Lightning strikes twice
For the second time in two years, an incoming member of the chemistry faculty has received a prestigious faculty start-up award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Simon Garcia, who joined the department this summer as an assistant professor, will receive an unrestricted grant of $30,000. Last year, John Hofferberth won the same award.
"The Dreyfus Foundation awards are among the most prestigious in chemistry," says department chair Scott Cummings. "The Dreyfus philosophy is to find the cream of the crop, in order to support new faculty who are setting up undergraduate research programs. Simon was one of only seven recipients nationally this year. Receiving two Dreyfus awards in two years is a spectacular recognition of chemistry research at Kenyon."
The foundation's faculty start-up awards are intended to support independent research by new tenure-track faculty at primarily undergraduate academic institutions. Garcia's research project-"Molecular control of crystal growth will enable the rational synthesis of nanostructured metal oxide materials"-involves a class of reactions important to nanotechnology.
While using some of the Dreyfus funds to purchase equipment and materials, Garcia will devote much of the grant to stipends for student research assistants participating in the Summer Science Scholars program. Funds will also be used to send students to conferences to present their research.
Garcia, a physical and theoretical chemist who came to the College from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is an expert in crystal growth, with a focus on metal oxides. He earned his B.A. at the University of California, San Diego, and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Cornell University.