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November 16, 2018
Department of Chemistry Seminars
Metalloprotein Interest Group (MPIG) Seminar:
Department of Chemistry
Carnegie Mellon University
MN ACS Winter Social at Can Can Wonderland
The Minnesota Local Section of the American Chemical Society (MN ACS) section is hosting a Winter Social and Silent Auction at Can Can Wonderland, Thursday, Dec. 6. Tickets are $5 for undergraduates and graduate students and $20 for post-doctorates and non-students. The ticket includes dinner and a round of mini golf. MN ACS is raising money for Project SEED, an ACS program that helps economically disadvantaged high school students work in laboratories. Deadline to register is Thursday, Nov. 29.
More than 350 institutions have sponsored more than 11,000 high school students since Project SEED’s inception 50 years ago. For 8 to 10 weeks during the summer, SEED students work in real laboratories, with real scientists serving as their mentors. Information available on the ACS Project Seed web page.
Thursday, Dec. 13
100 Smith Hall
The topic will be bystander intervention, and the presentation will include integrated scenes performed by Illusion Theater. Illusion Theater's mission is to generate theater that illuminates the illusions, myths and realities of our times and to catalyze personal and social change. Bring your lunch, if desired.
As part of the Joint Safety Team's (JST) continuing effort to foster safety culture in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, it is conducting a safety culture survey. Please complete the survey by Friday, Nov. 30. The results will be used to assess the safety training events in the departments. Survey responses are anonymous. Question/concerns: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joint Safety Team PowerPoint & video contests
The Joint Safety Team (JST) has two safety contests (PowerPoint slide and video), which are open to Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. The deadline for both the JST Safety Moment PowerPoint Contest, and the One-Minute Video Contest is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21. Winners will be announced at the JST December Laboratory Safety Officers meeting.
For the JST Safety Moment PowerPoint Contest, graduate students or post-doctorates can submit a single-page PowerPoint slide of new and relevant safety protocols/tips/concerns related to research. Examples are available on the JST website. All submissions must be emailed to email@example.com with subject line "PPT Contest_Your Name_Your Title." Two first-place winners will be awarded $25 Starbucks gift cards and 10 second-place winners will be awarded $5 Starbucks gift cards.
For the JST One-Minute Video Contest, research groups are invited to submit a one-minute creative video related to research safety. It can be funny, musical, silly, sad, serious, etc. Past submissions are on the JST Facebook page. All submissions must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line, "Video Contest_Your Name_Your Title." One first-place winner will be awarded a $50 Dominos gift card, and five second-place winners will be awarded $20 Dominos gift cards.
In the News
Read the great story on Christopher Cramer as he becomes the new Vice President for Research, Monday, Nov. 12.
Our chemistry program is ranked #3 out of 435 colleges and universities nationwide and #1 out of 16 colleges and universities in Minnesota for veteran friendliness, according to a review conducted by College Factual. This puts the University of Minnesota in the top 1 percent of all schools in the nation when it comes to offering a quality education to veterans studying chemistry.
Safety Note: turkey safety
In the spirit of the holiday week, these turkey fryer videos focus several potential risks that also apply to lab work such as how mixing incompatible oil and water causes rapid spraying apart, what can happen when using combustible oil with an open flame, and selecting an appropriate fire extinguisher. To prevent oil over flow submerge in water first to determine exactly how much oil is needed. These principles also apply to using oil baths in the lab.
- video of William Shatner & State Farm presenting "Eat, Fry, Love," a turkey fryer fire cautionary tale
- Turkey Fryer Fire Demonstration, presented by Virginia Beach Fire Department