• Timothy Cannon works on a green chemistry at a multi-day workshop for high school science teachers.

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    July 20, 2018

Health & Wellbeing Workshop: Guided Meditation

Mindful meditation graphics: stack of rocks in water

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 31
Kate & Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall)
RSVP to ccgs@umn.edu by Monday, July 30

Refresh and recharge yourself with an informal hour of meditation and light movement. An experienced instructor will guide you through exercises that will leave you feeling physically, emotionally, and intellectually rejuvenated. No prior experience or special clothes necessary. This workshop will be lead by a Bakken Center for Spiritual Healing instructor. The workshop is hosted by the Community of Chemistry Graduate Students and supported by Proctor & Gamble.

High school teachers learn about and experiment with green chemistry

Professor Jane Wissinger hosted a workshop for high school science teachers focused on green and sustainable chemistry curriculum for their classrooms. Twenty-one teachers from across the state of Minnesota, as far as Morris and Moose Lake as well as local, participated in the multi-day workshop, July 17-19. In both classroom and laboratory learning experiences, the teachers learned about the principles of green chemistry, sustainability goals, and their application in addressing human health and the environment. And alumnae participating included . . .

Alumnae Page (Johnson) Kinner (left) and Lindsey (Walstrom) Smaka (right) are pictured with green chemistry expert and teacher Professor Jane Wissinger. Kinner graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 2001 and her master’s in chemistry
Alumnae Page (Johnson) Kinner (left) and Lindsey (Walstrom) Smaka (right) are pictured with green chemistry expert and teacher Professor Jane Wissinger. Kinner graduated with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 2001 and her master’s in chemistry in 2005. Kinner worked with Wissinger while she was here and helped develop one of the department’s first green chemistry experiments. Her adviser was Professor Mark Distefano. Smaka obtained her bachelor’s in chemistry in 2008 and her master’s in education in 2012. As an undergraduate, she worked with Professor Marc Hillmyer. They are pictured with their mentor and green chemistry expert Professor Jane Wissinger.

Professor Stein member of Chemistry of Materials 1k Club

Professor Andreas Stein is the newest addition to the Chemistry of Materials 1k Club, which is composed of authors whose papers in the journal have been cited 1,000 times or more. Stein and his co-authors, who were graduate students Brian Melde, Brian Holland, and Chris Blanford, wrote the 1999 Chemistry of Materials paper entitled, “Mesoporous Sieves with Unified Hybrid Inorganic/Organic Frameworks.”

Chemistry of Materials editors Carlos Toro and Jillian Buriak wrote: "This paper is still being cited to this day and has had a profound influence on the area of mesoporous materials. In this work, the authors introduced the concept of unified organically functionalized mesoporous networks (UOFMN), in which both the organic and inorganic precursors are of a fixed stoichiometry and are covalently bonded. The elegance of the work derives from the clearly defined inorganic and organic chemistry principles as well as characterization methods (including extensive NMR analyses) applied to achieve a high level of morphological and chemical control over the final mesoporous materials products." You can read Chemistry of Materials' question and answer with Professor Stein on the Chemistry of Materials website.

Chemistry of Materials 1000K Club article authors
Credit: Compiled by Chemistry of Materials

Employment/Research Opportunities

  • Concordia University, St. Paul: teaching opportunities available for fall 2018, Human Anatomy & Physiology (lecture or lab), Cell Biology (lecture only), General Chemistry (lecture and lab), General Physics (lecture and lab), and  Science in your Daily Life (online course). Master's degree of 18 graduate credits in the sciences required.
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis: Post-doctorate position with expertise in the synthesis, manipulation, and characterization of air-sensitive compounds. Experience in electrochemistry helpful, but not required. 
  • International Journal of Quantum Chemistry: full-time, professional editor to join its internal editorial office. Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018.

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


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