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    November 9, 2018

Department of Chemistry Seminars

Speaker From Where Time/Date/Place Title/Abstract
Special Seminar: Professor John May

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Open Forum: 
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 12

Kate and Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall)

4 p.m.
Monday Nov. 12

331 Smith Hall

Open Forum
Q&A: Being a teacher-scholar at a primarily undergraduate institution

"New targets and new lead compounds for blocking Salmonella virulence"

Dow Lecture Series + CSE Diversity: Professor Christine Luscombe

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

University of Washington

9:45 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 13

331 Smith Hall

Coffee Hour:
9-10 a.m.
Nov. 14

193 Kolthoff Hall

"Precise engineering of semiconducting polymers for organic electronics"

Coffee Hour: 
“Diverse Cultures in STEM: How various backgrounds and upbringings impact our science”

Sigma-Aldrich Seminar: Professor Noah Z. Burns

Department of Chemistry

Stanford University

9:45 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15

331 Smith Hall

Open Forum:
4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15

Kate and Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall)

Seminar: "Selective Halogenation and the Study of Noncanonical Lipids"

Information about seminars and other events is available on our Chemistry Events webpages, including research interests, biographies, photos, abstracts, and completed schedules for visits.

Strengthening Climate: Bystander Intervention

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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.

Professor Hillmyer to help develop framework for water research center

Professor Marc Hillmyer

Professor Marc Hillmyer is part of a team of five University investigators developing the framework for a research center addressing growing concerns about the quality and amount of water available to the world's population. The investigators received a $94,000 planning grant from the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center program for their project, “Engineering Research Center for Advancing a Circular Water Economy (ACWa-Econ).” Their framework is focused on increasing capacity for research that has an impact on the circular water economy; enhancing a culture of inclusion within a research enterprise; strengthening relationships among water-focused researchers and the industrial, non-profit, government, and community partners; and educating the team about various leadership and management approaches and their benefits and challenges.

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 jst@umn.edu 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 jst@umn.edu 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. 

Diwali Lunch Hour, Thursday, Nov. 15

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The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students (CCGS) is hosting a Diwali-themed lunch hour from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 193 Kolthoff Hall. Diwali is India's most important holiday of the year and was celebrated Nov. 7. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects from spiritual darkness. The CCGS will have supplies to paint and decorate earthen lamps. Please bring your lunch. Coffee/tea and Indian sweets will be provided. Everyone in the department is welcome to attend.

Finance News

Changes to Person Months for grant reports in eraCommons
When completing a Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR), a zero can no longer be entered for person months as level of effort in Section D.1-Participants. The zero reflected a time when only whole numbers were allowed, and users were asked to enter a zero, if a person month effort for a participant was 0.4 or less. Since decimals are now allowed, the zero is no longer needed.

Changes to NSF Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide
There are several changes to the National Science Foundation's Proposal Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) for proposals submitted on or after Jan. 28, 2019. Please see the attached document for a list of significant changes. The NSF will host a webinar on the changes at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Safety Note

Nitrogen is commonly used to provide an inert atmosphere over potentially reactive materials. However, did you know that Li burns in N2? Nitrogen serves as the oxidant instead of O2. Lithium-ion batteries are assembled in Ar glove boxes to avoid any nitride formation. For more information, see http://www.espimetals.com/index.php/technical-data/102-lithium-safe-handling.


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