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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.

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 articles.

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.

Alumni news

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 Then Now? articles.

July 19, 2011
Gassman family creates graduate student travel fund
In addition to the Paul G. Gassman Lectureship in Chemistry, the family of the late Professor Gassman has established a new fund to support the Department of Chemistry—the Paul G. and Gerda Ann Gassman Graduate Student Travel Fund. Read More

July 19, 2011
Article features work of high school researcher
In the research article just published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, graduate student Eric Olson and co-workers, including Teng Xiong who was a high school student at the time the research was conducted, describe the interaction of 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) with aliphatic amines. Read More

July 15, 2011
Chemistry Day outreach engages youth in science
For the sixth consecutive year, Associate Professor Christy Haynes and students are conducting Chemistry Day—an afternoon of demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and a mystery that the older youth must use chemistry to solve—at Saint Paul's West 7th Community Center. Read More

June 23, 2011
Research article highlighted in German publication
Assistant Professor Christopher Douglas' article, which was published in the February 2011 edition of Angewandte Chemie International Edition, was recently highlighted in the German equivalent of Chemical & Engineering News—Nachrichten aus der Chemie. Read More

June 17, 2011
Researchers receive funds for state-of-the-art microscope
College of Science & Engineering professors, including Associate Professor R. Lee Penn, receive University research investment funds to acquire a new generation, state-of-the-art, aberration-corrected, high-resolution analytical scanning and transmission electron microscope. Read More

June 13, 2011
Two professors serve on new science publication editorial team
Two Department of Chemistry professors, Timothy Lodge and Theresa Reineke, will be on the editorial team for a new American Chemical Society publication, ACS Macro Letters. Read More

June 7, 2011
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

May 13, 2011
Two alumni promoted to professors at Macalester
Two Department of Chemistry alumni—Paul Fischer and Rebecca Hoye—have been promoted from associate professors to professors at Macalester College. Read More

May 13, 2011
Alumnus honors Professor Ellis with scholarship
Steven Hentges, Ph.D., a 1976 graduate, has endowed a scholarship in honor of Professor John Ellis, called the Professor John E. Ellis Scholarship. Read More

May 5, 2011
Graduating graduate students honored
Thirty-one Department of Chemistry graduates students earned their master’s degrees, and 33 graduate students earned their doctorate degrees in 2010-2011. Read More