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Colin Gaines wins Van Dyke Award for Excellence in Research

York Graduate Student Colin Gaines was recently awarded the Rutgers Van Dyke Excellence in Research Award. The award is named after Francis C. Van Dyke, a professor of Analytical Chemistry at Queens College (now Rutgers) in 1871. He taught physics, botany, physiology, and chemistry. He was later appointed Dean of the College, and served from 1901-1913. The Van Dyke Award recognizes full-time graduate students that show excellence in their Ph.D. research.

Emily Atieh Awarded Duff Travel Award

Graduate student Emily Atieh has been awarded a Thomas Duff Travel Award to present at the American Chemical Society National Meeting next Fall of 2017. The conference will take place in Washington, D.C.

5th Zing Nucleic Acids Conference

Professor York and three graduate students - Colin, Ken, and Junjie - attended the 5th Zing Nucleic Acids Conference. Understanding processes involving DNA and RNA at the molecular and chemical level is the central theme of this conference.

Darrin York Transforms Teaching in Active Learning Classrooms

Professor Darrin York is one of several faculty members taking advantage of the new Active Learning Classrooms located on the different campuses of Rutgers University. Currently, Professor York teaches two sections of an active learning recitation for the high-enrollment General Chemistry course.

Darrin York's Attendance at Solvay Conference in Brussels

The Solvay Conference is among the most famous conference in chemistry and physics, and has been attended by countless Nobel laureates since its beginnings in 1911. The famous photograph, shown to bottom right, was taken at the fifth Solvay Conference in 1927, and includes 17 Nobel laureates or future Nobel laureates, out of the 29 attendants. It is hosted in Brussels, Belgium, and this year it was held from October 19th through the 22nd. Darrin York attended this conference to present a talk.

JCP Editor's Pick

Erich Kuechler's paper, "VR-SCOSMO: A smooth conductor-like screening model with charge-dependent radii for modeling chemical reactions," has been selected as a JCP Editor's Pick. It will be highlited on the JCP Homepage during the week of May 16th, 2016.

Colin's Paper on Twister Ribozyme Featured in C&EN

Graduate student Colin Gaines has his first paper accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society: "Ribozyme Catalysis With A Twist: The Active State Of The Twister Ribozyme In Solution Predicted From Molecular Simulation." This paper was an effort to fully characterize the catalytically active state of the recently discovered twister ribozyme. This paper was recently featured in the C&EN.

Haoyuan Chen Receives Reid Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Doctoral Research

Congratulations to our own graduate student, Haoyuan Chen, for receiving the Reid Award and giving a presentation titled "Multi-scale Computer Simulation of RNA" at the 2015 Rutgers University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology's Graduate Student Awards Ceremony

Maria Panteva Successfully Defends Thesis!

Maria Panteva successfully defended her thesis on November 11th, 2015. Her thesis is titled "Development and Application of Computational Models to Study Ion-Nucleic Acid Interactions"

Erich Kuechler Successfully Defends Thesis!

Erich Kuechler successfully defended his thesis on October 21st 2015. His thesis is titled "Charge-dependent non-bonded interaction methods for use in quantum mechanical modeling of condensed phase reactions."