George A. Abbott Lectureship
The Abbott Lectureship is designed to bring outstanding chemists to our department and to the area, to provide an opportunity for personal interaction with area students, practicing chemists, and faculty.
We have been fortunate to have some of the most outstanding chemists in the country present these endowed lectures, including Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry.
The George A. Abbott Lectureship was established by gifts from the University of North Dakota Alumni.
2023 Abbott Chemistry Lectures
Live webinar featuring Phil S. Baran, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute.
|March 9, 2023, 7 pm||
Or join us in Abbott Hall 101 to watch the webinar together.
|March 10, 2023, 12:20 pm||
Join us in Abbott Hall 138 to watch the webinar together.
About Dr. Phil S. Baran
Phil Baran was born in 1977 in Denville, New Jersey. He received his B.S. in chemistry from NYU in 1997, his Ph.D. from The Scripps Research Institute in 2001, and from 2001-2003 he was an NIH-postdoctoral fellow at Harvard. His independent career began at Scripps in the summer of 2003. Dr. Baran has published over 250 scientific articles, several patents, and has been the recipient of several ACS awards such as the Corey (2015), Pure Chemistry (2010), Fresenius (2006), and Nobel Laureate Signature (2003), and several international distinctions such as the Hirata Gold Medal and Mukaiyama Prize (Japan), the RSC award in Synthesis (UK), the Sackler Prize (Israel), and the Janssen Prize (Belgium). In 2013 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, in 2015 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2016 he was awarded the Blavatnik National Award, and in 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, USA. He has delivered hundreds of lectures around the world and consults for numerous companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Gilead. He currently serves as a scientific advisory board member for Eisai, Alkermes, Nutcracker, Quanta and AsymChem. From 2016-2020 he served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society. He co-founded Sirenas Marine Discovery (2012), Vividion Therapeutics (2016), Elsie Biotechnologies (2021), and Elima Therapeutics (2022). In 2013 he co-authored The Portable Chemist’s Consultant, an interactive book published on the iBooks store along with his graduate class in Heterocyclic Chemistry (viewable on YouTube). The Baran laboratory is committed to identifying areas of chemical synthesis that can have a dramatic impact on the rate of drug discovery and development. This is achieved both through the development of practical total syntheses of complex natural products (such as terpenes, alkaloids, peptides, and oligonucleotides) and by inventing reactions which can dramatically simplify retrosynthesis.
Previous Abbott Lectures
|Year||Lecturer and Institution||Lecture Information|
|2022||Dr. Angela K. Wilson, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University and 2022 President of the American Chemical Society||2022 Info|
|2021||Dr. X. Chris Le, University of Alberta||2021 Info|
Dr. Christopher Cummins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Thomas R. Hoye, University of Minnesota
Dr. Jonathan V. Sweedler, University of Illinois, Urbana
Dr. David Yarkony, John Hopkins University
Dr. Donald J. Darensbourg, Texas A&M University
Dr. Bruce Lipshutz, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Debra R. Rolison, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Michael Ward, Molecular Design Institute, New York University
Dr. Thomas J. Meyer. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Michael P. Doyle, University of Maryland
Dr. Richard N. Zare, Stanford University
Dr. Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Catherine Fensealu, University of Maryland
Dr. Malcolm Chisholm, Ohio State University
Dr. Barry K. Carpenter, Cornell University
Dr. William H. Miller. University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Victor J. Hruby, University of Arizona
Dr. Samuel H. Gellman, University of Wisconsin - Madison