Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. TheMIT Department of Chemistryis taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
The Chemistry Education Office staff is responsible for administering the educational programs in the Department of Chemistry. Students can find answers to many questions about the undergraduate and graduate programs on the department website, and they are encouraged to stop by and see the staff in the office located in 6-205.
The student-run outreach programs in the Department of Chemistry aim to bring the excitement of chemical sciences to the community through lively demonstrations designed to illustrate a broad range of chemical principles. Graduate students visit science classes in high schools and middle schools in the Greater Boston area with a view to demystifying chemistry through hands-on experiments. ClubChem, an undergraduate chemistry organization, conducts Chemistry Magic Shows for elementary schools and youth programs in the Greater Boston area.
Chemistry is truly the central science and underpins much of the efforts of scientists and engineers to improve life for humankind. MIT Chemistry is taking a leading role in discovering new chemical synthesis, catalysis, creating sustainable energy, theoretical and experimental understanding of chemistry at its most fundamental level, unraveling the biochemical complexities of natural systems, improving the environment, detecting and curing disease, developing materials new properties, and nanoscience.
Dr. Joseph A. “Joe” Horton, '69, is a neurointerventional surgeon, formerly in academic medicine, now trying (partly successfully) to retire in private practice in Louisiana. He’s also an entrepreneur who likes to cook and entertain! After earning his S.B. in Course V, he obtained his medical degree at Tulane University, graduating in 1973. He immediately began a residency at Bridgeport Hospital, CT, until 1976, then did a Neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh from 1976 to 1978.
In 1996 he co-founded a new company, now Micrus Endovascular Corporation. Joe developed the company’s founding technology while chief of Neuroradiology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Micrus Endovascular manufactures and markets both implantable and disposable medical devices. These endovascular systems are used in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms, and for the regional treatment of vascular disorders and regional drug delivery. The device systems are far less invasive than existing methods. Johnson & Johnson bought Micrus in 2010.
As an erstwhile faculty member, Joe recognizes the need for increased graduate student fellowship funding. As a result, he decided in 2007 to establish two Charitable Remainder Trusts to endow two graduate fellowships in Organic Chemistry. He chose to invest the trusts in the MIT endowment, which will increase their potential to grow and deliver a larger benefit to the fellowship recipients. The Department is extremely grateful to him for his foresight and generosity. Graduate fellowships are without doubt the research engines of MIT.
Liz McGrath Senior Individual Giving Officer Department of Chemistry Room 18-388 77 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 617-253-4080