For immediate release
Four UT Dallas Scientists Win
Grants Totaling $600,000
Part of Welch Foundation Funding for Chemistry Research in Texas
The four scientists – three from the Chemistry Department, the
other from the Molecular and Cell Biology Department – each received
grants of $150,000. The
grants bring to $640,000 the total funding UTD researchers have received
from the Welch Foundation so far in 2001.
Currently, 10 scientists at the university are being funded by
The grants were part of nearly $22.5 million in new and renewal
grants by the foundation to 135 scientists at 27 Texas institutions.
“The Welch Foundation has always been a key factor in our
success in chemistry at UTD,”
said Dr. Richard A. Caldwell, dean of
UTD’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and a professor of
chemistry. “We are
grateful for the latest round of funding, which affirms the continuing
importance of the chemistry research being conducted by our faculty and
staff. This funding will
enable our research efforts to continue to be conducted at a high
Following are the UTD Welch Foundation grant recipients and the
titles of their respective research:
Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., professor or chemistry, “Zeolite Encapsulated
Michael C. Biewer, assistant professor of chemistry, “Preparation of SAMs with Organic
Donald M. Gray, professor of molecular and cell biology, “CD of DNA Structures
Having High Affinity for Ff Gene 5 Protein.”
John W. Sibert, assistant professor of chemistry, “Ortho and Meta ‘Wurster’s
Crowns:’ Synthesis and Study of Phenylenediamine-Based Redox-Active
Gray said he was grateful for the Welch Foundation support, “because
it allows the freedom to undertake basic research, unlike federal grants
that are often targeted to specific research projects.”
He indicated that the $150,000 grant will permit him to fund the
services of a post-doctoral student and “to pursue research that would
otherwise not be possible.”
Sibert, who has been at UTD just seven months, said the
availability of Welch Foundation grants to Texas chemists played a role
in his decision to relocate here from North Carolina.
The Welch Foundation was established in 1954 by the estate of Robert A. Welch, an oil and minerals entrepreneur. In addition to funding basic chemistry research at Texas colleges and universities, the foundation also sponsors a wide array of conferences, lectures and scholarly programs to further chemistry education and research at the junior high school, high school and college levels in Texas.
Since its inception, the foundation has made grants to researchers at U.T. Dallas totaling $7.1 million.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of
Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major
multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor,
enrolls approximately 6,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students.
The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the
forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores.
The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s,
master’s and doctoral degree programs.
For additional information about UTD, please visit its web site
Press Releases & Announcements
This page last updated May 4, 2001