Stephen Kent, Chuan He selected for chemistry awards

University Communications

University of Chicago scientists have recently earned five awards for their research in chemistry and biochemistry. Collecting three awards is Stephen Kent, Professor in Chemistry and in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, while Chuan He, Professor in Chemistry, picks up two more.

Kent will receive the American Chemical Society's 2011 Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry on March 29, 2011, at the 241st ACS national meeting in Anaheim, Calif. The award recognizes significant accomplishments at the interface between biology and organic or inorganic chemistry, with an emphasis on applying the fundamental principles and experimental methods of chemistry to areas of biological significance.

Kent will receive the biennial Akabori Memorial Award of the Japanese Peptide Society at the 5th International Peptide Symposium this December in Kyoto, Japan. The Akabori Award recognizes important contributions to the life sciences.

Kent also has received the 2010 Josef Rudinger Memorial Award from the European Peptide Society. The Rundinger Award recognizes outstanding career contributions in peptide and protein chemistry and biological applications.

Chuan He has received the 2010 Early Career Award for distinguished research from the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. SBIC President Trevor Hambley lauded He's work for its "remarkable impact in only a short period, receiving in excess of 2,000 citations."

He also will receive the American Chemical Society's Akron Section Award Nov. 16 in Akron, Ohio. His award recognizes young scientists and engineers who demonstrate exceptional promise for making significant contributions to the chemical sciences.