Annual Report for 2010-2011 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 can’t believe it’s time to write this text for the Annual Report again!  This year has just flown by.  Our department has been busy, in a variety of ways you will see described throughout this installment of our Departmental Annual Report.  I am writing this two days after a beautiful graduation ceremony at which we celebrated our 32 chemistry majors’ achievements.  The sun was shining, the breezes were refreshing, and the accomplishments of the class of 2011 were impressive!  This year our 32 majors included 13 women and 19 men, three of whom were double majors (one with physics, two with math), and seven of whom also completed a concentration (one in French and Francophone Studies and six in Biochemistry).  They looked great with diplomas in hand!  See the later sections of this Report for their individual achievements and plans.

From the Department perspective, the biggest event of the year has been completion of a once-in-ten-years department review.  We were aided in this effort by a team of chemists from other institutions (Judith Klinman from UC Berkeley, Hal Van Ryswyk from Harvey Mudd College, and Lee Park from Williams College), and a team of Carleton faculty and students (Nelson Christensen from Physics and Astronomy, Mija Van Der Wege from Psychology, and Stephen Mohring from Art and Art History, joined by Ben Cotts and Angela Hasler, both members of the class of 2011).  We appreciate the insights into our program gained by having a chance for self-reflection, and from having these groups visit with us and share their impressions.

We are preparing for our newest hire, Matt Whited, to start work officially in the fall (you might recall that we hired him in the fall of 2009, with an anticipated start date of September, 2011).  We are looking forward to next year when Matt joins us in our work with the 21 majors in the class of 2012 and the 38 majors in the class of 2013.

Deborah Gross
Chair

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Off-Campus Student Research Presentations

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR AEROSOL RESEARCH NATIONAL MEETING

Samantha Thompson

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY NATIONAL MEETING

Ryan Babbush
Benjamin Cotts
Elizabeth Hecht

COUNCIL ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, POSTERS ON THE HILL

Alison Smyth (’12)

MIDWEST UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY SYMPOSIUM

Kathryn Deeg (’12)
Diane Walters (’12)

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Student Honors and Awards

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY UNDERGRADUATE AWARD IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Alison Smyth (’12)

AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY UNDERGRADUATE AWARD IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Benjamin Cotts

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHEMISTRY

Kazimer Skubi

B.A. DEGREE CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY

Benjamin Cotts, Kenneth Ellis-Guardiola, Elizabeth Hecht, Eric Manley, Kazimer Skubi, Samantha Thompson

B.A. DEGREE WITH LATIN HONORS

Summa Cum Laude – Jeremy Grevet, Kazimer Skubi

Magna Cum Laude – Ryan Babbush, Michael Bonin, Benjamin Cotts, Caitlin Dole, Sara Doyle, Sarah Duane, Anna Gallagher, Nolly Gibbs, Sophia Hines, Andrew Hooker, Geunhee Kim, Robert Olsen, Alexandra Schefter, Celine Yeh

Cum Laude – Samuel Althauser, Steven Bowen, Christopher Choo, Grace Cooper, Peter Cormier, Daniel Cremons, John Davis, Kenneth Ellis-Guardiola, Martin Granick, Elizabeth Hecht, Chris Lee, Eric Manley, James McMenimen, Samantha Thompson

SCOTT TYLER BERGNER PRIZE

Kazimer Skubi

BISCOTTI AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING SEMINAR ATTENDANCE

Elizabeth Hecht, Kazimer Skubi

CLASS OF 1966 DIVERSITY OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Samantha Thompson

CRC PRESS FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Annette Martin (’14)

DISTINCTION IN THE MAJOR

Benjamin Cotts, Nolly Gibbs, Sophia Hines, Kazimer Skubi

DISTINCTION ON THE SENIOR INTEGRATIVE EXERCISE

Benjamin Cotts, Daniel Cremons, John Davis, Nolly Gibbs, Elizabeth Hecht, Sophia Hines, James McMenimen, Kazimer Skubi

FRANZ EXNER AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHEMISTRY

Sara Doyle, Nolly Gibbs, Sophia Hines

JAMES FINHOLT PRIZE IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Benjamin Cotts

BARRY M. GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIPS

Cody Finke (’12), James Morrissey (’12)

HONORS IN INDEPENDENT STUDY

Samantha Thompson

HYPERCUBE SCHOLAR FOR WORK ON COMPUTERS IN CHEMISTRY

Michael Bonin

INITIATIVE FOR SERVICE INTERNSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Puja Patel (’12)

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

Emily Kelly (Sociology/Anthropology), James McMenimen

LARSON INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP

Alfred Yeung (’12)

JERRY MOHRIG PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY

Ryan Babbush

MORTAR BOARD

Class of 2011 – Caitlin Dole, Sara Doyle

Class of 2012 – Katherine France, James Morrissey, Sean Roberts, Erika Warrick

MORTAR BOARD PRIZE

Zheyue Yang (’13)

MULTICULTURAL ALUMNI NETWORK SCHOLAR

Yimeng Zhou (’13)

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP

Musetta Steinbach (’10)

NOYES PRIZE

Kazimer Skubi

PHI BETA KAPPA

Class of 2011 – Michael Bonin, Jeremy Grevet, Kazimer Skubi (elected in 2010 as a junior)

Class of 2012 – James Morrissey

PHI BETA KAPPA PRIZE

Zheyue Yang (’13)

RICHARD RAMETTE TEACHING AWARDS

Jeremy Grevet, Kazimer Skubi, Samantha Thompson

SIGMA XI

Ryan Babbush, Grace Cooper, Peter Cormier, Benjamin Cotts, John Davis, Sara Doyle, Kenneth Ellis-Guardiola, Anna Gallagher, Nolly Gibbs, Jeremy Grevet, Elizabeth Hecht, Sophia Hines, Chris Lee, Eric Manley, James McMenimen, Kazimer Skubi, Samantha Thompson, Celine Yeh

STRANG PRIZE

James Morrissey (’12)

WRITING PORTFOLIO RECOGNITION

Katherine France (’12)

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Enrollments

FALL TERM

100, Air Pollution and Human Health 14 Gross
128, Principles of Environmental Chemistry 41 Hollingsworth
230, Equilibrium and Analysis 42 Drew
233-1, Organic Chemistry I 36 Alberg
233-2, Organic Chemistry I 43 Chihade
291, 391, Independent Study   2 Staff
301, Chemical Kinetics Laboratory 29 Burand, Ferrett, Gross, Hofmeister
306, Spectroscopic Char. Chem. Compounds   5 Burand, Hofmeister
343, Chemical Thermodynamics 26 Ferrett
353, Organic Chemistry III   7 Hofmeister
361, Materials Chemistry 14 Burand
392, Independent Research   1 Staff
394, Student-Faculty Research   9 Staff
400, Integrative Exercise   3 Staff

WINTER TERM

113, Concepts of Chemistry 16 Cass
122, Introduction to Chemistry 26 Kohen
123, Principles of Chemistry 36 Burand
233, Organic Chemistry I 39 Alberg
234, Organic Chemistry II 58 Chihade, Hofmeister
302, Quantum Spectroscopy Laboratory 26 Hollingsworth, Kohen
338, Computers & Elects. in Chem. Instrumen. 10 Drew
344, Quantum Chemistry 28 Hollingsworth
392, Independent Research   1 Staff
394, Student-Faculty Research   6 Staff
400, Integrative Exercise 30 Staff

SPRING TERM

123-1, Principles of Chemistry 39 Burand
123-2, Principles of Chemistry 27 Kohen
230, Equilibrium and Analysis 65 Drew, Gross
234, Organic Chemistry II 41 Alberg, Hofmeister
320, Biological Chemistry 31 Chihade
321, Biological Chemistry Laboratory 18 Chihade
328, Environmental Analysis 10 Gross
329, Environmental Analysis Laboratory   2 Gross
351, Inorganic Chemistry 20 Cass
352, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 14 Cass, Hofmeister
354, Lasers and Spectroscopy   5 Hollingsworth
355, Lasers and Spectroscopy Laboratory   3 Hollingsworth
391, Independent Study   1 Staff
392, Independent Research   1 Staff
394, Student-Faculty Research 15 Staff
400, Integrative Exercise 30 Staff

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Faculty Bibliography

Publications:

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,” Sensors and Actuators B 2010, 149, 199-204.

Dutcher, D. D.; Pagels, J.; Bika, J.; Franklin, L.; Stolzenburg, M.; Thompson, S.; Medrano, J.; Brown, N.; Gross, D. S.; Kittelson, D.; McMurry, P. H. “Emissions from soy biodiesel blends:  A single particle perspective,” Atmospheric Environment 2011, 45, 3406-3413.

Dutcher, D. D.; Stolzenburg, M. R.; Thompson, S. L.; Medrano, J. M.; Gross, D. S.; Kittelson, D.; McMurry, P. H. “Emissions from Ethanol-Gasoline Blends:  A Single Particle Perspective,” Atmosphere 2011, 2, 182-200.

Thompson, S. L.; Masango, S. S.; Hamilton, R. M.; Smyth, A. M.; Zach, M. J.; Gross, D. S. “Emissions from the Construction-Related Grinding of Metal and Carpet Glue,” Manuscript submitted.

Madison, Lindsey; Heitzer, Henry; Russell, Colin; Kohen, Daniela “Atomistic Simulations of CO2 and N2 within Cage Type Silica Zeolites,” Langmuir 2011, 27, 1954.

Kim, Yongho; Mohrig, Jerry R.; Truhlar, Donald G. “Free-Energy Surfaces for Liquid-Phase Reactions and Their Use to Study the Border Between Concerted and Nonconcerted α,β-Elimination Reactions of Esters and Thioesters,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010, 132, 11071-11082.

Mohrig, Jerry R.; Reiter, Nicholas J.; Kirk, Randy; Zawadski, Michelle R.; Lamarre-Vincent, Nathan “Effect of Buffer General Acid-Base Catalysis on the Stereoselectivity of Ester and Thioester H/D Exchange in D2O,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133, 5124-5128.

Ramette, Richard W.; Ramette, Joshua J. “Siphonic Concepts Examined:  A Carbon Dioxide Gas Siphon, and Siphons in Vacuum,” Physics Education 46 (2011) 412-416.

Conference Presentations:

Ferrett, T. A.*; Russo, J.*; Schlegel, W.*; Stewart, J.; Swartz, J.; Lopatto, D. “Globally-Focused Learning in the Interdisciplinary Classroom:  A Research-Based Framework for Learning Goals and Pedagogies in Science-Rich Courses,” Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January 26-29, 2011, San Francisco, CA.

Ferrett, T. A.*; Schlegel, W.*; Swartz, J.*; Stewart, J.*; Lopatto, D. “A Multi-Institutional Study of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning in STEM,” AAC&U Meeting with Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), Engaged STEM Learning, Miami, FL, March 24-26, 2011.

Smyth, A. M.*; Thompson, S. L.; Gross, D. S.; Snyder, D. C.; Schauer, J. J.; de Foy, B. “Size, Chemical Composition and Sources of Industrial Atmospheric Aerosol Particles,” Poster presentation, April 2011 Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill, Washington, DC.

Thompson, S. L.*; Smyth, A. M.; Gross, D. S.; Snyder, D. C.; Schauer, J. J. “Temporal Dynamics and Sources of Particle Types in Milwaukee, WI Studied with Single-Particle Mass Spectrometry,” Poster presented at the American Association for Aerosol Research national conference, Portland, Oregon, October, 2010.

Gianini, M. F. D.*; Hueglin, C.; Herich, H.; Lanz, V. A.; Prévôt, A. S. H.; Gross, D. S. “Source apportionment of ambient aerosols based on a combined analysis of ToF-AMS and ATOFMS mass spectra,” Oral presentation at the International Aerosol Conference, Helsinki, Finland, August 30–September 3, 2010.

Gross, D. S.*; Thompson, S. L.; Smyth, A. M.; Gälli, M. E. “Temporal Effects of Clustering Single-Particle Mass Spectra from Ambient Measurements,” Poster presented at the International Aerosol Conference, Helsinki, Finland, August 30–September 3, 2010.

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.

Kohen, Daniela “Atomistic simulations of CO2 and N2 within zeolites,” Midwest Theoretical and Statistical Mechanics Conference, Wheaton, WI, May 2011.

Kohen, Daniela “Atomistic simulations of CO2 and N2 within zeolites,” Fall ACS Meeting, Symposium Title:  Surface Chemistry and Environmental Applications of Nanoporous Materials, Boston, MA, August 2010.

Deeg, Katie*; Walters, Diane*; Kohen, Daniela “The role of cations in the behavior of carbon dioxide on zeolites,” Oral presentation, Thirteenth Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Symposium, Madison WI, July 2010.

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Gifts and Grants

Gretchen Hofmeister received a Carleton College Targeted Opportunity Grant from the Smith and Hewlett Mellon faculty development funds for two course releases during the 2011-2012 academic year.

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 ended her role in CISMI as Co-Director in 2010-2011 as Joe Chihade becomes Director for several years.

Trish Ferrett’s scholarship was funded in 2010-11 by Carleton’s 6th HHMI Grant and the Carleton Chemistry Department.

Deborah Gross received a Curriculum Development Grant from HHMI, “Introduction of Climate Modeling into Climate Science Course,” summer 2011.

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 Jeanne Pemberton, University of Arizona, and Barbara Imperiali, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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 Jess Adkins, California Institute of Technology, and William Jones, University of Rochester.

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

Daniela Kohen received a NSF MRI Grant, “MRI:  Acquisition of a Computer Cluster for Undergraduate Chemistry Research and Teaching by the Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium (MU3C),” September 2010.

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Seminars

Academic Civic Engagement Staff; Brent Nystrom, Career Center; Chemistry Faculty:  Volunteer and Career Exploration and Information Session

Ned Bowden, University of Iowa:  Behave!  How to Separate Unruly Catalysts and Reagents in One Pot Using Materials Chemistry

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

Malika Jeffries-EL, Iowa State University:  Design and Synthesis of Conjugated Polymers for Advanced Applications

Philippe Buhlmann, University of Minnesota:  Polymeric Fluorous Phases:  From the Ultimate Limits of Low Polarity to Biocompatibility

Carleton Chemistry Faculty:  Summer Research Recruiting

Silvia Cavagnero, University of Wisconsin, Madison:  How Do Proteins Acquire a 3D Structure in the Cell?  An Interdisciplinary Journey across Organic, Physical and Biological

Matthew Whited, University of Southern California/Carleton College:  Excitation Management in Solar Dyes Using Singlets and Triplets

Daniela Kohen, Carleton College:  Can a computational chemist help curb carbon dioxide emissions?  (or Atomistic simulations of carbon dioxide in zeolites)

Amy Palmer, University of Colorado, Boulder:  Development of fluorescent sensors to monitor metal ions in living cells

Marion Cass, Carleton College:  Mechanisms that Interconvert Enantiomers in Chiral Metal Tris Chelate Molecules

Richard Caprioli, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine:  Imaging Mass Spectrometry:  Providing New Insights to Biology and Medicine

Isiah Warner, Louisiana State University:  NanoGUMBOS:  A New Breed of Nanomaterials

Jess Adkins, California Institute of TechnologyJourney to the Bottom of the Sea:  How Deep-Sea Corals Calcify and Why We Care; James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

William Jones, University of Rochester:  Strong C-H and C-C Bond Cleavage Reactions Using Homogeneous Transition Metal Complexes; James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Jeanne Pemberton, University of Arizona:  Rhamnolipid Biosurfactants from Nature’s Bacterial Microsynthetic Factories; Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Kirk Williams, University of Alabama, Birmingham:  Approaches to Understanding Obesity:  Computational Chemistry and Molecular Dynamics

Barbara Imperiali, Massachusetts Institute of Technology:  Chemical Tools for the Study of Complex Biological Systems; Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Aaron Massari, University of Minnesota:  Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Organic Electronic Interfaces

Cora MacBeth, Emory University:  Bioinspired Ligand Systems for Transition Metal Mediated Small-molecule Binding and Activation

Senior Comps Talks:

Ben Cotts, Ken Ellis-Guardiola, Anna Gallagher, Nolly Gibbs, Eric Manley, Alexandra Schefter, Kaz Skubi:  Transition Metal-Catalyzed C-H and C-C Activation:  How Hydrocarbons Go Boom, Gracefully

Sam Althauser, Grace Cooper, Dan Cremons, Sophie Hines, Andrew Hooker, Duncan Olsen, Samantha Thompson, Celine Yeh:  The Role of Past Ocean Processes in Abrupt Climate Change:  Secrets Held by Deep-Sea Corals and Sediments

Ryan Babbush, Grant Bowen, Kevin Cannaday, Martin Granick, James McMenimen:  Surface Characterization by Raman Spectroscopy

Michael Bonin, Chris Choo, Caitlin Dole, Sara Doyle, Sarah Duane, Jeremy Grevet, Liz Hecht:  A Sweet Biomarker:  Asparagine-Linked Glycosylation

John Davis:  Solar Hydrogen from Nanostructured Titanium Dioxide

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