UTD Chemistry Professor, Emergency Medical Team Gains Recognition

Dr. Jeremiah Gassensmith, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).

The RSC, whose origins date back to 1841, is the oldest professional society of chemists in the world and is dedicated to advancing the chemical sciences and enhancing the role that chemists play in the world. The organization is the European counterpart of the American Chemical Society.

RSC Fellows are recognized leaders in the field of chemical sciences who have made outstanding contributions to the field and are committed to promoting the global value of chemistry.

“I am certainly very honored to have been selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry,” said Gassensmith. “I think this recognition is best seen as a reflection of my research group, which includes some of the most dedicated graduate and undergraduate students in the world.”

Gassensmith’s research focuses on the intersection of organic and solid-state chemistry, with an emphasis on biomaterials and engineered virus particles. His work has applications in the development of vaccines against viral and bacterial infections, new types of contrast agents for use in MRI, and precise methods for delivering therapeutic drugs to the body. In addition to more than 60 published papers, Gassensmith has seven patents and launched a startup based on some of his lab’s work.

Gassensmith’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation — including a 2017 Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award — as well as the Welch Foundation and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. He is the recipient of the 2021 UT Dallas President’s Teaching Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Educator Award from the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

UEMR team receives national honors

Members of the University’s Medical Emergency Response Team have been recognized for their commitment to campus safety.

The University of Texas Emergency Medical Response Team at the University of Dallas (UEMR) recently received two national awards that recognize the organization’s contributions to campus safety.

UEMR earned HeartSafe and EMS Ready Campus Recognitions at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation’s annual conference in Pittsburgh – honors that recognize the group’s commitment to campus safety.

“Students, staff and faculty on our campus need to be sure they are in safe hands in the event of an emergency,” said Sheila Elliott, Director of UEMR. “We have an amazing first responder organization on campus.”

The HeartSafe Campus Award recognizes UT Dallas’ preparedness to respond to cardiac arrest emergencies. To earn recognition, UT Dallas had to demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • Rapid First Responder Response (UEMR) and rapid public access to defibrillation.
  • Early access to advanced care.
  • Public training in CPR and automated external defibrillator for the community.
  • Participation in preventive cardiovascular health care activities.

The EMS Ready Award recognizes how college EMS organizations are prepared for emergencies and disasters.

“We have an incredible team of student volunteers who are dedicated to making our campus a safe place,” Elliott said. “We look forward to assisting with future medical emergencies while assisting the greater Dallas-Fort Worth community with CPR training and emergency preparedness.”

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