Friday, March 7, 2014

Contest for Students Who Have Experience Conducting Basic Research

PBS NewsHour contest running through March 14 asks students to share their reasons for spending hours in the lab. What excites you? What frustrates you? What keeps you up all night? Share your story of conducting basic research with a short video—on  Vine, Instagram or YouTube. PBS will post some of the best on their website and they might even visit your lab to learn more. Tweet the link to your entries using #chem_amb and drop a note on the Chemistry Ambassadors Facebook page!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Tackling Problems in Sustainable Energy", Melanie Sanford Ph.D.

"Tackling Problems in Sustainable Energy" by Professor Melanie Sanford.  

Dr. Sanford  is currently both the Moses Gomberg Collegiate and the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is the recipient of the 2011 MacArthur (genius) Award. 

Her talk is aimed at a general audience and should be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about how questions of sustainability intersect with fundamental questions in chemistry.  Dr. Sanford will address some of the most important global challenges in sustainability, with a particular focus on sustainable sources of energy. Specifically, she will describe her own efforts toward the development of (1) methods for more efficient utilization of fossil resources, (2)  methods to recycle carbon dioxide such that it can serve as a raw material for the production of fuels and chemicals, and (3) electrical energy storage devices that maximize grid scale utilization of solar and wind resources.

To learn more about Dr. Sanford's career please visit her webpage at:

Event details:
Leraas Lecture: Tackling Problems in Sustainable Energy
                Date: March 6th
                Time: 6:45 pm
          Location: RNS 150
An informal reception with refreshments will be held after the lecture from 8:00-9:00 pm