March 15, 2019
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Upcoming Department Seminars
Professor Sean T. Roberts
College of Natural Resources
University of Texas at Austin
331 Smith Hall
Professor Ian Tonks has received the 2019 Organometallics Distinguished Author Award, honored for his exceptional papers, work in guest editing a special issue for the journal, and co-writing an editorial focused on safety.
The 18th annual Chemistry Graduate Student Symposium will be conducted, Tuesday, June 4, at the Herbert M Hanson Jr. Hall (Hanson Hall), 1925 4th St S, Minneapolis 55455 (West Bank). Registration and abstract submission is available.
Gain practical experience and hands-on learning in chemical analysis
Twelve chemistry majors are spending spring break, March 16-24, in Panama, gaining practical experience and hands-on learning in chemical analysis of water quality, and exploring environmental impacts on that quality, water management, and water-related health implications. The week-long global seminar to Panama is part of the semester-long class entitled, "Chemistry in the Field: Water Analysis & Environmental Impact," which was designed and is being implemented by Professor Edgar Arriaga and Professor Kyle Bantz.
Miriam Krause, Ph.D., director of Education and Outreach for the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN) and a member of the Department of Chemistry's Diversity Committee, planned, organized and moderated two learning and discussion opportunities with University of Minnesota alumna Frazier Benya, Ph.D., focused on sexual harassment awareness. One of those events was a professional development opportunity for National Science Foundation Centers for Innovation, which includes the CSN, and the other was a Conversation about Sexual Harassment Awareness within the College of Science & Engineering (CSE), hosted by the newly formed CSE Diversity and Inclusion Alliance. Benya was director of a 2018 National Academies Consensus Study Report on Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This 312-page document includes extensive research on the topic and detailed recommendations for how organizations can improve climate and prevent harassment.
In the news
Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) Director Marc Hillmyer featured on Business News Network Bloomberg to discuss the CSP’s work creating plastics that “unzip” when triggered by heat, light or chemical reactions.
Finance Note: Military Status Update
Maintaining accurate data about University employees’ veteran status is important for accurate reporting to the Department of Labor and for appropriately recognizing our veteran employees for their service to our country. As a reminder, employees can voluntarily choose to designate their veteran status anytime in MyU by navigating to My Info > More Personal Information.
Do you re-use your solvent containers for hazardous waste? If so, be sure to rinse and thoroughly dry them before putting another type of hazardous material into the bottle. A recent incident at another university resulted in injuries when a hazardous waste bottle exploded after not being properly cleaned between incompatible contents (ethanol and nitric acid). Do not use empty bottles that once held halogenated solvents for collecting pump oil. The trace halogens significantly increase the disposal costs for the oil. z.umn.edu/emptycontainer