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Chemistry Newsletter


Please contact John Hanson or Holly Jones if you have items to add to this calendar.

September 2014

  • Tuesday, September 2:  First day of classes
  • Friday, September 12:  SAACS Bowling Party, 6-8:00 p.m. Chalet Bowl
    sponsored by SAACS

October 2014

  • Friday, October 17:  Mid-Term
  • Monday, October 20-October 21:  Fall Break
  • Saturday, October 25, 2:00-5:00:  Annual Cider Squeeze (923 N. Lawrence @ Prof. Hanson's residence)

November 2014

  •  Wednesday, November 26:  Thanksgiving Travel Day (No Classes)

  • Thursday, November 27-November 30:  Thanksgiving Holiday

December 2014

  • Wednesday, December 10:  Last Day of Classes
  • Wednesday, December 10:  Chemistry Winter Party, 12:30 Harned Hall 3rd Floor Colonnade
  • Thursday, December 11-12:  Reading Period
  • Monday, December 15-19:  Final Examinations



Steven Neshyba Awarded $34,000 NSF Grant Supplement (8/28/14)

The Environmental Chemical Sciences Program of the National Science Foundation has recommended funding of a supplementary request submitted by Prof. Neshyba. The award of $34,000 will support a month-long field research campaign in the Chilean Andes to study black carbon in Andean glaciers.  A summary of the supplementary proposal follows:
In situ sampling of black carbon in the Andean Cryosphere
In common with many cold regions of the earth, the Andean cryosphere is warming at twice the global rate. While the main driver of this trend is increased atmospheric greenhouse gases, deposition of airborne black carbon onto snow and ice has the potential to accelerate the melting of high-altitude snow and glacier ice, in a positive feedback. In Chile, expected impacts attributed to greenhouse gas forcing alone include a 30% decrease in precipitation in the central region, intensified flooding events, and substantial compromising of strategic hydrologic reserves of snow and ice, by the end of the century. The extent to which black carbon will accelerate these processes is poorly documented, however, because remote sensing is inadequate for this purpose, and in situ measurements are scarce.
Work funded by this Supplement will support progress toward assessment of the impact of black carbon on snow darkness via an in situ snow filtering campaign on a north-south transect of the Chilean Andes during July of 2015. The work will be carried out in collaboration with researchers at the Universidad de Santiago and at the University of Washington. Funding will support logistical costs of the sampling campaign in Chile, an undergraduate stipend, and post-campaign spectroscopic and scanning electron microscopic analysis in the United States.


Tim Hoyt: Walter Lowrie Sustained Service Award recipient (8/26/14)

The Walter Lowrie Sustained Service Award is given to a faculty member in recognition of his or her sustained service across the university. Each year the Faculty Senate receives nominations and then, in closed session,
selects one recipient. The Lowrie Award was established in 2004 to honor Walter Lowrie, professor emeritus of history and a leader in the creation of the Faculty Bylaws and founder in 1965 of the Faculty Senate.
Congratulations to Tim Hoyt, this year's recipient of the Walter Lowrie Sustained Service Award.


Dan Burgard: Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award recipient (8/26/14)

In 2003 the dean's teaching awards were named to honor Tom Davis, who served as dean of the university from 1973 to 1994. Faculty members in the ranks of instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor are eligible for the award. Congratulations to Dan Burgard, one of four faculty members who received a Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award this year.


Liz Meucci wins NSF (National Science Foundation) Scholar Award to go to prestigious Green Chemistry Conference (Summer 2014)

Liz was one of the lucky few undergraduate students to present a research poster at the 18th Annual American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Bethesda, Maryland in June of 2014.  Liz was one of only five undergraduate students awarded a National Science Scholar Award 2014 to pay for her expenses for the conference. 


Megan Gessel has joined the Chemistry Department! (Summer 2014)

Megan earned a B.A. in chemistry at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. At Whitman she completed two undergraduate research projects in toxicology and environmental chemistry. She earned a PhD. in Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied protein structure and aggregation related to Alzheimer’s disease using ion mobility mass spectrometry.  She received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Research Award for postdoctoral training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she used MALDI imaging mass spectrometry to study biochemical changes to the extracellular matrix in kidney disease. Megan is particularly interested in biological applications of mass spectrometry, as well as the development of new protocols and technology for challenging analytes.  Overall, she is interested in using various mass spectrometry technologies, in combination with other techniques to study molecular structure, biomolecular interactions, and biochemical pathways.