McGraw-Hill Silberberg Book Award honorees in Professor Edgar Arriaga's fall Introductory General Chemistry class are, from left, Kaitlyn Belmont, winner, and honorable mention honorees Shahar Tsameret, Bobby Arms, and Anna Healy.
McGraw-Hill Silberberg Book Award honorees in Professor Edgar Arriaga's fall Introductory General Chemistry class are, from left, Kaitlyn Belmont, winner, and honorable mention honorees Shahar Tsameret, Bobby Arms, and Anna Healy.

Students honored for essays on importance of chemistry

Each semester, the top students in Introductory General Chemistry are honored with the McGraw-Hill Silberberg Book Award. This fall, in Professor Edgar Arriaga's section, all "A" students were invited to write a mini-statement on, "Why is chemistry relevant to my current career plans?". The essays of four students—Bobby Arms, Kaitlyn Belmont, Anna Healy, and Shahar Tsameret—stood out. The rest of the class then voted on the statements, without knowing who had written them. In a close vote, they chose Kaitlyn Belmont's essay. She will receive the book award, and Bobby, Anna, and Shahar received honorable mentions.

Our work on mental health issues

Professor Buhlmann and the University's work on mental health is featured in a Urban Plains (Drake University) article: Mental Health through the Minds of Educators. The University of Minnesota, Boynton Health, and the Department of Chemistry are working hard to address mental health issues. Trigger warning: the article is about suicide. 

Upcoming Seminars

Speaker From Where Time/Date/Place Title/Abstract
Lily Robertson, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry

University of Ilinois at Urbana-Champaign

9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
331 Smith Hall

From Ionic Liquid Crystal Design and Polymerization to Bioapplicable Mucoadhesive Polymers

Danielle J. Mai, Ph.D.

Department of Chemical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

9:45 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 10
331 Smith Hall

Controlling Biomolecular Transport with Hierarchical Polymers

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

Strengthening Climate: Bystander Intervention

As part of an ongoing series focused on strengthening the climate for all in the Department of Chemistry, Department Head David Blank worked with the University's office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmation Action and Illusion Theater to develop an educational workshop focused on bystander intervention. Through a series of skits as illustrations, Tina Marisam, EOAA director and Title IX coordinator, walked through a toolkit that bystanders can use to aid others or themselves when seeing, hearing, confronting or experiencing inappropriate, violating, harassing, discriminatory, demeaning or criminal language, action or behavior. 

Rebecca Rodriguez, Bianca Ramirez and Shabnam Sharifzadeh from the Department of Chemistry work with Illusion actors Dane Stauffer, Corey Farrell, and Calli Kunz on preparing their group to welcome a Trans Queer student who uses the pronouns they and them
Rebecca Rodriguez and Bianca Ramirez from the Department of Chemistry work with Illusion actors Dane Stauffer, Corey Farrell, and Calli Kunz on preparing their group to welcome a new student to their group.

Safety Note: Winter Holiday Fires

The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Day, Electrical problems are a common cause of tree fires. Test your ability to predict the heat release rate of tree fires or view videos of large scale fire research at National Institute of Standards and Technology, https://pages.nist.gov/christmas_tree_fire_safety/. Protect your lab and home by reviewing extension cord and power strip best practices: https://z.umn.edu/fsextensioncord, https://z.umn.edu/fspowerstrips.

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