2023 Jeannette Brown Lectureship

The Department of Chemistry celebrates the third annual Jeannette Brown Lectureship, co-sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.

Lectureship Program

Wednesday, April 26th

3:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.   Welcome: Prof. David Blank & Sandra Gabelli, Merck & Co. Immediately followed by: Squire Booker – Mentoring Matters: An Unexpected Journey Launched in Southeast Texas – Smith 331

4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.   John Gleeson, Merck & Co. –  Body diversity in STEM – Talking about the fat elephant in the room – Smith 331

5 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Group Photo – Front steps of Smith Hall

5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.   Reception & Networking hosted by GSWC – Please RSVP with the linked form by April 20th – Campus Club Lounge 

Thursday, April 27th

9:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.   Squire Booker – A Radical Solution for C(sp3)–C(sp3) Bond Formation during the Biosynthesis of Macrocyclic Membrane Lipids – Smith 231

11 a.m. – Noon   Niki Patel, Merck & Co. – A Collaborative Total Synthesis of Darobactin A – Smith 231

Noon – 1:30 p.m.   Student lunch with Squire Booker and Merck scientists – Smith 117/119

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Merck Career Panel – Panelists: Sandra Gabelli (Executive Director, chemistry), George Madalin Giambasu (Senior Scientist, chemistry), Thomas T. Kwok (Associate Principal Scientist, engineering), and Amelie Dion (Principal Scientist, chemistry) – Smith 231

2:45 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.   Student Flash Talks See the Flash Talk event page for the complete schedule – Smith 117/119, Smith 121, Smith 221, and Smith 231

The Department of Chemistry established the Jeannette Brown Lectureship to honor the career and legacy of one of its outstanding alumna. This lectureship will bring experts in all fields of chemistry from around the world to the University of Minnesota, with emphasis on highlighting the work and careers of Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the chemical sciences. The lectureship reflects and celebrates the pioneering work of Jeannette Brown as a talented chemist in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years, author, historian, and tireless leader and advocate for the inclusion and advancement of African American women in chemistry-related professional pursuits and careers.

Read more about the Jeannette Brown Lectureship

Start date
Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 2:30 p.m.
End date
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 5 p.m.

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