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May 2019 Graduation Edition

Congratulations to SMS Spring 2019 Graduates!

Monday May 6, 2019 was ASU’s Spring 2019 Commencement and Tuesday May 7, 2019 was ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Spring 2019 Convocation and the School of Molecular Sciences’ Graduation Reception.

The School of Molecular Sciences would like to congratulate its spring 2019 graduates for their hard-earned academic accomplishments! This spring, the School of Molecular Sciences graduated a total of 211 students. Of these, 14 earned PhD degrees, eight earned Master's degrees, and 189 undergraduate students were awarded Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, or environmental chemistry. During commencement 25 SMS undergraduates were recognized with the Moeur Award, ASU’s oldest continuing honor, given to undergraduate students who have attained the highest academic standing during their four-years of undergraduate study. Our students worked hard to complete their rigorous studies and we are proud of their achievements. We look forward to hearing about their future success!

Click here to view a full list of the spring 2019 graduates.

Click here to view some photos from graduation.

 In the News

SMS Junior Wins National Award as an Up-and-Coming Scientist


Madeleine Howell, an SMS junior majoring in chemistry who is already involved in basic research has won a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates studying science, math and engineering.

Since 2009, SMS has been awarded 10 Goldwater scholarships, which is more than one third of the total awarded to ASU in this time period.

“I am very grateful to the faculty in the School of Molecular Sciences for nurturing my interest in chemistry,” explained Madeleine. “I would not be able to do this interdisciplinary research without the fundamental knowledge and tools that they have given me. I am also thankful for the support I have received from SMS through the scholarships and awards that they provide.” read more

SMS Faculty Sweep College Teaching Awards

 

 

 

 

Each year, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University recognizes exceptional teaching that inspires intellectual curiosity and academic excellence with the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award and the Outstanding Lecturer Award. This year, the recipient of the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished Teaching Award in the Natural Sciences is Professor Anne Jones, and the recipient of the Outstanding Lecturer Award is Ron Briggs, both from the School of Molecular Sciences. read more

Meet Some of Our Graduates

 

Zoe Liberman-Martin

Major: Chemistry
Spring 2019 Dean’ Medal: School of Molecular Sciences

Sierra Murphy

Majors: Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology
Graduate's passion for science and math earns a triple degree — by accident

Meilin Zhu

Major: Biochemistry
Goldwater Scholar aims to solve global health issues

watch video

Ntombizodwa Makuyana

Major: Biochemistry
MasterCard Foundation Scholar, SMS grad inspired to dream bigger

watch video

Connor Vuong

Major: Biochemistry 
Graduate uses biochemistry opportunities at ASU to forge a path to medical school

Vanessa Davis

Major: Biochemistry
SMS grad fulfills both her passions as a STEM major and athlete

2019 Awards Ceremony

 

The 2019 Annual Awards Ceremony hosted by Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences was held on Monday, April 22, at Old Main on the Tempe campus to recognize faculty, teaching assistants, research and distinguished students. read more

View photos of awardees, presenting faculty and donors and families.

Research Highlights

 

Sci-fi evolves into technology with new ASU Center for Materials of the Universe
National Academy member Alex Navrotsky will return to ASU to head a new, one-of-a-kind, Center to study the Materials of the Universe.

Using DNA templates to harness the sun’s energy
In a recent paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a team of researchers led by Hao Yan, Yan Liu and Neal Woodbury report significant progress in optimizing systems that mimic the first stage of photosynthesis, capturing and harnessing light energy from the sun.

Melatonin receptor research could point to a better night's sleep
Important findings on the structure of melatonin receptors were described in two articles published in the journal Nature by an International team that includes Wei Liu from the School of Molecular Sciences.

Finding answers to cancer in the cosmos
The Fromme group plans to grow protein crystals under the conditions of microgravity within low earth orbit. The goal is to prepare proteins that offer specific targets for biologically based drugs to fight cancer.

SMS Career Advice Podcast - New Episode just Published

 

Episode 3: FBI

What words come to your mind when you think of the “FBI”? Many of you will probably answer - a Special Agent!

