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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.
We have had another amazing year of successes among our exceptional students. The stories about undergraduate chemistry majors Meghan Cahill and Levi Palmer really highlight the level of engagement that our students bring to their research and to the community around them. This theme continues with graduate students Kajari Bera, Stephanie Mitchell, Debmalya Ray, and Kiall Francis Suazo. We are excited to welcome new faculty member Professor Courtney Roberts. This year, Professor Wayne Gladfelter marks 40 years on the faculty, and Professor Don Truhlar marks 50 years on the faculty. Some of the most exciting news in the last year has been the recommendation of the Board of Regents to include a new chemistry laboratory teaching building as part of the upcoming budget request to the state. Funding for the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers was renewed, paving the way for continued research on polymers. We have an in memoriam for Professor Emeritus Sanford Lipsky. And shop the Chemistry Store
In this issue, meet some of our outstanding graduate and undergraduate students. There is a profile on Rebeca Rodriguez who brings passion and commitment to research, outreach, and advocacy with her lenses as a first-generation college student, female, and daughter of immigrants, and person of color. Graduate students Anna Huff and Courtney Olson talk about their award-winning research. Chemistry Major James Cox, a 2018 Astronaut Scholar, reflects on how research has created windows for learning. Cox was also a Amgen Scholar along with undergraduates Medinat Akindele, Annika Page, and Levi Palmer who are also amazing students and researchers. Elizabeth Zudock received a 2018-19 Astronaut Scholarship and her research and commitment to service are highlighted. Will Pomerantz has been promoted to associate professor. Meet our two new professors Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran and Nicholas Race. Professor Christopher Cramer is the University's vice president for research. The Inorganometallic Catalyst Design Center and Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, both located in the Department of Chemistry, have received funding awards to continue their important research. Alumni honors include Angela Wilson, Devarajan Thirumalai, and Jeannette Brown. We have an in memoriam for Professor Emeritus Wilmer Miller. Read about how scholarships and fellowships support our students. And shop the Chemistry Store.
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.
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.
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.
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.