Mental health initiative published in education journal

An article on the Department of Chemistry's ongoing work to address stress and mental health in graduate school has been published as an ASAP article in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Chemical Education. The article, "Stress and Mental Health in Graduate School: How Student Empowerment Creates Lasting Change," was written by alumnae Maral P. S. Mousavi, Ph.D., Zahra Sohrabpour, Ph.D., and  Amanda Stemig-Vindedahl, Ph.D., graduate student Evan L. Anderson, David Golden, Gary Christenson and Karen Lust from the University of Minnesota's Boynton Health, and Professor Philippe Bühlmann, director of Graduate Studies. The article describes an initiative that the Department of Chemistry started in 2012 to support the mental health of graduate students, including the creation of a the student-driven Community of Chemistry Graduate Students.

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Chemistry Catalyst 2018, Aug. 30

The annual Chemistry Catalyst at the Minnehaha Falls pavilion is open to all chemistry personnel, including graduate students, undergraduate researchers, visiting researchers, post-doctoral researchers, staff, and faculty. Families are welcome. Please RSVP and volunteer.

CCGS Group Bicycle Ride

Join a group bike ride, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, leaving from the northwest corner of Kolthoff near the bicycle storage lockers. The halfway point is the Depot Coffee House in Hopkins. RSVP to ccgs@umn.edu.

Employment/Research Opportunity

The University of Melbourne: senior lecturer in analytical or environmental chemistry/sior lecturer in theoretical or computational chemistry (two positions available).

Additional information about this and other positions is available in the white jobs book located in 139 Smith Hall.

Safety Note

Students attending the fall National ACS Meeting in Boston might want to attend the Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Laboratory Safety workshop, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. Participants will be awarded a certificate that can be noted on their resume. Registration: $25. Contact jstworkshop@dchas.org for information. 

Joint Safety Team annual safety event

The Joint Safety Team's annual safety event, Wednesday, Aug. 15,  covered three safety issues encountered in the laboratory—toxicity, flammability, and reactivity. The event also featured information and tips from Ecolab and Sherwin-Williams.

Laboratory don'ts: that wasn't supposed to happen

Demonstration of what can happen when incompatible chemicals mix.
Watch out for adverse reactions from chemicals too near each other.
Keep your space clean; know the hazards; and don't include your lunch in the mix (crouton on fire).
Keep your space clean; know the hazards; and don't include your lunch in the mix (crouton on fire).
Anna Sitek, laboratory safety specialist, comes prepared to help.
Anna Sitek, laboratory safety specialist, comes prepared to help.
Watch the scale-ups: could pop the lid off your experiment.
Watch the scale-ups: could pop the lid off your experiment.