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Communiqué: The Department of Chemistry's 2011 Mid-Year Update

Welcome to the Department of Chemistry's electronic newsletter, Communiqué, with updates on recent happenings in the department.


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Student honors, awards, and accolades

Our undergraduate and graduate students received a number of honors and awards in 2010-11, testifying to the quality of education, teaching, and research in the Department of Chemistry. Read about our college and national fellowship award honorees, our top student researchers, and other scholarship and award recipients. We also have information on our 2010-11 bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree recipients. In addition, photos from our undergraduate and graduate graduation receptions are available on our Facebook page. View All Award Articles for Students & Faculty.

Outstanding teaching assistant honored
Victoria Chemistruck was chosen as a 2010-11 Outstanding Teaching Assistant by undergraduate students during the College of Science & Engineering's CSE Week. She is a graduate student working with Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas. Read More

Department of Chemistry news

We've had some changes in the Department of Chemistry over the past six months. We are pleased to welcome Professor Theresa Reineke to the department. Our researchers just received funds to acquire a state-of-the-art electron microscope. Two of our professors are serving on the editorial board for a new scientific publication. Check out these stories and other Department of Chemistry news on our website. View all News Articles.

Reineke joins Department of Chemistry faculty, June 20
Professor Theresa M. Reineke joins the Department of Chemistry faculty, Monday, June 20, 2011. She is an expert and a world leader in polymer science and gene therapy and diagnostics. Read More

Faculty awards

Our faculty members have received several prestigious awards, including a DuPont Young Investigator award, Royal Society of Chemistry honors, and prestigious college and university faculty awards such as a Distinguished McKnight University Professorship and Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award Department of Chemistry faculty members continue to be some of the most distinguished teachers and researchers at the University of Minnesota. View All Award Articles for Students & Faculty.

Truhlar receives alma mater's Distinguished Alumnus Award
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar receives the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona - during its 2011 homecoming activities, Saturday, June 25. Read More

New alumni page

Please check out our new alumni page. You will find information about giving to the Department of Chemistry, volunteer opportunities, and enhanced communication initiatives. We invite you to participate in our new Where Are They Now? alumni feature. Whenever possible we share information about the accomplishments of our alumni on the Department of Chemistry website or Facebook page.

Where are they now?

The Department of Chemistry is proud of its graduates and the work that they do in the world. Please send us news about your accomplishments and awards for possible publication on our news website, Facebook, or Twitter. Information can be sent to Communications Coordinator Eileen Harvala at Read about two alumni who have been promoted to professors; an alumnus who created a scholarship in honor of a professor; and prestigious awards for two alumni. On Facebook, we feature a new book edited by an alumnus. View all Where Are They Now? articles.

Ed Huttlin, Ph.D.
Ed Huttlin, Ph.D., currently is a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Medical School Department of Cell Biology Education. He obtained his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2003, and did his undergraduate research work under the tutelage of Associate Professor Michael Bowser. Read More

Giving to the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is one of the oldest and most prestigious departments at the University of Minnesota. Chemistry's contributions to scientific and technological advances are vital as we work on solving energy and environmental problems, make medical advances, and ensure that our children have a safer and healthier world. Now more than ever, private support of teaching and research is key to maintaining and enhancing the tradition of excellence within the Department of Chemistry. Support at all levels makes a difference and there are many meaningful ways to make a gift. Please check out our giving page for additional information.

Volunteer opportunities

There are many ways for Department of Chemistry alumni to stay involved and help with programs that benefit students, ranging from becoming a mentor to supporting outreach efforts. We have additional information on our volunteer page.