Dr. Maurer elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering


Dr. Sarah Maurer, a professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and associate to the dean at Central, is among the newest members of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). 

CASE was chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1976 to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the state of Connecticut, and to promote the application of science and technology to human welfare and economic well-being. Members of CASE are recognized as leading experts in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

In a Feb. 26 press release, CASE noted that Maurer is among 35 new members who were elected based on their scientific and engineering achievements and contributions in theory or applications. CASE also considers prospective members’ published books and papers, patents, and innovative products, along with their leadership experience, public service, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence.

In a citation CASE stated, “Dr. Maurer is recognized for world-renowned contributions to the field of abiogenesis within origin of life research. She pioneered the use of combinatorial chemistry, advanced analytical tools, and machine learning to study molecular self-assembly under early Earth conditions.”

It continued, “Dr. Maurer is internationally recognized for scientific breakthroughs that proved the self-assembly of simple amphiphilic molecules to membrane like structures capable of cellular life on early Earth.”

The academy will induct its newest members at its annual meeting and dinner at the Woodwinds in Branford on May 21.