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March 1, 2019
Professor Melanie Sanford from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan will present the Paul G. Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, March 6-8. Her seminars are scheduled for:
- 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 331 Smith Hall, "New Synthetic Methods for C–F Bond Formation: From Fundamental Science to Applications"
- Reception immediately following from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room ABC (4th floor Coffman Memorial Union);
- 9:45 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 331 Smith Hall, "Synthesis, Reactivity, and Catalytic Relevance of High Valent Transition Metal Organometallic Complexes"
- 4 p.m. Friday, March 8, 331 Smith Hall, "Using Physical Organic Chemistry Principles to Develop Molecules for Electrical Energy Storage"
Celeste Rousseau, a second-year graduate student working with Professor Philippe Buhlmann, has won a ThinkSwiss Fellowship, which will enable her to spend three months in the fall of 2019 as a visiting researcher in the group of Professor Eric Bakker at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Working with Professor Bakker and his expertise in ion transfer voltammeter and coulometry sensors, Celeste hopes to gain a greater understanding of these types of sensors and put to use in such sensors the compounds that she has prepared.
Professor Theresa Reineke has served as a guest co-editor and co-organizer for a special issue of Bioconjugate Chemistry focused on, "Delivery of Proteins and Nucleic Acids: Achievements and Challenges," which was published on February 20, 2019. To introduce the special issue, Reineke also co-authored an editorial focusing on why therapeutic innovation has been important to her personally and professionally, including the creation of drugs that are less toxic and more targeted, and gene therapy strategies.
Joint Safety Team seeks volunteers
The Joint Safety Team (JST) is recruiting for the current semester and into the summer. It currently has openings on the public relations committee and needs a technology officer. Both of these positions include a stipend. The public relations position will help with the Facebook page, Stall Walls, and posters in Smith Hall and Amundson Hall, etc. The technology officer will be in charge of the JST website and document storage for the administration. If interested in either of these positions, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position in the subject header by Friday, March 8.
Finance Note: Reimbursement Requests
Do not delay in submitting any expense reimbursements. Any reimbursement request beyond 60 days is not allowed. For travel reimbursements, requests must be submitted within 60 days of the end of your travel status.
Safety Note: Keep hazardous waste capped
Waste bottle reminder: Hennepin County charges $675 per bottle for each uncapped hazardous waste bottle because it is improper management of a container. This violates Minnesota Rules MNR 7045.0626(4). If you need to frequently open and close your hazardous waste bottles, consider purchasing a threaded funnel with a flip-cap, which is available in the stockroom. Also remember that all containers must be labeled before you leave the lab for the day. This includes flasks, baths, and vials in the fume hood. A simple way to do this is to write the contents on the fume hood glass.
Patent Law careers
Practicing Law Institute presentation on patent law and taking the Patent Office's registration exam, 2 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 345 Nicholson Hall.