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Prof. Chris Landry Elected into the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering (VASE)

Christopher C. Landry, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Chemistry, was elected into the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering at their annual meeting on October 15, 2014.

Shown in the photo are VASE members Chris Allen (left) and Dwight Matthews (right) who attended the induction dinner of Chris Landry (middle).

The State of Vermont chartered the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering to honor the accomplishments of scientists and engineers, promote the interests of science and engineering within the state, educate Vermonters about the importance of those fields, and help state government resolve scientific and engineering problems. VASE was founded in 1995 by, and reports to, the Vermont Technology Council, following a recommendation of the Vermont Science and Technology Plan of December 1994.

VASE was established with three purposes: (1) To recognize outstanding achievement and contributions in the broadly defined areas of science and/or engineering. (2) To foster a deeper understanding and promote discourse on scientific and technical matters among the citizens of the State of Vermont. (3) To provide expert and impartial technical advice to the people and the government of the State of Vermont.

There are approximately 62 members in the academy. Up to 4 members from academia, engineering and science are selected annually for membership in VASE.

Prof. Dwight Matthews and Emeritus Professors Christopher Allen, Ted Flanagan, William Geiger, A. Paul Krapcho, and Martin Kuehne are also members of VASE from the Department of Chemistry.


2014 Humphrey

33rd Humphrey Symposium Honoring Prof. Dwight E. Matthews

The 33rd Annual Esther and Bingham J. Humphrey Memorial Symposium was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Angell lecture hall B112. This year was last year that the Humphrey Symposium will be held in Angell as the lecture hall is scheduled for demolition in the summer of 2015 to make way for the new STEM building.

The symposium topic was Advancing Progress in the Biomedical Sciences Through Mass Spectrometry in honor of the scientific contributions made by Prof. Dwight Matthews. The speakers were Richard M. Caprioli, Ph.D., Stanford Moore Chair in Biochemistry, Director, Mass Spectrometry Research Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and David C. Muddiman, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Director, W.M. Keck FT-ICR-MS Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University.

Shown in the photo are Richard Caprioli, Dwight Matthews and David Muddiman


Prof Dwight Matthews

Professor Dwight Matthews named the Pomeroy Professor of Chemistry

The Pomeroy Professorship of Chemistry was established in 1878 by John N. Pomeroy, A.B., 1809, who lectured on chemistry and served as trustee of the University.

Prof. William Geiger had held the Pomeroy Professorship from 1997 through 2011 until he became an emeritus professor. In 2014 Dean Antonio Cepeda-Benito solicited nominations for the Pomeroy Professorship and formed a selection committee of distinguished professors to recommend the next Pomeroy Professor. Prof. Matthews was selected and the appointment approved in September 2014 by the Provost.


Professor Christopher Landry

Professor Christopher Landry appointed Chair of the Department of Chemistry

On July 1, 2014, Prof. Landry assumed the position of Chair of Chemistry, a position previously held by Prof. Dwight Matthews for the prior 12 years. The Dean Antonio Cepeda-Benito selected Prof. Landry after Prof. Matthews finished his last 5-year term and after an internal search for a new Chair of Chemistry. In assuming the role of Chair of Chemistry, Prof. Landry steps down as Director of the Undergraduate Program in Biochemistry. Prof. Matthias Brewer will now assume the Undergraduate Biochemistry Program Directorship.

Prof. Landry arrived at UVM as an Assistant Professor in 1996 and was appointed full Professor in 2007. He has held a visiting faculty appointment in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard, and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow Award. Prof. Landry was named a University Scholar in 2013.

Professor Landry’s initial research was in the discovery and development of porous materials. More recently, he has extended these studies into biomedical research, working with colleagues at UVM to develop new nanomaterials for in vivo drug delivery. His research funding has included a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, as well as funding from the Department of Defense and Army Research Office, the National Institutes of Health, and companies. Landry’s work has resulted in numerous publications in leading professional journals and three US patents. He is frequently invited to speak at universities, laboratories, and professional meetings.

Strongly interested in interdisciplinary programs and research, he was central to the development of the cross-college undergraduate major in biochemistry, and also holds membership in the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Materials Science and Cellular, Molecular & Biomedical Sciences.



Jianing Li & Severin Schneebeli

New Assistant Professors: Jianing Li and Severin T. Schneebeli

Jianing Li, Ph.D., and Severin T. Schneebeli, Ph.D., have just accepted positions as Assistant Professors in Chemistry at UVM starting August 2014.

Jianing was hired to fill our open position in Physical Chemistry, completing successfully our search conducted this fall 2013 and winter 2014. Jianing is a theoretical and computational chemist. Her research focuses on the innovation of theoretical and computational methods to understand complex chemical and biological systems with biomedical and material applications.

