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Aleppo Resident Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Dr. Fraser Fleming, professor in Duquesne University’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

Fleming, who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in organic chemistry, is recognized as the leader in unsaturated nitriles.

Colleague Dr. Partha Basu commented that Fleming’s strength “lies in bringing new chemistry and new insights to what was previously thought to be a mature field," noting that nitriles have been studied for more than a century. Nitriles have been used in more than 30 commercial medications, including Anastrazole, a drug for treatment of advanced breast cancer; Escitalopram for depression; Primacor for heart failure; Tagamet for ulcers; and Rilpivirine, a potent anti-HIV agent.

Since arriving at Duquesne in 1992, Fleming has authored or co-authored 56 peer-reviewed scholarly publications and six review articles. These include publications in the Chemical Reviews, Organic Letters, the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Organic Chemistry and the prestigious international chemical journal Angewandte Chemie.

He and his students have made more than 100 presentations of scientific work at national and international meetings, including the prestigious and competitive Gordon Research Conferences. His collaborators beyond Duquesne include colleagues at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich and the Goteborg University in Sweden.

While at Duquesne, Fleming has received more than $1.8 million as the principal investigator of individual research grants, primarily from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and concurrently holds two grants from these organizations.

Fleming lives in Aleppo Township.

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