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Volume 23, Number 1 (September 14, 2018)

  • We hope you all have had a great summer. As everyone gets started with a busy year, we wanted to make sure you knew about several things that are going on in the department this year.

    First, we want to welcome Kim Huynh to the department! Kim comes to us from the University of Maryland, where she did her Ph.D. in Chemistry, with a focus on Material Science, developing materials that absorb chemical warfare agents for use in gas masks. Kim also taught general and organic chemistry while in Maryland. She grew up in Michigan, so she’s enjoying being back in the midwest. Kim is teaching Chem 353 - Organic Chemistry III this fall, along with some lab sections of Chem 233. In the Winter and Spring, she’ll be teaching Chem 234. Her office is in old Music 204. Do stop by and make her feel welcome!

    As always, we have a great line-up of visiting speakers in the department this year, starting with Emma Southgate, a recent alum, who will be here on Friday. Everyone, whether you’re a first year or a senior - is welcome and strongly encouraged to come to “chem-inar” on Friday afternoons (with cookies and tea!) and journal club on Thursdays at Common Time (pizza!). See below for more details. 

    Looking forward to a great year!

    Joe Chihade, Chair

  • There will be a new face around Old Music this year – David Higgs is working with the FOCUS program as an Educational Associate. His office is located on the 3rd floor of the building, as is the FOCUS room. Some of may know David, who graduated as a Physics major last June. Deborah is especially excited to welcome him to work with the FOCUS program organizing activities and programs, working to connect FOCUS and the CCCE office, and working on evaluation of the program with SERC. It will be a busy year for David and for FOCUS! Please welcome David back when see him around.

  • Applications (which draw directly on your comps proposal) are due October 15, and decisions will be announced October 29.

  • CCCE is currently partnered with the Northfield Community College Coalition, and they have asked us if we could find some student volunteers to help tutor some of their adult college students in introductory chemistry and earth science. Tutors would work with students in the evenings, and there would be a very flexible schedule.

    Anyone who is interested can email Patrick Wigent ( for more information.

  • Registration is still open for the Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo to be held on September 30 and October 1, 2018


  • Seeking to hire 1-2 qualified students for Fall semester to serve in a paid internship position as a Chemistry Lab Technician in a setting where that person will be doing polymer synthesis and characterization.  Details are in the link below.