Cricket, afternoon tea, and potentially groundbreaking research were on the agenda for one University of Houston chemist who recently spent a semester in England after receiving one of the world's most coveted academic awards.
Research in dynamics of electron transfer between organic molecules captured a Guggenheim Fellowship for Eric Bittner, an associate professor of chemistry who joined an illustrious group of past recipients. He was among 189 scientists, artists, and scholars named 2007 Fellows by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Bittner was one of only two chemists in North America selected for a fellowship last year. Bittner's fellowship allowed him to spend part of the 2007-2008 academic year at Cambridge University, where he worked with Sir Richard Friend, a physics professor and pioneer in the field of polymer optoelectronics.
"The list of Fellows is a list of the most outstanding members of almost any academic, scientific, or artistic field. I'm quite honored and humbled to be included on that list," Bittner said. John L. Bear, dean of the UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, said receiving the award reflects favorably on Bittner, the college, and the university. "To receive a Guggenheim Fellowship when only two were given in the U.S. and Canada for chemistry is a true honor for Eric, and it also speaks highly of the caliber of faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and UH," Bear said. To learn more about Bittner, his research, and the Guggenheim Fellowship, read the online article from the alumni newsletter, "Breakthrough".