Annual Report for 2009-2010 Academic Year

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INTRODUCTION

THINGS CHANGE

OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

ENROLLMENTS

FACULTY AND STAFF ACTIVITIES

FACULTY BIBLIOGRAPHY

GIFTS AND GRANTS

SEMINARS


INTRODUCTION

I am excited to welcome you to this 50th anniversary edition of the Chemistry Department’s Annual Report.  A lot has happened in this past year within our department, and the 49 Annual Reports which come before this one chronicle a long series of years that can be described exactly the same way!  Our department has always been composed of a busy and productive group of people, and we have always had the same goal:  to educate strong and motivated students in the chemical sciences.  We may be more hyphenated now (calling ourselves biochemists, environmental chemists, etc.), but fundamentally our mission is unchanged.  In honor of this 50th Annual Report, we have a guest piece from Emeritus Professor Dick Ramette, the author of the department’s first Annual Report, that outlines some of the fantastic changes that the department has undergone in the “modern era” of chemistry at Carleton.

This year, we have graduated a class of 30 majors, of whom four are double majors (one each with Dance, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Physics), six are concentrating in Biochemistry, and one is concentrating in Environmental and Technology Studies.  The class is evenly split by gender.  We are, as always, proud of the many and varied accomplishments of our students.  The number of students we work with might be the single most fundamental change observed in the 50 years chronicled in our Department Annual Reports, as the class of 1960 was made up of eight chemistry majors (seven men and one woman); there were also 11 chemistry-zoology majors.

As always, our faculty has been busy.  This year we welcomed Dave Alberg and Gretchen Hofmeister back from their sabbatical year in Denmark, Michael Burand stayed with us for Winter and Spring Terms, and everyone else was here!  We also went through the exciting process of hiring for the first of our two upcoming hires, and we’re very pleased to welcome Matthew Whited to our department.  We’ll have to be patient, however, as Matt will spend one more year finishing a postdoctoral position at USC before he and his wife, Charlotte, join us in September of 2011.

I hope you enjoy reading the news of our department’s activities in the 2009-2010 academic year.  We’ll pepper it with some details from the 1959-1960 report, just to make sure you’re paying attention!

Deborah Gross, Chair

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THINGS CHANGE

Richard W. Ramette
L. M. Gould Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus
rwramette@mindspring.com

I welcome this Golden Anniversary issue of the Reports, which have chronicled the vigorous evolution of our Department for a half century.  For the occasion, Deborah Gross asked for some retrospective musings, and here they are.

I was “that close” to a position at Middlebury College in the spring of 1954, when University of Minnesota Chemistry Chair Lloyd Reyerson (CC ’15) asked if I’d like to interview for a faculty opening at his alma mater.  How often our lives are changed forever by chance occurrences.  I was charmed by President Larry Gould and excited by Carleton’s excellence.  I felt fortunate to become an Assistant Professor at $4,500 per year, though it did occur to me that I was making a long commitment to Minnesota winters.

The College had no Xerox machine, no air conditioning, no overhead projectors, no telephones in academic departments, and was on semesters.  Our 887 students could fit into the chapel for required religious services, and attendance was recorded.  For tuition, room, and board the comprehensive fee was $1,500, and for all seniors the Comprehensive Exam was a dreaded day-long ordeal followed by a night of, well, excessive celebration.  Dorms and dining were segregated, of course.  Freshmen wore beanies and freshwomen wore funny clothes and carried wastebaskets through hell week.  Male faculty always wore ties and jackets.  Today’s bookstore space was then the basketball court, indoor track, and a swimming pool.  The college library was crammed into Scoville.  Biology and Physics lived in Laird, Math in Goodsell.  Women students baby-sat for 50 cents/hour and had to be back safe in their dorms no later than 10:00 p.m. or else.  Northfield did not yet have a pizza joint.  At the town’s edge a billboard proclaimed “City of Cows, Colleges and Contentment,” and the old Second Street bridge had a warning, “No horses allowed.”

The Chemistry Department had three faculty members and six senior chem majors.  Our library was in a cramped small room.  My desk was an antique roll top.  Our major instruments were a Beckman DU spectrophotometer that ran off a car battery, a pH meter, and a slide wire potentiometer.  I taught the advantages of 5-place logarithms over slide rules, the solar system model of atoms, and the art and theory of the two-pan balance.  Freshmen learned to make wash bottles by bending glass to fit Florence flasks.  Inorganic qualitative analysis was in a Leighton Hall lab equipped with a line for highly toxic hydrogen sulfide, used to precipitate certain metal ions.  Later, I morphed the sophomore qual and quant courses into Equilibrium and Analysis.  Goggles were unknown and pipetting was by mouth, because chemistry had not yet been deemed hazardous.  The second floor lab had a huge metal spiral chute to slide students to the adjacent lawn in case of fire.  Oh, and I explained why compounds of the inert gases were impossible.

I worked so hard during my first year, assuming it would be much easier next year because I’d have it all figured out.  Ha!  For 36 years I kept trying to get it right and, toward the end, I finally realized a great truth – that no matter how hard I tried, how much I innovated, how many flashy chemistry demonstrations I invented, the truly essential part of the enterprise was what students did for themselves through active learning.

In 1957 the Russians launched Sputnik and the USA began a frantic drive to improve science education, notably through NSF.  Suddenly major funds were readily available for research, summer institutes, instruments, and curriculum design.  Interest in radiochemistry waxed and waned, as did experiments in programmed learning via audio-visual aids.  Although we had good undergraduate research as early as 1957, it was modest compared to what soon became the norm.  The move from antiquated Leighton Hall to Mudd Hall in 1975 permitted huge improvements in every way.

In 1960 I began a 12-year stint as department chair and decided to invent an Annual Report of the Chemistry Department.  The idea was to boost department esprit de corps, to show who we are and what we’re up to, to begin an historical record, and to make suggestions for improvements that needed money.  For the latter, I got a wrist-slap from the college administration, because I had infringed on the sacred monopoly of the development office to fund-raise.  [“We often discover what will do by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.”  Samuel Smiles]  Now, I look at my collection of 49 Reports and marvel at the achievements of faculty, staff, and students.  Without these Reports, all that interesting information would have vanished.  I’m especially pleased that Wendy Zimmerman, our colleague since 1970, continues to make excellence seem easy, and edits the Reports.

About 1960 CC and St. O. acquired an IBM 610 computer, which spent half a year on each campus.  It used punched paper tape for data input and a user-wired board for program control.  You knew when it was finding a square root by the wavy pattern on the tiny screen.  Chem majors of the wonderful class of 1961 made early use of this miracle and showed me things called “print outs.”  I quickly became hooked, and had I spent as much time on chemistry as I did on computers over the next three decades, I could’ve been a contender.

Starting in the late 60s, Carlin and Mohrig brought organic courses to superb new standards and, later, Mohrig took student research to unmatched levels.  Child and Finholt likewise excelled in physical and inorganic.  The surge of biochemistry into the mainstream of molecular science was breathtaking.  And it’s good to see the current attention to environmental studies.  The invention of hand-held calculators and, later, personal computers were dizzying advances.  Especially striking is the evolution of chemistry education from macro observations of matter to dominance of high tech instruments under computer control.  Still, I think there’s nothing more satisfying than watching the crystallization of glinting golden hexagons of lead iodide in a beam of sunlight, or the noisy fiery throes of a chunk of sodium thrown into Lyman Lake.

My happiest memories include summer research with students, of promoting classroom demonstrations (especially those where I had a finite chance of personal harm), of designing novel instructional lab experiments, and of teaching in summer HS Institutes.  I’m grateful to Brian Mars for co-presenting demo programs in many venues and for wearing his many hats as Laboratory Manager.  Kudos to Julie Karg for making labs work right, and to Julie and Wendy for managing a spectacular department web site.  I admired, learned from, and envied my long term colleagues Bill Child, Jim Finholt, Chuck Carlin, and Jerry Mohrig.  I’m glad my tenure overlapped with Will Hollingsworth and Marion Cass.  I can’t imagine a better successor to “my chair” than Steve Drew, or a better new occupant of “my office” than Trish Ferrett.

My happiest realization now, 20 years into retirement, is that the department I love is in extraordinarily good hands – the 2009 Annual Report glows brightly with faculty enthusiasm, professionalism, and cooperative innovation.  This may be the Golden Age of Carleton Chemistry.  My warmest wishes to the current cohort – you clearly enjoy each other, your students, your scholarship, and your creative teaching.  May one of you be tapped to write the retrospective for the Diamond Anniversary Report of 2035!

I’ll close with a quotation from President Larry Gould’s 1945 inaugural address, “Science and the Other Humanities:

“While science is completely impersonal and gives no direct light  on what is good or what is bad, it does tell us what is true and  what is false in the material world.  Is not this gift of science an incalculable one to the humanities?”

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OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR AEROSOL RESEARCH NATIONAL MEETING

Ross Hamilton
Sicelo Masango
Samantha Thompson (’11)

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY NATIONAL MEETING

Henry Heitzer
Lindsey Madison
Colin Russell
Laura Sofen
Lisa Wang

MIDWEST UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY SYMPOSIUM

Henry Heitzer
Lindsey Madison
Colin Russell

June 1960 – It is clear from this report that undergraduates play important roles in chemical research at Carleton.  However, to claim that our research programs exist primarily for the benefit of our students would be equivalent to stating that we are not scientists.  Without hesitation we enjoy sharing the frustrations and satisfactions of research with our students, but let it be clear that the projects exist because of our conviction that the Ph.D. degree has been less of an accomplishment than a sort of license of freedom to study nature as we please.

During the summer of 1959 nine (!) students participated full time on the projects described below.  Several have continued their studies during the academic year.

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STUDENT HONORS AND AWARDS

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY UNDERGRADUATE AWARD IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Samantha Thompson (’11)

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHEMISTRY

Jolene Mork

B.A. DEGREE CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

Jingjing Ling, Lindsey Madison, Joleen Mork, Colin Russell, Laura Sofen, Karen Spettel

B.A. DEGREE WITH LATIN HONORS

Summa Cum Laude – Adam Fagin, Jingjing Ling, Jolene Mork

Magna Cum Laude – Claire Brookmeyer, Grant Buckingham, Christopher Clark, Ross Hamilton, Henry Heitzer, Greta Kringle, Michael Lysonski, Lindsey Madison, Sicelo Masango, Kevin Pollock, Laura Sofen, Karen Spettel, Christopher Staral, Musetta Steinbach, Amelia Zutz

Cum Laude – Adrian Chow, Samuel Cross-Knorr, Jessica Jauw, Colin Russell, Katherine Turnage, Lisa Wang

BISCOTTI AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING SEMINAR ATTENDANCE

Jingjing Ling, Lisa Wang

CRC PRESS FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Maria Garcia (’13)

DISTINCTION IN THE MAJOR

Grant Buckingham, Lindsey Madison, Jolene Mork, Kevin Pollock, Laura Sofen

DISTINCTION ON THE SENIOR INTEGRATIVE EXERCISE

Grant Buckingham, Lindsey Madison, Jolene Mork, Kevin Pollock, Laura Sofen, Amelia Zutz

FRANZ EXNER AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHEMISTRY

Ross Hamilton, Kevin Pollock, Laura Sofen

JAMES FINHOLT PRIZE IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Karen Spettel

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

Kevin Pollock

LAURENCE McKINLEY GOULD PRIZE IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES

Ross Hamilton

HYPERCUBE SCHOLAR FOR WORK ON COMPUTERS IN CHEMISTRY

Henry Heitzer

LAB JOULES AWARDS FOR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE CHEMISTRY STOCKROOM AND THE LABS

Greta Kringle, Lisa Wang

PAT LAMB AWARD FOR ATHLETIC EXCELLENCE AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Amelia Zutz

JERRY MOHRIG PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY

Lindsey Madison

MORTAR BOARD

Class of 2010 – Musetta Steinbach
Class of 2011
– Caitlin Dole, Sara Doyle

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS

Nicholas Boekelheide (’04), Jolene Mork

NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Ross Hamilton

PHI BETA KAPPA

Class of 2010 – Claire Brookmeyer, Adam Fagin, Jingjing Ling, Jolene Mork, Laura Sofen
Class of 2011
– Kazimer Skubi

RICHARD RAMETTE TEACHING AWARDS

Claire Brookmeyer, Karen Spettel

SIGMA XI

Grant Buckingham, Ross Hamilton, Henry Heitzer, Emily Kobernik, Lindsey Madison, Sicelo Masango, Jolene Mork, Kevin Pollock, Colin Russell, Laura Sofen, Christopher Staral, Musetta Steinbach, Katherine Turnage, Lisa Wang

FRANK E. STINCHFIELD PRIZE FOR ACADEMICALLY OUTSTANDING MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR CLASS

Jolene Mork

June 1960 – During the past year the most striking change in our offerings has been the introduction of a combined course in chemistry and physics, serving as the only beginning course for both departments.  The plan is to so integrate certain principles of the two fields that the sum has more meaning than the separate parts.  We benefit also by avoiding duplication and by having a common laboratory.  Considerable development of the course appears necessary, but it is hoped that the outcome will meet our high expectations.

Our sophomore year, then, consists of a course in chemical equilibria with emphasis upon examples of research in this field, and with quantitative laboratory work.  This is followed by an unconventional course in analytical chemistry.

Juniors study organic chemistry largely from a physical viewpoint, structural inorganic chemistry, and chemical thermodynamics.  Senior courses include kinetics and mechanism, transport processes, electroanalytical chemistry, and a third semester of organic.

At this writing it appears probable that Carleton will adopt a three term, three course plan, and so it is important that we consider further curriculum revision to take best advantage of this plan.

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ENROLLMENTS

Fall Term

123, Principles of Chemistry 39 Drew
230, Equilibrium and Analysis 34 Gross
233-1, Organic Chemistry I 40 Alberg
233-2, Organic Chemistry I 32 Hofmeister
291, Independent Study   1 Staff
301, Chemical Kinetics Laboratory 24 Drew, Kohen
343, Chemical Thermodynamics 26 Kohen
360, Chemical Biology   7 Chihade
394, Student-Faculty Research   8 Staff
400, Integrative Exercise   2 Staff

Winter Term

122, Introduction to Chemistry 37 Burand
123, Principles of Chemistry 35 Kohen
233, Organic Chemistry I 38 Hofmeister
234, Organic Chemistry II 30 Chihade
292/392, Independent Research   3 Staff
302, Quantum Spectroscopy Laboratory 33 Cass, Ferrett, Hollingsworth
306, Spectroscopic Char. Chem. Compounds 15 Burand, Gross
344, Quantum Chemistry 32 Hollingsworth
350, Chemical and Biosynthesis   7 Alberg
359, Molecular Orbital Theory 10 Cass
391, Independent Study   6 Staff
394, Student-Faculty Research   6 Staff
400, Integrative Exercise 29 Staff

Spring Term

123, Principles of Chemistry 35 Burand
128, Principles of Environmental Chemistry 20 Hollingsworth
230, Equilibrium and Analysis 48 Drew, Gross
234, Organic Chemistry II 34 Alberg
320, Biological Chemistry 41 Chihade
321, Biological Chemistry Laboratory 19 Chihade
348, Introduction to Computational Chemistry   6 Kohen
349, Computational Chemistry Laboratory   6 Kohen
351, Inorganic Chemistry 22 Cass
352, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 13 Cass, Hofmeister
390, Reaction Dynamics   5 Hollingsworth
394, Student-Faculty Research 12 Staff
400, Integrative Exercise 26 Staff

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FACULTY BIBLIOGRAPHY

Publications:

Huss, A. S.; Pappenfus, T.; Bohnsack, J.; Burand, M.; Mann, K. R.; Blank, D. A. “The Influence of Internal Charge Transfer on Nonradiative Decay in Substituted Terthiophenes,” J. Phys. Chem. A 2009, 113, 10202-10210.

Drew, Steven M.; Smith, Lisa I.; McGee, Kari A.; Mann, Kent R. “A Platinum(II) Extended Linear Chain Material that Selectively Uptakes Benzene,” Chem. Mater. 2009, 21, 3117-3124.

Cich, Matthew J.; Hill, Ian M.; Lackner, Aaron D.; Martinez, Ryan J.; Ruthenburg, Travis C.; Takeshita, Yuichiro; Young, Andrew J.; Drew, Steven M.; Buss, Carrie E.; Mann, Kent R. “Enantiomerically Selective Vapochromic Sensing,” accepted for publication, Sensors and Actuators B.

Baltensperger, U.; Chirico, R.; DeCarlo, P. F.; Dommen, J.; Gaeggeler, K.; Heringa, M.; Li, M.-L.; Prevot, A.; Alfarra, M. R.; Gross, D. S.; Kalberer, M. “Recent developments in the mass spectrometry of atmospheric aerosols,” Eur. J. Mass Spectrom., 2010, 16, 389-395.

Gross, D. S.; Atlas, R.; Rzeszotarski, J.; Turetsky, E.; Christensen, J.; Benzaid, S.; Olson, J.; Smith, T.; Steinberg, L.; Sulman, J.; Ritz, A.; Anderson, B.; Nelson, C.; Musicant, D. R.; Chen, L.; Snyder, D. C.; Schauer, J. J. “Environmental chemistry through intelligent atmospheric data analysis,” Environ. Model. Softw. 2010, 25, 760-769 doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2009.12.001.

Prüger, B.; Hofmeister, G. E.; Jacobsen, C. B.; Alberg, D. G.; Nielsen, M.; Jørgensen, K. A. “Transition-Metal-Free Formal Sonogashira Coupling and a-Carbonyl Arylation Reactions, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 3783-3790.

Mohrig, J. R.; Hammond, C. N.; Schatz, P. F. Techniques in Organic Chemistry, 3rd ed.; W. H. Freeman, 2010, 447 pages.

Ramette, R. W. “I(nto) My Element,” J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86, 1136.

Conference Presentations:

Anderson, David; Brown, Julia; Borchert, Karen; Grevet, Jeremy; Mork, A. Jolene; Natala, Nakita; Zhu, Yirong; Chihade, Joseph* “Metazoan mitochondrial alanyl-tRNA synthetases – varying roles for a C-terminal domain,” Poster presented at American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, April 2010, Anaheim, CA.

Muth, Gregory; Chihade, Joseph “Research based biochemistry laboratory:  A modular approach,” Poster presented at Student Centered Education in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, August 2009, Colorado Springs, CO.

Cich, Matthew J.; Hill, Ian M.; Martinez, Ryan J.; Takeshita, Yuichiro; Drew, Steven M. “Evidence for Enantiomerically Selective Vapochromic Sensing,” Poster at the 239th National American Chemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2010.

Ferrett, Tricia; Geelan, David; Stewart, Joanne; Fisher, Matt; Bernstein, Jeff; Smith, Michael; Nowacek, Rebecca “Lingering in the Commons:  Collective Inquiry in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,” Research talk presented at the  Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), October 2009, Bloomington, IN.

Ferrett, Tricia; Swartz, James; Raymond, Wendy “Developing Comprehensive Institutional Plans for Success in More Inclusive STEM Undergraduate Education,” Workshop at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting, January 2010, Washington, D.C.

Wang, L.*; Gross, D. S.; Dutcher, D. D.; Olson, B.; Kuehn, T. M. “Chemical Composition of Cooking Aerosols,” Poster presented at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 21-25, 2010.  Poster selected as one of 21 presentations out of ~12,500 for a press release by ACS.

Thompson, S. A.*; Hamilton, R. M.; Masango, S.; Zach, M.; Gross, D. S. “Particle Emissions from the Construction-Related Grinding of Metal and Carpet Glue,” Poster presented at the American Association for Aerosol Research National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 26-30, 2009.

Hamilton, R. M.*; Tell, K. A.; Gross, D. S.; Van Wyngarden, A. L.; Iraci, L. T. “Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of SOA Model Compounds,” Poster presented at the American Association for Aerosol Research National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 26-30, 2009.

Masango, S.*; Gross, D. S.; Snyder, D. C.; Shafer, M. M.; Schauer, J. J. “Single-Particle Measurements in Dearborn, Michigan,” Poster presented at the American Association for Aerosol Research National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 26-30, 2009.

Dutcher, D.*; Pagels, J.; Bika, A.; Franklin, L.; Stolzenburg, M.; Thompson, S.; Medrano, J.; Brown, N.; Gross, D.; Kittelson, D.; McMurry, P. “Testing Emissions from Biodiesels,” Poster presented at the American Association for Aerosol Research National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 26-30, 2009.

Gross, D. S.*; Walser-Kuntz, D.; Ciner, E.; Willett, G.; Iverson, E.; Manduca, C. “Two Cohort Programs Contributing to Broadening Access to the Sciences at Carleton College,” Poster presentation, June 2010 Council on Undergraduate Research National Meeting, Ogden, UT.

Heitzer, Henry*; Madison, Lindsey*; Russell, Colin*; Kohen, Daniela “Atomistic Simulations of CO2 and N2:  Adsorption and Diffusion in Zeolites with cages connected by narrow pores,” Poster presented at the National ACS meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 2010.

Madison, Lindsey*; Kohen, Daniela “The role of rotation in the behavior of CO2 within zeolites with cages,” Talk presented at the Eleventh Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Symposium, Evanston, IL, July 2009.

Heitzer, Henry*; Kohen, Daniela “Exploring CO2 and N2 diffusion within the LTA zeolite,” Talk presented at the Eleventh Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Symposium, Evanston, IL, July 2009.

Russell, Colin*; Kohen, Daniela “The role of Coulombic interactions in determining the behavior of CO2 and N2 within all-silica zeolites,” Talk presented at the Eleventh Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Symposium, Evanston, IL, July 2009.

Heitzer, Henry; Madison, Lindsey; Russell, Colin; Kohen, Daniela* “Atomistic Simulations of CO2 and N2 in Silica Zeolites:  The Impact of Pore Size and Shape,” Poster presented at the Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulations Conference, July 2009, Blaine, WA.

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GIFTS AND GRANTS

Steven Drew’s ACM FaCE Enhancing Scholarly Agendas 2008 grant continues.  The $2,759 grant was for the proposal, “Acquiring Proficiency in the Technique of X-ray Crystallography.”

Deborah Gross received a Curriculum Development Grant from the Dean of the College.  The $3,000 grant is for a FOCUS first year seminar, CHEM 100:  Air Pollution and Human Health.

Carleton’s 6th grant of ~$1.4 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) funds a range of activities for faculty and students in Carleton’s Interdisciplinary Science and Math Initiative (CISMI):  faculty-student research, faculty and curriculum development, broadening access to science, outreach, and assessment.  Trish Ferrett is Co-Director of CISMI, and she will continue in this role in 2010-11 when Joe Chihade becomes Director of CISMI.  Deborah Gross has played key roles in broadening access programs funded by HHMI and others.

Steven Drew received a $3,000 HHMI Curriculum Development Grant for the proposal “Introduction of Green Synthetic Methods into a Materials Chemistry Themed Principles of Chemistry Course.”

Trish Ferrett’s scholarship was funded in 2009-10 by Carleton’s 6th HHMI Grant. Trish is part of a cohort of science faculty from five liberal arts colleges who are doing classroom research on interdisciplinary science learning.

Deborah Gross and Debby Walser-Kuntz (Biology) received a HHMI Curriculum Development Grant.  The $6,000 grant (including equipment funds) is for the proposal, “Academic Civic Engagement in the Sciences.”

In 2006 Jerry Mohrig made a donation to the college to establish the Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lectures in Chemistry.  This endowed fund is intended to bring to campus renowned chemists as part of our comps program.  This year’s lectures were given by Kenneth Raymond and F. Dean Toste, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

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 Geri Richmond of the University of Oregon.

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

Steven Drew, Melissa Eblen-Zayas (Physics), and Cameron Davidson (Geology) received a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant.  The $305,000 grant is for the proposal “Acquisition of an X-ray Diffractometer for Powder and Thin Film Materials Characterization.”

Deborah Gross and Benjamin de Foy (St. Louis University) received a $35,986 NSF Research Opportunity Award for “ROA Proposal for the Inclusion of the ATOFMS in Measurements and Models in Summer 2010.”

June 1960 – E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company renewed the annual gift of $2,500 to the chemistry department for assistance in the teaching of chemistry as effectively as possible and thereby stimulating the interest of students in the field.  The flexibility of the grant has made possible, over the years, special functions and equipment purchases which would not normally be considered.  For example, currently the chemistry faculty members are able to have summer income through the research grants mentioned above, but in the formative stages of the research the DuPont Fund made it possible to use summer months for the initial stages preparatory to applying for other support.  Again, it is largely through this fund that we have an automatic recording polarograph and other major items.

The Standard Oil Foundation continued its annual gift of $1,000, half of which is used as a scholarship stipend for an outstanding chemistry senior.  The other $500 is to be administered by the department in the same flexible manner as described above for the other gifts.

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SEMINARS

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Graduate School Information Session

Tamara Hendrickson, Wayne State University:  Indirect Biosynthesis of Gln-tRNA(Gln) in the Human Pathogen Helicobacter Pylori

David Alberg and Gretchen Hofmeister, Carleton College:  Metal-less Methodology:  Making Carbon-Carbon Bonds Using Purely Organic Reaction Components

J. Christopher Thomas, 3M Company:  (Phosphino)borates and transition metals:  Electronic effects resulting from a zwitterionic ligand framework

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

Daron Janzen, St. Catherine University:  Electronic, Steric, and Anion Control of Solid-State Luminescence in Cyclometallated Platinum(II) Complexes

Jesse Edwards, Florida A&M University:  Molecular Dynamic Simulations of a HIV Polypeptide Protease Inhibitor and the HIV I Protease Subtypes B vs. C

Matthew Whited, University of Southern California:  A Multiple C–H Activation Approach to Iridium-Catalyzed Oxidations

Laura Kaufman, Columbia University:  Design and Characterization of Collagen Gels for Cell Migration Studies

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Daniel Kim-Shapiro (Physics ’84), Wake Forest University:  Nitric Oxide Bioavailability in Health, Disease and Therapeutics

T. Andrew Mobley (’91), Grinnell College:  Synthesis, Structural and Reactivity Studies of Organotungstenstannyl Complexes

Eric Guttag (’74), IP Law Office:  Chemistry and Law:  A Combustible Career Combination

Carla Mattos, North Carolina State University:  Allosteric Modulation of Ras:  A Direct Role for Glutamine 61 in Catalysis

Justin Gallivan, Emory University:  Reprogramming Bacteria with Small Molecules and RNA

Christopher Cramer, University of Minnesota:  Dioxygen Activation at Mono- and Binuclear Copper Enzyme Site Models

Neena Grover, Colorado College:  Thermodynamic Analysis of Small RNA Motifs

Benjamin Cravatt, The Scripps Research Institute:  Activity-based proteomics - Applications for enzyme and inhibitor discovery

Kenneth Raymond, University of California, Berkeley:  Metal-Ligand Supermolecular Clusters as Nanoscale Flasks; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Geri Richmond, University of Oregon:  At the Water’s Edge; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

F. Dean Toste, University of California, Berkeley:  Hypothesis Driven Reaction Discovery; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Karen Goldberg, University of Washington, Seattle:  Catalysis for Today’s Fuels and Chemicals:  “Green” Solutions

Senior Comps Talks:

Adrian Chow, Tina Cich, Ross Hamilton, Emily Kobernik, Jingjing Ling, Christopher Staral:  Activity-Based Protein Profiling:  Fishing in the Sea of Proteins

Grant Buckingham, Greta Kringle, Michael Lysonski, Sicelo Masango, Kevin Pollock, Bryan Rosett, Leng Sok, Mia Zutz:  Probing the Interface Using Vibrational Sum Frequency Spectroscopy

Chris Clark, Henry Heitzer, Lindsey Madison, Colin Russell, Laura Sofen:  Molecular Catch and Release:  Metal-Ligand Coordination Chemistry

Claire Brookmeyer, Sam Cross-Knorr, Adam Fagin, Alfredo Guzman, Musetta Steinbach, Lisa Wang:  The Midas Touch: Au(I) Catalysts in Organic Synthesis

June 1960 – Seminar Program:  We would like to work closely with other colleges in this area to set up a program whereby truly outstanding speakers would be imported for the benefit of faculty and students.

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