Thursday, October 1, 2015

Environmental Chemistry Seminar - Haze in China

Next week Carleton College will host Professor Mei Zheng from Peking University, and she will present a seminar titled, Haze in ChinaThe seminar will be at 3:30 pm on Friday, October 9, 2015 in Olin 141.

Mei Zheng is currently a professor in the College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, China. She worked at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, from 2000-2010. Her research focuses on sources and chemical properties of atmospheric fine particulate matter or PM2.5, which is a major cause of the severe haze problem in China. The seminar will present the current status of PM2.5 pollution in China, the major sources of fine particles and the challenges of air quality that China faces today.  The seminar is designed for a general audience - you don't need to be an air pollution specialist to attend.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Graduation with Distinction in Chemistry

Juniors and seniors who have completed, or will complete, an experiential learning project in chemistry or a related field may choose to pursue a distinction project as described at the Chemistry department website.  In order to undertake the process of attaining departmental distinction, a student must 
 • be a declared chemistry major 
 • have a chemistry course GPA of 3.00 or greater; or have permission of the department 
 • have an overall GPA of 3.00 or greater, or have permission of the department  • have junior or senior standing

Due dates for the completion of tasks associated with earning distinction in the fall and spring semesters of the 2015-16 academic year are listed here:

  Fall                  Spring
T Sept 15        M Feb 15         Identify on-campus mentor
Th Oct 1          T March 1        Name faculty committee  
Th Oct 15        T March 15      Rough draft of paper to mentor
T Nov 10         M April 11        Revised paper to committee
T Nov 24         M April 25        Oral committee presentation
Th Dec 10       F April 29         Public presentation
Th Dec 10       M May 2           Final, approved paper to Chair

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cannon River Clean-up & Sign-up

This is your chance to promote cleaner rivers and lakes and a healthier community that everyone can enjoy.

Saturday, September 19, 2013, 9 a.m. – 12 noon (lunch provided)
Meet at Vehicle Pick-up Area, Buntrock Commons promptly at 8:30 a.m.

We will walk as a group to the Sechler Park picnic shelter, but feel free to ride your bike or drive your own vehicle as well.

Please sign up by clicking on the link below so we can let the Cannon River Watershed sponsors know how many fantastic hot dogs from local grass fed beef they need to bring to feed us!

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and sturdy shoes or shorts and old shoes for wading if the river level goes down. We will have work gloves, bug spray and bags for trash. You will be asked to sign a release of liability by a volunteer of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership.

Contact Diane Angell in Biology and Environmental Studies with questions.

Monday, July 13, 2015

US EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Winners - 2015


Chemistry plays an important role in generating and creating molecular based solutions to many environmental challenges.  The US EPA recently announced its  2015 award winners in green chemistry.  To learn more about each innovation as well as previous winners, click the link below.

ACS Directory of Graduate Research: UPDATED!

The American Chemical Society has updated their free, searchable online database ( that provides a comprehensive compilation of information on graduate study in the chemical sciences at North American universities.  This website also provides the ability to find NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs).  Two training videos on how to search the database are provided on the home page.

Here's what the ACS says about this site (my high-lighting):

The ACS Directory of Graduate Research (DGRweb) is the most comprehensive source of information on chemical research and researchers at universities in North America.
ACS DGRweb is a must-have for all academic institutions and chemical-related businesses as it:
  • facilitates collaborations
  • enables networking across chemical subdisciplines
  • helps students with selecting graduate programs and research experiences for undergraduates

ACS DGRweb 2014 provides information on:
  • 668 academic departments
  • 8499 faculty members

and listings for:
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Materials
  • Marine Science
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental Science

The data on the DGRweb have been supplied by the respective departments according to policies established by the ACS Committee on Professional Training. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Entry-level positions in the analytical chemistry section, Forensic Science Services, BCA, St. Paul

From the Assistant Laboratory Director at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, St. Paul:

In the near future 2 positions will be listed as "Forensic Scientist-1 Trainee."
(Choose "Public Safety Dept" in the Department menu and click "Search" button at bottom of page.)

If you wish to be put on an email list to be notified of openings, check out the BCA website at:
Look at the "Laboratory positions" statement.

There is also information about Forensic Laboratory Internships at the careers website, above.