Department of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
2 College Hill
(founded as Western Maryland College in 1867)
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: (410) 857-2491
FAX: (410) 857-2497
Professor of Chemistry. Ph.D., Virginia; B.S. Washington College
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Distinguished Alumni Award, Washington College, 1999
Ira G. Zepp Distinguished Teaching Award, 1998
Studies in the mechanism of action of chemical carcinogens, synthesis of cancer chemotherapeutic agents, development of new anti-AIDS drugs through molecular modeling
Grants: see list below
from "The Defining Moment" supplement, "Carroll County Times", September 25, 1996.
An outstanding record of teaching and research proved a winning formula for McDaniel College Chemistry Professor Richard H. Smith, Jr. Late in 1995 he was named Maryland Chemist of the Year by the state section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Established in 1962, the award is presented annually to a member of the Maryland section of ACS in recognition for noteworthy achievement in pure or applied chemistry, chemical engineering, or chemical education.
Dr. Smith joined the faculty of McDaniel in 1973 and has been a visiting scientist at the National Cancer Institute Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center where for the last 15 years, Dr. Smith and his undergraduate student colleagues have performed research. His work on substances that could contribute to the fight against cancer has established his national reputation as an organic chemist and earned him three substantial National Science Foundation grants. Since 1990 he has had sixteen articles published in the most reputable scientific journals; eight of those sixteen listed student authors, six of whom appeared on two or more papers. "Being involved in cutting-edge research means you have perspective not only on where science is going, but you have perspective on what it really means to do research and experience working on problems that you don't know the answers to. You need that perspective not only so that you can teach your students what research is all about, but also so that you can understand what they are going through," says Dr. Smith.
In 1992 Dr. Smith received a $60,000 award from the prestigious Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar/Fellow Program and served for two years as a mentor and tutor to a recent Ph.D. in chemical science who joined the WMC faculty to experience teaching and research in an undergraduate setting. This award was one of only eight presented that year to colleges and universities across the country. (His "student", Susan Ensel, now holds a tenure track position in the chemistry department at Hood College in Frederick.)
An additional NSF grant of $68,000 received in 1993 enabled Dr. Smith to establish a state-of-the-art molecular modeling laboratory and enhance students' understanding of the chemical and physical properties of molecules.
A native of Hagerstown, Md., Dr. Smith earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Washingtom College and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Virginia. Among his many awards, he has been singled out three times for a Special Achievement recognition from McDaniel College, and six times he has received the college's Scholarly Publication honor for his published work in science journals.
National Institutes of Health - AREA (1-R15-GM068398-01), 2003-22005 $100,000
DuPont Science and Engineering Educational Aid Grant, 1998 $15,000
National Science Foundation, RUI, 1997-2000 (#CHE-9708166)
Mono- and bis-Triazene Proteolysis: A Mechanistic Investigation
Janssen Research Foundation, 1996-1997 $16,000
Nonnucleoside Inhibitors of HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase
National Science Foundation, ILI, 1993-1995 (#DUE-9351489)
Molecular Modeling in the Laboratory Environment
National Science Foundation, RUI, 1993-1995 (#CHE-9215925)
Novel Triazene Cyclizations: The chemistry of haloalkyltriazenes
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Scholar-Fellow Grant, 1993-1995
The Preparation and Characterization of 1,3-dialkyltriazenes
National Science Foundation, RUI, 1990-1992 (#CHE-8910890)
Triazoline Hydrolysis: The chemistry of cyclic triazenes
National Science Foundation, RUI, 1986-1989 (#CHE-8521385)
3-Substituted-1,3-dialkyltriazenes: Synthesis and Chemistry
William and Flora Hewlett Grant of the Research Corporation,
Alkylation of DNA by 1,3-Dialkyltriazenes: A new class of biological alkylating agents
Petroleum Research Fund, 1985-87 (#17134-B4) $15,000
Decomposition of Unsymmetrical dialkyltriazenes: Factors controlling alkyldiazonium ion formation