HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Washington-area chemist wins national award for free-radical research

Marilyn Jacox of Gaithersburg, Md., will be honored March 25 by the world's largest scientific society for broadening our understanding of free radicals, highly reactive molecules made both in nature and by humans. She will receive the 2003 E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy from the American Chemical Society at its national meeting in New Orleans.

In 1962, when Jacox joined what would become the National Institute of Standards and Technology, "there was a very big question mark about free radicals," she said. "There were about 10 that were known at the time." Forty-two years later, a reference book she authored contained 3,450 of them -- hundreds of which she has either discovered or investigated herself.

Her approach is to study their spectra, unique "fingerprints" based on exciting free radicals with light energy. Of particular interest are infrared spectra, which convey information about not only how the atoms that make up a free radical are arranged but also how they bond to one another.

Today, free radicals are commonly associated with molecules that can destroy Earth's ozone layer or damage DNA. But they are also responsible for driving reactions that otherwise wouldn't take place.

"A match flame is full of small free radicals -- without them, the flame would go away," Jacox pointed out. "And the fluoride-containing molecules used in etching microcircuits -- a lot of the chemistry of those reactions involve small free radicals I've studied. Understanding breeds control."

When asked how she originally became interested in science, particularly chemistry, Jacox said, "I was just wired to love the natural world. It started as a love for creepy crawly things as a tiny child, and then when I was only 7 years old my father gave me a child's guide to astronomy. I just ate that up."

Later, in high school, an older student who shared her bus befriended her. "She wanted to become a chemist -- this was the mid-1940s --
'"/>

Contact: Allison Byrum
a_byrum@acs.org
202-872-4400
American Chemical Society
4-Mar-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. UT Southwestern biochemist honored with NIH Directors Pioneer Award
2. NJIT chemist speaks Aug. 25 about compound derived from pine tree
3. NIH roadmap for biomedical research focus of chemists at American Chemical Society meeting
4. U of T research answers key question in biochemistry
5. Carnegie Mellon University hosts ACS-PRF summer school on green chemistry
6. Rutgers chemist uses NMR to elucidate protein-DNA interaction
7. New multidisciplinary research tops chemists meeting Aug. 22-26
8. Wisconsin chemists find a new chink in TBs armor
9. UCLA chemists develop new coating for nanoscale probes
10. High profile publications in biology and biochemistry on rise at UH
11. Biochemist becomes 15th UT Southwestern faculty member serving on National Academy of Sciences

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/7/2017)... Feb. 7, 2017   MedNet Solutions , an ... spectrum of clinical research, is pleased to announce that ... its innovative, highly flexible and award winning eClinical solution, ... iMedNet is a proven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) clinical ... Capture (EDC), but also delivers an entire suite of ...
(Date:2/3/2017)... WASHINGTON , Feb. 3, 2017 A ... Identity Strategy Partners, LLP (IdSP) . Designed to ... in the complex identity market, founding partners Mark ... nearly 35 combined years just in identity expertise that ... tank and non-profit leadership. The Crego-Kephart combined expertise has ...
(Date:1/31/2017)... 2017  Spero Therapeutics, LLC, a biopharmaceutical company ... of bacterial infections, today announced it has acquired ... Pro Bono Bio Ltd (PBB) to bolster its ... forms of Gram-negative bacteria.   The assets acquired have ... PBB group company. "The acquisition of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... Calif. , Feb. 23, 2017  MIODx ... license for two key immunotherapy technologies from the ... technology provides a method to monitor a patient ... as PD-L1 and CTLA-4.  The second license extends ... a patient is likely to have an immune-related ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... TX (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... Administration (FDA) de novo clearance to begin marketing the SPEAC® System, the Brain ... for adults at home or in healthcare facilities during periods of rest. A ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... The Greater Gift Initiative, Inc , ... Compass Research . GGI's mission is to advance global health and highlight the ... need in honor of each clinical trial volunteer. The vision of GGI is to ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... USA, and CARDIFF, UK (PRWEB) , ... February ... ... international society for optics and photonics , have been named Fellows of the ... significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: