Professor Paula T. Hammond
Professor Scott J. Miller

  2016 Habermann Lecture

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that the fall 2016 Habermann Lecture will be given by Prof. Scott J. Miller, Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry at Yale University. The lecture, "Searching for Selective Catalytic Reactions in Complex Molecular Environments," will be held at 4 pm on Friday, September 23, 2016 in room 121 of the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building.

Scott J. Miller was born on December 11, 1966 in Buffalo, NY. He received his B.A. (1989), M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1994) from Harvard University, where he worked in the laboratories of Professor David Evans as a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. Subsequently, he traveled to the California Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Robert Grubbs until 1996. For the following decade, he was a member of the faculty at Boston College, until joining the faculty at Yale University in 2006. In 2008, he was appointed as the Irénée du Pont Professor of Chemistry, and in 2009, the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department, a position he held for two consecutive terms, concluding in 2015. Presently, he serves as the Divisional Director of Science at Yale University.

Professor Miller’s research program focuses on problems in catalysis. His group employs strategies that include catalyst design, the development of combinatorial techniques for catalyst screening, and the application of these approaches to the preparation of biologically active agents. Three particular interests of his laboratory are (a) the selective functionalization of complex molecules, (b) the exploration of potential analogies between synthetic catalysts and enzymes and (c) the discovery of molecules that are effective antibiotics despite increasing resistance challenges.

Scott Miller’s awards and honors include: National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1999); Cottrell Scholar Award (1999) and Research Innovation Award (1998) of Research Corporation; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2000), Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2000); DuPont Young Professor Award (2000); Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award (2000); GlaxoSmithKline Chemistry Scholar Award (2000); Lilly Grantee Award (2000); Merck Chemistry Council Awards (2001-2008); Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry (2003); Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society (2004); Robert Burns Woodward Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (2005); Boehringer-Ingelheim Cares Foundation Award (2006); Yoshimasa Hirata Memorial Gold Medal of Nagoya University (2009); National Institutes of Health MERIT Award (2011); Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012); American Chemical Society Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (2016); Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016).

Professor Miller has served in an advisory capacity for a number of public and private concerns, including the Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Academies, and as a member of numerous review panels for various funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health Study Section "Synthetic and Biological Chemistry B," which he chaired from 2009-2010. He recently completed a term (2012-2015) on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council, convened by the Director of the NIGMS and the Director of the National Institutes of Health.


Eugene Habermann was born and raised in the city of Milwaukee, not far from Marquette University. He served in the Army during World War II and then attended Marquette University under the GI bill, receiving a BS degree in business administration in 1958, while working full-time as a time-study analyst at Briggs & Stratton. Mr. Habermann never married and lived with other members of his family. He was described as a "jovial, pleasant man, with a good sense of humor." A relative, noting his frugality, stated, "He was a sharp investor. It wasn't a hobby for him."

Mr. Habermann admired chemists who were well-trained and knew their art and thus established the Habermann-Pfletschinger Chair in Chemistry at Marquette University in honor of his parents.

The Habermann Lecture series is to perpetuate the memory of Eugene Habermann and to recognize his generosity and support of Marquette University and our chemistry department.

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