MAILED: Sept. 23, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Dr. Jason Halfen, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been awarded one of 10 $12,500 faculty start-up grants by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Inc.
Halfen was among 71 new faculty from around the country nominated for the grant. He is the only UW-Eau Claire faculty member to ever receive the grant.
The annual program is designed to provide external research support to new faculty at the beginning of their academic appointments. Undergraduate students of all levels will work along side Halfen to duplicate the reactivity of enzymes present in nature. Synthetic models for nickel- and iron-containing hydrolytic enzymes is one of his main areas of interest.
The start-up grant provides Halfen with the funds to equip his lab for work in this area, said Dr. David Lewis, chemistry department chair. Lab renovations are expected to be completed later this month when the lab will open for faculty-student research.
"Dr. Halfen is a great resource to his students and the chemistry department as a whole," Dr. Lewis said. "This is just one confirmation of the excellent judgment in bringing him to the university; he is a real go-getter."
Halfen joined the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department in August and teaches general chemistry and inorganic chemistry courses. He completed his studies and conducted research at the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan.
The excellent reputation of the UW-Eau Claire chemistry department is what drew him to the university, Halfen said.
"The chemistry department has a reputation of providing quality education and research opportunities for undergraduate students," Halfen said.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 23, 1997