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Bacon Ke, Ph.D. 1959, retired from Kettering Lab, was honored for his 100th birthday by an article in Photosynthesis Research (147, 2021, 243–525)

Tsuneo Imamoto, postdoc 1973- 1975, is professor emeritus at Chiba University and won the Noyori Prize from the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan.

Sibrina Collins, B.A. 1994, was awarded the John G. Petty Community Champion Award for Diversity Efforts.

May Khanna, B.S. 1995, Ph.D. 2001, was promoted to associate professor with tenure at the University of Arizona, Department of Pharmacology.

Xiaosong Li, Ph.D. 2003, is the Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor and associate chair of chemistry at the University of Washington. Xiaosong also began serving as associate editor of Chemical Physics Reviews.

Jason McLellan, B.S. 2003, was awarded the Addgene Blue Flame Award in recognition of SARS-CoV-2 HexaPro (S-6P) plasmid being distributed to more than 100 labs around the world, and he was named 2021 Texas Inventor of the Year.

Hrant Hratchian, Ph.D. 2005, started a term as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California Merced.

Santosh Mahto, Ph.D. 2009, was promoted to senior scientist at EAG Laboratories.

Rajan Lamichhane, Ph.D. 2011, is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and received a MIRA Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Jeremy Moore, Ph.D. 2013, began a position as a research technologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Josh Fischer, B.S. 2014, completed a Ph.D. at Purdue University and started a position as an imaging applications scientist at Bruker.

Derek Averill, Ph.D. 2014, started as chief technology officer of Green Scientific Labs.

Buddhima Siriwardena-Mahanama, Ph.D. 2014, was promoted to chemist at the Environmental Services Department of the City of San Jose.

Sue White, B.S. 2016, M.A. 2020, received a second Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Chemical Society.

Ryan Hollingsworth, Ph.D. 2018, started a new position at Wacker Chemical Corporation.

Travis Ness, Ph.D. 2018, started as a scientist, protein engineering, at Sanofi.

Mohammed Hawsawi, Ph.D. 2020, started as an assistant professor of organic chemistry at Umm Al-Qura University.

Tyler Jenks, Ph.D. 2020, began a position as quality control lab manager at Springfield Industries.

Kavinda Herath, Ph.D. 2021, began a position at Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories.

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