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Chemistry and Biochemistry Summer Research Symposium

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted its 6th annual Summer Research Symposium on Friday, July 8, in the first floor hallway of Horan O’Donnell.  Ten students presented posters on the latest results from their summer research projects in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, and physics.  Over 50 students, faculty, administrators, alumni, and family members attended this celebration of our student researchers.

 

Submitted by: Phillip Sheridan, professor and chair, Chemistry and Biochemistry

David G. Hangauer ’74, PhD, Awarded Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal

David G. Hangauer ’74, PhD, is the 2021 recipient of the Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal from the Western New York Section of the American Chemical Society (WNY ACS).  The Schoellkopf Medal, named in honor of chemical industry entrepreneur Jacob F. Schoellkopf, is the oldest ACS local section award in the nation.  The award recognizes a member of the WNY ACS for their accomplishments and their continuing achievements in the chemical sciences.  Prof. Hangauer is the 91st recipient of the Schoellkopf Medal, awarded to him “in recognition of his visionary work on the discovery of cancer therapies and his entrepreneurial impact of the advancement of the pharmaceutical industry in the region.”  The award will presented on April 12, 2022, following a dinner at the Hotel Lafayette.

Prof. Hangauer earned a BS in chemistry from Canisius College in 1974.  He completed his PhD in natural product synthesis at the University at Buffalo in 1980. After, he worked as a medicinal chemist at Merck in Rahway, NJ.  In 1989, he accepted a position at the University at Buffalo as Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry. At UB, his laboratory developed a new technology for the discovery of protein kinase inhibitors.  Also while at UB, Prof. Hangauer started three biotech companies: Arpida, Hypnion, and Athenex, where he invented two of Athenex’s oncology drugs, KX01 and KX02.  He has also consulted for many biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the US, Europe, and Asia.  Prof. Hangauer is an inventor on 80 patents and the author of 60 peer reviewed publications.  He has received numerous awards, including the New York State Research Foundation Outstanding Inventor Award (2002), the Canisius College Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry James H. Crowdle Award for Distinction in Chemistry (2006), the Niagara Frontier 2007 Inventor of the Year Award, and the 2012 University at Buffalo Faculty Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Hangauer supports undergraduate summer research in chemistry at Canisius with his annual funding of the Frank Dinan Research Scholars, in honor of Professor Emeritus Frank Dinan.

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, professor and chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kristen Kulinowski ’90 Named American Chemical Society Fellow

Kristen Kulinowski ’90, director of the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), was recently named an American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow in recognition of her outstanding achievements and contributions to science, the profession and ACS. 

“Every year, ACS selects a small number of fellows on the basis of both professional accomplishments and service to the society,” says Kulinowski. “It is quite an honor to be welcomed into the ranks of such an impressive and select group of members.”  Kulinowski currently leads more than 40 researchers at STPI, a federally funded research and development center operated by IDA that provides analysis of national and international science and technology issues for the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation, among others. “I first became involved in ACS as a student affiliate at my alma mater, Canisius College, and have been a member ever since,” says Kulinowski. 

Throughout her career, Kulinowski has remained engaged with ACS in a variety of ways, from service at the local chapter level, membership on a society committee, as a presenter and organizer of symposia, and in support of ACS’s public policy agenda. 

As a leader in the drive towards safer chemistry, Kulinowski made significant contributions to the science and profession. She pioneered improvements in chemical and environmental health and safety through leadership in governmental, educational and policy organizations and through effective communication with policy makers and the public. She also maintained a steadfast commitment to managing the risks of hazardous materials, communicating science effectively and bridging the technical and policy worlds. Through her efforts, Kulinowski demonstrates a true passion for science communication. “Finding diverse ways to contribute my talents and energy to important problems is my proudest accomplishment,” says Kulinowski.  Kulinowski inspired ACS volunteers to engage effectively with policy makers through her exemplary service as a Congressional Science Policy Fellow, Chair of the Greater Houston Section, and member of the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs. She also served as an ambassador for communicating the many career options available to chemists outside of academia or industry.

Kulinowski earned a doctoral degree in 1995 and a master’s degree in 1992, both in chemistry from the University of Rochester. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with honors from Canisius College in 1990.

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry