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Annual Report for 2007-2008 Academic Year

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INTRODUCTION

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

ENROLLMENTS

FACULTY AND STAFF ACTIVITIES

FACULTY BIBLIOGRAPHY

GIFTS AND GRANTS

SEMINARS


INTRODUCTION

I write this introduction with just two days left in my term as chair of the Chemistry Department. Despite the extra work this job entails, it has been (mostly) a pleasure serving the best staff, faculty, and students on campus. I will be turning over leadership (if you can call it that!) to a committee of chairpersons. Will Hollingsworth will come out of chair retirement to handle the duties through Fall Term, and Trish Ferrett will take over in the winter. I like to believe that I am such a hard act to follow that two people will be needed to fill the role after my departure; however, it’s more likely that it will take two chairpersons to clean up the mess I’ve made. In any case, I will be off to Denmark at the end of July, on a sabbatical that I feel I’ve fully earned.

To say the least, it was a busy year in the department. We faced very high enrollments in nearly all of our core courses. For instance, both Organic Chemistry in the fall and Equilibrium and Analysis in the spring enrolled 80 students each! We are grateful to alums Jimmy Blair (’02) and Stephanie Ota (’00) who graciously agreed to put their busy lives on hold to help us out with these two courses. Jimmy taught Organic Chemistry labs in the fall, and Stephanie did the same for Equilibrium and Analysis in the spring. It was wonderful to have them back at Carleton.

We were also fortunate to have a new faculty member, Michael Burand, in the department. Michael was hired just for the year, but he has done such a fantastic job teaching introductory chemistry and helping out in organic chemistry, that we begged him to come back next year. Fortunately, he has agreed.

During reading days, just before final exams this spring, the following poem appeared on the whiteboard in the Mudd Hall conference room – which serves as a study room/hangout for chemistry majors. It seems an appropriate sign-off.

Mudd, Mudd, dumpy old Mudd,
I’ve spent way more time here than anyone should,
But I’ve put in my time, and now grad school awaits,
So, I’m finally leaving your heavy brass gates.
But, I know when I’m gone you’ll still offer your halls
For students to model benzenes and phenols.
’Cause the bio kids split when they’ve finished their orgo
And the physicists won’t stay a minute or so, oh
Geo’s downstairs, but who’s counting them?
They don’t last a course past Will’s intro chem.
No, when all’s said and done, at the end of the day,
Through intros and orgo and then E&A,
Through quantum and thermo and ad-lab ten-pagers,
You’ll always be home to us chemistry majors.
-a senior
David G. Alberg, Chair

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OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY NATIONAL MEETING

Felix Amankona-Diawuo
Julia Brown
Nicholas Brown
Matthew Cich
Maraia Ener
Laura Marinelli
Ryan Martinez
David Selassie (’09)
Christopher Zall

AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION FALL MEETING

Beth Friedman
Claire Liepmann (’09)
Juan Medrano (’09)

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY ANNUAL MEETING

Lucas Riley (’09)
Yirong Zhu (’09)

JOSLIN/HARVARD MD-PhD POSTER SESSION 2007

Michael Duyzend

MIDWEST UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE IN COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

Felix Amankona-Diawuo
David Selassie (’09)

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STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY UNDERGRADUATE AWARD IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Andrew Olson (’09)

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHEMISTRY

Maraia Ener

B.A. DEGREE CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

Maraia Ener, Adam Goetz, Yuichiro Takeshita, Christopher Zall

B.A. DEGREE WITH LATIN HONORS

Summa Cum Laude– Michael Duyzend, Maraia Ener

Magna Cum Laude– Felix Amankona-Diawuo, Nikola Babovic, Nicholas Brown, Johanna Dijkstal, Adam Goetz, Caroline Hurd,
Olivia Jee, Samuel Lemonick, Laura Marinelli, William Mitchell, Yuichiro Takeshita

Cum Laude – Julia Brown, Lauren Calcote, Beth Friedman,
Ryan Martinez, Eric Nordland, Christopher Zall

SCOTT TYLER BERGNER PRIZE

Michael Duyzend

BISCOTTI AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SEMINAR ATTENDANCE

Christopher Zall

CRC PRESS FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Julie Michelman (11)

DISTINCTION IN THE MAJOR

Felix Amankona-Diawuo, Maraia Ener, William Mitchell

DISTINCTION ON THE SENIOR INTEGRATIVE EXERCISE

Felix Amankona-Diawuo, Maraia Ener, William Mitchell,
Christopher Zall

FRANZ EXNER AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHEMISTRY

Laura Marinelli, Yuichiro Takeshita

JAMES FINHOLT PRIZE IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Michael Duyzend

GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP

Michael Duyzend

BARRY M. GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION PROGRAM

Anna Mork (’10)

LAURENCE McKINLEY GOULD PRIZE IN NATURAL SCIENCES

William Mitchell

HYPERCUBE SCHOLAR FOR WORK ON COMPUTERS IN CHEMISTRY

Felix Amankona-Diawuo

JERRY MOHRIG PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY

William Mitchell

MORTAR BOARD

Class of 2008– Michael Duyzend, Caroline Hurd, Olivia Jee,
Laura Marinelli

Class of 2009 – John Hanks, Cassandra Olson

PHI BETA KAPPA

Michael Duyzend, Maraia Ener

RICHARD RAMETTE TEACHING AWARDS

Maraia Ener, Adam Goetz

REEVE PRIZE

Michael Duyzend

SIGMA XI

Felix Amankona-Diawuo, Nikola Babovic, Julia Brown, Matthew Cich, Michael Duyzend, Maraia Ener, Beth Friedman, Adam Goetz, Caroline Hurd, Samuel Lemonick, Eric Nordland, Eunice Sapp, Christopher Zall

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ENROLLMENTS

Fall Term

123, Principles of Chemistry

47

Burand

230, Equilibrium and Analysis

38

Gross

233, Organic Chemistry I

82

Hofmeister, Blair

301, Chemical Kinetics Laboratory

26

Hollingsworth, Kohen

343, Chemical Thermodynamics

27

Kohen

350, Chemical and Biosynthesis

15

Alberg

392, Independent Research

2

Staff

394, Student-Faculty Research

11

Staff

Winter Term

122, Introduction to Chemistry

33

Burand

123, Principles of Chemistry

39

Kohen

233, Organic Chemistry I

48

Hofmeister

234, Organic Chemistry II

45

Alberg

302, Quantum Spectroscopy Laboratory

42

Cass, Hollingsworth

328, Environmental Analysis

12

Gross

329, Environmental Analysis Laboratory

6

Gross

344, Quantum Chemistry

43

Hollingsworth

392, Independent Research

1

Staff

394, Student-Faculty Research

7

Staff

400, Integrative Exercise

24

Staff

Spring Term

123, Principles of Chemistry

46

Burand

128, Principles of Environmental Chemistry

27

Hollingsworth

230, Equilibrium and Analysis

80

Gross, Ota

234, Organic Chemistry II

49

Alberg

320, Biological Chemistry

35

Chihade

321, Biological Chemistry Laboratory

18

Chihade

348, Intro. to Computational Chemistry

10

Kohen

349, Computational Chemistry Laboratory

10

Kohen

351, Inorganic Chemistry

27

Cass, Hofmeister

352, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

19

Cass, Hofmeister

392, Independent Research

1

Staff

394, Student-Faculty Research

15

Staff

400, Integrative Exercise

23

Staff


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GIFTS AND GRANTS

Steven Drew received an ACM FaCE Enhancing Scholarly Agendas grant of $2,840 for the proposal “Acquiring Proficiency in the Technique of X-ray Crystallography.”

Dani Kohen’s research is supported in part by an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Type B grant, awarded in the summer of 2006. The grant, “Studying the Behavior of CO2 Within Zeolites: Atomistic Simulations,” is for $50,000 over three years.

Steven Drew’s research is supported by an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund Type B grant, awarded in the summer of 2004. The grant, “The Synthesis and Characterization of Chiral Platinum(II) Extended Linear Chain Materials and Their Potential Application as Gas Sensing Transducers,” is for $50,000 over three years.

Trish Ferrett received a Carleton College Targeted Opportunity grant for $5,000 to support monthly travel in 2008 to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. These trips are part of a sabbatical project to edit a book on integrative and interdisciplinary science learning based on work by multiple scholars.

