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    November 2, 2018

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Strengthening Climate: Bystander Intervention

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13
100 Smith Hall

The topic will be bystander intervention, and the presentation will include integrated scenes performed by Illusion Theater. Illusion Theater's mission is to generate theater that illuminates the illusions, myths and realities of our times and to catalyze personal and social change. Bring your lunch, if desired.





Department of Chemistry Seminars

Speaker From Where Time/Date/Place Title/Abstract

Professor Nathaniel Szymczak

Host: Professor Ian Tonks

Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan 9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
331 Smith Hall

Moving Beyond the Metal: Assisted Small Molecule Activation

Professor Mark Lautens

Host: Professor Nicholas Race

Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto

Seminar: 9:45 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8
331 Smith Hall

Open Forum: 4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 8
Kate and Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall)

Improving Efficiency vis Catalytic and Multicatalytic Reactions


Forum topic: "Science Advocacy Why and How?”

Information about seminars and other events is available on our Chemistry Events webpages, including research interests, biographies, photos, abstracts, and completed schedules for visits.

Community Fund Drive: Great Chili Cook-Off

Eighty-seven people attended the Great Chili Cook-Off, helping to raise $463.39 for the Nutritious U Food Pantry. Winners were Tanya Becker, "Best Veggie Chili," Philip Dirlam, "Best Meat Chili," and Jennifer Henderson, "People's Choice Award" for best overall chili. Special Thanks: Laura Seifert and Lisa Jahr, Department of Chemistry Community Fund Drive co-chairs, for organizing this terrific event.

2018 Great Chili Cook-Off winners are, from left, Philip Dirlam, "Best Meat Chili," Jennifer Henderson, "People's Choice Award" for best overall chili, and Tanya Becker, "Best Veggie Chili."
2018 Great Chili Cook-Off winners are, from left, Philip Dirlam, "Best Meat Chili," Jennifer Henderson, "People's Choice Award" for best overall chili, and Tanya Becker, "Best Veggie Chili."

Professor Gagliardi delivers plenary lecture at Wolf Prize symposium

In late spring, Professor Laura Gagliardi was one of 12 renowned scientists invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the Metal-Directed Assembly and Metal-Organic Frameworks: Israel Chemical Society Symposium honoring Wolf Prize Laureates at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Her lecture was on “Computational Design of Functionalized Metal-Organic Framework Nodes for Catalysis.” Gagliardi was also honored with lifetime membership into the Israel Chemical Society.

Safety Note: Ergonomics

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Finance Office: Help SPA help you—remember to grant AOR access to SPA

When submitting a grant proposal, you must remember to give Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) staff access to submit the proposal as an authorized representative (AOR) of the University of Minnesota. If you don't grant this access at the time your proposal is submitted, it may be considered a late submission to SPA, and may delay submission of the proposal to the agency. The method of granting access will vary by agency and proposal system.

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Employment/Research Opportunities

  • Western Michigan University: tenure track position in health sciences education.
  • Warren Wilson College: full-time faculty position in physical chemistry. Review of applications begins, Friday, Dec. 7.
  • University of Chicago: research associate professor. Review of applications begins, Thursday, Nov. 15.
  • Montana Technological University: tenure-track assistant professor in physical chemistry, computational chemistry, or closely related discipline. 
  • Ball State University: two tenure-track assistant professor positions (biochemistry and organic chemistry). Application deadline: Friday, Nov. 30.

Information about these and other employment/research opportunities is available in the white jobs book located in 139 Smith Hall.


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