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Sstanding graduate students with several awards this
Past year. The Ruegamer Charitable Trust, estab-
lished by William and Arlene Ruegamer, provides
scholarships for students of high scholastic stand-
ing in bio-
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recipients were Fedra Leonik, Ozlem Demir and
SMagdalena Swiderska. The Colonel Allen R. and
Margaret G. Crow Endowment and the Dr. Ann
SR. Stasch Memorial Scholarship again were used
O to recognize excellence in graduate student peer-
reviewed publication. Crow-Stasch Publication
Awards were given to Evrim Atas (First Place),
Niveen Khashab, Violeta Petkovska, Chaoy-
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SLampkins and Lin Wang.
S Tammy Low and Xiaoyong Zhaoe received
Sthe Petra Chemicals Awards for Creative Synthetic
The Department of Chemistry welcomes Dr. Aaron
Aponick, Assistant Professor. Dr. Aponick received a
B.S. in Chemistry w e l
from Lebanon Valley We COme
College in 1998 and
a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2003 with
Will Pearson, where he was an Eastman Kodak Fellow
and an ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Fellow.
Before joining the Faculty at UF, Dr.
Aponick moved to Stanford University
where he was an NIH Postdoctoral
Fellow in the laboratories of Barry
Trost. His research interests include
the development of new synthetic
methodology, target-oriented synthe-
sis, and asymmetric catalysis.
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Kids were chemists for Halloween during the University of Florida Center for
Catalysis Halloween Molecular Mania at The Oaks Mall. Students (K-I2) were
invited to the Dillard's court area on Saturday, October 28, between I0:00 a.m.
and 2:00 p.m. to participate in fun, interactive chemistry experiments, and receive
free chemistry gifts. The event was organized by Dr. Adam Veige, along with gradu-
ate and undergraduate students from the Center for Catalysis.
Activities included interactive experiments such as imploding soda cans, mak-
ing Halloween slime, and creating synthetic spider webs. Posters detailing current
research projects were displayed for older students and parents. This interactive and
fun learning experience was intended to educate children about the wonderful world
of chemistry, to raise public awareness of the scientific achievements taking place in
our community, and hopefully inspire young students to pursue a career in science.
The event was highlighted in the October 29 edition of the Gainesville Sun on page
BI. The event in part celebrated National Chemistry Week and was co-sponsored by
The American Chemical Society Florida Section.