You may not be aware, but numerous scientists and science degree holders to join the FBI each year. The FBI also has an internship program for undergraduate students who wish to gain experience within the organization. In this podcast, Dr. Austin interviews Special Agents Erin Gibbs, Sabrina Thompson, and Lori O’Brien about their roles in the FBI. For more information on FBI careers and its Honors Intern Program, please visit: https://www.fbijobs.gov/.

Employment Opportunities

 

T-Gen would like to hire a Research Associate I (Job: IRC 14289)

The Glendale campus of Midwestern University is looking for a Research Assistant in Biochemistry (Job ID: RESEA02086).

Aurora Biolabs, San Diego, CA – Research Associate 1.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO – Postdoctoral Researcher – Biochemist/Biophysicist

University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX - Institute Associate Scientist II – Medicinal Chemistry

As always, all job postings are listed on our Employment Opportunities page.

Have a great summer!

Thank you all for a wonderful, innovative, and memorable 2018-2019 academic year! We hope you all have a safe and happy summer!

Please feel free to send email to ASUSMS@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!

 

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SMS Connects
April  2019
SMS Connects March 2019

Dear SMS community, 

Once again, we want to give our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Sun Devil Giving Day event, whether on campus or online. Every donation made on that day goes directly to our most deserving students.

Only your support can guarantee the continued success of our awards and scholarships, which greatly benefit our students in their quest to become future molecular scientists who will change the world.

If you are curious about some of our current awardees, they will be announced at this month’s awards ceremony which will take place on April 22 - read their stories and view their photos in our May newsletter. To learn more about our scholarships, you can visit: sms.asu.edu/giving.  


In the News...

Professor Michael O'Keeffe was just awarded the Aminoff prize by the king of Sweden! read more..

Professors Anne Jones and Ian Gould receive Teaching Achievement Award at 2019 ASU Founders’ Day. read more...

Professors Anne Jones and Ian Gould receive Teaching Achievement Award at 2019 ASU Founders’ Day. read more...

Professors Anne Jones and Ian Gould receive Teaching Achievement Award at 2019 ASU Founders’ Day. read more...


Everett Shock awarded The American Chemical Society (ACS)'s prestigious 2019 Geochemistry Division Medal.

ASU partners with Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings to initiate one-of-a-kind Global KAITEKI Center


SMS welcomes Assistant Professor Christina Birkel

We warmly welcome Assistant Professor Christina Birkel to the SMS family.

Prior to her arrival at ASU Christina held an Athene Young Investigator (junior research group leader) position at the Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt, Germany (2013-2018). During that time, she also completed her Habilitation in the Department of Chemistry at TU Darmstadt.

She was a postdoctoral researcher in the groups of Professor Galen Stucky and Professor Ram Seshadri at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, 2011-2013). At UCSB, she focused on the development of non-conventional solid-state synthesis methods to prepare (mostly intermetallic and oxide) energy (e.g. thermoelectric and phosphor) materials. She received her Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat., summa cum laude) in 2010 with a double-degree from the University of Mainz, Germany and Seoul National University, South Korea working with Professor Wolfgang Tremel and Professor Kookheon Char. Her graduate work involved the wet-chemical synthesis of chalcogenide nanoparticles for thermoelectric applications.

Birkel’s current research vision includes the development of new functional materials (2D and 3D) for energy-relevant applications based on rational syntheses and (micro)structure properties.


Research Highlights...


School of Molecular Sciences graduate excels at UC Berkeley

Ryan Muller graduated from ASU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in medicinal biochemistry with a focus on molecular biosciences and biotechnology. A graduate of Barrett, The Honors College, he won a Goldwater Scholarship — the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in the country. Muller is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the University of California, Berkeley's molecular and cell biology program.

Read more...


SMS Career Advice Podcast - New Episode just Published

"Episode 2: International Sales"

Did you know that in the corporate world, science and business often go hand in hand? Join Dr. Ara Austin as she interviews our SMS Alumna Dr. Martha Medina who is using her science background in the field of international sales.

Our next episode is a interview with agents from FBI! Please stay tuned!

Visit: https://sms.asu.edu/podcast.