Severin is the husband of Jianing and also an accomplished chemist. Jianing and Severin both obtained their Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 2011 with Jianing going the University of Chicago for her postdoctoral fellowship and Severing going to Northwestern University on the other side of Chicago for his postdoctoral fellowship.

Severin is an organic chemist with a focus on making new materials. His work is guided by his computational chemistry training while at Columbia University. He is working to design and create functional, synthetic materials with controlled molecular arrangements at the mesoscale, broadly defined as bridging the nano and microscales in the range of 1-10,000 nm.

We welcome Jianing and Severin to UVM.


Chris Kenseth

Christopher Kenseth was named a 2014 Goldwater Scholar

The Goldwater is a nationally competitive prestigious scholarship that recognizes sophomores and juniors who have done outstanding work in science, technology, math, or engineering (STEM) disciplines and who are on track to become leading researchers and innovators in their fields.

Named for former Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the award is the premier undergraduate award of its type in STEM fields, and UVM can nominate up to four students to participate in the competition each year. UVM's Goldwater faculty representative is Chemistry professor Rory Waterman who oversees the advising and nomination process for the scholarship.

Kenseth has participated in a breadth of research on campus. In 2013 Kenseth, under the guidance of Giuseppe Petrucci, did work on aerosol analysis. His work focused on the physical and chemical characterization of secondary organic aerosols, how they are formed in the atmosphere, and how they affect air quality, climate patterns and human health. That year Kenseth also did concurrent research in organic chemistry, under Matthias Brewer, developing novel synthetic methods for the preparation of complex nitrogen-containing compounds. Currently, Kenseth is working with Petrucci to investigate the heterogeneous aerosol chemistry of marine aerosols using a novel method of atmospheric aerosol analysis developed in the Petrucci Lab. This work will serve as the subject of his Honors College thesis.

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Angie Gatesy

Burlington's Seven Days Newspaper Writes a Story About Glassblower Angela Gatesy

March 12, 2014 Seven Days article by Ethan De Seife. Photograph by Matthew Thorsen.

The red neon sign in the window is more than just a beacon to those seeking Angela Gatesy's workshop. It's a testament to her skills.

Gatesy herself made that neon sign, as well as the many glass animals and flowers that dot the shop's surfaces, and they lend her workshop a homey warmth. It's pleasantly at odds with the Brutalist architecture of the Cook Physical Science Building.

Gatesy, 60, is the scientific glassblower for the University of Vermont's chemistry department, a post she has held for 30 years. When her predecessor, Roy Clark, asked her in 1981 if she might like to learn his trade, Gatesy was working in the chemistry department stockroom and taking a few graduate courses, but hadn't yet, as she puts it, "figured out life." She accepted Clark's invitation and, after working with him for three years, formally assumed her mentor's position in 1984 when he retired.

Scientific glassblowers do not puff air through long metal tubes into molten blobs of glass. Gatesy refers to those folks as "artistic glassblowers," but her own work requires a certain artistic sensibility. She uses specialized torches, paddles and lathes to create complex glass devices that, in another context, might well be called sculptures.

Gatesy mostly works in borosilicate glass (aka Pyrex), melting, bending and stretching it to the exacting specifications of professors and graduate students. Gatesy has made glassware for UVM's College of Medicine and geology and engineering departments, among others.

Assistant professor of chemistry Adam Whalley says of Gatesy, "I've given her pictures of things I'd wanted her to make, just pipe dreams in my mind. She can put them together in a day or two, which is amazing."

On a snowy day in late February, Gatesy gave Seven Days a tour of her workshop and several of the labs that use her handiwork.

Click on the link above to read the full article.


Rory Waterman

Prof. Rory Waterman appears in a special virtual issue of Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry by the ACS

Prof. Waterman contributed two articles to the virtual issue of Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry devoted to recent developments in synthetic inorganic chemistry by 17 young investigators (who have received their Ph.D. since 2004). The special issue highlights young scientists whose research is leading the field in new and exciting directions.


Chris Kenseth

Christopher Kenseth inducted into the the UVM Phi Beta Kappa chapter AND received the prestigious Bogorad Award

UVM’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa held its fall induction ceremony December 5 at 7:30 pm. Among those inducted was Chris Kenseth.

The Phi Beta Kappa chapter also awarded its prestigious Bogorard award to Chris.

Chris is working to complete his B.S. degree in Chemistry in May 2015.

The chapter selects a single student each year to receive the Bogorad Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in the liberal arts based on the academic record through the end of the sophomore year. The award is presented at the chapter’s December ceremony.

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