Carleton College received a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for $1.5 million for 2008-12. Trish Ferrett completed administering Carleton’s fifth HHMI grant ($800,000, 2004-2008) in the fall of 2007. Both of these grants fund projects in the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative (CISMI).

Funds were received from Carleton’s Howard Hughes grant to support the summer 2008 research of three chemistry students.

A few years ago the estate of James D. Morrison gave $10,000 to support the annual Dr. James D. (’30) and Julia P. Morrison Lectureship. The lectureship was held this year by Steven Boxer of Stanford University.

Joe Chihade’s research continues to be supported by a $199,277 three-year National Institutes of Health AREA grant, awarded in the spring of 2006, for his project, “Unusual Basis of tRNA Identity in Human Mitochondria.”

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SEMINARS

Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Seminars Kick-Off/Careers Discussion

Rebecca Jockusch, University of Toronto: Intrinsic Conformations of Biomolecules Probed by Mass Spectrometry, Optical Spectroscopy and Computations

Neil Sbar, SAGE Electrochromics, Inc.: Electrochromic Smart Window Technology

Carleton Science Majors: Annual All-Science and Math Poster Session

Robert Coates, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Stereochemistry and Mechanism of Terpene Synthase Cyclizations

Jimmy Blair (’02), Carleton College and University of California, Berkeley: Harnessing the Power of Chemical Genetics: Rationally-designed Affinity Probes for Tyrosine Kinases Report EGFR Inhibition in Cells

David Reingold, Juniata College: Aromatic Systems with Gaps and Holes

Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Summer Research Recruiting

Nancy Mills, Trinity University: Understanding Aromaticity Through Antiaromaticity: How a Failed Research Project Turned Golden

Kathryn Splan, Macalester College: Bivalent Peptide Antagonists of Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins (IAPs)

Scott Larsen, Cephalon, Inc.: Research Chemistry Beyond the Bench: A Practical Guide to Inventorship and U.S. Patent Law

Lisa Berreau, Utah State University: Dioxygen Reactivity of Ni(II) Enolate and Enediolate Complexes

Geoff Coates, Cornell University: Development of New Catalytic Routes to Benign Polymeric Materials

Jennifer Al-Rashid, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Synthesis and Cycloadditions of Chiral Allenamides

Jeffrey Carney, University of Notre Dame: Intramolecular Hydroamination of Aminoalkynes with Silver-Phenanthroline Catalysts

Peter Gittins, St. Mary’s University: Branching in New Directions: An Introduction to Dendrimers and Hyperbranched Polymers

Launa Lynch, Grinnell College: Isoflavones and Their Novel Analogues: Effects on EGFR Mediated Signaling Pathway in Glioblastoma Multiforme Cells

Clark Landis, University of Wisconsin, Madison: Construction, Application, and Mechanism of Enantioselective Hydroformylation Catalysts Based on 3,4-Diazaphospholanes

John Hartwig, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Organometallic Chemistry of Carbon Heteroatom Bond Formation

Steven Boxer, Stanford University: Re-engineering Photosynthetic Reaction Centers; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Kristopher McNeill, University of Minnesota: Natural Photochemical Nanoreactors in Aquatic Systems

Rachel Green, Johns Hopkins University: Quality Control on the Ribosome Following Peptide Bond Formation

Jerry Mohrig, Carleton College: Achieving More Effective Learning in Undergraduate Laboratories; 2008 Brasted Award Seminar

Senior Comps Talks:

Felix Amankona-Diawuo, Matt Cich, Maraia Ener, Bill Mitchell, Eric Nordland: Hey guys, guess what! I just saved a bunch of money on asymmetric hydrogenation research by switching to computational methods!

Adam Goetz, Carrie Hurd, Sam Lemonick, Laura Marinelli, Ryan Martinez, Yui Takeshita, Kit Zall: Doctor John Hartwig/Optimizing catalysts/For the greater good

Julie Brown, Nick Brown, Hanna Dijkstal, Michael Duyzend, Beth Friedman, Matt Haffner, Olivia Jee, Hana Podhoretz, Eunice Sapp: Investigating Electron and Energy Transfer in Photosynthetic Reaction Centers

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