• February 8, 2019

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Summer research poster exhibit in 2018. Photo by Phil Engen

NSF renews funding for summer research program

The Department of Chemistry has received continued funding from the National Science Foundation for its summer Research Experience for Undergraduate program (NSF REU). Principal investigators for the NSF REU are professors Philippe Buhlmann and Steven Kass. The grant pays for 10 students in each of the next three years, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22, to spend 10 weeks conducting research in the department.

Paper by Professor Truhlar selected as Hot Paper for 2018

A paper by Professor Donald Truhlar, “Extended Hamiltonian Molecular Dynamics: Semiclassical Trajectories with Improved Maintenance of Zero Point Energy,” has been selected as a Hot Paper for 2018 by the Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, which is the physical chemistry journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In addition to Professor Truhlar, contributors to this paper are post-doctoral associate Yinan Shu, post-doctoral associate Sijia Dong (who is now a post-doctoral associate at the University of Chicago), graduate student Kelsey Parker, graduate student Lucas Bao (who is now a post-doctoral associate at Princeton), and visiting graduate student Linyao Zhang (from the Harbin Institute of Technology).

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Micro-Aggression Workshop, Monday, Feb. 11: register by Friday, Feb. 8

A Micro-Aggression Workshop, led by Lee Penn, Department of Chemistry professor, and Stef Jarvi, director of Education Equity for the Office for Equity and Diversity, and hosted by Women in Science & Education (WISE), will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, Room 412 Bruininks Hall. Please RSVP using the following link by the end of the day, Friday, Feb. 8. This event is open to all chemistry department students, faculty, and staff. Snacks will be provided. 

Micro-Aggressions are statements or actions that are indirect, subtle, and sometimes unintentional means of discrimination against marginalized groups. This workshop will discuss different forms of micro-aggressions, how to be aware of them, and how to combat them in the future. This workshop will be scenario based, so those who attended this workshop last year are invited to return.

Der Desplastinator!!

Check out a German news story done by Galileo on Professor Marc Hillmyer and the work of the Center for Sustainable Polymers. The story is in German, but the epic animation in the first 40 seconds is not to be missed. Superhero: Der Desplastinator. 

Patent Law Seminar, Friday, Feb. 22

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. 

American Chemical Society National Meeting, spring 2019
Register for Chemistry Alumni & Friends Breakfast

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 public show, Saturday, May 18

Christy Haynes lights up the methane bubbles.
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!

Energy and U
Saturday, May 18, 2019
1 p.m.
Tickets: $1 per person
Rarig Center
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (West Bank)
330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis

This event is open to the public, but tickets are required. Space is limited and this show is expected to sell out fast, so ORDER YOUR TICKETS now! Seating is first-come, first-served the day of the event. 


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