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Duquesne’s Bayer School Welcomes New Chemistry/Biochemistry Chair

Dr. Ralph A. Wheeler has joined the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences as the new chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Wheeler previously served as a presidential professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of Oklahoma, and completed research sabbaticals at Scripps Research Institute and the University of California-San Francisco.

Wheeler was recently named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), selected on the basis of excellence in scientific research as well as outstanding service to the ACS or the profession. He is one of only 192 scientists from around the world named in the 2010 class of ACS Fellows.

In addition, Wheeler currently serves as editor of Annual Reports in Computational Chemistry and as an editorial board member of the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modeling. He has taught lecture courses in general, physical and inorganic chemistry at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and his research has been cited more than 2,000 times in other publications.

Wheeler earned a B.S. in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and received his Ph.D. in computational chemistry from Cornell University.

He lives in Shadyside.

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