Welcome to the Department of Chemistry Weekly News for Friday, May 3, 2019.

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Seven outstanding students receive competitive dissertation fellowships

Seven Department of Chemistry graduate students have been award highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year, including Kajari Bera, Kiall Francis Suazo, Mukunda Mandal, Stephanie Mitchell, Amy Ott, Prachi Sharma, and Shuyi Xie.

Energy & U Fire Safety Volunteers Needed

Fire safety volunteers are needed for the upcoming Energy and U shows in May. Energy and U shows are at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18 (onsite by 12:35 p.m.) and 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. May 20-24(onsite by 9:20 a.m. and 11:50 a.m.). Three volunteers are a must per show. https://doodle.com/poll/w9xcz22agzif6x5a


Graphic for Professor Truhlar's research, Rapid Unimolecular Reaction of Stabilized Criegee Intermediates and Implications for Atmospheric Chemistry

New research on Criegee intermediates could effect atmospheric modeling

A new article in Nature Communications, "Rapid Unimolecular Reaction of Stabilized Criegee Intermediates and Implications for Atmospheric Chemistry,” by Professor Bo Long of Guizhou Minzu University, University of Minnesota Alumnus Junwei "Lucas" Bao, Ph.D., (now at Princeton University), and Regents Professor Donald Truhlar, uncovers unprecedented rapid unimolecular reactions of stabilized Criegee intermediates. This shows that it is invalid to assume the important reactions are the same as those that occur in small Criegee intermediates, and the findings can have a very large effect on atmospheric modeling.

In the News

Check out this news story about the Cool Chemistry outreach shows at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. It features alumna Amy (Anschutz) Kabrhel, who earned her doctorate at the University of Minnesota working with Professor Lee Penn. Amy is now professor and department chair at UW-Manitowoc.

Upcoming Chemistry Seminars

Student Seminar Series, 9:45 a.m. Thursday, May 9, 331 Smith Hall: Professor Jeremiah Johnson from the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Chemical tools for controlling the topology of polymer networks

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Upcoming Events

Global Seminar in Panama Final Event, May 6

During spring break 2019, 12 chemistry majors travelled to the remote region of Bocas del Toro, Panama, to embrace nature, conduct field measurements, collect samples, and learn from local communities. They brought back new experiences, important findings, and new ideas to research pressing issues related to water safety in the region. "Chemistry in the Field: Water Analysis & Environmental Impact" was developed and organized by Professor Edgar Arriaga and Professor Kyle Bantz. Please RSVP to the Panama Final Event, 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, 402 Walter Library, by going to z.umn.edu/Bocas-Finale.

Strengthening Climate: Stress and Mental Health, May 8

This event is for all members of the department, and is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 100 Smith Hall. The topic will focus on how to help someone in distress, how to find and refer to appropriate resources, and how to create a climate that reduces unnecessary stress and struggles. A brief introduction will be followed by an interactive discussion of four scenarios relevant to students, postdoctoral researchers, staff, and faculty with videos prepared by the Community of Chemistry Graduate Students. Matt Hanson from Boynton Health, departmental Mental Health Advocates, and representatives of other campus resources will be available to answer questions.

Undergraduate graduation reception & commencements

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Reception & Scholarships & Awards
You're invited to our reception for all chemistry major graduates
Friday, May 10, 2019
100 Smith Hall

4:45-5 p.m. buffet reception
5-5:30 p.m. recognition reception for scholarship recipients and graduates
5:45 p.m. group photo on the front steps of Smith Hall (please wear your commencement gown and hat)

College of Science & Engineering
Arts, Sciences and Engineering Commencement Ceremony
7-9 p.m. Friday, May 10
Mariucci Arena
University of Minnesota
1901 Fourth St. S.E., Minneapolis
Questions: Susan Kubitschek, (612) 624-8010, kubit001@umn.edu

College of Liberal Arts
11 a.m. Sunday, May 19
Mariucci Arena
Questions: CLA Student Information Office, (612) 625-2020, commence@umn.edu 

CBITG Symposium: Abstract deadline, Friday, May 17

Poster for the 2019 CBITG symposium

The 14th annual National Institutes of Health Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, John T. Tate Hall of Physics, 116 Church St SE, Minneapolis. Students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty are invited to register at cbitg.chem.umn.edu by Friday, May 17. Admittance is free to this student-organized symposium, and includes breakfast, lunch, a poster session, and the opportunity to hear about exciting research at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Energy and U public show, Saturday, May 18

Flames, explosions, music, and screaming gummy bears! They're all part of a fun and high-energy University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering outreach program, Energy and U, that aims to interest young people in science. The Energy and U public show is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. ORDER TICKETS

Graduate Student Research Symposium: Register by Monday, May 20

The deadline for registration for the June 4 Graduate Student Research Symposium is, Monday, May 20. Please register and specify your lunch preferences. Faculty members are pre-registered, so if unable to attend need to delete their registration. Faculty who want to register summer researchers can do so by sending those names to mdunlap@umn.edu. Information about the symposium and a link to register is available at https://chem.umn.edu/academics/graduate-student-research-symposium. The program will be posted when it is completed later in May.

Safety Note: Sustainability

Dow's Elements of Sustainability Series has several free online presentations by academics covering sustainability, risk communication, public policy and chemical risk perceptions. Researchers are often familiar with their personal safety responsibilities, but how chemists communicate with the public about potential risks is also an important skill.

Employment/Research Opportunities

  • DEA: chemist
  • MilliporeSigma: global product manager (energy materials)
  • Chart Industries: chemist for factory testing & measurement (bachelor’s degree OK)

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


    • Communications
    • 137 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • Eileen Harvala, Communications Coordinator
    • harva015@umn.edu
    • (612) 624-0831