The St Louis Section established the ACS Midwest Award in 1944 to publicly recognize outstanding achievements in chemistry in the Midwest region. The award is conferred annually on a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of pure or applied chemistry, chemical education, and the profession of chemistry. The award ceremony takes place during a banquet at the Midwest Regional ACS meeting in October. The awardee or the nominator usually organizes an Award Symposium with speakers in the awardee’s field of study.
Jeff Aubé is University Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas (faculty profile). Professor Aubé received his BS degree from the University of Miami in 1980, where he worked under the direction of Professor Bob Gawley. In 1984, he received his PhD degree from Duke University, where he worked with Steve Baldwin. After completing a postdoc with Samuel Danishefsky at Yale University, Jeff began his independent career at the University of Kansas in 1986. Over the next 25 years, he established one of the preeminent research groups in the areas of synthetic and medicinal chemistry.
Dr Aubé is best-known for developing the Aubé-Schmidt reaction for the synthesis of lactams that are prevalent in, and useful precursors to, biologically active natural products. Always at the forefront of chemistry, Aubé recently demonstrated the power of his method for discovery of new non-natural chemical entities through diversity-oriented synthesis, which led to the discovery of unprecedented selective κ opioid inhibitors (PNAS 2011, 6727). Beyond the syntheses of biologically active compounds, Jeff has made many contributions to synthetic methods that are driven by a deep understanding of physical-organic chemistry. Examples include the use of cation-pi interactions to control the stereochemistry of rearrangements and his extensive work on chemistry of “twisted amides” that lack the resonance stabilization typical of amides.
In addition to the impact of his own research, Aubé has been a leader of collaborative research efforts at the University of Kansas and in the midwest. Jeff successfully led an NIH center for Chemical Methodologies and Library Development (KU-CMLD) for the last 10 years. His CMLD has resulted in over 100 publications and produced about 10,000 compounds for screening. In addition, he successfully competed to form an NIH Specialized Chemistry Center which has already developed 20 quality inhibitors of important targets including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, bacterial kinases, hepatitis C, and Gaucher’s disease.
Prof Aubé's service to the chemical community is likewise high-profile, including participation on many advisory boards, being Associate Editor of Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry, and chairing the SBCA Study Section of the NIH. His visibility and scholarship have led to his receipt of numerous other awards, from his early-career Alfred P Sloan Fellowship to an Arthur C Cope Scholar Award in 2012.
Jeffrey Aubé will receive the Midwest Award at the 47th ACS Midwest Regional Meeting in Omaha, NE, October 24-27.
To be eligible, a nominee’s cited work must have been performed while he or she was residing within the Midwest Region of the ACS, which includes Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Southern Illinois, and South Dakota. However, the nominee does not have to be an ACS member. Neither the nominee nor the nominator has to currently reside in any of these locations. Nominees can be from industry, academia, government or private practice.
Nominations must include a nominating letter, two or more seconding letters, a curriculum vitae, a brief biography, and documented, objective information regarding the outstanding achievements of the nominee. If the nominee is an academician, a list of persons who have received advanced degrees under his or her direction should be included. Please submit nine copies of all nomination material to the Midwest Award coordinator. Nominations received on or before the deadline of March 31 are considered for that calendar year.
The 2012 Midwest Award will be presented at the 47th Midwest Regional ACS Meeting to be held in Omaha, Nebraska, October 24-27, 2012. The ceremonies held on Thursday, October 25, will feature a Midwest Award Symposium and the Midwest Award Lecture. The award, consisting of a medallion and a cash honorarium, will be presented at the Award Banquet. A condition of the Midwest Award is that the recipient gives the Midwest Award Lecture and attends the Award Banquet.
