Professor Bradley Stone receives 2012-13 Distinguished Service Award
Prof. Stone was cited for his broad service contributions, including his leadership as chair of the Chemistry
Department, as well as for his years of service as faculty advisor, music director,
and jazz radio programmer for KSJS, SJSU’s campus radio station. (Peter Caravalho
SJSU Chemistry Student Wins Prestigious Award
For the second year in a row, a chemistry student has been named as Outstanding Graduating
Senior at SJSU. Phillip Calabretta, pictured above right (photo by LiPo Ching, San
Jose Mercury News Staff), is the recipient of the 2012 award.
Seed Germination Factor Synthesized
Seeds from certain fire-adapted plants can lay dormant for years until an intense
fire causes them to germinate. Prof. Daniel Straus and his students have been studying the chemical signals from the fire that induce
germination in these plants. The synthetic karrikin induces robust growth in Ithuriel's
Spear, shown above.
Pesek Publishes 200th Paper
On Friday, May 18, the Department had a celebration to commemorate the 200th research
publication by Prof. Joseph J. Pesek. The Pesek research group is world renowned for
their studies in the surface modification of capillaries for performing novel separation
capabilities in chromatography.
Cheruzel Wins Early Career Investigator Award
Chemistry professor Lionel Cheruzel has been named one of two Early Career Investigator
Award winners by the San Jose State University Research Foundation. Cheruzel (pictured
with research student Ngoc-Han Tran) was recognized for excellence in the areas of
research, scholarship, or creative activity.
Muller Becomes Chemistry Department Chair
On Monday August 20, Prof. Gilles Muller (right) took over as Chemistry Department Chairman from Prof. Bradley Stone (center). After nine years as Chairman, Prof. Stone is handing off his administrative
duties and taking a well deserved sabbatical leave to focus on his research in microfluidics
and nanoscience at the ETH Zurich. Former Chair Prof. Joseph Pesek is at left.