U of M Chemistry alum recognized in 2006 “Scientific
We are pleased to announce that Prof.
Robert Hammer, an alumnus of the Department of Chemistry at the University
of Minnesota and current William A. Pryor Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University, has been named
to the 2006 “Scientific
American 50”. This prestigious list is generated annually by Scientific
American magazine to honor “individuals
and organizations who, through their efforts in research, business and
policy-making, are driving advances in science and technology that lay
the groundwork for a better future”.
was recognized for his work with short peptide fragments designed to interrupt
beta amyloid protein aggregation leading to amyloid plaques, which are
known indicators for Alzheimer’s Disease. This work was published
earlier this year in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS, 2006, 128,
3523). Also sharing the 2006 Scientific American 50 list with
Hammer are Al Gore and Warren E. Buffet.