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    October 19, 2018

CCGS Seminar: Sleep and Graduate School

Lisa Zak-Hunter, Ph.D.
Lisa Zak-Hunter, Ph.D., LMFT

The Community of Chemistry Graduate Students is hosting a seminar presented by Lisa Zak-Hunter, Ph.D., LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist), from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 24, Kate and Michael Bárány Conference Room (117/119 Smith Hall). She will present information on the effects of sleep deprivation in graduate school and methods that can be used to avoid it. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to ccgs@umn.edu.

Zak-Hunter is director of Behavioral Health at St. John's Family Medicine Residency and assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Klaus Mullen presents Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry

Professor Klaus Müllen

Professor Emeritus Klaus Müllen from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, will present the Paul G. Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, Oct. 22-25. His seminars are scheduled for:

Professor Erin Carlson on climate, culture, and consequences panel

Professor Erin Carlson is one of the panelists for a “conversation on climate, culture, and consequences,” looking at gender and culture change in STEM, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Mississippi Room at the Coffman Memorial Union. For addition information, see the attached flyer or go to https://z.umn.edu/sciencetoo

Department Chili Cookoff, Friday, Oct. 26

Chili Cookoff 2018 graphic

The Department of Chemistry's second annual Chili Cook-Off is set for noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Smith Hall lobby. To register as a chili eater or competitor, go to z.umn.edu/chemchili. There will be separate competitions for vegetarian and not-vegetarian chili, and an overall “people’s choice” award. Attendees are asked to make a $5 (suggested) donation to the Nutritious U Food Pantry. You can learn more about the food pantry or food insecurity for Universitiy of Minnesota students at https://gopherlink.umn.edu/organization/nup. This event is part of the Community Fund Drive, which Monday, Oct. 1 (http://cfd.umn.edu/). Questions: contact Laura Seifert and Lisa Jahr, Chemistry Department Community Fund Drive chairs.

Safety Note: Headphone Awareness

Although, Halloween scares can be fun, startling people can have serious consequences. The startle response, limbic hijack or flight or fight, triggers a very real physiological response. In the interest of lab safety, professionalism, and respect to those who experience anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a tramatic event, don't creep up on people. People can be very scared and triggered when someone touches or approaches them unexpectedly, or from an angle that they can't see. With headphones, with tasks that face away from the door, and with concentrating workers, it is easy for people not be aware of another person's movements nearby. A video of this distraction in the lab is available at https://youtu.be/rT1cwgk-h4w.

Employment/Research Opportunities

  • Dartmouth College: tenure-track assistant professor in theoretical and computational molecular science. Review of applications begins, Thursday, Nov. 1.
  • Case Western Reserve University: tenure-track assistant or associate professor in computational and theoretical chemistry. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 9.
  • University of Nebraska: two tenure-track assistant professor positions. University of California, Irvine: assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Application deadline: Thursday, Nov. 15.
  • University of California, Riverside: chemical hygiene officer/lab safety supervisor

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