Acclaimed chemist Charles M. Lieber, a professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor.Lieber will be the first to hold the University Professorship newly established by Joshua Friedman ’76, M.B.A. ’80, J.D. ’82, and Beth Friedman. The chair supports a tenured faculty member who has shown both extraordinary academic accomplishment and leadership within the University community.Lieber’s appointment as the Friedman University Professor took effect on July 1.At Harvard, Lieber has pioneered the rational synthesis of a broad range of nanoscale wire-like materials and characterization of their unique physical properties. He has also pioneered methods to assemble these “building blocks” into unique structures that have impacted and created new opportunities in areas ranging from electronics and computing to biology and medicine.“Charlie Lieber is an extraordinary scientist whose work has transformed nanoscience and nanotechnology and has led to a remarkable range of valuable applications that improve the quality of people’s lives,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “He’s also a widely admired teacher, mentor, and colleague, and it’s a pleasure to welcome him as the inaugural occupant of the Friedman University Professorship.”For more than a decade, Lieber pioneered the field of nano-bioelectronics, creating nanowire electronic devices with powerful new capabilities for ultra-sensitive, real-time detection of cancer markers and viruses, as well as the first nanoscale transistor tools capable of monitoring and modulating the behavior of individual living cardiac and neuron cells. He also was at the forefront of the creation of a new paradigm for electrical implants called syringe-injectable mesh nanoelectronics, whose ultra-flexible mesh enables the electronics to integrate seamlessly within the brain without causing damage. This new approach has allowed Lieber to record and stimulate the same neurons and neural circuits for time scales of at least a year, creating unprecedented opportunities for fundamental neuroscience research that could lead to powerful therapeutic tools capable of treating neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as ameliorating declines in cognitive capabilities that come with natural aging.“I sincerely appreciate the recognition for my work and, implicitly, the support of my student and postdoctoral co-workers, collaborators, and the Harvard community,” said Lieber. “I am especially honored to be named the inaugural Friedman University Professor.”Lieber received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College in 1981 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University in 1985. After two years of postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, he was appointed an assistant professor of chemistry at Columbia University in 1987 and promoted to associate professor of chemistry in 1990.In 1991 he joined Harvard as a professor of chemistry, and since 1999 he has held a named chair as Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry. Since 2015 he has also served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.An author of nearly 400 articles in peer-reviewed journals, Lieber has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Von Hippel Award (2016), the highest honor of the Materials Research Society, as well as the IEEE Nanotechnology Pioneer Award (2013), the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2012), the National Institutes of Health’s Pioneer Award (2008), and multiple awards from the American Chemical Society. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, the American Physical Society, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Chemical Society, and several other professional societies.Lieber is co-editor of the journal Nano Letters, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several other science and technology journals. He is the principal inventor on more than 50 U.S. patents. Active in commercializing nanotechnology, he founded the nanotechnology company Nanosys, Inc., in 2001 and the nanosensor company Vista Therapeutics in 2007.The first University Professorships were created in 1935, as a means to recognize “individuals of distinction … working on the frontiers of knowledge, and in such a way as to cross the conventional boundaries of the specialties.” With the addition of Lieber, 26 Harvard faculty members across the University now hold this honor.
The winning tickets for the Notre Dame student body class councils were announced at midnight in the third floor of the LaFortune Student Center.The winning senior class council ticket, which ran unopposed, consists of president Martin Walsh, vice president Briggs Hoyt, secretary Robert Reed and treasurer Devin Nagendran.Senior class president-elect Walsh said he and his running mates, all from Keenan Hall, devised a peculiar strategy to come up with ideas for class events.“Briggs and I will get our best ideas right before we go to sleep, ideas tend to just flow, so we’ve found that’s the time to best come up with ideas to serve our class,” Walsh said. “Barn dance, for one, was a product of [late-night discussion], as was the idea to have a concert featuring local South Bend talent.”Senior class secretary-elect Reed said seniors can expect other new events as well.“We’re looking forward to planning a 24-hour dance marathon, a charity event common at other universities,” Reed said.The winning junior class ticket also ran uncontested, with Zachary Waterson as president, Michael Fliotsos as vice president, Miranda Herrara as secretary and Andrew Stoker as treasurer.Junior class president-elect Waterson said he looks forward to collaborating with groups around campus.“I think that there’s a lot of opportunity given that the junior class is in a special position because there are fewer juniors on campus,” Waterson said. “The official program of each student body council is to bring together their respective class through activities like dances, study breaks and class apparel. We want to focus on co-programming between multiple clubs and dorms.“No ticket won a majority of the vote in the sophomore class council election, which will result in a runoff election on Friday, Feb. 21.Out of four original tickets, the two tickets remaining tickets will be that of Noemi Ventilla, Michael Markel, Neil Joseph and Eva Niklinska, which received 43.03 percent of the votes and that of Andrew Galo, Michaela McInerney, Vincent Vangaever and Daniel Barabasi, which received 24.49 precent of the votes.Ventilla, presidential candidate of the leading ticket said she and her running mates plan to simply wait and see.“At this point, both tickets would do a great job, so we’re just going to wait to see what will happen,” Ventilla said.Galo, presidential candidate of the second-place ticket, said he and his running mates were glad to be part of the run-off.“We’re excited to move on,” Galo said. “Obviously, either one of us will do a great job.”Tags: Class Council, elections