Employment Opportunities

Current ASU students can find information on opportunities for paid and unpaid internships as well as part-time and full-time employment on Handshake (https://asu.joinhandshake.com/postings).  
 
As always, all job postings from faculty positions, instructor positions, student jobs, to non-ASU positions are listed on our Employment Opportunities page.



Please feel free to contact asusms@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!
 
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SMS Connects
March 2019
SMS Connects March 2019
Time to SHOW you care!

Dear Sun Devil,

This year we ask you to reflect on your time here at SMS, what are some of the things that made you proud to be a student here? Maybe it was your professors who helped you in the classroom or with research? Or was it the campus and the resources you had? Or maybe it was the friends you made during your time here?

At SMS, we believe that our students, who, after graduation, go on to represent the School in all corners of the world, are our most important community members. This year on Sun Devil Giving Day you can show your support for the students who are following in your footsteps as well as your alma mater.

Sun Devil Giving Day 2019 is March 21. Are you ready?

Click below to see messages from SMS faculty, staff and students:

https://youtu.be/fq9J2rmNMlY

On March 21, click here to make a gift to SMS students, every gift of $5 or more makes a difference to our School!


Because of your support...
We were able to provide scholarships to our most deserving students.

"Having a scholarship allows me to focus on my studies and not worry about having to work extra to pay for books or supplies for my classes. Your generosity provides an opportunity where there might not otherwise be one"- Joseph Ripsam. 

"I work hard to foster representation and inclusivity in science through outreach. It was an honor to receive the Women in Science scholarship in its inaugural year and it has been a major source of encouragement and support for me."- Madeleine Howell. 


Women in Science, Make a Difference!

Remember the video from last years' Women in Science project? This video highlighted many of our wonderful female graduates, including you!  We invite you to watch this video again. 

https://youtu.be/Pj3dimIeAKo


Student HighlightScholarship paves way for marine corps veteran to earn a 4+1 degree

Tyler Rockwood is finishing up his 4+1 master’s degree in biochemistry and medicinal chemistry in the School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University. He was the recipient of the Wayne W. Luchsinger Chemistry Scholarship, an award that gives preference to veterans of one of the U.S. military services.

In 2010, Rockwell was deployed to Afghanistan, where he was part of a convoy security platoon. That experience changed him more than his other time in the military — and in a better way than he could have imagined. “It taught me to be confident in myself and my decisions, and helped me become comfortable with the person I am,” said Rockwell. “It’s also the reason I have the work ethic I have now, which has helped me get to where I am.”

read more
Spring 2019 Eyring Lecture and Reception - You are invited
 

Sustainable Energy Materials from First Principles


Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:30 PM PSH-153
Dean Emily Carter
Princeton University


 
We invite our alumni to attend a Wine and Cheese Reception for the Eyring Lecture, Thursday, March 21, 5:00 PM- 6:00 PM at University Club Traditions Room, please send RSVP email to asusms@asu.edu by Tuesday, March 19 if you plan to join us.

read more

ASU alumnus honors Ted Brown’s memory by endowing a scholarship
 

ASU alumnus Brian Rasley, now an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, has endowed an ASU scholarship in honor of Emeritus Professor Ted Brown.

read more

Research Highlights...


SMS Career Advice Podcasts

SMS is launching a career-focused podcast to help our students in science programs to get more relevant advice about different career paths. Join Dr. Ara Austin as she interviews various individuals with science degrees who work in diverse career fields. We are hoping to upload new content every 2-4 weeks, so please stay tuned!

Visit: https://sms.asu.edu/podcast.
 


SMS Students Are Amazing!Did you know that we published a series of profiles on some of our amazing undergraduate students in the molecular sciences? You can read some interesting stories about six of our current students, Gabriel Juarez, Zoe Liberman-Martin, Humza Zubair, Nan Qiu, Charlie Amador, and Sabrina Leung, on our Undergraduate Experience page.
SMS Openings

As always, all job postings from faculty positions, instructor positions, student jobs, to non-ASU positions are listed on our Employment Opportunities page.



Please feel free to contact asusms@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!
 
School of Molecular Sciences
 
SMS Connects

 

February 2019
SMS Connects Nevember 2018

We welcome you to the February edition of SMS Connects!

