Nelson Honored as Distinguished Alum
Dr. Toby L. Nelson was honored as a distinguished alumnus recently at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. He received the Benjamin Wall Ingram III Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes distinguished alumni for their service to the university, their community and professional success.
Nelson graduated from FMU in 2001 with a BS degree in chemistry. He earned a Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of South Carolina, and was a postdoctoral research associate at Carnegie Mellon University from 2007 until 2011.
Nelson joined the OSU Chemistry Department last year. His area of specialization is the design and synthesis of novel conjugated oligomers and polymers. The focus of his research is organic electronics, supramolecular materials, and the discovery of new materials for sustainable energy. His work has been published in top peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of American Chemical Society and highlighted in Science and Chemical & Engineering News.
Nelson is the recipient of several awards, including the UNCF•Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowship, IRIX Pharmaceuticals Award, E. I. Dupont Fellowship Award, Alfred P. Sloan Scholarship, Bouknight Teaching Award, SREB Dissertation Year Fellowship Award and Francis Marion University Chemistry Award.
Blum Distinguished Graduate Alum
The Graduate School and the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board at Eastern Illinois University honored Dr. Frank Blum with a 2012 Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award this past April. The awards were established in 2005 to recognize exceptional professional and personal achievement by an Eastern alumnus of a graduate program. Alumni are nominated by graduate programs and the selections are reviewed and chosen by the Graduate Alumni Advisory Board. Blum was nominated by the graduate program in chemistry. He earned a master of science in chemistry at EIU in 1977 in addition to a bachelor of science in chemistry in 1976. Alumni were invited back to campus for a series of events that included breakfast with the provost of the university, a reunion and luncheon with their home departments, and an evening dinner and awards ceremony in the Doudna Fine Arts Center on EIU’s campus. Along with Blum, eleven other alumni were honored at this year’s event. Blum is the Harrison I. Bartlett Chair, and Professor and Chair of Chemistry at Oklahoma State University.
Berlin Receives Rall Medal
Regents Professor, Dr. Kenneth D. Berlin (L) received the Rall Sesquicentennial Medal from President Harold Wilde (R) of North Central College, on May 17, 2011, at the Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research given at Northern Central College, Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Berlin, invited plenary lecturer, also gave a presentation entitled "Collaboration in Drug Discovery and Translation to Clinical Trials."
The Rall Medal is named for the late Dr. Joseph E. Rall, an acclaimed research scientist, a former deputy director of intramural research at NIH and Chief of the Clinical Endocrinology branch of the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolism, and Digestive Diseases at NIH.