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Dr. Peter Mueller awarded Fulbright Specialist Grant

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The Fulbright Specialist Program allows U.S. academics and established professionals to engage project-based exchanges at at host institutions across the globe.

Dr. Peter Mueller, Principal Research Scientist and Director of the Department of Chemistry’s X-Ray Diffraction Facility, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant. Paul Winfree, Chair of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board declared Mueller’s award, “a reflection of his leadership and contributions to society.” This prize will take Mueller to South Africa in January 2023, where he will spend time teaching crystallography.

The Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. As a grantee, Mueller will join the ranks of many distinguished program participants. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 61 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 76 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program.

Mueller has been the Director of the X-Ray Diffraction Facility since 2004, and has successfully handled hundreds of complex and difficult structures and authored or co-authored approximately 150 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is frequently asked to give oral presentations on data collection strategy, structure refinement and atom type assignment and regularly teaches at crystallographic workshops and Summer Schools in Europe, the United States, Brazil, and China. In addition, Mueller is co-editor of Acta Crystallographica as well as editor and main author of a textbook on structure refinement (Crystal Structure Refinement, Oxford University Press 2006). Mueller has served and still serves on several committees for the American Crystallographic Association (ACA) and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and advises Oxford University Press on crystallographic textbooks.