Luther Dana Waterman Lecture

The Luther Dana Waterman Professor Lecture

April 1, 2021 • 3 - 4:30 pm

Please join the IU Bloomington campus community for a presentation by Amar Flood and Anna Mueller.

Anna Mueller currently holds a Waterman professorship established specifically to encourage early-career scientists who have recently received tenure. The  professorship provides recipients with $25,000 per year over five years. Amar Flood, the James F. Jackson Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, held the professorship from 2015 to 2020.

The Waterman Professorship at Indiana University originated in 1915, when Luther Dana Waterman, a professor emeritus at the IU School of Medicine, gave a large gift to IU to sustain fundamental scientific research. Richard Shiffrin, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington, has held a Luther Dana Waterman Professorship since 1980.


Amar Flood, James F. Jackson Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Bloomington

Amar Flood conducts research in anion recognition, molecular switches, and the self-assembly of organic materials. Working with his laboratory group and Bo Laursen of the University of Copenhagen as well as others, Flood discovered the world’s brightest-known fluorescent materials, called small-molecule, ionic isolation lattices, or SMILES. The materials have various applications, including medical diagnostics, solar concentrators, laser, and more. Flood has licensed his discovery through IU’s Innovation and Commercialization Office and launched a startup company called Halophore to commercialize it. In 2020, Halophore was one of 22 startups highlighted in the 2020 University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase organized by the American Association of Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The showcase features startups that have their roots in federally-funded research at some of the nation’s leading academic institutions.


Anna Mueller, Associate Professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, IU Bloomington

Anna Mueller is known for her research on health, particularly on youth suicide and the impact it has on schools and communities. Her work focuses on identifying the social roots of adolescent suicide and suicide clusters, as well as evidence-based school and community strategies to promote youth well-being and reduce suicide. In 2020, Mueller was awarded the Shneidman Early Career Award from the American Association of Suicidology and was named to Science News' list of the Top 10 Scientists to Watch, who are selected for their "potential to shape the science of the future." Her latest research is aimed at improving our understanding of youth suicide clusters and building more efficient, equitable and sustainable mental health safety systems in schools.