Annual Report For 2001-2002 Academic Year
Writing this note is my last official duty as chair of the Chemistry Department. I will hand over the responsibilities (not the reins, there are no reins) to Steve Drew. It has been an exciting year for us with one new faculty member, a second to join us in September, and a third new faculty to search for in the fall. July will open with a new Chemistry Department chair as well as a new president of Carleton.
This year we welcomed Daniela Kohen as an assistant professor into our department. Dani brings an exciting new breadth to our department with her expertise in theoretical and computational chemistry. Dani will teach thermodynamics, kinetics, statistical mechanics, computational chemistry, and introductory chemistry. Her research interests focus on the use of computational methods to explore the molecular dynamics of atmospheric interactions. She is enthusiastic, energetic, and full of ideas.
In September we will welcome Gretchen Hofmeister to our department. Gretchen comes to us from Gustavus Adolphus College (where she was recognized as an excellent teacher) to join our faculty (and to join her husband, Dave Alberg!). She brings with her an exciting, well-established research program in the fields of organometallic chemistry and stereoselective catalytic synthesis of polymers. These are both research fields which will complement and strengthen our program. Gretchen will teach Organic Chemistry I and II, an upper-division course in organic chemistry, and will begin in the Fall Term by teaching a freshman seminar titled "The Chemistry of Drugs." We are thrilled to have both Dani and Gretchen as new colleagues.
Next spring Professor Jerry Mohrig will retire after a distinguished career as a teacher and research mentor at Carleton. Professor Dave Alberg (email@example.com) is coordinating the events, scheduled for April 4-5, 2003, to celebrate Jerry's contributions to Carleton and to the chemistry community. Stay tuned for more information.
Marion E. Cass, Chair
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY UNDERGRADUATE AWARD IN ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHEMISTRY
B.A. DEGREE WITH LATIN HONORS
Summa Cum Laude - Nicholas Olson
Magna Cum Laude - James Blair, Hans Carlson, Christopher Clark, Angela Fleischhacker, Joel Guenther, Laura Hmelo, Jenna Khan, Carolyn Ocampo, Lauren Oliver, Michelle Rasmussen, Salwa Salah, Amy Silverberg
Cum Laude - Shawn Balcome, William Galush, Wei-Ping Lin, Emily Skowronek
CRC PRESS FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Micah Johnson ('05)
DISTINCTION IN THE MAJOR
James Blair, Hans Carlson, William Galush, Lauren Oliver
DISTINCTION ON THE SENIOR INTEGRATIVE EXERCISE
James Blair, Matthew Bush ('03), Hans Carlson, William Galush, Lauren Oliver
DOW CHEMICAL COMPANY FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
Angela Fleischhacker ('02), Aaron Leconte ('04), Julie Rivers ('03), Meghan Thurlow ('05)
FRANZ EXNER AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHEMISTRY
Hans Carlson, Carolyn Ocampo
JAMES FINHOLT PRIZE IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
HONORS IN INDEPENDENT STUDY
HYPERCUBE SCHOLAR FOR WORK ON COMPUTERS IN CHEMISTRY
JEFFERSON NATURAL SCIENCES TEACHING AWARD
Julie Rivers ('03)
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Victor Sussman ('01)
PHI BETA KAPPA
Joel Guenther, Jenna Khan, Carolyn Ocampo, Nicholas Olson, Salwa Salah, Amy Silverberg
RICHARD RAMETTE TEACHING AWARDS
Benjamin Markovitz, Salwa Salah
SECOND CENTURY STUDENT AWARD
James Blair, Hans Carlson, Angela Fleischhacker, William Galush, Joel Guenther, Laura Hmelo, Jenna Khan, Benjamin Markovitz, Michelle Rasmussen, Amy Silverberg, Joshua Vang, Dennis Wold
STAR (Science To Achieve Results) FELLOWSHIP FOR GRADUATE ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Alex Barron ('00)
WOMEN'S SWIM TEAM MEMBERS (8th Place, Division III National Championship)
Julie Rivers ('03), Maroya Spalding ('03), Britta Veitenheimer ('04)
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 223rd NATIONAL MEETING
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY GREAT LAKES REGIONAL MEETING
AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION/AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY OCEAN SCIENCES MEETING
24th ANNUAL MIDWEST ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY WORKSHOP
PFIZER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
|122, Introduction to Chemistry||15||Cass|
|123, Principles of Chemistry||46||Rossi|
|230, Equilibrium and Analysis||33||Drew|
|233, Organic Chemistry I||49||Carlin|
|304, Advanced Laboratory I||9||Cass|
|344, Quantum Chemistry||9||Ferrett|
|394, Student-Faculty Research||5||Staff|
|113, Concepts of Chemistry||12||Cass|
|123, Principles of Chemistry||28||Drew|
|233, Organic Chemistry I||55||Carlin|
|234, Organic Chemistry II||34||Alberg|
|292/392, Independent Research||2||Staff|
|305, Advanced Laboratory II||11||Cass|
|343, Chemical Thermodynamics||14||Kohen|
|350, Chemical and Biosynthesis||5||Mohrig|
|365, Global Biogeochemistry||7||Hollingsworth|
|370, Solar Energy Conversion||8||Rossi|
|394, Student-Faculty Research||5||Staff|
|400, Integrative Exercise||23||Staff|
|123, Principles of Chemistry||75||Kohen, Rossi|
|230, Equilibrium and Analysis||48||Gross|
|234, Organic Chemistry II||56||Mohrig|
|291/391, Independent Study||15||Staff|
|306, Advanced Laboratory III||11||Alberg|
|320, Biological Chemistry||31||Alberg|
|351, Inorganic Chemistry||9||Cass|
|352, Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory||2||Cass|
|392, Independent Research||4||Staff|
|394, Student-Faculty Research||18||Staff|
|400, Integrative Exercise||23||Staff|
The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund continues to support the research of David Alberg and Jerry Mohrig.
The Dow Chemical Foundation continues to support chemistry at Carleton by funding each year one new four-year chemistry scholarship. These scholarships provide a stipend of $4,000 per year. Dow also provides $2,500 per year to the department for summer research and other needs.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation continues to support Will Hollingsworth in acquiring specialized monitoring equipment for Chemistry 128.
Deborah Gross is co-PI on a project spearheaded by James J. Schauer, James P. Hurley, Dave E. Armstrong (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and David P. Krabbenhoft (USGS, Middleton, WI). The project was recently funded by the EPA-STAR program and is entitled "Speciated Atmospheric Mercury: Gas/Particle Partitioning, Transformations, and Source Characterization." The proposal was funded at $898,387, and will provide salaries and infrastructure support for Deborah and students.
Funds were received from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support the summer research of two 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 Professor Judith Klinman of the University of California, Berkeley.
Jerry Mohrig received a National Institutes of Health two-year research grant for $62,602 for the project, "Stereochemistry of Elimination and Proton Transfer."
Steven Drew continues to receive support from a National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enrichment Award grant for his proposal "Microsensors for Nitric Oxide - Design and Evaluation."
Jerry Mohrig received a National Science Foundation three-year research grant for $161,353 on the topic, "RUI: Stereochemical Determinants in Elimination and Proton Transfer Reactions."
Steven Drew received a $20,000 Research Site for Educators in Chemistry (RSEC) grant through the University of Minnesota and the National Science Foundation for a proposal entitled "The Synthesis and Characterization of Chiral Platinum(II) Double Salt Materials and Their Application in the Detection of Chiral Gases."
Steven Drew, Deborah Gross, Marion Cass, David Alberg, and Jerry Mohrig continue to receive support from the National Science Foundation's Chemistry Research Instrumentation Fund (CRIF) for a proposal entitled "Acquisition of an Electrospray/Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Ionization Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer to Support Student-Faculty Research at Carleton College."
