November 12, 2009
To celebrate the 50th Sanibel
Symposium a poster competition was organized. Art
students have created some beautiful posters. The winner
is Amanda Humphreys.
November 5, 2009
Lex Kemper (Physics, Cheng group) has won the
McLaughlin Dissertation Fellowship for Spring 2009. This
award is given to 4 CLAS graduate students who are
in the stage of writing their thesis.
November 3, 2009
Murat Keceli (Physics, Hirata group) receives a
Poster Prize from the 18th Conference on Current Trends
in Computational Chemistry for his work on theoretical
studies on anharmonic lattice vibrations in polymers.
November 3, 2009
Prof. So Hirata has been appointed as a member of
Advisory Board of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
published by Royal Society of Chemistry beginning in
October 15, 2009
Prof. Manoj Mishra (PhD from UF with Prof. Ohrn
in 1981) has been appointed as President of Lucknow
University in India.
October 1, 2009
One of the figures in the paper
Effects of cobalt doping and three-dimensionality in
A.F. Kemper, C. Cao, P.J. Hirschfeld, and H.-P. Cheng
was selected to be featured in the 'Kaleidoscope Images'
section of PRB, which is a set of images that are shown
on the front page of Physical Review B and on the
PRB web site.
October 1, 2009
From the Florida Section of the ACS newsletter
Victor Albert, undergraduate working with Sabin and
Harris won 2nd place in the poster competition for
Pansy Patel, a graduate student visiting QTP and
working with Roitberg this summer, won 1st place in the
September 15, 2009
From the American Chemical Society:
PROFESSOR MERZ WINS THE ACS AWARD FOR COMPUTERS IN
CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH
Professor kenneth Merz has been selected as the
recipient of the 2010 ACS Award for Computers in
Chemical & Pharmaceutical Research that recognizes the
advances he has made in the use of quantum mechanics to
solve biological and drug discovery problems. This
highly prestigious international award sponsored by ACS
is given to an individual "without regard to age or
nationality for outstanding achievement in the use of
computers in research, development, or education in the
chemical and biological sciences".
The past recipients of this award include nine National Academy
members and one Nobel Laureate.
Professor Merz is Colonel Allan R. and Margaret G. Crow
Term Professor and also Director of Quantum Theory
Project. Prior to this award, Professor Merz was
selected as a Fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow,
Office of Naval Research Young Investigator, and the
recipient of the National Institute of Health FIRST
Award. He also serves in government agency panels and
editorial boards of a number of scientific journals.
September 15, 2009
Jessica Ramirez, who is doing undergraduate
Senior Research with David Micha, was awarded a "Best
Poster" by the Chemistry Division of the Los Alamos
National Lab, at its Summer student symposium, during
her stay at the Lab for this past Summer study program.
Her work related to the electronic structure and
properties of functionalized semiconductor nanotubes and
September 8, 2009
Graduate student, Toru Shiozaki (officially with Univ
Tokyo but he is a visiting scholar at UF for a few years
now), is the winner of the 2009 ACS Graduate Student
Award in Computational Chemistry.
July 26, 2009
A new network
infrastructure has been installed in the New Physics
July 1, 2009
Prof David Micha received a long term visiting fellowship
from the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
of the University of Minnesota, and worked there during
the month of May on theoretical aspects of quantum
dissipative dynamics for many-atom systems. He also
participated at a workshop on molecular dynamics and
gave a talk at the Chemistry Department.
June 1, 2009
Prof. Kennie Merz is Visiting Professor at the
Ecole Polytechnique for the summer of 2009.
June 1, 2009
Prof. Rod Bartlett presents the Lowdin lecture at
the University of Uppsala on June 12, 2009.
May 21, 2009
Prof. Rod Bartlett received the S F Boys-A Rahman
Award for "pioneering development and applications of
the coupled-cluster theory of quantum chemistry" from
the Royal Academy of Chemistry of the United Kingdom.
May 19, 2009
Prof. So Hirata has been promoted to Associate
Professor and has received tenure.
May 19, 2009
Prof. Adrian Roitberg received tenure; he was
promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2004.
Professor So Hirata receives Camille Dreyfus
Assistant Professor So Hirata is a recipient of the
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, a prestigious
award given to talented young faculty in chemical
sciences with the promise of continuing outstanding
contributions to both research and teaching. The award
provides an unrestricted research grant of $75,000 in
support of Hirata's research on the developments and
applications of predictive electronic and vibrational
many-body methods for molecules and
macromolecules. Hirata joined the University of Florida
faculty in 2004. His research has also been supported by
the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Science
Foundation, and the American Chemical Society Petroleum
Professor Kenneth Merz named Colonel Allan R. and
Margeret G. Crow Term Professor
Professor Kenneth Merz is named Colonel Allan R. and
Margeret G. Crow Term Professor for the year 2009-2010
in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in
recognition of demontrated excellence in scholarship,
teaching, ans service.
Professor Rodney Bartlett named University of
Florida Research Foundation Term Professor
- After long preparation the change in the network
infrastructure in the New Physics building with
associated change in the telephone system to VoIP (Coice
over Internet Protocol) will happen during the month of
June 2009. More details about the changes can be found
on the Slater Laboratory home page.
Rod Bartlett, So Hirata, and Erik Deumens speak in the
Advancing Computational Chemistry through
High-Performance Computing: From the Workstation to
Petascale and Beyond: Michael Dewar Memorial Symposium
in the 2009 ACS March meeting in Salt Lake City.
- Yilin Meng, graduate student in Adrian Roitberg's
group, received the Fall 2009 ACS/CCG Excellence
Graduate Student Travel Award from the COMP group of
the American Chemical Society at the ACS March Meeting
March 22-26, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Mehrnoosh Arrar, undergraduate student doing
research with Adrian Roitberg, received a 2009
- Chao Cao, recent PhD graduate from QTP,
received the Nicholas Metropolis Award for
Outstanding PhD Thesis in Computational Physics for
his thesis done under the guidance of Hai-PingCheng.
In February, Rod Bartlett visited the New Zealand
Institute of Advanced Studies and lectured during
his three-week stay. He is a member of the Advisory
QTP presents the 2009 Löwdin Lecture Series
This year's Löwdin lecturer
is Professor Martin Head-Gordon from the University of
California, Berkeley, visiting from Jan 20 through Jan
23, 2009. He will present two lectures as part of his visit.
So Hirata recieves NSF CAREER award
Assistant Professor So Hirata has received funding from
National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for
junior faculty, the NSF Faculty Early Career Development
(CAREER) Award. The CAREER teacher-scholars are selected
on the basis of creative, career-development plans that
will effectively integrate research and education within
the context of the mission of their institution. Hirata
joined the University of Florida faculty in 2004. His
research has also been supported by the U.S. Department
of Energy and American Chemical Society Petroleum
- Adrian Roitberg's work,
"Pathways to Prevention",
was recently featured in Access, a publication from the University of Illinois.
- Chao Cao doctoral student with Prof. Cheng, has
received the 2009 Metropolis Award for Outstanding
Doctoral Thesis Work in Computational Physics
This award is organized by the APS and the award will be
presented at the 2009 March Meeting of the American
Physical Society. See the announcement on the APS website for more details