|NYU Chemistry was featured prominently in the 2015 College of Arts and Science Baccalaureate Ceremony on May 19th at Madison Square Garden.
John Halpin was chosen to present the Faculty Address. John is a Clinical Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Dual-Degree Engineering Program. He is also an alumnus of NYU several times over, and is married to alumna Margaret Mandziuk, also a Clinical Professor of Chemistry. He is connected to a large portion of the student body, by virtue of teaching the General Chemistry course, required by several science majors. His many teaching awards are testimony to his success in this endeavor. He is also the Faculty-in-Residence in the University Hall residence hall, thereby connecting with many more students in daily life. So it seems Dr. Halpin would be a terrific choice of speaker any year. However, this was a particularly special year for John, as his daughter Ellen was in the audience of graduating students.
Phi Baran, the Darlene Shiley Chair in Chemistry at Scripps Research Institute, addressed the graduates as the recipient of the 2015 Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Phil earned his bachelor's degree in 1997, having conducted research in the laboratory of Professor Emeritus David Schuster. Phil's impressive resume is filled with prestigious honors, such as the National Fresenius Award, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, and the Royal Society of Chemistry Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award. See the NYU Chemistry website article announcing Phil's 2013 MacArthur Genius Grant to learn more about Phil's accomplishments and his research.
Watch the livestream video from May 19 (the ceremony's video has a freeze-frame start on John Halpin!)
2015 CAS Baccalaureate Ceremony Video
To quickly find your place, forward to
21:25 for CAS Dean Gabi Starr's Introduction of John Halpin
25 for John Halpin's speech
52 for the intro to Phil Baran
53 for Phil Baran's speech