Rory Waterman, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Vermont, has been selected as a 2009 Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Waterman will receive a $100,000 research award in recognition of his leadership in both teaching and scholarship. Waterman's award praised his plan to establish a computerized network of research opportunities for Vermont high school and University of Vermont undergraduate students and his development of a research-based course for first-year students. Cottrell Awards are made each year to ten beginning faculty members at leading U.S. universities in astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, or physics. Waterman is also a 2009 recipient of a research award by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, one of the nation's most prestigious prizes for outstanding early career scientists. Waterman's experiments in catalytic bond formation of elements, like finding new ways to create bonds in phosphorous, have been at the forefront of an important area of basic chemistry research. His work promises to be of great value in fields ranging from drug delivery to LED lights.
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