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Department of Chemistry Seminars

Speaker From Where Time/Date/Place Title/Abstract

Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry

Professor Melanie Sanford

Department of Chemistry

University of Michigan

4 p.m.
Friday, March 8
331 Smith Hall
"Using Physical Organic Chemistry Principles to Develop Molecules for Electrical Energy Storage

Special Seminar

Professor Casey Wade

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ohio State University

9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, March 12
331 Smith Hall

Open Forum:
2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12
231 Smith Hall

"Functionalizing MOFs for Catalysis and Trace CO2 Capture


Open Forum
Oh the Places You’ll Go: Life After Grad School
Who does #2 work for: The perils of peer review

Department Seminar

Professor Carolyn E. Anderson

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Calvin College

9:45 a.m.
Thursday, March 14
331 Smith Hall

Open Forum:
4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 14
Kate & Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall)

"Synthesis of Highly Functionalized N-Alkyl 2-Pyridones and Indolizines


Open Forum:
Careers at primarily undergraduate institutions

POLY PMSE seminar, 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 13

POLY PMSE is hosting a seminar featuring Charles Black, Ph.D., director of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The seminar is at 4 p.m. March 13, 101 Walter Library. His talk is titled, "Nanoscience at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, a National Scientific User Facility" (see attached flyer for abstract and biography). 

Workshop on building leadership skills in laboratory safety

ACS spring leadership workshop

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is sponsoring a workshop to educate graduate students about lab safety culture and opportunities for promoting safety in their schools. It is called "Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Laboratory Safety" and will be held at the Spring National Meeting on Sunday March 31st from 3-6 p.m. This three-hour workshop will be led by Kali Miller, a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Kendra Denlinger, Ph.D., of Xavier University, who are both members of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety with extensive laboratory safety program experience. They will describe current programs and research emphasizing the challenges and opportunities of safety culture in the academic environment. The purpose is to help develop individualized plans for the creation or improvement of student safety programs. Other key topics include hazard assessment, risk management, safety management practices, and complementary top-down approaches. This workshop is primarily directed at graduate student issues, but faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Register at dchas.org/lst-workshop.

Haynes receives Distinguished McKnight University Professorship

Professor Christy Haynes
Professor Christy L. Haynes

Professor Christy L. Haynes has received the University of Minnesota’s 2019 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship. This professorship recognizes and rewards the University's most outstanding mid-career faculty members. Recipients are honored with the title, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, which they hold for as long as they remain at the University of Minnesota. She is associate department head of the Department of Chemistry and the Elmore H. Northey Professor of Chemistry. She is also associate director of the Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology, and an associate editor of Analytical Chemistry. Haynes is an internationally recognized leader within the scientific community, and is one of the nation’s most talented analytical chemists. She has built a unique research program that addresses questions at the interface of immunology, toxicology, materials science, and chemistry. Haynes is also known for her passion and commitment to building a diverse scientific community, and her deep commitment to science communications.

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Sanford Lipsky

Black and white photo of Professor Sanford Lipsky
Professor Sanford "Sandy" Lipsky

Professor Emeritus Sanford "Sandy" Lipsky died Friday, March 1, at the age of 89. He was born on January 24, 1930, in New York City. Professor Lipsky earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1950 from Syracuse University, and his Master of Science in 1952 from the University of Chicago, where he also earned his doctorate in 1954, working with Nobel Laureate James Franck. He was a post-doctoral researcher at Notre Dame from 1954 to 1957, working with Professor Milton Burton. He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry in 1959, and retired more than a half century later in May 2012.

Grant paves way for sustainable polymer education consortium

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) has awarded a 2019 mini grant to Professor Jane Wissinger to create a sustainable polymer education and research consortium among Twin Cities-based primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI). She is working with alumnus Michael T. Wentzel, a visiting researcher in the Department of Chemistry, who is supported by the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Sustainable Polymers.

Employment/Research Opportunity

Indiana University: research associate, ahemistry (mass spectrometry). Application deadline, Monday, April 1.


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