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Truhlar receives alma mater's Distinguished Alumnus Award

Regents Professor Donald Truhlar receives the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater—Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona—during its 2011 homecoming activities, Saturday, June 25. This award honors an alumnus for his outstanding and distinguished professional achievements.

Truhlar is one of the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry's most distinguished professors and researchers. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Saint Mary's University on Minnesota in 1965, and his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in 1970. He joined the Department of Chemistry faculty in 1969.

He is one of the top physical chemists in the world. He has received many prestigious awards and honors for his research and his seminal contributions that have advanced and transformed chemistry and chemical physics. He has written more than 900 journal articles and 80 book chapters, and has edited or co-edited 13 books.

Truhlar's teaching and advising record also is unparalleled. He has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses, and has mentored 144 graduate students and postdoctoral associates and 70 undergraduate research students.

His additional contributions to the scientific community include serving as an associate editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society and editor of Computer Physics Communications. Truhlar also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.

Additional information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award honor for Truhlar is available on Saint Mary's University of Minnesota website.

The University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Science & Engineering.