May 16, 2006 § 1 Comment

Taken from the speech of John Convey, CUA Provost, given at the Spring Faculty Luncheon on May 4, 2006: 

Gregory Brewer is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry. He received his Ph.D from the University of Virginia, joining CUA's faculty in 1987. During 2005 he was the main author of six research papers published or accepted by top journals of chemistry. The papers deal with the characterization of 15 original complexes developed by x-ray analysis. Four of these are rare complexes of transition metals. All the compounds were made in Maloney Hall, some with the participation of undergraduate students who are coauthors. One of his models was chosen for the cover of Dalton Transactions, an international journal of inorganic chemistry. Another of his publications was the 17th most downloaded article in its journal in the last quarter of 2005. Brewer is the recipient of a five-year $2 million dollar grant with collaborators from NASA. He maintains a heavy teaching load and is the chair of the chemistry department. On April 15, 2006, Brewer and one of his students – sophomore philosophy major Genna White – solved the structure of a potassium molecule that is a perfect icosahedron (12 vertices and 20 triangular faces), the first and only one of its kind. He writes that she is delighted with her victory as she should be.

A sophomore philosophy major? Heavens, even the school can't keep me straight. I found this while poking around the CUA website this afternoon…were my ears burning on May 4? I don't remember. Am I "delighted with my victory as I should be"? Naturally.

Thanks, Dr. Brewer, for the recognition, and congratulations on your nomination!

If you are interested in reading the rest of the speech, you can find it here.

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