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.
Google Doodle honors Har Gobind Khorana on what would have been his 96th birthday
January 9, 2018
On Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Google.com's daily Doodle, by Bangalore-based illustrator Rohan Dahotre, honored Har Gobind Khorana, the late Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry Emeritus, on what would have been his 96th birthday.
The Google Doodle
The concept of the Google Doodle originated in 1998, before the company was even incorporated, when Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, tweaked the Google logo to indicate that they were attending the annual Burning Man festival, held in the Nevada desert. In 2000, Page and Brin asked their then-intern, Dennis Hwang (now Google's webmaster), to design a doodle to elebrate Bastille Day. Today, over 2000 Doodles have been produced for Google's homepages worldwide.
A group of Googlers get together regularly to brainstorm and decide which events will be celebrated with a doodle. The ideas for the doodles come from numerous sources including Googlers and Google users. The doodle selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google's personality and love for innovation.
Professor Har Gobind Khorana
Khorana's Google Doodle honor was featured in 13 countries in celebration of Khorana's signifiant contributions to DNA science. Khorana discovered how a DNA’s genetic code determines protein synthesis — which dictates how a cell functions. This pioneering revelation earned Khorana, along with two colleagues, the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis.” Following his Nobel honor, Khorana went on to create the world's first synthetic gene, a "massive leap forward" for the biotechnology sector, and one that has paved the way for current endeavors such as gene editing using CRISPR.
In 1970, Khorana joined the faculty at MIT, where he remained, a beloved and active member of the community, until retiring in 2007. He passed away on November 9, 2011, at the age of 89.