Dec 10, 2010
Ben Hall Physics and QTP graduate student
working with Prof. J. Sabin recieved the Bomsted
Dec 8, 2010
Prof. Rod Bartlett presented the Pitzer Lecture
at Ohio State Unievrsity on Nov 17.
Oct 1, 2010
Prof. Rod Bartlett has been awarded the Southern
Chemist Awrd by the Memphis section of the ACS.
Sep 1, 2010
David Micha has received a new NSF grant
starting this July on "Dissipative quantum dynamics
and response of adsorbates on solid surfaces"
Aug 23, 2010
INTERPLAY OF ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE THEORY AND EXPERIMENT
A Symposium in Honor of John R. Sabin
Sandbjerg Estate, Denmark, July 9 ? 11, 2010.
Jack Sabin, Professor of Physics and Chemistry
at UF and Adjungeret Professor at the University of
Southern Denmark, was honored for his service and
scholarship in celebration of his 70th birthday by
friends and collaborators for three days of science,
remembrance, and fellowship. The event was hosted by
Jens Oddershede, President of Southern Denmark
University and long term collaborator of Jack, at a
remarkable bayside estate in southern Denmark. It was
sponsored by QTP, the Department of Physics, UF, and
by the University of Southern Denmark. Among the 20
invited speakers were three from UF, Yngve Ohrn, Frank
Harris, and Jim Dufty.
During his joint appointments at UF (40 years) and at
Southern Denmark University (20 years), Jack has
remarkable accomplishments in research at the
interfaces of theoretical physics and chemistry, and
as an administrator in many capacities (Chair, Dean,
Director). During the banquet he was presented with a
plaque from the International Journal of Quantum
Chemistry for his exceptional service as Editor of
IJQC and of Advances in Quantum Chemistry. But that
which his colleagues mentioned most in their remarks
is his outstanding quality as a self-less, honorable,
and humorous friend and collaborator.
June 29, 2010
Kennie Merz has been named Fellow of the
American Chemical Society.
June 17, 2010
Rod Bartlett receives the medal and certificate
for the S. F. Boys - A. Rahman Award for
2009-2010 at the RSC Faraday Division Awards
Symposium held in May 2010 at the University of Nottingham.
In the picture (l-r):
Prof. Mike Ashfold (Pres of Faraday Council),
Prof. David Manolopoulos (Chemical Dynamics Award),
Rod, Prof. Gerard Meijer (Bourke Award), Prof. Andrew
Orr-Ewing (Tilden Prize)
June 1, 2010
News in the group of Hai-Ping Cheng:
Dmitri Kilin has joined the group on the
project: Optical excitation and electron dynamics at
Xiang-Guo Li went to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to
work with Dr. Xiangguang Zhange for the summer, on the
project: Transport Theory and Scattering Method.
Iek-Heng Chu is going to Lawrence Berckely National
Lab to work with Dr. Lin-Wang Wang for the summer, on the
project: First-Principles theory and methods for
May 12, 2010
The recipients of the 2009 Crow-Stasch awards
for an excellent publication.
Advisor: Prof. Merz
Conformational variability of benzamidinium-based
inhibitors, Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Advisor: Prof. Richards
A critical electrostatic interaction mediates
inhibitor recognition by human asparagines synthetase,
Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry.
Apr 8, 2010
Prof. Hai-Ping Cheng has been selected to
receive a University of Florida Research Foundation
(UFRF) Professorship award. This includes a 3-year
salary bump together with some research funds, and is
given to recognize faculty who have established a
distinguished record of research and scholarship.
Apr 1, 2010
Michael Mavros, an undergraduate Chemistry students
doing supervised research in David Micha's group, has
been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.
This is an award given by the national government to
about 100 aspiring undergraduate scientists each
Mar 26, 2010
Jack Sabin is reaching the age of 70, and although he is
not retiring from active service either at Florida or in
Denmark, we are organizing a celebration of this
The portion of the celebration that will take place
outside the University of Florida will be a two-day
symposium at the Sandbjerg Estate (a conference center
operated by Aarhus University in Denmark). The dates
are July 9-11, 2010. We expect the program to be
broad, reflecting the diversity of Jack's research and
An announcement of the Symposium has been posted to
the web site
and we encourage you to go there to learn more about
the plans. Since Jack has many friends and the
capacity of the Sandbjerg Estate is finite, we must
reserve space for participants in the order in which
they make a preliminary indication of interest in
attending. The place to sign up is on the Preliminary
Registration page of the Symposium web site.
If the web site does not answer all your questions,
feel free to contact any member of the organizing
committee (email addresses listed on the site).
Mar 16, 2010
Michael Stavros an undergraduate in Chemistry who
is being mentored by Dr. Micha has received full funding for
his project from the University Scholars Program.
Mar 13, 2010
David Masiello who obtained his PhD from QTP/UF
with Dr. Ohrn in 2005 will start this Summer as
assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at
the University of Washington in Seattle.
Mar 3, 2010
Lex Kemper in Hai-Ping Cheng's group obtained CLAS
thesis dissertation award. He is expected to graduate in
the Spring of 2010. He has received a postdoctoral offer
to work with Professor Thomas P. Devereaux at SLAC
National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford
Mar 3, 2010
Victor Albert presented a paper entitled "Highly Compact
Exponentially Correlated (EC) Wavefunctions for the
Lithium Atom" at the 11th annual Undergraduate Research
Symposium on 1 Match, 2010.
Jan 28, 2010
Victor Albert's submission Roads of
Honorable Mention in the Elegance of Science Art
The artwork, along with the other winning
pieces, was presented at the
Elegance of Science
Reception and Awards Ceremony on February 25th.
in the Marston Science Library.
Jan 28, 2010
Xiao He will defend his PhD thesis on
11, 2010 at 3:00 pm in room 2228. The title is
"Linear-scaling methodology in large-scale ab
initio electronic structure calculations and
applications in biological studies"
ACS Award For Computers In Chemical & Pharmaceutical Research
January 4, 2010 Volume 88, Number 1 p. 33
From Chemical & Engineering News http://www.cen-online.org
A service of 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.