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Chemistry Teaching Faculty and Organic Lab Director Search 2023

The Department of Chemistry invites applications for a term contract non-tenure track Assistant Professor position serving as the organic lab director with a 12-month, annually renewable appointment beginning summer or fall term of 2023.


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Emily Pelton joins Department of Chemistry core faculty as Assistant Professor

The Department of Chemistry welcomes long-time senior lecturer Emily Pelton to the core faculty as an Assistant Professor as of summer 2022. Pelton has been a member of the University of Minnesota Chemistry community since 2008.

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Crossword puzzle created by Professor George Barany featured in C&E News centennial celebration issue

The centennial issue of Chemistry & Engineering News features a custom crossword puzzle by University of Minnesota Professor George Barany in collaboration with Christopher Adams and Barb Goldenberg. The puzzle, “C&EN-tennial playlist,” is a sequel to “Nine Decades of the Central Science,” the commissioned Sunday-sized 90th anniversary crossword puzzle Barany and friends created for C&EN a decade ago.

Professor Lee Penn lights a methane bubble bath on fire at Energy and U 2023.

Energy and U welcomes 5,000 metro-area K-12 students to campus for engaging educational shows

Energy and U returned to the University of Minnesota January 5th through 13th, inviting 5,068 elementary school students from across the metro area to campus to get excited about science and engineering through a hands-on educational show. Energy and U explains the First Law of Thermodynamics to third, fourth, and fifth graders through audience-participatory demonstrations, theater-rumbling explosions, and dynamic dance-alongs.

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Professor R. Lee Penn receives UMN Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award

Professor R. Lee Penn was awarded the 2022 Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Award alongside two other University of Minnesota educators. JEDI Awards honor faculty members who have done significant research, teaching, and/or service to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University and in our community.

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Professor Theresa Reineke named new editor in chief of ACS Bioconjugate Chemistry journal

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced Professor Theresa Reineke will serve as the new editor in chief of Bioconjugate Chemistry beginning in January of 2023.


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