Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Chemistry Seminar - 11/30

This week's guest speaker will be Mr. Einstein Ofotsu Djabeng, a student in the department's Masters program. He'll present the talk "The Influence of pH on the Rate of Nucleophilic Decomposition of the Polythionates".

Please join us at 1:30pm in Weyandt 149. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Undergraduate Scholars Forum - Save The Date

The 3rd Annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 in the HUB and Sprowls Hall.

The Forum provides all registered IUP undergraduate students with an opportunity to present their original research, scholarship and creative works at a collegial and scholarly event. Students may present their original work as an oral presentation, a poster, or a performance at the day long event. In addition, an Undergraduate Juried Art Exhibition will feature creative works that will be accepted after a juried review.

Applications are invited from ALL registered IUP undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in scholarly activity within their discipline. Applications are due February 17, 2008 and require faculty sponsorship.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Chemistry Seminar - 11/16

This week's guest speaker will be Ms. Selar Sulaiman, a student in the department's Masters program. She'll present the talk "Synthesis of New Macrocyclic Manganese (III) Schiff Bases as Catalysts for Asymmetric Epoxidation".

Please join us at 1:30pm in Weyandt 149. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Part Time Lab Tech Wanted

A part-time lab technician position is available immediately at Environmental Service Laboratories, Inc., located in Indiana.

15-20 hours a week include evenings and weekends. For further information, contact Michael Moyer (724-463-8378) or submit your resume in person at 1803 Philadelphia Street.

Friday, November 9, 2007

IUP Undergraduate Wins Chung Soo Yoo Award

Beth Leverett, an IUP undergrad in the Chemistry Department, has earned the Chung Soo Yoo Award at the 65th Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference held at the Hauptman-Woodward Institute in Buffalo, NY. The Chung Soo Yoo Award is given to the top graduate student presenter. Dr. Tim Umland, the awards committee chair, commented that her presentation entitled "Twinning in the Adamantine-Like Quaternary Chalcogenide Li2ZnSnS4" (pictured above) was "an outstanding detective story".

Her research demonstrated that the currently accepted interpretation of the diffraction data associated with these compounds was incorrect. Ms. Leverett was the first undergraduate student in the history of the society to win the award. She had stiff competition from Ph.D. graduate students studying at the University of Rochester, University of Buffalo, Hauptman-Woodward Institute, The Ohio State University, Cornell University, Stanford University, University of Toledo, McMaster University and the University of Western Ontario, amongst others.

The Pittsburgh Diffraction Society (PDS) was founded in 1941 to bring scientists together to discuss the use of X-rays to investigate the structure of matter at the atomic level. The PDS is oldest diffraction society in the United States and its membership includes leading scientists from around the world including Nobel Laureate Herbert Hauptman (pictured above).

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Chemistry Seminar - 11/9

This week's guest speaker will be Dr. Andrew Karatjas from the University of Michigan. He'll present the talk "Extending Pummerer Reaction Chemistry: Asymmetric Synthesis of Spirocyclic Oxindoles".

Please join us at 1:30pm in Weyandt 149. Light refreshments will be served.