As the semester continues, we are well on our way to Sun Devil Giving Day 2019. It will be our seventh annual day of giving, when we celebrate and encourage gifts in support of Arizona State University. In the weeks leading up to Sun Devil Giving Day 2019, the School of Molecular Sciences will be showing our community just what your gifts can accomplish. We look forward to your participation on March 21, 2019!

Research and News...

 

X-ray laser study identifies crystalline intermediate in our 'pathway to breathing'

Scientists from Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences, in collaboration with colleagues from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, have captured for the first time snapshots of crystal structures of intermediates in the biochemical pathway that enables us to breathe.

7-year School of Molecular Sciences collaboration bears new fruit

In an academic field where female researchers comprise a talented minority, two professors from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences are making an impact. Rebekka Wachter and Marcia Levitus have been collaborating for seven years, with several co-authored, highly rated publications to their credit.

SMS Alumni Spotlight - Professor Brian Rasley (ASU Class of ‘82)

ASU alumnus honors Ted Brown’s memory by endowing a scholarship

Nick Stephanopoulos

The Ted Brown Memorial Chemistry Scholarship was established in 2018 in honor of Emeritus Professor Ted Brown through an endowment by Brian Rasley, class of 1982 Alumnus. Rasley took Brown’s inorganic chemistry as an undergrad, who later became a mentor to him. The scholarship honors Brown’s memory, who was a positive influence in Rasley’s personal and academic life.

 

 

ASU Open Door 2019- come visit us this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 1-6 p.m. 

SMS Featured Activities:

 

Spring 2019 Eyring Lecture Series

 

The Spring 2019 Eyring Lecture Series will be held in March. The Spring 2019 speaker is Professor Emily A. Carter from Princeton University. Her General Lecture will be held on March 21, 2019, 6:30pm in PS H151. We invite our SMS community to attend the Eyring Lecture Series, we will send more informaion in March.

 

Our Student Highlights...

Zoe Liberman-Martin
B.S. chemistry

Art of combining two passions leads School of Molecular Sciences senior back to Arizona.

Humza Zubair
B.S. chemistry

Goldwater Scholarship recipient pursues double major on way to career as researcher physician.

Sabrina Leung
B.S. biochemistry

School of Molecular Sciences and Barrett student blends biochemistry, music.

Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS)

 

ACS student chapters are organizations for undergraduate students with an interest in the chemical sciences. Members participate in a wide range of programs and activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.

The SAACS of ASU's School of Molecular Sciences welcomes all undergraduate students to get involved. Monthly meetings held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 4:00 PM in PSC 107. Contact ArizonaStateSAACS@gmail.com for information.

 

Jobs and internships...

 

Summer Internships:

Jobs:

As always, SMS Jobs are posted on our Employment Opportunities webpage.

Please feel free to send email to ASUSMS@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!

 

School of Molecular Sciences

SMS Connects
 
January 2019
SMS Connects Nevember 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back to campus! We hope everyone had a great winter break! The 2019 spring semester is underway and ASU Open Door is just around the corner! Please join us on Feb. 23 from 1 – 6 p.m. for an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the most innovative university in the nation! This will be an opportunity for kids of all ages to participate in hands-on activities and explore many SMS events. For more information, please visit https://opendoor.asu.edu/. Our activities are listed under Natural Sciences, Tempe campus.

In the News...

C&EN News reported our online Biochemistry Program

"DNA Robots Target Cancer", Top technical advances in 2018

Peter Buseck awarded 2019 Roebling Medal by Mineralogical Society of America

Joshua LaBaer named a 2018 NAI Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors

SMS Junior Faculty Spotlight - Nick Stephanopoulos

SMS assistant professor exemplifies cutting-edge molecular science research

Nick Stephanopoulos

  • PhD: UC Berkeley (2010)
  • 2016 Air Force Young Investigator Award
  • 2018 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2018 NIH New Innovator Award
  • Self-assembling protein-DNA hybrids
  • Nano-devices for medicine, biology, and energy
  • Self-assembling peptides
  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Biomaterials engineering

Watch: Nick Stephanopoulos talks about research and the opportunities provided by the SMS and CMDB at ASU.