The NSF-CCLI Program continues to support Steven Drew, David Alberg, Deborah Gross, Will Hollingsworth, and Jerry Mohrig for a proposal entitled "Capillary Column Gas Chromatography into Project-Oriented Laboratories."
The NSF ChemLinks Grant, based at Beloit College with Brock Spencer (Chemistry Department) as PI, supported Trish Ferrett's work this year on editing a new module about automobile pollution and thermodynamics. The grant also supported her travel to a ChemConnections curriculum meeting and the 17th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education.
Carleton College money raised to match the National Science Foundation 1992 Young Investigator Award (NYI) to Trish Ferrett is currently supporting her undergraduate research program. Combined NSF and Carleton-raised funds total to about $458,000 since 1992.
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Welcome Reception for New Majors: Fun, Food, and Festivities
Carleton Chemistry Faculty: Careers Seminar: Help on Thinking About Graduate School and Finding a Job After Carleton
Paul Wender, Stanford University: The Chemistry-Medicine Continuum: New Reactions, New Medicinal Leads, New Drug Delivery Systems (Joint seminar with/at St. Olaf)
Carleton Science Majors: Annual All-Science/Math Poster Session
Luke Lightning, Purdue University: Characterization of Mammalian Cytochrome P450 Active Sites
Carleton Science Faculty - Susan Singer (Biology), Chuck Carlin (Chemistry), Bereket Haileab (Geology), Arjendu Pattanayak (Physics): How We Got Here: Carleton Science Faculty Discuss Their Academic and Professional Choices (Sigma Xi Interdisciplinary Seminar)
Kevin J. Quinn, University of Pennsylvania: Synthetic Studies on the Marine Antitumor Agents Halichondrin B and Eleutherobin
Jennifer Swift, Georgetown University: Atomic Force Microscopy of Pathogenic Crystals
Gretchen Hofmeister ('85), Gustavus Adolphus College: Pharmaceuticals, Medical Sutures, and Plastic - The Titanium Connection
Dave Alberg, Steven Drew, Deborah Gross, Jerry Mohrig: Summer 2002 Research At Carleton
Andrew Mobley ('91), Grinnell College: Organometallics From an Organic Perspective: Progress Towards the Synthesis of Transition Metal Stannylenes
Robert Carlson, University of Minnesota, Duluth: Polyanions and Birch Bark: Disparate Sources of Valuable Natural Products
Scott Kaufmann ('75), Mayo Clinic: Telling Cells Their Time is Up: The Biology and Biochemistry of Apoptosis (Joint seminar with biology)
Vicki Grassian, University of Iowa: Laboratory Studies of Heterogeneous Atmospheric Reactions: Surface Reactions of HNO3 and N02 on Oxides, Carbonates, and Mineral Dust
Steven Drew, Carleton College: How to Build a Platinum Nose or What I Did on my Sabbatical
Chris Clark, Carolyn Ocampo, Nick Olson, Chris Rupp, Carleton Chemistry Students: Gimme sum MO Symmetry!
Matt Bush, Bill Galush, Laura Hmelo, Ben Markovitz, Amy Silverberg, Josh Vang, Carleton Chemistry Students: -OH -OH -OH!!
Shawn Balcome, Jimmy Blair, Hans Carlson, Angie Fleischhacker, Joel Guenther, Mia Lowden, Michelle Rasmussen, Salwa Salah, Emily Skowronek, Carleton Chemistry Students: CAOs (Cows), Colleges, and Klinman: The Story of Copper Amine Oxidase
Jack Calvert, The National Center for Atmospheric Research: The Rates of Light Initiated Reactions in the Atmosphere - A Comparison of Theory and Measurement
Judith Klinman, University of California, Berkeley: The Multi-Functional Topa Quinone Proteins: How a Single Active Site Performs Self Processing, Electrophilic and Redox Catalysis (The James D. Morrison Seminar in Chemistry)
Len Banaszak, University of Minnesota: Structural Biology - An Introduction to Lipid-Protein Interactions (Joint seminar with biology)