Foundation News

Paul Woitach Elected to Board of Directors

OKPaul Woitach, Managing Partner of Pharmaceutical Advisors LLC, was elected to the Board of Directors at the April 2014 meeting. Woitach has over 25 years of Life Sciences commercial and general management experience including CEO of IGI / Immunogenetics, VP & GM of Mettler Toledo Laboratory Instruments, and VP of Marketing Channels with Kodak's Medical business. He holds an MBA from the William E. Simon School of business and a BA in Economics from the University of Rochester. He has served on the Foundation's Finance and Audit Committee since 2012.


Marye Anne Fox Receives Clark Kerr Award

OKMarye Anne Fox has received the 2014 Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education. Established in 1968, the award recognizes an individual who has made an extraordinary and distinguished contribution to the advancement of higher education. Fox is Chancellor Emerita of the University of California, San Diego, and has been a Director of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation since 2002.

Related links: Press releas, Biography of Marye Anne Fox:



Morel Receives Dickson Prize in Science

Dr. Francois M. M. Morel, the Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University, and an Advisor to the Dreyfus Foundation since 2010, has been awarded the 2012 Dickson Prize in Science from Carnegie Mellon University.  The prize is awarded annually to the person judged to have made the most OK progress in the natural sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics in the United States for the year in question. "Francois Morel has been a world leader in the fields of water chemistry and chemical oceanography since the early 1970s, and a pioneer in advancing the understanding of dissolved metal interactions with phytoplankton and other organisms at the base of the aquatic ecosystem," said David A. Dzombak, the Walter J. Blenko Sr. University Professor of Environmental Engineering and director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at CMU.  The award includes $50,000, a bronze medal, and the Dickson Prize Lecture.


Marye Anne Fox Received 2012 Othmer Gold Medal

OKMarye Anne Fox, Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Othmer Gold Medal. The Othmer Medal is given by the Chemical Heritage Foundation to honor individuals who have made multifaceted contributions to chemical and scientific heritage through outstanding activity in areas such as innovation, entrepreneurship, research education, public understanding, legislation, or philanthropy. The medal will be presented to Chancellor Fox on April 12 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. Chancellor Fox has served on the Foundation Board since 2002 and is Chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee.


Matthew Tirrell Awarded 2012 APS Polymer Physics Prize

OKMatthew V. Tirrell, Pritzker Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and member of the Dreyfus Foundation Board of Directors, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Polymer Physics Prize from the American Physical Society. Tirrell is awarded the prize “for his pioneering achievements in the areas of polymer dynamics, polymers at surfaces and interfaces, and polymers in confined geometries.” The prize, which is sponsored by Dow Chemical Co., will be presented at the APS March meeting in Boston.

Related links: APS Web site; Dr. Tirrell's Web page at the University of Chicago


Marye Anne Fox Awarded 2010 National Medal of Science


Marye Anne Fox, chancellor of University of California, San Diego, is a recipient of the 2010 National Medal of Science, to be presented at the White House in November. She has been chosen for this honor "for seminal contributions to chemistry by elucidating the role that non-homogeneous environments can exert on excited-state processes, and enhancing our understanding of charge-transfer reactions and their application to such fields as polymers, solar energy conversion, and nanotechnology."

"It’s a great honor to receive this prestigious recognition, and I am humbled and proud that the contributions made by my research group have advanced organic chemistry," said Fox.  "I was fortunate to have had brilliant and OKhardworking graduate students who focused on fundamental principles that were later translated into practical use in solar energy conversion, environmental remediation and material science. I truly believe that important developments in science and science education are vital for the future of this nation."

Dr. Fox is a member of the Dreyfus Foundation Board of Directors and chairs its Scientific Affairs Committee.

Related links: NSF announcement. University of California, San Diego, news release. Marye Anne Fox biography.


New Lectureship Award Program for Undergraduate Institutions

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation announces the establishment of a new program, the Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Lectureship for Undergraduate Institutions. The Lectureship provides an $18,500 grant for a primarily undergraduate institution to bring in a leading researcher to give a series of lectures in the chemical sciences. The lecturer is expected to substantially interact with undergraduate students and faculty over the period of the visit. The program provides funds to host the speaker and support summer research for two undergraduate students.

Dr. Mark Cardillo, Executive Director of the Dreyfus Foundation, stated, "The Dreyfus Foundation has long supported undergraduate research as an important part of chemistry education. Further, it has worked to increase the general interest in the chemical sciences. With this program both goals are advanced." Three awards will be made per year. Program link.

