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7'he Department of Chemistry is home to a new American Chemi-
4. cal Society journal. Applied MaLenriab & Inlterfces is the 36lh ACS
Sil" journal, and Profcssor Kirk S. Sclinzc is its founding editor.
A,'ppliedlMatleris &Inee ~ fcess will start publishing in early
2009 and cover a rangc of subjects, including advanced active and
passive electronic and optical materials; coatings; colloids; bioma-
tcrials and biointcrfaccs polymer materials; hybrid and composite
materials; and friction and wear.
Kirk joined, our chemistry faculty in 1986 and currently serves
as the Organic Division Head. a.
4 50 Ye. aic Graduation!
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We are very proud to recognize one of our own for his aca-
* demic contributions to the Department of Chemistry, the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the University
of Florida by renaming CRB to Harry H. Sisler Hall. This
recognition is due to the efforts of many people.
)U I recall first hearing the suggestion to rename CRB in
1991 at a faculty meeting. I have a vivid memory of then-
chair Mike Zerner declaring, "We should name CRB after
Harry Sisler". I was only mildly disillusioned when it didn't
happen the way Mike said it should. In preparation for this
event, I had a chance to look back at some old files that
revealed the effort that started backin 1991.
E A letter from Mike Zerner to Harry Sisler:
Could I please have a one page narrative style
resume of the life and times of Harry Sisler. This
Should be double spaced so that I can ad-lib.
So what is it for? None ofyour business!
O Michael C. Zerner
Professor and Chairman of Chemistry
In a letter dated October 1992, from Mike to then Provost
Andrew Sorensen outlining the case, Harry's biosketch
was included. Shortly afterwards, a memo from Provost
Sorensen responding to Mike outlined details of the uphill
battle such a proposal would face, and thanked Mike for
The paper trail stops there, but I can still see Mike
coming to the faculty to announce that the administra-
tion wouldn't go for the renaming. "They are only naming
buildings after big donors:' he stated.
Mike was not to be deterred, "But we are going to do
it anyway. We are just going to start calling it Sisler Hall.
Let them try and stop us,' he declared. From then
on, all departmental correspondence referred to
Sisler Hall. I think Mike even went so far as to put
up some signs.
My faith was restored, but of course it didn't
stick. Nevertheless, the idea was planted, waiting
for its time.
That time is now here. Our colleague, Dean
Emeritus Will Harrison, got us started again, by
drafting a resolution last year that was approved by
the faculty and signed by EVERY faculty member
in the department. Rick Yost, then-President of
the Faculty Senate, guided the resolution through
the Honorary Degrees, Distinguished Alumnus
Awards and Memorials Committee. Finally, Presi-
dent Machen and the Board of Trustees bucked
the trend of naming only after big donors and
made a very loud statement about the high regard
the University of Florida holds for achievements in
scholarship and education.
We honor Harry Sisler for leading the way
during the late 1950's, 1960's and even into the
1970's, transforming Chemistry into a modern,
nationally recognized Department. Harry was
always quick to point out, "I didn't do anything
by myself." He would want to include all ofhis
colleagues in this recognition. So along with
Harry, this renaming pays tribute to that era in our
Department's history, and all of the students, staff,
and faculty who contributed during this remark-
-Daniel R. Talham
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Graduate Student Awards
The department recognized graduate students with several awards in the past year.
The Ruegamer Charitable Trust, established by William and Arlene Ruegamer,
provides scholarships for students of high scholastic standing in biochemistry. The
recipients for 2008-2009 were Mandy Blackburn, Jordan Mathias and George
Okeyo. The Colonel Allen R. and Margaret G. Crow Endowment and the Dr.
Ann R. Stasch Memorial Scholarships were again used to recognize excellence in
graduate student peer-reviewed publications. This year, Crow-Stasch Publication
Awards were given to Erik Berda, Aubrey Dyer, Jiirgen Koller (First Place) and
Rashmi Bagai, Dodge Baluya, Chi-Yuan Cheng, Elena Dolghih, Luis Galiano,
Matt Jeletic, Youngmi Kim, Brian Kupchak, Kai Li, Yan Liu, Prabodhika
Mallikaratchy and Lindsay Sexton. The 2007 Procter & Gamble Awards for
Research Excellence were given to Rashmi Bagai, Mandy Blackburn, Bob
Brookins, Cristina Crecca, Luis Galiano, Julia Keller, Yongmi Kim, Jurgen
Koller, Kai Li, Nancy Liu, Prabodhika Mallikaratchy, Neil Stowe, Cory Toyota
and Huimeng Wu. The 2008 M.A. Battiste Award for Creative Work in Synthetic
Organic Chemistry, sponsored by Petra Research, was presented to Ampofo
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