Meet Nicholas Sisco, PhD in Biochemistry

The few, the proud, the PhDs - Marine veteran reaches pinnacle of academic achievement

Aim high, set lofty goals and work hard to reach them is the advice Marine veteran and Arizona State University PhD student Nicholas Sisco would like to pass on to others, especially military veterans.

Nicholas Sisco received his PhD in Biochemistry in fall of 2018. “Nick is a dedicated and driven student that carefully follows the literature. Additionally, he is clever and comes up with creative ways to solve problems and answer questions. He has been an author on five publications in my lab with additional manuscripts under peer review and in draft form,” said Professor Wade, Sisco's Phd advisor. “I’m proud of his outcomes and it has been fun to watch him develop towards an independent and thoughtful young scientist.”

SMS Scholarships, application deadline is approaching!

Click here to learn more about SMS scholarships and submit your application before Feb 15, 2019.

Internship Opportunities

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is one of the top labs in the country for research. They are currently looking for interns in the biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology fields. More information is posted on their website https://www.nrel.gov/careers/internships.html. Or contact kiki.szostkiewicz@nrel.gov directly.

As always, all job postings are listed on our Employment Opportunities page.

Alumni Career Survey- chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Please complete the SMS alumni survey that was sent on Wednesday, Jan 16th. We are curious to know more about all of your accomplishments. By collecting this information, we are hoping to inspire our current SMS students to think broadly about their career directions. Respondents to our survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $25 Amazon Gift Cards. If you have deleted your link to the survey, please send an email to asusms@asu.edu.

Sun Devil Giving Day 2019

Mark your calendar! The seventh annual Sun Devil Giving Day is March 21, 2019.This is a dedicated day where the ASU community celebrates and encourages gifts in support of Arizona State University. Over the next two months, we here at the School of Molecular Sciences will be showing our community just what your gifts can accomplish. We look forward to having you join us on Sun Devil Giving Day!

Please feel free to send email to ASUSMS@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!

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SMS Connects
 
December 2018
SMS Connects December 2018

Congratulatons to SMS Fall 2018 Graduates!

Today, December 11, 2018 ASU celebrated it’s Fall 2018 Graduation. The School of Molecular Sciences would like to congratulate its graduates on all of their hard-earned academic accomplishments. This fall, the School of Molecular Sciences graduated 85 students overall, including 7 doctoral students, 2 with a Master’s degree, 2 with a 4+1 Master’s degree and 74 undergraduate students awarded either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, or environmental chemistry. Our students have worked hard to complete their rigorous and fulfilling studies and we are proud of their countless achievements. We look forward to their continued success!

Click here to view a full list of the fall 2018 graduates.

Click here to view some photos from the graduation.

Meet Some of Our Graduates:

Alexis Ramirez-Dean’s Medal

Biochemistry major

Accomplishments: After transferring to ASU from Mesa Community College with his associate degree, Ramirez quickly distinguished himself in his coursework and research. As a student in Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, his honors thesis focused on developing a dielectrophoretic method to separate gold nanoparticles.

Outside of honors classes, Ramirez worked in the Dillard’s Distribution Center as well as at the university as a laboratory technician. He also served as an academic advocate and tutor this fall to at-risk high school students in Chandler.

Adwa Alhatlan, Saudi Arabia

Biochemistry major

Moving from Saudi Arabia to London, Adwa Alhatlan set out to pursue her pre-med studies on a scholarship. Only shortly thereafter she found out she needed to make a back-up plan in order to pursue her academics on her scholarship at another university.

Little did she know her plan B would bring her to ASU by way of Washington State. Alhatlan transferred from Washington to ASU to get her degree in biochemistry. After graduation, Alhatlan hasn’t made any plans just yet, but she’s not ruling out medical school or getting her masters. Right now Alhatlan is seeing where life takes her.

Diana Francis, Iraq, Tempe

Biochemistry major

Diana Francis always knew she wanted to study science, but it wasn’t until she took a biology and chemistry class that she realized a Biochemistry degree would be perfect for her.