Matthew Tirrell Joins Dreyfus Board, Named Founding Director of Chicago Institute of Molecular Engineering

Dr. Matthew Tirrell was elected a Member of the Board of Directors at the Foundation's 2011 annual meeting. Tirrell is currently chair of the Bioengineering Department at University of California, Berkeley, and had previously served as an Advisor to the Foundation since 2000. 

On July 1, 2011, Tirrell will join the University of Chicago as founding director of the new Institute of Molecular Engineering. "This is going to be directed toward creating an institute that attacks societal problems from a technological viewpoint, not narrowly based on one scientific discipline," Tirrell said in a statement. "Many important societal problems in energy, health care, or the environment can be addressed by new molecular-level science."

Related link: University of Chicago Press release, with video


Morel Receives ACS Award in Environmental Science & Technology

Francois M. M. Morel, the Albert G. Blanke, Jr., Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University, has been named the recipient of the 2011 ACS Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science & Technology. The purpose of the award is "to encourage creativity in research and technology or methods of analysis to provide a scientific basis for informed environmental control decision-making processes, or to provide practical technologies that will reduce health risk factors." Dr. Morel currently serves as an Advisor to the Dreyfus Foundation.

Related links: Francois Morel's faculty page at Princeton, ACS Award page


Richard Zare Joins Board of Directors

Dr. Richard N. Zare was elected a Member of the Board of Directors at the 2010 annual meeting.  Zare is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University and had previously served as an Advisor to the Foundation. He is renowned for his research in the area of laser chemistry, resulting in a greater understanding of chemical reactions at the molecular level. By experimental and theoretical studies he has made seminal contributions to our knowledge of molecular collision processes and to solving a variety of problems in chemical analysis. His development of laser induced fluorescence as a method for studying reaction dynamics has been widely adopted.

Related link: Zare lab


Dreyfus Foundation Names New Advisors

At the Foundation's 2010 annual meeting, the Board of Directors named two new Advisors: Drs. David E. Hansen and Francois M. M. Morel.  Hansen is Dean of the Joint Science Department and a Professor of Chemistry at Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges.  He had previously served as a Foundation Advisor from 2000-2008.  Morel is the Albert G. Blanke Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University as well as the Director of Princeton's Center for Environmental BioInorganic Chemistry.  They join JoAnne Stubbe (MIT), Matthew Tirrell (UC Berkeley), and John Tully (Yale) as Advisors. 

Related links: David Hansen, Francois Morel


JoAnne Stubbe Wins 2010 Welch Award

JoAnne Stubbe, Novartis Professor of Chemistry and Biology at MIT and Advisor to the Dreyfus Foundation, has been named co-recipient of the 2010 Welch Award in Chemistry, which consists of $300,000 and a gold
medallion. She receives this award in recognition of her research that explains how enzymes have evolved to carry out complex chemistry critical to life. Stubbe shares the Welch Award with Christopher T. Walsh, Hamilton Kuhn Professor at Harvard Medical School. Walsh received a Teacher-Scholar award from the Dreyfus Foundation in 1976, while at MIT.

Stubbe has also been awarded the 2009 National Medal of Science for her work in understanding the enzymatic mechanisms in DNA replication and repair and the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry for uncovering the intricate processes by which cells safely use free radicals, which has led to the design of new drugs in the fight against cancer.

Related Links: Welch announcement, MIT press release, and Stubbe lab

John Tully Awarded Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry

John Tully, Sterling Professor of Chemistry at Yale University and Advisor to the Dreyfus Foundation, will be awarded the 2010-11 Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry. Given annually by the Theoretical Chemistry Institute and Department of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison, the prize is among the most prominent in the field.  Dr. Tully will present three Hirschfelder lectures at the university during October 4-6, 2010. 


Related links: John Tully, Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize


Henry C. Walter elected President of Board of Directors, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation

Mr. Henry C. Walter was elected President of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation by the Board of Directors at the 2009 annual meeting.

Mr. Walter was first elected to the Board in 1978. He had served as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee since 1990 and Treasurer of the Foundation since 2002. He received his BSE in chemical engineering from Princeton University and his MBA from Harvard University.

Dorothy Dinsmoor, who had served as Foundation President since 1991, will serve as Vice President and Secretary.

John R. H. Blum is Treasurer and chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. He previously served as Vice President and Secretary.