AMHERST, Mass. - The 1996 Young Investigator Award of the American Chemical Society''s Connecticut Valley Section was presented to UMass Assistant Professor of Chemistry Vincent Rotello in December. Rotello joined the UMass faculty in 1993. He is also affiliated with the program in molecular and cellular biology at UMass. His research has focused in two major areas: fullerene functionalization and molecular recognition. Fullerenes are exotic, soccerball-shaped molecules of carbon that display unusual and potentially very useful commercial uses.