Growing up in Iraq, Francis didn’t speak any English when she came to the U.S. in 2010.

In the fall of 2019 Francis will head to University of Arizona in Phoenix to start her Doctor of Pharmacy program. 

Darian Takase, Hilo, Hawaii

Biochemistry major

Darian Takase had lots of options to choose from when it came time to decide where she would go to college. In an unconventional approach, she put all the names on a slip of paper and pulled one from a bowl. Just like she became a Sun Devil!

With influence from her grandfather who is a physician, Takase majored in Biochemistry and will apply to medical school in 2019. In the mean time she will continue as researcher at the Precision Neuro Therapeutic Lab at the Mayo Clinic.

Jin Wook Chung, South Korea

Chemistry major

Jin Wook Chung transferred from East Tennessee State after two years to ASU to study chemistry. Chung wanted to be at a bigger school with more opportunities for education and research. During his time at ASU, Chung was able to learn basic lab skills in the Keck Bioimaging lab and work at work at Banner Health in their pathology lab.

Chung was inspired at an early age to become a physician after his mother’s breast cancer diagnosis and his grandmother developed Alzheimer’s disease.

Matthew Dietz, Phoenix, AZ

Dual major in Biochemistry and Kinesiology with a minor in Business.

Matthew Dietz thought he’d pursue a career in athletics, but the curiosity of science and his own childhood experiences as patient changes his course.

When Dietz enrolled at ASU he decided to take academics seriously and this lead to not one major, but two. Dietz will graduate with degrees – Biochemistry and Kinesiology and a minor in Business. After graduation, Dietz plans attend medical school.

Farewell to Congressman Ed Pastor, SMS Chemistry Graduate

When Edward Lopez Pastor graduated with a bachelor’s in chemistry (1966) from what was then the department of chemistry at ASU he went on to teach high school. Little did he know back then that he would go on to be Arizona’s first Mexican American U.S. Congressman for an illustrious 23 years. Pastor died on November 27, 2018.

In Congress he championed the North American Free Trade Agreement, immigration and education reforms, and universal health care. In 1993 he introduced a resolution “expressing the sense of Congress that access to basic health care services is a fundamental human right.” Sadly the resolution never moved out of committee.

“There was no one more capable, hardworking and kind,” said Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.

https://publicservice.asu.edu/pastor

Research Highlights

A new light on significantly faster computer memory devices

In an article published online on November 30, 2018 in Science Advances, a team of scientists from Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences and Germany offer an explanation of how a particular phase-change memory (PCM) material can work a thousand times faster than current flash computer memory, while being significantly more durable with respect to the number of daily read-writes.

Watch: Regents' Professor C. Austen Angell breaks down the new findings

SMS opens the door to high school students

On November 17, Meena Rustagi brought her Payson High School chemistry class of 25 to visit SMS. In the morning the students toured the “Science is Fun” lab with Jim Klemasewski and his interns and were entertained with a spectacular series of chemical demonstrations entitled “What chemistry is all about.” This was followed by a tour of the Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopes where the students participated in some” hands on” activities.  The Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC) was next on the list where the spiders were a big hit. Last but not least was a tour of the Biodesign Institute.

To learn more about community or K-12 outreach opportunities, please contact ASUSMS@asu.edu.

Employment Opportunities

Lecturer in Chemistry position at School of Molecular Sciences

The School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) invites applications for a full-time, nine month Lecturer position to begin with an anticipated start date of August 2019. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible position. This is renewable on an academic year basis (Aug 16 – May 15), contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university.

As always, all job postings are listed on our Employment Opportunities page.

Happy Holidays!

We hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday season, and enjoying the beautiful desert winter weather as much as possible. For our students, we hope you enjoy a well-deserved break and we look forward to seeing you back on campus next semester.

Please feel free to send email to ASUSMS@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!

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SMS Connects

 Nevember 2018

SMS Connects Nevember 2018

Greetings from the School of Molecular Sciences!

We are currently beginning to wind down after an extremely successful semester. Homecoming 2018 was inspirational as were the series of Eyring Lectures given by Professor Sunny Xie. Many of our faculty have recently published high impact research and received awards.

