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The Department of Chemistry publishes an annual printed newsletter, ChemNews, that highlights the department's achievements, faculty, student and staff awards, and prominent teaching and research.
In this issue, we are introduced to our new Department Head Professor Blank, our research highlights focus on five graduate students who have received Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowships over the past three years and who actively engaged in research in our department, and an outstanding undergraduate researcher Natalie Alteri. We also feature our new Director of Undergraduate Studies Lee Penn, and one of our rising stars Professor Renee Frontiera. Please take a look at how our donors are supporting outstanding undergraduates and graduate students with scholarships and fellowships, and read about Alumnus Robert DeMaster's Alumni Service Award. We also feature a unique partnership between the Center for Sustainable Polymers and 4-H, which has led to the development of a polymer-based curriculum for young people.
In this issue, you will find articles on the legacy of Professor Wayland Noland; research highlights, including the work of our chemical biologists, work on critical energy issues from the Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center, and the invention of a paper-based, low-cost, portable ion-selective detector; student foci on two of our outstanding students (graduate and undergraduate); the work of two student-led organizations, the Community of Chemistry Graduate Students and Science Mentors; donor-supported scholarships and fellowships; a new Chemistry for Life Sciences sequence of lectures and labs; the innovative creation of a Master of Filtering game; alumnus Gary Brudvig receiving the university's Outstanding Alumni Award; and a feature on the unique relationship between chemistry and theology and two professors; and the upcoming public Energy and U show, Saturday, Jan. 7.
In this issue, you will find articles on a post-doctorate who doesn't let blindness stop her from being a chemist; profiles of two of our outstanding researchers—Professor Theresa Reineke and Regents Professor Donald Truhlar; innovative teaching in our large-enrollment general chemistry and organic chemistry courses and laboratories and some of the lab offerings unique to our department; two outstanding, award-winning undergraduates; and a new partnership for our popular Energy and U outreach program.
In this issue, you will find articles on our diverse, multi-disciplinary collaboratives that are key to successful research; how our LeClaire-Dow Instrumentation Facility is critical to university researchers; photos and story from this fall’s National Historic Chemical Landmark celebration; research opportunities available to graduate and undergraduate students; and long-time employees who are critical to department activities.
In this issue, you will find articles on the work of our Joint Safety Team and the impact it is having on the culture of safety within the Department of Chemistry; our outstanding professors including Timothy Lodge who was named a Regents professor; the department's new Diversity Committee; and perspectives from some of our outstanding student researchers and their research.
In this issue you will find articles describing our new safety partnership with Dow Chemical Company; some major new research center grants supporting theoretical chemistry efforts; a particularly exciting discovery from the Hoye research group that has garnered international attention; and profiles of a few of our outstanding students.
2011 ChemNews (December)
As the articles in this issue of our newsletter attest, we've had a great year and we're poised to continue building on our proud tradition of outstanding teaching, research, and outreach and service to the community. Read about innovative changes to our general chemistry labs, our green chemistry initiatives, our scholarship recipients, our research, and our award-winning faculty.
2011 ChemNews (January)
As the newly named College of Science & Engineering celebrates its 75th anniversary, it is a good time to reflect on the central role that the Department of Chemistry has played in the history of the college and the university. Read about the department's outreach activities, its online chemistry course, the new Center for Sustainable Polymers, faculty honors and awards, and current cutting-edge research.
Evidence for the health and vitality of the department is plentiful in this issue of ChemNews, which features items on recent student and faculty awards, research, education innovation, and alumni achievements.
This fall’s newsletter is brim full. By the time you read this, the renovation of Kolthoff Hall will be complete. The department hired two new professors, Connie Lu and Laura Gagliardi. As usual, the awards flowed in, including the ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry to Pete Carr, an NIH New Innovator Award to Christy Haynes, and an Astronaut Scholarship Foundation scholarship to chemistry major Andrew Jones.
There is much to report in this year’s newsletter, most of it good, but some sobering: we continue to mourn the death of our colleague Marian Stankovich last June. Marian can never be replaced, but the department welcomed three new assistant professors: Christopher Douglas, Andrew Harned, and Valerie Pierre. Awards to faculty members, graduate students and undergraduates, included a Rhodes Scholarship to chemistry and biochemistry major Katie Lee.
It’s been quite a year. Wayne Gladfelter stepped down as department chair after six years of dedicated service to enjoy life as a regular professor again. We were delighted to welcome Christy Haynes and Aaron Massari to the faculty. Five chemistry professors–David Blank, Michael Bowser, Philippe Buhlmann, Kris McNeill, and Gianluigi Veglia—have been promoted to associate professors.
The big event during 2004 was the centennial celebration held on October 9. Although students were taking chemistry courses and graduating as majors before 1904, it was in this year that the School of Chemistry was established and George B. Frankforter was appointed as its first dean. More currently, over the past two years, the department has focused a great deal of attention on the Kolthoff Hall renovation. The state bonding bill, which includes two-thirds of the funds for the $26.1 million dollar project, was signed into law by Governor Pawlenty on April 11, 2005. This was also a great year for our faculty, who received many awards summarized elsewhere in this letter.