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Release: April 12, 2002

UI researchers win prestigious NSF CAREER Awards

Amnon Kohen and Leonard MacGillivray, assistant professors of chemistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, have been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards, effective June 1.

As award recipients, Kohen and MacGillivray will receive $440,500 and $506,000, respectively, over the next five years. The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF honor for new faculty and is given in recognition of research and teaching excellence, as well as academic leadership potential. The awards, presented to engineers and scientists across the country, are designed to recognize and support the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.

Kohen's NSF research involves pursuing medical and technological applications of biological catalysts. Kohen, who came to the UI in 1999, earned his doctorate from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1994.

MacGillivray, whose research interests include molecular recognition, solid-state organic and inorganic chemistry, and nanotechnology, came to the UI in 2000 and earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998.