Ros receives Innovation Award

Alexandra Ros has received the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Innovation Award for her paper and presentation, “Electrically Triggered Water-in-Oil Droplets for Serial Femtosecond Crystallography.”

Unravels key mysteries of spider silk

Jeff Yarger and his research team are celebrating their recent success on the path to understanding what makes the fiber that spiders silk — weight for weight — at least five times as strong as steel, in a recent article published in PNAS.

Calling All Future Molecular Scientists!

The School of Molecular Sciences is now recruiting PhD students for the Fall 2019 entry. The School offers graduate students unique research opportunities that transcends the traditional boundaries, and offers the training to be successful, independent modern scientists.

  • All students fully funded
  • Application deadline: January 1, 2019

Learn more...

Research Highlights

ASU professor wins grants to elucidate the magic of proteins

For Arizona State University’s Dmitry Matyushov, professor in the School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) and the Department of Physics, years of studying how electrons make their way through some important protein molecules has been recently rewarded with two major grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE).

ASU geoscientists discover an overlooked source for Earth's water

Where did Earth's global ocean come from? A team of Arizona State University geoscientists led by Peter Buseck, Regents' Professor in ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences and School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) has found an answer in a previously neglected source. The team has also discovered that our planet contains considerably more hydrogen, a proxy for water, than scientists previously thought.

Tying the knot: New DNA nanostructures

In new research appearing in the journal Nature Communications, Hao Yan, a researcher at Arizona State University, and his colleagues Fei Zhang and Xiaodong Qi and others describe a method for coaxing segments of single-stranded DNA into complex 2D and 3D knotted structures.

Read more News & Research...

Homecoming 2018

ASU Homecoming was held Saturday, November 3, and we welcomed thousands of visitors to campus. Members of the “Science is Fun” program with Jim Klemasewski were in attendance, demonstrating freezing bubbles with dry ice and the various changes of state with the help of liquid nitrogen. This was complemented by a "hands-on" demonstration of the science of slime by Scott Sayres and his students. Jeremy Mills was also in attendance.

Young kids got their Club ASU passports stamped as they watched burning dollar bills and were thrilled by exploding hydrogen balloons and methanol cannons.

Christine Roeger, (scientific glassware designer and supervisor of the glassblowing facility), also joined in the fun with her fire art demonstrations every 30 minutes throughout the day. She impressed her large audiences with her skills, keeping them in awe for hours as she made barometers in the shape of swans, and teapots, amongst other catching objects.

View our Homecoming 2018 photos on Facebook

Employment Opportunities

Lecturer in Chemistry position at School of Molecular Sciences

The School of Molecular Sciences (SMS) invites applications for a full-time, nine month Lecturer position to begin with an anticipated start date of August 2019. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible position. This is renewable on an academic year basis (Aug 16 – May 15), contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university.

Assistant Professors of Chemistry (Organic and Biochemistry) at Ball State University

As always, all job postings are listed on our Employment Opportunities page.

Please feel free to send email to ASUSMS@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!

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SMS Connects
October 2018
SMS Connects May 2018

Dear SMS Community,
ASU Homecoming is just around the corner!

Alumni, students and the community are invited to attend ASU's Homecoming Block Party on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Members of the "Science is Fun" group as well as the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) with Jim Klemasewski, Jeremy Mills, Scott Sayres and his graduate students are gearing up to present some exciting demos. In addition to food and music the block party will feature tents with informative presentations from different academic units across the ASU campus.

Michael O’Keeffe wins Aminoff Prize in Crystallography

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced that ASU Regents' Professor Mike O’Keeffe and Omar Yaghi, ex-ASU faculty member now at UC Berkeley, have won the prestigious Gregori Aminoff Prize in Crystallography for 2019, “for their fundamental contributions to the development of reticular chemistry."

Nicholas Stephanopoulos receives 2018 NIH New Innovator Award

ASU Professors Nicholas Stephanopoulos, assistant professor in the School of Molecular Sciences, and Rizal Hariadi, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, both researchers in the Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biometrics, were announced as recipients of the 2018 NIH New Innovator Award.

