Department News

Department News

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Teaching & Learning

Department creatively pivots instruction to meet the challenges of COVID-19 environment

Posted September 18, 2020

With uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its sometimes quick-changing impacts, the Department of Chemistry kicked off the fall semester with meaningful learning experiences for students that include online and in-person classroom and laboratory teaching and learning. That planning also allows for a quick pivot to all online learning, if necessary. All of this has been done with the safety of students forefront in mind and meeting COVID-19 protocols.

portrait of Professor Connie Lu
Faculty Honors/Awards

Connie Lu promoted to professor

Posted September 17, 2020

Connie Lu has been promoted to full professor, effective fall 2020. She started with the Department of Chemistry in 2009 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015.

portrait of Professor Ilja Siepmann
Faculty Honors/Awards

Professor Siepmann named editor-in-chief of Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data

Posted September 15, 2020

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has named J. Ilja Siepmann, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota editor-in-chief of the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data.

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Research Highlights

University of Minnesota receives $18M grant for materials research

Posted September 11, 2020

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $18 million in renewed funding over the next six years for the University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The University of Minnesota MRSEC program is among only 11 centers nationwide receiving funding for successful collaborative research.

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Student Honors/Awards

Outstanding Teaching Assistants, Students honored for 2019-20

Posted September 10, 2020

The Department of Chemistry honored its outstanding teaching assistants and those earning 4.0 GPAs for the 2019-20 school year.

Professor Donald Truhlar
Faculty Honors/Awards

Professor Truhlar named reviewer of the month

Posted August 28, 2020

Regents Professor Donald Truhlar has been named Reviewer of the Month for July 2020 by the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.

Professor Nicholas Race
Faculty Honors/Awards

Nicholas Race receives MIRA grant

Posted August 24, 2020

Professor Nicholas Race has received a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) General Medicine that brings in $1.9 million for five years to fund projects involving the use of the phenonium ion as a control element in synthesis.

Victor Young Jr. Ph.D., X-ray Crystallographic Laboratory director
Staff Honors & Awards

Victor Young Jr. elected Fellow of American Crystallographic Association

Posted August 24, 2020

Victor Young Jr., Ph.D., has been elected a 2021 Fellow of the American Crystallographic Association. Young has been director of the Department of Chemistry's X-ray Crystallographic Laboratory for 25 years.

portrait of Adeline Espinasse
Student Honors/Awards

Adeline Espinasse receives Baxter Young Investigator Award

Posted August 19, 2020

Adeline Espinasse, a 5th-year graduate student working with Professor Erin Carlson, has received a Baxter Young Investigator Award. She was selected as a First-Tier Awardee, of which there are only two in the nation.

portrait of Professor Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran
Faculty Honors/Awards

Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran receives MIRA grant

Posted August 17, 2020

Professor Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran has received a Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) General Medicine that brings in $1.9 million for five years to fund her research on decoding and rewiring enzymatic redox signal transduction pathways.