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Our faculty pursue questions ranging from the fundamental nature of matter to the analysis of complicated networks and the treatment of disease. As researchers, they collaborate and cross disciplines, offering rich opportunities for students, postgraduates and visiting scientists who work with them. As educators, they mentor and model in the spirit of teaching excellence for which we are known. Profiles of each faculty member can be found on each of our three departments’ websites: chemistry and biochemistrymathematics, and physics. Listed below are some of our division faculty’s most recent achievements.


 

2017 – 2018 Faculty Awards and Honors

James McKernan         2018 Breakthrough Prize
Ivan Schuller 2018 American Academy of Arts and Science
Ruth Williams 2018 Australian Academy of Arts and Science
Neal Devaraj 2018 Blavatnik National Laureate in Chemistry
Joel Yuen-Zhou 2018 DOE Early Career Award
Michael Burkart 2018 American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science Fellow
Vicki Grassian 2018 Chemical Pioneer Award & Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education
Peter Ebenfelt 2018 Class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society
Kenneth Intriligator 2018 Simons Investigator
Lei Ni 2018 Class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society
J. Andrew McCammon 2017 Russell M. Pitzer Award
Kim Prather       2017 Top 10 Scientist Who Protects People and the Planet

Faculty Distinctions

Nobel Prize

  • Mario Molina

    Mario Molina

    Title: Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Molina shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Paul Crutzen and Sherwood Rowland for identifying how commonly used chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons damage the Earth’s ozone layer, work that ultimately convinced governments around the world to eliminate CFCs from spray cans and refrigerators. Molina also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

  • The late Roger Tsien

    The late Roger Tsien

    Title: Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Tsien shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura and Martin Chalfie for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein and seminal work to design and create fluorescent molecules that enter cells and light up their inner workings.

  • The late Maria Goeppert Mayer

    The late Maria Goeppert Mayer

    Title: Professor of Physics

    Goeppert Mayer won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics, the only woman other than Marie Curie to have done so. Goeppert Mayer was a theoretical physicist who developed the shell model for the atomic nucleus. She made several fundamental contributions to atomic and molecular physics and chemistry, in addition to her work with the Manhattan project during World War II.

Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Mario Molina

    Mario Molina

    Title: Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Molina shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Paul Crutzen and Sherwood Rowland for identifying how commonly used chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons damage the Earth’s ozone layer, work that ultimately convinced governments around the world to eliminate CFCs from spray cans and refrigerators. Molina also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Fields Medal

  • Efim Zelmanov

    Efim Zelmanov

    Title: Professor of Mathematics, Rita L. Atkinson Endowed Chair

    Zelmanov received the Fields Medal in 1994 for solving the Restricted Burnside Problem, a fundamental algebraic conjecture that mathematicians specializing in group theory had worked on throughout the 20th century.

Members of the National Academy of Sciences

  • Marye Anne Fox

    Marye Anne Fox

    Title: Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chancellor Emerita

    Fox is a physical organic chemist who led the university from 2004 to 2012. Among her many honors and awards is the National Medal of Science.

  • Brian Maple

    Brian Maple

    Title: Professor of Physics

    Maple is an experimentalist working in the area of condensed matter physics. He is interested in phenomena such as superconductivity, magnetism, and effects arising from their interplay. Maple is particularly interested in unconventional superconductivity that occurs at warmer critical temperatures.

  • Andrew McCammon

    Andrew McCammon

    Title: Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    McCammon has developed a computer simulation approach to protein dynamics. He has invented theoretical methods for accurately predicting and interpreting molecular recognition, rates of reactions and other properties of chemical systems. These methods play a growing role in the design of new drugs and other materials.

  • Mario Molina

    Mario Molina

    Title: Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nobel laureate, Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Molina is an atmospheric chemist. Recently he has dedicated a great part of his work to science policy issues related to climate change and has promoted global actions in favor of sustainable development.

  • Susan Taylor

    Susan Taylor

    Title: Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Taylor studies the structure, dynamics and localization of cAMP-dependent protein kinase, a prototype for the protein kinase superfamily. Understanding the dynamic behavior of these proteins is fundamental to the study of signal transduction.

  • Mark Thiemens

    Mark Thiemens

    Title: Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Former Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences

    Thiemens measures stable and radioactive isotopes of terrestrial and extraterrestrial origin. His research focuses on the physical chemistry of nuclear reactions and their many applications from climate change to the formation of the solar system.

  • The late Roger Tsien

    The late Roger Tsien

    Title: Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Tsien studied signal transduction, especially in neurons and cancer cells with the help of designed molecules, imaging and photochemical manipulation. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008.

  • Ruth Williams

    Ruth Williams

    Title: Professor of Mathematics

    Williams focuses on probability, stochastic processes and their applications. She is especially well known for her work on theory and applications associated with stochastic networks, which arise in semiconductor manufacturing, telecommunications, computer systems, Internet congestion control and systems biology.

  • Efim Zelmanov

    Efim Zelmanov

    Title: Professor of Mathematics

    Zelmanov is known for his work on combinatorial problems in nonassociative algebra and group theory, including his solution of the restricted Burnside problem. He was awarded a Fields Medal in 1994.