Shaughnessy Group, April 2013. (l to r): Dayne Fraser, Kevin Duque, Luke Brechtelsbauer, Nick Laskay, Kevin Shaughnessy, Jessica Jones, Jeff Semmes, Stephanie Bevans, Mallory Thompson, Nigel Welch, Jane Moore

Group News

More Shaughnessy Group News

Congratulations Scott: Scott Brown defended his PhD dissertation and graduated in the August commencement ceremony. Scott has accepted a position as assistant professor at Murray State University in Kentucky.

New Students: Jordan Entrekin, Jackie Parks, Joseph Randall, and Austin Doss joined the group as undergraduate researchers this summer. They were joined by Cody Corbin who was an REU student from UAB. Jane Moore rejoined the group as an incoming graduate student after completing her degree at Tennessee Wesleyan University. Jane was an REU student in the group last summer.

Congratulations Graduates: Dr. Lensey Hill received her PhD degree in the May Commencement ceremony. Undergraduate researchers Dana Suich, Denise Boykin, Jason Crowell, Joel Schoenberg, Sarabeth McLendon, and Tyler James received their degrees as well. Congratulations to all and good luck in the future.

University System Honors Research Conference: Emily Wayman took first place in the Physical Sciences division of the University System Honors Undergraduate Research Conference. Emily is working on a joint project with the Shaughnessy and Dixon groups.

UA Undergraduate Research Conference: Group members took first and third place in the Natural Sciences division of the UA Undergraduate Research Conference Poster competition. Joel Schoenberg placed first with his poster entitled, "Palladium-Catalyzed Hydrodehalogenation of Aryl Bromides and Chlorides," and Duncan Harmon earned 3rd place with his poster entitled, "Synthesis and Characterization of Neopentylphosphine Palladium Complexes."

Alabama Academy of Science: Hannah Box placed first in the Chemistry division of the undergraduate poster competition at the AAS meeting. Hannah's poster was entitled, "Synthesis of Water-Soluble Phosphines and Their Application to Recyclable, Aqueous-Phase Palladium Catalyts."

GSE Inductee: Undergraduate researcher Duncan Harmon was one of 19 student inducted into Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honorary.

Hollings Scholarship: Undergraduate research student Emily Wayman has won an Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Joseph and Bessie Mae Pryor Award: Jane Moore received the Joseph and Bessie Mae Pryor Award for her presentation at the Alpha Chi National Honor Society National Meeting in Indianapolis. Jane presented her work from last summer while in the group as an SURP participant.

Chemical Review Paper: An invited by review by Kevin Shaughnessy entitled, " Hydrophilic Ligands and Their Application in Aqueous-Phase Metal-Catalyzed Reactions," has been published online by Chemical Reviews.

New Group Members: Nigel Welch and Dayne Fraser have joined the Shaughnessy group as graduate students. Nigel spent the summer with the group and came to UA from UT-Chattanooga. Dayne came to UA after earning his degree at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Also joining the group for the spring 2009 semester are undergraduate researchers Jared Carpenter, Duncan Harmon, and Dana Suich.

Graduates: Undergraduate researchers Fallon Brown and Quentin Sonnier received degrees in the Winter Commencement ceremony. Congratulations to both and thanks for their contributions to the group.

New Students: Zack Hawkins joined the group this fall. Zack is a freshman and a participant in the Emerging Scholars Program.

Lensey Defends: Lensey Hill successfully defended her dissertation on November 10th. Lensey has turned in her dissertation and started a job with Georgia Pacific. She will officially graduate in May 2009.

NSF Organometallic Catalysis Workshop: Lensey Hill was chosen to attend the NSF-sponsored 2008 CENTC Summer School on Organometallic Catalysis at the University of Washington.

Papers published: Two group papers recently appeared in print. A paper describing C-Se bond formation co-authored by Joon Cho and Fallon Brown was published recently in Main Group Chemistry (Main Group Chem. 2007, 6, 201-214) . A paper on new water-soluble phosphines was published in a special issue of Synthesis focused on aqueous-phase catalysis (Synthesis, 2008, 1965-1970) . Co-authors on this paper were Scott Brown, Denise Boykin, Quentin Sonnier, William Clark, and Fallon Brown.

ACS Scholar: Denise Boykin has recipient of a scholarship for the 2008-09 school year from the ACS Scholars Program. This American Chemical Society program provides scholarships for students from underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees in the chemical sciences or chemical technology.

New Students: Joel Schoenberg, Tyler James, Jane Moore, Hannah Box, Emily Wayman, and Nigel Welch joined the group this summer. Joel, Tyler, Hannah and Emily are UA undergraduates. Jane is a participant in the UA SURP program from Tennessee Wesleyan. Nigel is an incoming graduate student who received his undergraduate degree from UT-Chattanooga.

Graduates: Congratulations to the group members who earned degrees during the May commencement. Paul Guevara (cum laude), Ellie Killian, Nick Massie (summa cum laude), and Strud Tutwiler (magna cum laude) all earned BS degrees in chemistry.

Phi Beta Kappa: Undergraduate researchers Fallon Brown, Nick Massie, and Strud Tutwiler were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during the 2007-2008 academic year. Congratulations for being inducted into the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society.

A&S Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar: Nick Massie was a recipient of the Distinguished A&S Undergraduate Scholar award presented during Honors Week.

Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award: Denise Boykin was one of 18 students to receive the Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award during Honors Week. Denise was one of 6 chemistry majors recognized for their outstanding contributions to research at UA.

Spring ACS Meeting: The Shaughnessy group presented 8 papers at the National ACS meeting in New Orleans. Presenting authors were, Scott Brown, Lensey Hill, Denise Boykin, Fallon Brown, Sarabeth McLendon, Ellie Killian, Quentin Sonnier, Strud Tutwiler, and Jason Crowell.

AAS Meeting: Quentin Sonnier won the first prize in the Alabama Academy of Science undergraduate paper competition at the annual meeting at Samford University. Lensey Hill placed second in the poster competition.

Neopentylphosphine paper: A paper co-authored by Lensey L. Hill, Joanna M. Smith, William S. Brown, Lucas R. Moore, Paul Guevera, Emily S. Pair, Jake Porter, Joe Chou, Christopher J. Wolterman, Raluca Craciun, David A. Dixon and Kevin H. Shaughnessy on the use of neopentylphosphines in cross-coupling reactions has been published online by Tetrahedron (Tetrahedron, 2008, 64, 6920-6934) This paper is being published in a special issue of Tetrahedron honoring John Hartwig.

TXPTS paper published: A paper co-authored by Lucas Moore, Beth Western, Kevin O'Halloran, Raluca Craciun, Jason Spruell, and David Dixon on the catalytic application, properties, and coordination chemistry of the TXPTS ligand has been published in Organometallics.

New group members: William Clark and Nick Massie have joined the group as undergraduate researchers.

Graduation: Dr. Joon Cho formally earned his PhD degree in the December commencement ceremony. Former undergraduate reserach Jake Porter received a BS degree in chemistry.

Distinguished Teaching Fellow: Kevin Shaughnessy has been named an Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teaching Fellow for the period 2007-2010 by Dean Olin.

Dental School: Undergraduate research Strud Tutwiler has been accepted to UA School of Dentistry for the fall 2008 semester. Congrats, Strud!

OCTA Award: Kevin Shaughnessy has been named a 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, which is given each year by the National Alumni Association to four faculty members at UA. The OCTA award is the highest teaching award given to UA faculty.

New Group Members: Sara McLendon, Jason Crowell, and Ellie Killian joined the group this fall as undergraduate researchers.


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