pleased to announce Jonathan Specker has
been awarded the 2021 Charles and Monica Burkett Summer Fellowship.
Jonathan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University and
is a member of Professor Boone Prentice’s research group. His
research focuses on combining novel gas-phase derivatization
strategies with imaging mass spectrometry to provide enhanced
separation and structural characterizations for biomolecules related
to molecular health and disease.

This fund was established in 2012 by Charles and Monica Burkett to
recruit, reward and retain outstanding graduate students studying in
the University of Florida Department of Chemistry. Charles earned a
bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Florida in
1976 and a medical degree from the University of Miami in 1981.
Monica earned a nursing degree from the Jackson Memorial School of
Nursing in Miami.

Congratulations Jonathan!

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards

Assistant Professor Ramon Alain Miranda Quintana received one of the 2021 Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards. Dr. Miranda Quintana was one of 35 recipients of this award (out of 156 applicants nominated by their universities), which is given to young faculty members working on one of the five disciplines: engineering and applied sciences; life sciences; mathematics/computer sciences; physical sciences; policy, management, or education. Dr. Miranda Quintana’s proposal (entitled “Flexible Wavefunction Methods and Artificial Neural Network Operators for Strongly Correlated Systems”), intents to find novel ways to accurately describe strongly correlated electronic systems. His research group is currently working on developing new wavefunction methods and how they could be improved using machine learning-inspired corrections. The generous award from ORAU includes seed funds and a matching contribution from UF’s Department of Chemistry. 

2021 Tarrant Summer Graduate Research Fellowship recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Tarrant Summer Graduate Research Fellowship. 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 Amanda Franceschini Ghilardi, Shengkang Yin, and Jo-Chi Yu.

Amanda, who received her bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from The University of Campinas, is a member of Prof. Ronald K. Castellano’s research group and is working on the synthesis and structure-reactivity investigation of small molecules active against HER family overexpressing breast cancer cells.

Shengkang, who received his M.S. degree in chemistry from University of Alberta, is a member of Prof. Aaron Aponick’s research group and is working on the synthesis of axially chiral imidazoles and related imidazole-based catalysts development. 

Jo-Chi, who received her M.S. degree in chemistry from National Taiwan University, is a member of Prof. Lisa McElwee-White’s research group and is working on the design and synthesis of organometallic ruthenium precursors for focused electron beam-induced deposition (FEBID) and focused ion beam-induced deposition (FIBID).

RICK YOST AWARDED 2021 PITTSBURGH ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY AWARD

Professor Rick Yost has been awarded the 2021 Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award. Dr. Yost is University Professor and Head of Analytical Chemistry at the University of Florida and directs the Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics and the NIH National Metabolomics Consortium. He has received the ASMS Award for Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry, the MSACL Award for Distinguished Contribution to Clinical Mass Spectrometry, and the Florida Academy of Sciences Medal.

This prestigious award was established by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh to recognize a scientist’s significant contributions to the field of Analytical Chemistry including the introduction of a significant technique, theory or instrument and providing exceptional training or a fertile environment for progress in Analytical Chemistry. The award, along with an honorarium and a plaque, was presented at the 2021 Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) during a symposium held in his honor on March 11.

Professor Yost is widely recognized as a world leader in the field of mass spectrometry and analytical chemistry, most notably for his invention of the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, which has revolutionized important measurements impacting human health and well-being in the fields of drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, environmental studies, and biological analyses. He has also pioneered the development of other instruments now widely used in commercial systems, including the ion trap, laser microprobe, and ion mobility tandem mass spectrometer. For these seminal and groundbreaking contributions, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh is proud to confer this award.

At UF, Professors Herb Laitinen, Jim Winefordner, and Weihong Tan have previously received this award.


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