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Two UTD Professors Win Chemistry Research Grants Worth $300,000
from Houston's Welch Foundation

Jeff DeJong
Dr. Jeff DeJong

Paul Pantano
Dr. Paul Pantano

RICHARDSON, Texas (May 20, 2003):  Two professors at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) have won grants totaling $300,000 from the Houston-based Welch Foundation, which annually funds basic chemistry research in Texas.

The two scientists - one from UTD's Department of Chemistry, the other from the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology - each received three-year grants of $150,000. The grant recipients and the titles of their respective research are:

  • Dr. Paul Pantano, associate professor, chemistry, "Novel Protein Surface Chemistries."
  • Dr. Jeff DeJong, associate professor, molecular and cell biology, "Biochemical Mechanisms of Germ-Line Gene Regulation."

The grants are part of $22.3 million in funding provided by the foundation this year to 151 scientists at 22 Texas institutions of higher education.

Pantano earned a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of California, Riverside. DeJong holds a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

The Welch Foundation was established in 1954 by the estate of Robert A. Welch, an oil and minerals entrepreneur. In addition to individual research grants, the organization underwrites 41 academic chairs in chemistry, including one at UTD filled by Dr. Ray H. Baughman, director of the UTD NanoTech Institute. 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.

About UTD

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 more than 13,000 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 the university's web site at www.utdallas.edu.

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