We are horrified by the murders of eight people, including six Asian women, in a racially motivated hate crime by a white terrorist in Atlanta last week. Our department prioritizes an inclusive environment for persons from ALL identities, including and not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation. We continue to take deliberate steps to assure that all members of our department feel that they are in a safe, supportive, and respectful environment. We explicitly state our support of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Asian American students and condemn racism and hate-crimes directed at people from Asian and Pacific Islander communities by all forms and beliefs of white supremacy. We extend our sincerest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, experienced harassment or violence, or witnessed these horrific behaviors. We affirm that we stand by our Asian colleagues and explicitly remind all members of our department that we are here to support them.
The UMN Department of Chemistry condemns the kind of behavior described in the March 15, 2021, C&EN article regarding Professor Gianluigi Veglia. Sexual harassment and misconduct are never acceptable and will not be tolerated in our department. Any individual who reports misconduct will be met with support and respect, and retaliation will not be tolerated in any form. Our department prioritizes and will continue to work tirelessly to build and strengthen a climate based on communication and transparency. We strive to listen to and respect all voices in our community. We emphasize that ours is a climate in which inappropriate behavior is simply unacceptable.
Nicholas Garcia, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Prof. Connie Lu, has been awarded a Department of Energy SCGSR Award. This award includes the opportunity to travel to Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to explore actinide chemistry in the laboratory of Dr. Jaqueline Kiplinger.
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