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UI researcher wins national new faculty award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Assistant Professor of Chemistry Edward G. Gillan, faculty member in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, has been selected to receive one of only 11 five-year, $25,000 Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Awards given nationally by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation for 1997.

Under the terms of the award, Gillan will use the award as an unrestricted research grant. The purpose of the award is to provide funding for new faculty members at the start of their research and teaching activities.

Gillan came to the university in 1997 after earning his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and his doctorate in chemistry from UCLA in 1994. He served as a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard University from 1994 to 1995 and at Rice University from 1995 to 1997. His research involves the use of molecular compounds in the growth of solid state materials, such as crystals.

In addition to the UI, other universities winning 1997 Dreyfus New Faculty Awards are: Harvard University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Duke University, The University of Texas at Austin, Purdue University, Stanford University, the University of Washington, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. of New York was established in 1946 by Swiss-born chemist, inventor and businessman Camille Dreyfus as a memorial to his brother, Henry, "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world." The Dreyfus brothers dedicated their lives to the scientific and commercial development of cellulose acetate and related chemicals, resulting in the formation of the Celanese companies in Britain, Canada and the United States and contributing to the evolution of the modern chemical industry. The Foundation became a memorial to both men after Camille died in 1956.