Speakers at our SOS Symposium in Honor of Prof. Barry Trost

On November 11, 2020, we hosted a virtual SOS symposium in honor of SOS Editorial Board member Prof. Barry Trost, including talks by himself and three of his alumni. These were the speakers on this occacion:

Professor Barry Trost
Barry M. Trost began his academic career in 1965 at the University of Wisconsin where he was promoted to Professor of Chemistry in 1969 and subsequently became the Vilas Research Professor in 1982.  He joined the faculty at Stanford as Professor of Chemistry in 1987 and became Tamaki Professor of Humanities and Sciences in 1990. Professor Trost’s work has ranged over the entire field of organic synthesis, particularly emphasizing extraordinarily novel methodology which he demonstrated translates to more efficient total synthesis of complex bioactive compounds.  In recognition of his many contributions, Professor Trost has received a numerous awards, including among the many the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (1977), the Dr. Paul Janssen Prize (1990), Bing Teaching Award (1993), the ACS Roger Adams Award (1995), the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (1998), the Yamada Prize (2001), the ACS Cope Award (2004), the Nagoya Medal (2008), the Ryoji Noyori Prize (2013), August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann Denkmuenze (2014), Tetrahedron Prize (2014), and the RSC Sir Derek Barton Gold Medal (2020). He has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences (1982) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1980). He has published two books and over 1030 scientific articles.
Professor Janine Cossy
Janine Cossy was born in Reims, France, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Champagne-Ardenne, working on photochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Pierre Pète. After a two-year postdoctoral stay with Prof. Barry Trost at the University of Wisconsin (USA), she returned to Reims, where she became Director of Research at the CNRS in 1990. In the same year, she was appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at the ESPCI Paris. Janine Cossy’s research interests include the synthesis of natural products and biologically active molecules and the development of synthetic methods. Her research has resulted in more than 530 publications and 17 patents. She has received the CNRS Silver Medal (1996), the E.C. Taylor Senior Award (2015), and the IUPAC Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Award (2019). In 2013, she was nominated Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and she was elected to the French Academy of sciences in 2017.
Professor Mark Lautens
Mark Lautens (B.Sc. Guelph, Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison, PDF Harvard) is AstraZeneca Professor of Organic Synthesis, J.B. Jones Distinguished Professor and University Professor at the University of Toronto. His research involves discovering new synthetically useful reactions and developing strategies to make medicinal agents more efficiently. Among his honors are: Officer of the Order of Canada, Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Henry Marshall Tory Award, CIC Medal, E.W.R. Steacie Fellow, and J.J. Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision Award. International recognitions include Humboldt Award (Germany), Pedler Award (RSC, UK), A.P. Sloan Fellow, Lilly Grantee, A.C. Cope Scholar and H.C. Brown Award (ACS). Nearly 200 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and an equal number of undergraduates have trained with him. Lautens has written OpEd’s in the Globe & Mail and Toronto Star advocating for supporting excellence in science and early career researchers.
Professor Nuno Maulide
Nuno Maulide was born in Lisbon in 1979. He graduated from the Instituto Superior Tecnico, completed an M.Sc. at the Ecole Polytechnique, and received his Ph.D. from Universite catholique de Louvain in 2007. After postdoctoral studies with Barry Trost at Stanford University, he became a Research Group Leader at the MPI Mülheim in 2009. Since 2013 he is Full Professor and Chair of Organic Synthesis at the University of Vienna. His research spans diverse areas within organic chemistry, focusing on unconventional reaction mechanisms and intermediates. Maulide was “Scientist of the Year” 2018-19 in Austria and is the youngest Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has received the Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award (2012), the ADUC prize (German Chemical Society, 2012), the EurJOC Young Researcher Award (2015), the Elisabeth Lutz Prize (Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2016), the Prize of the City of Vienna (2017) and the Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award (2020).




Alois Fürstner
Editor-in-Chief / Moderator / SOS Talk
Alois Fürstner is a native of Austria and obtained his doctoral degree from the Technical University of Graz. After a postdoctoral stint at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a Habilitation in Graz, he joined the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim, Germany, as a group leader (1993). In 1998, he became Director at the Institute.  His research interests in the area of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis range from the characterization of reactive intermediates and method development to applications in natural product total synthesis. His honors include the Thieme/IUPAC Prize, the Mukaiyama Award, the ACS Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, the Janssen Prize for Creativity in Organic Synthesis, the Prelog Medal, the Karl Ziegler Prize, the Gay Lussac/Humboldt Prize, and the ACS H. C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods. He is member of the German National Academy “Leopoldina”.
Gary A. Molander
Chair / Moderator
Gary Molander is the Hirschmann Makineni Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. from Iowa State University under Richard C. Larock and his Ph.D. with Herbert C. Brown at Purdue. After a postdoctoral stint at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with Barry M. Trost, he began his independent career at the University of Colorado, Boulder, before moving to the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Chair 2009-2018. His research interests are in the development of new synthetic methods. He has won many awards, including the ACS Herbert C. Brown Award for Creative Research in Synthetic Methods. Within the Division of Organic Chemistry of the ACS, he has served as Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee, Secretary-Treasurer, and Chair of the Division. He was also the Executive Officer of the National Organic Symposium, is co-chair of the Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium, and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.


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