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May 17, 2019
important deadline reminders, particularly, for the Graduate Student Research Symposium, some student award stories, a new web page with mental health resources, and behind-the-scenes research-writing perspectives.
Upcoming Seminar: Topic is Safety
Department Seminar, 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 331 Smith Hall: Professor Craig Merlic from the College of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, "Enhancing Laboratory Safety and the Principles of Safe Research"
Upcoming events: Note symposium registration dates
Coffee Hour, Friday, May 17
The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students is hosting a coffee hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, 193 Kolthoff Hall. Coffee/tea and cookies will be provided. Everyone in the department is welcome to attend.
CBITG Symposium: registration deadline, (today) Friday, May 17
The 14th annual National Institutes of Health Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, John T. Tate Hall of Physics, 116 Church St SE, Minneapolis. Students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty are invited to register at cbitg.chem.umn.edu by Friday, May 17. Admittance is free and includes breakfast, lunch, a poster session, and the opportunity to hear about exciting research at the interface of chemistry and biology.
Graduate Student Research Symposium: Register by Monday, May 20
The registration deadline for the, Tuesday, June 4, Graduate Student Research Symposium is, Monday, May 20. Please register and specify your lunch preferences. Faculty members are pre-registered, so if unable to attend need to delete their registration. Faculty who want to register summer researchers can do so by sending those names to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the symposium and a link to register is available at graduate-student-research-symposium. The two-page program as well as the complete program and abstract booklet are available.
As a follow-up to our recent strengthening climate event focused on mental health, we have created a mental health page located under Support Services on our website, which includes a link to the mental health online resource, and information on the department’s Mental Health Advocates, Community of Chemistry Graduate Students, and University's Employee Assistance Program. You can also find a link to our mental health page under academics/resources on our website, and on the bottom of the safety page.
The Department of Chemistry has a Web Committee, composed of Aaron Massari, chair, Eileen Harvala, Dan MacEwan, and Eric Schulz, which meets monthly to discuss changes, issues, maintenance, concerns about the web site, and other technology issues such as databases, servers, etc, and longer-term issues that cannot be addressed immediately. If you have changes to web content, please don’t hesitate to contact Eileen who is the senior web editor.
Recently, there was a question about our links. Effective immediately, links will be underlined and in boldface; however, the color will remain maroon. The hovering hand indicates that there is a link. During the summer, Eileen does a thorough review of the website and will be making changes to as many current links as possible. This is a friendly reminder that faculty members should review their profile pages and send any changes to Eileen, and content managers responsible for specific pages on the site should make changes to their pages or send those to Eileen. Remember to check for dead links.
The Department of Chemistry has initiated a department writing award for students in advanced laboratory classes who submit an exceptional laboratory report. This year's recipients are seniors Blake Johnson and Abby McGovern.
Queer Science receives $3,000 mini-grant from the Institute on Environment (IonE) that will be used for programming. Principal investigator is Chemistry Professor Lee Penn who is also an IonE Fellow. Project managers include Ryan Daley, Kirbie Dramdahl, Morgan Ester, Juliet Johnston, Rachel Tenney and Evan Tyler from the College of Science & Engineering, Grace Aysta from the College of Liberal Arts, Esh Venkatachalam from the Medical School, and Kelly Wallin from the College of Biological Sciences.
Rebeca "Becky" Rodriguez has received the Richard D. Amelar and Arthur S. Lodge Fellowship for Outstanding Collaborative Research in Materials for 2019-20. This award is given to a student whose research interests encompass the overlapping scope of chemistry and chemical engineering and materials science. Award winners must have demonstrated excellence in their areas of interest and a willingness to collaborate with other students and/or research groups.
Behind every research article is the hard work, dedication, commitment, and passion of a team of researchers, each bringing their expertise and learning to the project. Recently, researchers in Professor Theresa Reineke’s group examined her 16-year journey of published articles focused on gene therapy, particularly, polymeric methods of delivery. Graduate students Rishad Dalal, Zhe Tan, and Craig Van Bruggen, and research professional Joe Hexum led the compilation and writing of the review article.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved, Thursday, May 9, the promotion of Renee Frontiera from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure. The promotion is effective, Monday, July 1, 2019.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved, Thursday, May 9, the promotion of Ian Tonks from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure. The promotion is effective, Monday, July 1, 2019.