||1st||Lucas P Kyrides||Monsanto Company|
|1945||2nd||Carl F and Gerty T Cori||Washington University|
|1946||3rd||Anderson W Ralston||Armour & Co (Chicago)|
|1948||4th||Paul L Day||University of Arkansas–Little Rock|
|1949||5th||Robert D Coghill||U S Dept of Agriculture (Peoria)|
|1950||6th||William S Haldeman||Monmouth College|
|1951||7th||Henry Gilman||Iowa State University|
|1952||8th||Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr||Mallinckrodt Chemicals|
|1953||9th||Roger Adams||University of Illinois|
|1954||10th||Ralph M Hixon||Iowa State College|
|1955||11th||Cliff S Hamilton||University of Nebraska|
|1956||12th||Carroll A Hochwalt||Monsanto Company|
|1957||13th||Ray Q Brewster||University of Kansas|
|1958||14th||Charles D Hurd||Northwestern University|
|1959||15th||Melvin DeGroote||Petrolite Corporation|
|1960||16th||Charles D Harrington||Mallinckrodt Chemical Works|
|1961||17th||Samuel I Weissman||Washington University|
|1962||18th||Oliver H Lowry||Washington University|
|1963||19th||Herman Pines||Northwestern University|
|1964||20th||Harold H Strain||Argonne National Laboratory|
|1965||21st||Richard H Wiley||University of Louisville|
|1966||22nd||Ralph G Pearson||Northwestern University|
|1967||23rd||Frank H Spedding||Iowa State University|
|1968||24th||Byron Riegel||G D Searle and Co|
|1969||25th||Joseph J Katz||Argonne National Laboratory|
|1970||26th||Irving M Klotz||Northwestern University|
|1971||27th||John C Bailar, Jr||University of Illinois|
|1972||28th||Myron L Bender||Northwestern University|
|1973||29th||Herbert S Gutowsky||University of Illinois|
|1974||30th||Glen A Russell||Iowa State University|
|1975||31st||Takeru Higuchi||University of Kansas|
|1976||32nd||Stanley Wawzonek||University of Iowa|
|1977||33rd||Paul Kuroda||University of Arkansas|
|1978||34th||Orville Chapman||Iowa State University/UCLA|
|1979||35th||Ralph Adams||University of Kansas|
|1980||36th||Robert Hansen||Iowa State University|
|1981||37th||Donald W Setser||Kansas State University|
|1982||38th||Klaus Ruedenberg||Iowa State University|
|1983||39th||Jakob Kleinberg||University of Kansas|
|1984||40th||Norman Cromwell||University of Nebraska|
|1985||41st||John Corbett||Iowa State University|
|1986||42nd||Charles W Gehrke||University of MissouriColumbia|
|1987||43rd||Jacob Schaefer||Monsanto Company|
|1988||44th||C David Gutsche||Washington University|
|1989||45th||Robert W Murray||University of MissouriSt Louis|
|1990||46th||Donald J Burton||University of Iowa|
|1991||47th||Michael J Welch||Washington University|
|1992||48th||Richard L Schowen||University of Kansas|
|1993||49th||Daniel W Armstrong||University of MissouriRolla|
|1994||50th||Theodore Kuwana||University of Kansas|
|1995||51st||Thomas J Barton||Iowa State University|
|1996||52nd||Garland R Marshall||Washington University Medical School|
|1997||53rd||Reuben Rieke||University of NebraskaLincoln|
|1998||54th||Kenneth J Klabunde||Kansas State University|
|1999||55th||Dewey E Holten||Washington University|
|2000||56th||Joyce Y Corey||University of MissouriSt Louis|
|2001||57th||Vasu Nair||University of Iowa|
|2002||58th||Michael Gross||Washington University|
|2003||59th||Kristin Bowman-James||University of Kansas|
|2004||60th||Mark S Gordon||Iowa State University|
|2005||61st||Jerry Atwood||University of MissouriColumbia|
|2006||62nd||Jay Switzer||University of MissouriRolla|
|2007||63rd||George Gokel||University of MissouriSt Louis|
|2008||64th||Daryle H Busch||University of Kansas|
|2009||65th||Richard C Larock||Iowa State University|
|2010||66th||John Verkade||Iowa State University|
|2011||67th||Xiao Cheng Zeng||University of Nebraska–Lincoln|
|2012||68th||Jeffrey Aubé||University of Kansas|
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