Tuesday, September 29, 2009
INTERNATIONAL CHEMTEX CORPORATION
The St. Olaf Chemistry Department welcomes Erik Epp. Erik graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with an honors B.S. in chemistry. He then proceeded to the University of Chicago, where he earned a M.S. in physical chemistry for computational chemistry modeling of interstellar gas clouds. Most recently, he hails from Purdue University where he is finishing a doctorate in chemical education research, dealing with how students learn physical chemistry through the use of hypermedia technology. He greatly enjoys teaching and has been energized by interactions with students in his Chem 121 and 125 classes at St. Olaf College. Stop by his office (RNS 328) to meet him and play with some puzzles. Clicking on the title of this post will take you to a longer blurb about Erik and other members of the St. Olaf Chemistry Department.
Monday, September 28, 2009
The St. Olaf Chemistry Department would like to welcome Dr. Laura Listenberger. Laura graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mi with a B.S. in Chemistry. She then attended Washington University in St. Louis, Mo where she got her PhD in Molecular Cell Biology and became a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. She spent a year at Kalamazoo College as a Visiting Assistant Professor before pursuing research postdocs at Stony Brook University (in NY) and Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Studies (in CA). Her research utilizes techniques in biochemistry and cell biology to understand how cells store excess fat. Laura moves to Northfield with her husband and two young daughters. She looks forward to working with students in Chem 373, Chem 379, and CH/BI 126 and 127 this year. Students can find Dr. Listenberger on the third floor of Regent's Hall, in office 380. Clicking on the title of this post will take you to a longer blurb about Dr. Listenberger and other members of the St. Olaf Chemistry Department.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The University of Chicago
November 6-8, 2009
Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Physical Sciences, Mathematics,& Computer Science
MIDSTATES CONSORTIUM FOR MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE
Washington University in St. Louis
October 30-November 1, 2009
You must complete both semesters of organic to be eligible.
Application materials are waiting for you in the International and Off Campus Studies Office.
has completed Analytical Chemistry (Chem 255 and 256)
interested in being a lab assistant for Forensic Science lab this spring
available Monday afternoons 2:00-5:00 for Forensic Science lab
available Tuesday afternoon, February 16 approximately 1:20-2:45 to be dead
interest in forensic science as a career
Email Dr. Abdella (firstname.lastname@example.org) to apply for this position...and yes, we realize that some of you may not be able to commit to particular time slots in the spring term until AFTER registration! But, we can do some planning now and hope that it works out!
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowships: http://www.hertzfoundation.org/
UNCF/Merck Science Initiative Research Scholarships and Fellowships: http://www.uncf.org/portal/Default.aspx?tabid=93#Graduate (NOTE: this program also offers undergraduate fellowships)
If you think you might want to apply to one of these programs talk to a chemistry faculty member.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The 2009 Undergraduate Student dues are only $23 (without a subscription to C&EN), or $44 (with the subscription). You can see C&EN magazines in the offices of most chemistry faculty (and some excerpts on Beth Abdella's bulletin board).
From the ACS website:
"Members receive discounts on a number of ACS professional products and services including meetings registration, courses, and books.
Members can also take advantage of a broad array of ACS group benefits through Affinity Programs that include renters' insurance, travel programs, financial services and discounts from FedEx Kinko's."
If you are planning on graduate school in chemistry, you continue to get discounted dues for the duration of your graduate program.
John W. Moore
W.T.Lippincott Professor of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The Chemical Education Digital Library: Online Resources for All!"
Seminar will be held in RNS 150 at 3:15, with refreshments served prior to start.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Dr. Gavin Brown
"Getting Clearer - Molecular Organisation of the Cornea"
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
What about leaving early? This is often a bigger problem. Our seminar speakers are asked to keep their presentations to 45 minutes plus the ever-present question and answer session. This does not mean that they all manage to wrap things up in a timely fashion. Common courtesy requires that the audience stay present and attentive until a speaker is finished AND while others are asking questions. If you know in advance that you will need to leave early it is most polite to introduce yourself to the speaker before the seminar and simply say, "Hi, I'm Bonnie Hills. I just thought I'd let you know that I may have to leave early in order to catch my ski team bus for practice this afternoon, but I didn't want to miss your talk." EVERY speaker appreciates this. Now, follow this up by sitting at a place from which a quick and easy escape can be made. There's simply nothing more unsettling for a speaker than to have people sneaking out of a seminar half-way through. What did I say? Is my presentation that boring? Not pleasant thoughts when you are up in front of a crowd of strangers. Faculty members often forewarn seminar speakers about our schedules, needing to keep tabs on lab students, running to a meeting in another building, etc. You can join us in trying to make every speaker’s visit to our department as pleasant as possible.
What about asking questions of the speaker? Please do! It's a good idea to always plan to ask at least one question. Always plan to stay for the question/answer period and make it more fun and educational by asking your question. The question/answer period won’t be shorter if you don’t ask your question, because faculty members will step in with questions of their own. It’s actually polite to ask a few questions...the speaker will feel better connected to the audience. Questions can be about the science, how the science fits in to other topics, or about the person's career or institution, etc. One easy question to ask is how the speaker became interested in the topic, whatever it is. Speakers love students who ask questions. You'll be surprised to find how pleased you'll be with your efforts. Some speakers invite questions during their presentation. If this is the case, raise your hand, wait to be acknowledged, and ask a question pertinent to the current topic of the presentation. If the speaker doesn’t notice you and moves on...lower your hand and save your question for after the presentation. If your question will be asked after the presentation, it is a good idea to jot it down (come prepared with paper and pen) and make a note about the current slide, if appropriate to the question. Be thinking about questions during the whole seminar.
If the question/answer period has already gone on for some time and you have a really important question to ask, consider keeping it to yourself to allow the seminar room to be dismissed, and then approaching the speaker with your question (introduce yourself first) after the room has emptied. You will have the benefit of the speaker's full attention and your colleagues will be free to pursue their other commitments.
Did we mention lunch? Very often our seminar speakers are here for lunch and are most interested in being accompanied by students. You can explore their area of science or their area of the country. You can get their take on what courses are most important for your interests. You can find out what they like most about their jobs or what jobs their graduate students seem to prefer. There's a lot to learn about the world out there and this is a great opportunity to perform a bit of research for your future. If you are interested in an occasional lunch-time chat with a seminar speaker, just let Karen Renneke know! It’s fun to eat at the King's Room instead of Stav Hall from time to time. Some of our seminars are on Thursdays, others on Fridays...so if you are free at lunch time on either day (or both), volunteer to take speakers to lunch.
See you soon, enjoy the donuts!