10/12/20 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Gassman Lectureship #1: Professor William DeGrado
Paul G. Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry
Professor DeGrado earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kalamazoo College, and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Chicago. His research expertise encompasses pharmacological inhibition, channel formation, and protein engineering. It focuses on small molecule and protein design as an approach to understanding macromolecule structure and function. One research interest is in the de novo design, in which one designs proteins or drugs beginning from first principles. This approach critically tests the understanding of protein folding and function, while also laying the groundwork for the design of molecules with properties unprecedented in nature.
In honor of Regents Professor Paul G. Gassman
Regents Professor Paul G. Gassman died in April 1993, at the age of 57. He was internationally known in the chemical community, and left behind a legacy of achievement. During his career, he served as mentor and adviser to 85 doctoral and master’s candidates as well as dozens of postdoctoral associates and undergraduate students. Numerous awards, honors, and honorary degrees were bestowed in recognition of his contributions to research and his service to the scientific, professional, and university communities. Some of these awards include election to the National Academy of Sciences (1989) and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1992); the James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry (1985); Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (1986); and the National Catalyst Award of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (1990). He served as president of the American Chemical Society in 1990. He was co-chair of the organizing committees of the National Organic Symposium (1991) and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research meeting (1992), on the University of Minnesota campus. It was his wish that a lectureship be established to bring distinguished organic chemists to the Department of Chemistry.