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    January 11, 2019

Upcoming Department Seminars

Speaker From Where Time/Date/Place Title/Abstract
Courtney Roberts, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry

University of Michigan

9:45 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

331 Smith Hall

Developing and Improving Organic Reactions through Catalyst Design

C. Rose Kennedy, Ph.D.

Department of Chemistry

Princeton University

9:45 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17

331 Smith Hall

Leveraging Mechanistic Insight to Enable Catalyst-Controlled Chemo-, Regio- & Stereoselective C–C Bond Formation

Undergraduate Levi Palmer to present research at ACS National Meeting

Levi Palmer, Amgen scholar
Levi Palmer

Levi Palmer, an undergraduate working with Professor Renee Frontiera, has been awarded an I.M. Kolthoff Enrichment Award from the Education Committee of the American Chemical Division (ACS) of Analytical Chemistry. This grant will enable Levi to attend the upcoming 2019 ACS National Meeting, and present his research titled, "Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to Analyze the Effects of Coupling Butterfly Wing Optical Waveguides to Plasmon Resonances.” In addition, Levi and Bailey Nebgen, who is also a chemistry undergraduate researcher working with Professor Frontiera, will participate in the "ACS Division of Physical Chemistry 2019 Symposium Workshop for Undergraduate Chemistry Majors.”

SciFinder Lunch & Learn, Jan. 17

The Graduate Student Workshop Committee, in partnership with CAS, is sponsoring a SciFinder Lunch and Learn Session from noon to 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 420 Bruininks Hall. Lunch will be provided. You will be able to learn about the many ways SciFinder can help you with your research. Please RSVP to chemgswc@umn.edu by Monday, Jan. 14, to ensure you receive a lunch. Additional details can be found in the attached flyer. 

Community of Chemistry Graduate Student receives grant

The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS) has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Procter and Gamble Higher Education Grant Program. These funds will be used to support and purchase production equipment for CCGS’s Surviving and Thriving in Higher Education YouTube channel. The channel provides valuable information about common graduate school experiences and seeks to promote conversations about mental health and well-being. In addition the funds will be used to continue CCGS’s lunch hours, Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School Panel Discussions, and a variety of other events throughout 2019.

Community of Chemistry Graduate Students lunch hour, Jan. 17

The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students is hosting a lunch hour from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 193 Kolthoff Hall. Everyone in the department is welcome to attend. Please bring your lunch, relax, and get to know others in the department. Coffee/tea and light snacks will be provided.

Hack Your Brain: Staying Healthy & Balanced as a Student, Tuesday, Jan. 15

The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students is hosting a viewing, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 15, Kate & Michael  Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall), of a webinar by Dr. Lindsay Bira, clinical health psychologist and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at UT Health, San Antonio. Learn what happens when the brain is under stress, how the brain plays tricks on us under stress, and what to do to prevent mental health symptoms from taking hold.

Safety Notes: ACS webinars + C&EN article

ACS offers several free Lab Safety Webinars. The next one is, Thursday, Jan. 17, "How to improve your lab's safety: Answering your questions." It features panelists from a national lab, research university, and undergraduate institution. They will provide answers to a number of questions such as key information resources that safety professionals rely upon to help chemists perform chemistry safely, finding a career in lab safety, and transferring safety skills from the academic lab to industry.

It’s been 10 years since Sheri Sangji died from burns started by t-BuLi. The incident catalyzed an increased emphasis on laboratory safety with special emphasis on proper personal protection equipment and lab specific instruction on pyrophoric handling. Professor Ian Tonks shares his perspective in the Chemical & Engineering News article, "Are academic labs any safer?."

In the News

Chemistry major James Cox highlighted in College of Science & Engineering's holiday greeting video.

Employment/Research Opportunity

  • Dakota County Technical College: instructor for spring 2019. Contact Dean Nicholas Wallace directly.  
  • St. Catherine University: assistant professor. Review of applications begins, Tuesday, Jan. 22.
  • St. John’s University: post-doctoral position. No deadline information provided.
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: tenure-track assistant professor. Position closes, Sunday, Jan. 20.
  • Tate & Lyle: two positions, research scientist, senior research scientist. No deadline information provided.

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


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