Fall 2018 Eyring Lecture Series (October 24- 25, 2018)

The Fall 2018 Eyring Lecture Series will be held on Wednesday, October 24 (3:30 PM in Biodesign Auditorium BDB105) and Thursday, October 25, (6:00 PM in PSH-153) 2018. This semester's lectures will be delivered by Sunney Xie, the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard, and the Cheung Kong Visiting Professor at Peking University, Biodynamics Optical Imaging Center (BIOPIC).

  • Wednesday, 10/24 3:30 PM
    Technical Presentation:"Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy: Seeing the Invisible in Biology and Medicine"
    Biodesign Auditorium BDB105

  • Thursday, 10/25/2018 6:00 PM
    General Lecture: "Life at the Single Molecule Level: From Single Molecule Enzymology to Single Cell Genomics"
    PSH-153

Please note that the days and times of these lectures are different from the traditional Eyring lectures schedule.

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Research Highlights

  • SMS professors explore carbon’s next frontier with Keck Foundation funding

    Anne Jones and her team of Peter Buseck, Scott Sayres, Tim Steimle and Tara Pilarisetty received a $1 million award from the Keck Foundation together with additional ASU matching funds to lead an ASU effort to further explore carbon’s potential.
  • First experiments at Europe's new X-ray laser reveal structure of antibiotic-disabling enzyme

    The international collaboration led by the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron, or DESY, with participation from Arizona State University’s School of Molecular Sciences, has announced the results of the first scientific experiments at the European XFEL. The pioneering work not only demonstrated that the new research facility can speed up experiments by an order of magnitude, it also revealed a previously unknown structure of an enzyme responsible for antibiotic resistance.
Read more about our Recent Accomplishments.

Meet Online Biochemistry Student Tawny Noelle: #RNtoMD


"Going back to school requires an incredible shift in mindset. It requires a passion and desire to alter the way you live your life and start again.

As a peri-operative registered nurse, I work with surgeons and anesthesiologists every day. I observe the doctor to patient interactions and am always amazed by the knowledge and the skillset used to repair anatomy in the operating room. Inspired by my own career and realizing that surgery is something I want to do in the future, I decided that I had to go to school again.

Outside of work, I am a pageant competitor, CPR instructor, and WNBF athlete. When it came to school, one of my priorities was to maintain my identity as a registered nurse while going to school. Having patient interaction and using the science-based skills I’ve learned as an undergraduate was something I didn’t want to drop completely. Discovering an online program to complete my post-baccalaureate degree made it possible for me as a registered nurse to create a pathway to perhaps become a surgeon one day."

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Employment Opportunities

  • SMS chemistry and biochemistry Assistant Professor 

    The School of Molecular Sciences at Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of chemistry and biochemistry with an anticipated start date of August 2019. 
  • Chemjobber

    Chemjobber is a website that helps chemists find jobs in a tough market. This is a valuable resource you can use to search for chemistry positions in the industrial and academic fields.
As always, all job postings are listed on our Employment Opportunities page.

Please feel free to send email to ASUSMS@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!

We look forward to seeing you at our Homecoming booth and the Fall 2018 Eyring Lecture Series.

School of Molecular Sciences


SMS Connects
September 2018

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Dear SMS Community,

The "SMS Connects" newsletter is back! We’re already a month into our 2018-’19 academic year and this seems like an excellent time to showcase the activities of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Everett Shock honored with prestigious award from ACS 

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Arizona State University's Everett Shock will be awarded their prestigious 2019 Geochemistry Division Medal.

Innovative in-person lab provides unique opportunity for online students

This summer SMS launched a new in-person accelerated organic chemistry lab course that offers online B.S. biochemistry students the same experience as traditional on campus students.

Our Faculty

Read more about our Recent Accomplishments.

Our graduate students

Read more about Our Students.

Our Alumni

Please visit our "Community Profile" page to read more stories about our alumni.

Employment Opportunities

As always, all job postings are listed on our Employment Opportunities page.

Please feel free to send email to ASUSMS@asu.edu at any time with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You can visit our website at sms.asu.edu or connect with us by liking our Facebook page!

 

Have a great semester!

School of Molecular Sciences