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Martin Burke proposes billion-dollar project to synthesize most of the hundreds of thousands of known organic natural products in search of new medicines. The effort, which would harness an automated synthesis machine he and his colleagues developed to snap together molecules from a set of premade building blocks, could cost $1 billion and take 20 years, Burke estimates. But the idea captivates the field. Science Magazine Article Martin Burke

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David Sarlah named a 2017 Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Scholar by the College of LAS. This award is granted to faculty based on scholarly productivity and contributions to the educational mission of their departments and the college. LAS News Article

Catherine J. Murphy named 2017 Materials Research Society Fellow. This lifetime appointment recognizes outstanding members who have made ongoing, distinguished contributions to the advancement of materials research. Catherine Murphy
Scott Denmark Scott E. Denmark has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Denmark joins some of the world's most accomplished scholars as a member of the Academy. According to the Academy, membership encompasses over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members and reflects the full range of disciplines and professions. Illinois News Bureau
Freddy Nguyen, a 2015 Illinois Chemistry PhD graduate, chosen for a prestigious Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellows Award. Nguyen is a postdoctoral researcher at MIT working on development of nanosensors for in-vivo monitoring of cancer therapeutics.
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Steven Zimmerman Steven C. Zimmerman spoke about his drug discovery efforts for myotonic dystrophy at the David Y. Gin Symposium. This biannual symposium honors the late Dave Gin who was a faculty member in the UIUC Department of Chemistry from 1996 to 2006.
Postdoctoral Fellow Semin Lee designed a method for synthesizing conjugated nanohoops, which are reminiscent of the shortest segment of a carbon nanotube. Beckman Institute News postdoctoral fellow Semin Lee designed a method for synthesizing conjugated nanohoops
The heart of discovery of medical research LAS news The Heart of Discovery: LAS leads the campus in basic medical research. Where does a medical breakthrough begin? At the University of Illinois, where many mysteries of human health are solved, in the laboratories of the College of LAS. The research of the chemistry department is highlighted in this LAS News Article
Alumna Allene Rosalind Jeanes will be inducted posthumously into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May for, in part, creating a blood plasma extender used by medics in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Allene Rosalind Jeanes 2017 National Inventors Hall of Fame

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