Monday, October 20, 2014

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards 2014

Professor Shannon S. Stahl, University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Aerobic Oxidation Methods for Pharmaceutical Synthesis
Farnesane: a Breakthrough Renewable Hydrocarbon for use as Diesel and Jet Fuel
Solazyme, Inc.
Tailored Oils Produced from Microalgal Fermentation
QD Vision, Inc.
Greener Quantum Dot Synthesis for Energy Efficient Display and Lighting Products
The Solberg Company
RE-HEALING Foam™ Concentrates—Effective Halogen-Free Firefighting

Also read a blog about this year's winners written by Jim Jones, US EPA Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention or in the 20 Oct 2014 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Periodically, the American Chemical Society posts short video clips about topics pertinent to the chemistry of every day life.  Most recently, they released a short video about the chemistry of PIZZA.  Enjoy viewing!

I you wish to subscribe to the weekly series, check out the ACS Reactions link or follow @ACSReactions on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Finding Undergraduate Research Opportunities

A workshop designed to educate students on all aspects of undergraduate research...the types of opportunities available, how to network with potential mentors, how to get credit for research experiences.

Thursday October 16, 11:30 a.m., RNS 206

Led by Roberto Zayas

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chemistry Job Fair

UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarships

The United Negro College Fund and the Merck Company Foundation announce the availability of the UNCF ●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards.

Apply Now for an Undergraduate Award    Applications due: 02 Dec 2014

These awards, of up to $30,000 are a component of the UNCF●Merck Science Initiative, the goal of which is to support the training and development of world-class African American biomedical research scientists.

At least 15 UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards will be made per year. The competition is open to all students who meet the eligibility criteria. Award recipients will be selected based on the applicants’ abilities and accomplishments.

The UNCF●Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to encourage the interest of African American undergraduate students in furthering their science education and pursuing biological, chemical or engineering science careers by providing tuition support and opportunities for research and engineering experience in a state-of-the-art industrial laboratory.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Green Chemistry Committment launches Webinar Series

The Green Chemistry Education Webinar Series will highlight relevant topics for chemistry educators and students to incorporate green chemistry in to their courses, labs and programs. The webinars are open to the community and will be recorded and posted for access.
Upcoming Webinars:
October 15, 2014, 2pm – 3pm EDT,  Register Now
Green Chemistry: The Missing Element in Chemistry Education
An Interactive Webinar featuring Dr. John C. Warner, 2014 Perkin Medal Winner, Founder and C.T.O, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, Download the Flyer: GCC_Warner_October 15 2014
November 19, 2014, 2pm – 3pm EST
Modernizing the Organic Chemistry Laboratory with Green Chemistry
Dr. Jane Wissinger, University of Minnesota
Do you have suggestions for a seminar topic?  Send GCC your ideas.
Early Fall Application Deadline: October 11, 2014

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