Taylor Davey, Eileen McIntire, and Aaron Carlson who served a ambassadors, greeting and responding to questions for the department's newest major.
Taylor Davey, Eileen McIntire, and Aaron Carlson

Major Event a huge success

Pictured above: Our newest chemistry majors received their laboratory coats on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at a wonderful Major Event that featured information, and opportunities to meet other majors and faculty. The event was organized by Stephanie Stathopoulos, assistant to director of Undergraduate Studies. Pictured to the right are Taylor Davey, Eileen McIntire, and Aaron Carlson who served as ambassadors, greeting and responding to questions for the department's newest majors.

Patent Law Seminar, Monday, Feb. 22: register by Monday, Feb. 18

The Graduate Student Workshop Committee is sponsoring a patent law seminar from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Kate & Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall). Marie Vanderlaan, a patent liaison at 3M, will be speaking about the different opportunities that arise from pursuing a career in patent law. We invite you to come and learn about this alternative career path while enjoying light refreshments. Marie will be able to answer any questions you have about patent work. Please RSVP to chemgswc@umn.edu by Monday, Feb 18, if you plan to attend. 

Upcoming Department Seminars

Speaker From Where Date/Time/Place Title/Abstract

Department Seminar

Professor Ilja Zharov

Department of Chemistry

University of Utah

9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
331 Smith Hall

Open Forum: "Academic Careers"
4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
Kate & Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall)

Seminar: "Functional nanoporous materials from “hairy” nanoparticle building blocks"

Department Seminar

Alex Martinson, Ph.D.

Argonne National Laboratory 9:45 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 21
331 Smith Hall

"Sequential Surface Synthesis: Teaching Atomic Layer Deposition New Tricks"

Register for Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast

Logo for ACS National Meeting Spring 2019

If you are planning to attend the spring 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Orlando, FL, please join us for the University of Minnesota Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast.

University of Minnesota
Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
7:30-9:30 a.m.

Orange County Convention Center
W340AB West Concourse
9800 International Drive, Orlando, FL

ACS event number for ticket sales: SE14
Ticket price is $5.

Purchase tickets online when you register for the meeting or you can add to an existing registration. Visit the ACS website at z.umn.edu/acsorlando2019.

Energy & U study published in multi-disciplinary journal

Energy and U presenters, pictured from left, professors Sarah Swisher, Christy Haynes, Aaron Massari, Energy and U director, and Marc Hillmyer, and Lecture Demonstration Director Joseph Franek. (Credit: Robert Hutchings, Twin Cities PBS)
Energy and U presenters, pictured from left, professors Sarah Swisher, Christy Haynes, Aaron Massari, Energy and U director, and Marc Hillmyer, and Lecture Demonstration Director Joseph Franek. (Credit: Robert Hutchings, Twin Cities PBS)
A recently published study in ACS Omega, “Evaluating Large-Scale STEM Outreach Efficacy with a Consistent Theme: Thermodynamics for Elementary School Students,” looks at the efficacy of the Energy and U outreach program, using quantitative data collected in 2014 & 2015. This collaborative work was a conducted by student alumni Joseph DeWilde, Esha DeWilde, and Jeff Ting, alongside Chemistry Lecture Demonstration Director Joe Franek, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science Professor Frank Bates, Chemistry Professor Marc Hillmyer, and Chemistry Department Head Professor David Blank.

Finance Note: Travel

All travelers are responsible for knowing UMN travel policy. If you're unsure of how to proceed, please ask questions of our staff prior to travel or making reservations. More detail on travel policy and procedure can be found at travel.umn.edu, including per diem rates and UMN-approved travel agencies. There is also an online course called "Traveling on University Business" that is available training.umn.edu. The full travel policy is here: https://policy.umn.edu/finance/travel.

Safety Note: Fume Hoods

Ask your group how they handle fume hood alarms. You're not protected unless the hood is set up properly and functioning. https://z.umn.edu/fumehoodguide 

Employment/Research Opportunities

  • Activated Research Company: application xcientist
  • Western New Mexico University: chemistry instructor, lab director

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

College of Science & Engineering Employer Information Session

Ingersoll Rand-Trane information session, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Room 110 Tate Hall: Trane, a division of Ingersoll Rand, has various full time and internship opportunities available.

Contact

    • Communications
    • 137 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Eileen Harvala, Communications Coordinator
    • harva015@umn.edu
    • (612) 624-0831