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Professor Truhlar receives 2019 ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry

Professor Donald Truhlar

Regents Professor Donald Truhlar has received the 2019 American Chemical Society Award in Theoretical Chemistry. He is being honored for his creative contributions to theoretical chemistry, and developing new density functionals for practical calculations of thermochemistry, thermochemical kinetics, and noncovalent interactions.

Ryan Cammarota, Ph.D., receives 2018 Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

Ryan Cammarota

Alumnus Ryan Cammarota, Ph.D., received the Department of Chemistry's 2018 Award for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. This award honors outstanding Department of Chemistry graduate students for their doctoral thesis research. He earned his doctorate in 2018 and was advised by Professor Connie Lu. His thesis revolved around finding new ways to utilize Earth-abundant metals in catalysis by understanding how two different metals engaged in a metal-metal bond can collectively exhibit more desirable catalytic properties than the constituent metals alone.

Alumnus Patrick Gruber receives Millson Award

Patrick Gruber

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists has named University of Minnesota Alumnus Patrick R. Gruber, Ph.D., as the recipient of the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention for developing a green chemistry-based continuous process for producing polylactic acid fibers (PLA). The Millson Award recognizes inventions that are outstanding contributions to textile technology. Gruber received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He also earned a master's degree in business administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Gruber is chief executive officer and board member at Gevo, specializing in converting carbohydrates into low carbon chemicals and fuels, lessening reliance on petrochemical sources.

Charles Lucy receives national teaching award

Charles Lucy

Charles "Chuck" Lucy, Ph.D., who was a post-doctoral researcher working with Professor Peter Carr, has received the 2019 Calvin Giddings Award for Analytical Chemistry Education. Lucy is a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta.

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Professor Suzanne Walker presents Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry

Professor Suzanne Walker

Professor Suzanne Walker from the Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology at the Harvard Medical School will present the Izaak M. Kolthoff Lectureship in Chemistry, April 8, 9 and 11. Her seminars are scheduled for

College of Science & Engineering Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series

Sustainability and the Environment, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, Coffman Memorial Union Theater. Hear Ted-type talks from Professor Bill Arnold, Professor Paul Dauenhauer, and Professor Crystal Ng. Free and open to the public. Information and Registration: https://cse.umn.edu/college/cse-public-lecture.

Employment for bachelor-level chemists

Come and hear what our alumni have to say from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 100 Smith Hall. Panel representatives will be from Activated Research Company, Bio Techne Lab, Ecolab, Phillips Medsize, and more . . . . Panel master of ceremonies is Michael Getter of Aerotek. A Meet & Greet follows.

Graduate Student Research Symposium set for June 4: abstract deadline, Friday, April 12

The 18th annual Chemistry Graduate Student Symposium will be conducted, Tuesday, June 4, at the Herbert M Hanson Jr. Hall (Hanson Hall), 1925 4th St S, Minneapolis 55455 (West Bank). Registration and abstract submission is available. For participants, the deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 12.

MSI Research Exhibition, Tuesday, April 16

The Minnesota Supercomputer Institute will hold its annual Research Exhibition from Noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 1st, 4th, and 5th floors of Walter Library. For a schedule of events, go to https://www.msi.umn.edu/events/msi-research-exhibition-2019.


Undergraduate ChaoHao Zhu with imaUMNChemist frame
Undergraduate ChaoHao Zhu. Credit: Stephanie Stathopoulos

Graduation receptions & commencements

Graduate Students

Chemistry Commencement Reception
10 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday, May 3
Walter Library, Arthur Upson Room 102

Arts, Sciences and Engineering Graduate Commencement
Noon Friday, May 3
Mariucci Arena
1901 Southeast 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455
No tickets necessary
Graduates may invite any number of guests to the ceremony.
Arena seating is on a first-come basis.

Undergraduate Students

Reception & Awards
Friday, May 10
100 Smith Hall
4:45-5 p.m. buffet reception
5-5:30 p.m. recognition reception for scholarship recipients and graduates
5:45 p.m. group photo on the front steps of Smith Hall (please wear your commencement gown and hat)

College of Science & Engineering
Arts, Sciences and Engineering Commencement Ceremony
7-9 p.m. Friday, May 10
Mariucci Arena
University of Minnesota
1901 Fourth St. S.E., Minneapolis
Questions: Susan Kubitschek, (612) 624-8010, kubit001@umn.edu

College of Liberal Arts
11 a.m. Sunday, May 19
Mariucci Arena
Questions: CLA Student Information Office, (612) 625-2020, commence@umn.ed

CBITG Symposium: Abstract deadline, 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 to this student-organized symposium, and includes breakfast, lunch, a poster session, and the opportunity to hear about exciting research at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Energy & U Public Show, Saturday, May 18

Professor Christy Haynes leads the methane demonstration

Flames, explosions, music, and screaming gummy bears—they're all part of a fun and high-energy University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering outreach program that aims to interest young people in science. The College of Science and Engineering invites you and your family to join us for a special all-ages, public show. Bring your kids and grandkids! 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Whiting Proscenium Theater, Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave S. Order Tickets

Energy & U Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the upcoming Energy and U shows in May. Energy and U shows are at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 (onsite by 12:35 p.m.) and 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. May 20-24 (onsite by 9:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m.).

  • Energy and U Fire Safety Volunteers: Three volunteers a MUST per show. On site by 9:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Please include your full name and email address when signing up. https://doodle.com/poll/w9xcz22agzif6x5a
  • Regular volunteers: Duties include helping to get the students in their seats, picking student volunteers, etc. Please include your full name and email address when signing up. https://doodle.com/poll/g68igtbpmca2zryi

Safety Note: Awareness Expectations

The American Chemical Society has a list of Employer’s Safety Awareness Expectations based on educational level The ability to perform a risk assessment is key to all the safety expectations. A short video explains why this is important and an accompanying powerpoint gives more details to the stories. More indepth resources are available at https://z.umn.edu/acs-lab-haz-assessment.


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