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University of Alberta organic chemist receives top young Canadian scientist prize
Date:2/2/2009

rd from the Canadian Society of Chemistry, which recognizes distinguished contributions in the fields of organic chemistry or biochemistry while working in Canada. He then received the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowships one of Canada's premier science and engineering research awards.

"I am always pleased to see organizations that recognize and fund basic science," commented Hall. "While I'm not making the drugs that will be on the market in two to three years, I'm helping build the foundation for those drugs to be made. Organic chemistry is a major contributor to the large increase of life expectancy in the past century, and I feel that the Steacie Prize recognizes the importance of investing in this field".

The Steacie Prize - worth $15,000 - is handed out each year and recognizes exceptional contributions from a scientist or engineer of 40 years of age or less. Winners are selected by a panel appointed by the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fund, a private foundation dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering in Canada (http://www.steacieprize.ca). Previous University of Alberta recipients of the Steacie Prize include N.J. Dovichi (Chemistry, 1991), B.D. Sykes (Biochemistry, 1982), and G. Rostoker (Physics, 1979).

With all the recognition, Hall is grateful to the colleagues who nominated him, and points out his success is a team effort.

"There is nothing more satisfying than writing a good paper with a student and seeing their happy face when it gets accepted in a journal," he explained.


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Contact: Julie Naylor
julie.naylor@ualberta.ca
780-492-4073
University of Alberta
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