In Memory of Dr. Jeffry D. Madura
December 15, 1957 - March 14, 2017
Our symposium is focused on highlighting the recent advancements in computational chemistry and its broader impact on the chemical enterprise. We are inviting speakers whose research interests aligned well with the late Dr. Madura, or colleagues that he knew personally. We aspire to narrow the gap between computational and experimental methods by showcasing an interdisciplinary approach to research. It is crucial to understand how computation and experiment can compliment each other in chemical research. Dr. Madura had collaborators throughout both fields, and we aim to showcase this at our symposium.
Dr. Jeffry D. Madura
Jeffry D. Madura was born in Greenville, Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. He earned his B.A. in chemistry from Thiel College in 1980. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in physical chemistry under Dr. William L. Jorgensen from Purdue University in 1985 and was a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of J. Andrew McCammon at the University of Houston from 1986-1990. Dr. Madura first joined Duquesne University in 1998 and served as the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry chair from 2000-2010. During his time at Duquesne, Dr. Madura was committed to enhancing the University's reputation as a research institution.
Dr. Madura received more than $10 million in external research funding during his career. He published more than 100 papers in physical chemistry and chemical physics, and was co-editor of the Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modeling. He also co-authored Principles of Physical Chemistry by Kuhn, Foersterling, and Waldeck and the textbook General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications.
In 2011, Dr. Madura was elected as a prestigious American Chemical Society Fellow (ACS) in recognition of his contributions to science and his years of service to the ACS. In 2014, he received the Pittsburgh Award from the Pittsburgh Section of the ACS for his outstanding leadership in chemical affairs in the local and larger professional community.
Dr. Madura was loved by his students, respected by his colleagues, and highly regarded in the field of computational chemistry. His passion for research and teaching was infectious, and he always had the best for his students in mind. His always-open door was a welcoming sight for students and colleagues alike; he was always there to talk, whether he was giving advice about research, telling an interesting story, or just enthusing about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dr. Madura was one-of-a-kind and he will be greatly missed.