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.
Lippard Awarded Honorary Doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
June 13, 2018
Arthur Amos Noyes Professor Emeritus Stephen J. Lippard was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of its Board of Governors week. An annual event, the Board of Governors Week ran from Friday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 13 and consisted of a series of lectures, performances, meetings, receptions, and celebrations.
2018 is particularly special year for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as it marks the centennial anniversary of the laying of the university's cornerstones. This milestone was reflected in the theme for 2018's Board of Governors Week - 100 Years of Knowledge. Lippard was one of ten international Honorary Doctorate Recipients honored during 2018's celebration, and presented a lecture to its attendees as part of the program on Monday, June 11. He received his Honorary Doctorate later that evening.
Prior to being appointed Arthur Amos Noyes Professor Emeritus on September 1, 2017, Lippard trained 115 Ph.D. students and over 200 postdoctoral associates over the course of a career that spanned more than five decades. Although he no longer takes graduate students, his lab continues research on platinum and other heavy metal anticancer drugs as well as zinc metalloneurochemistry. Among his numerous honors and awards are the 2004 National Medal of Science, the 2014 Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society, MIT's 2014 James R. Killian lectureship, the 2016 F.A. Cotton Medal for excellence in chemical research, and the 2016 Welch Award in Chemistry.
Founded in 1918 by visionaries such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is ranked among the top universities worldwide. Serving 23,000 students from 85 countries, it produces a third of Israel’s civilian research. Faculty and alumni have won eight Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal.