JMU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars

Useful information for seminar speakers can be found here.
Archives of past seminars can be found here.

XFall 2016 - Spring 2017

(Scroll down for Spring 2017)

Seminars are in ISAT 159 at 3:35 pm unless otherwise noted.



DATE           
SPEAKER
(Affiliation)
TITLE
(Click on Title for Abstract)
Fri., Sep 2 Reserved for Literature and Seminar class
(No regular seminar)
CHEM 481
(Students in this course should meet at the location indicated by your professor.)
Fri., Sep 9

JMU Undergraduate Speakers
David Boyle (C-CLEAR REU program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO)
Daniel Corbin (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
Ty Faulkner (University of Georgia Chemistry Department, Athens, GA)
Kearney Foss (Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laboratory Division, Quantico, VA)

(If you are a student who did summer research or other professional work outside of JMU during summer 2016, please contact Dr. Kevin Caran if you would like to present your work to the department.)

Summer 2016 Academic Experiences Outside of JMU, Part I
(See December 2 for Part II)
Fri., Sep 16
(updated)
Reserved for Safety Training
presented by Dr. Cay Adkins
Director of Undergraduate Laboratories
(no regular seminar)
Safety training will be provided/updated for students. Research students (working with any JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty member) and student teaching assistants (TAs) who have not attended JMU Chemistry safety training in the last 12 months should attend. 
Fri., Sep 23 Dr. Brycelyn M. Boardman
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Developing Novel Materials for Organic and Hybrid Photovoltaic Applications
Fri., Sep 30 Dr. Nathan T. Wright
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Elucidating Obscurin
Fri., Oct 7
(updated)
Dr. Sam Pazicni
Department of Chemistry
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Polymer-based models of metalloenzymes
and

Investigating chemistry students’ illusions of competence

Tues., Oct. 11

6:30-8:00pm
PCB 2212
Patricia Simpson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amanda Yarnell
Chemical and Engineering News

The Chemist's Code for Success: 3 Essential Skill Sets for Your Career

Webinar Sponsored by JMU SAACS

Fri., Oct 14 Dr. Matthew P. Shores
Department of Chemistry
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Making base metals great (again): understanding and harnessing spin in first row transition series complexes
Fri., Oct 21 Rena Hammer
Chemistry Unit
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Quantico, VA
Chemistry in the Forensic Sciences

National Chemistry Week Seminar
Sponsored by JMU SAACS

Fri., Oct 28

Alumni speakers
Laurie Locascio (JMU ’83)
   Director of Material Measurement Laboratory, NIST
Pamela Jeffry (JMU ’03)
   Veterinary Oncologist
Stuart Williams (JMU ’05)
   Director of Research, Envisia Therapeutics

Homecoming Roundtable
Fri., Nov 4 The seminar previously scheduled for 11/4 has been moved to January 20, 2017. See below for details.  -
Fri., Nov 11

Dr. Nick Mayhall
Department of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Using single-excitation wavefunctions to compute exciton-binding energies in singlet fission materials
Fri., Dec 2

JMU Undergraduate Speakers
Wil Andahazy (California Institute for Biomedical Research, La Jolla, CA)
Dylan Boeckmann (JMU Space Explorers Camps, Harrisonburg, VA)
Matt O'Malley (SULI Program, Argonne National Lab, Lemont Illinois)
Cole Swaim (Argonne National Lab, Lemont, Illinois)

(If you are a student who did summer research or other professional work outside of JMU during summer 2016, please contact Dr. Kevin Caran if you would like to present your work to the department.)

Summer 2016 Academic Experiences Outside of JMU, Part II
(See September 9 for Part I)

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Spring 2017

Seminars are in ISAT 159 at 3:35 pm unless otherwise noted.

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Fri., Jan 13

Dr. Andrew Wozniak and
Dr. David Courson
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

Part I: Identifying oil/marine snow associations and oil transformations in mesocosm simulations of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill event 

Part II: Analyzing and disrupting Clostridium difficile host-pathogen interactions

Fri., Jan 20

Dr. Maegen Ackermann Borzok
Department of Physiology & Cell Biology
Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

A novel mechanism mediating cardiac conduction and the progression of heart failure
Fri., Jan 27

Dr. Myriam Cotten
Department of Applied Science
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

Leveraging Biophysical and Biochemical Methods to Investigate the Interplay of Host-Defense Mechanisms at Biological Membranes
Fri., Feb 3

Dr. Brian Morin
President & COO
Dreamweaver International
Greer, SC

3rd Generation Separators: Using Thermally Stable Separators to Turn the Aluminum Current Collector into a Fuse
Fri., Feb 10 Dr. Christopher Berndsen
Dr. Brycelyn Boardman
Dr. Thomas DeVore
Dr. Richard Foust
Dr. Christine Hughey
Dr. Paul Raston
Dr. Barbara Reisner
Dr. Linette Watkins
Dr. Yanjie Zhang
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Faculty Flash Talks: An Expeditious Tour of JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry Research, Part I
Presented by JMU SAACS

(See February 24 for Part II)
Fri, Feb 17 Dr. M. Rockwell Parker
Department of Biology
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
The smell of success: pheromones in invasive snakes

Tues., Feb 21

6:30-8:00 pm P/C 2212

Liying Jiang, Kings College London

David Cowan, King's College London

Claire Ortiz, Ortiz Industries

Norman J. Wagner, STF Technologies, LLC

Chemistry of Sports: Smarter, Faster Safer

ACS, Program-in-a-Box

Webinar hosted by JMU SAACS
Fri., Feb 24 Dr. Ashleigh Baber
Dr. Kevin Caran
Dr. John Gilje
Dr. Oleksandr Kokhan
Dr. Gina MacDonald
Dr. Debbie Mohler
Dr. Isaiah Sumner
Dr. Nathan Wright

Dr. Daniel Downey
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Faculty Flash Talks: An Expeditious Tour of JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry Research, Part II
Presented by JMU SAACS
(See February 10 for Part I)
Fri., Mar 17 The seminar previously scheduled for March 17 has been rescheduled for Friday, March 31. Details below.  -
Thu., Mar 23 - Fri., Mar 24

42nd Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

2017_SS-cover-art.jpg

Dr. Zeric Hulvey (JMU '04), Keynote Speaker
United States Department of Energy

Thursday, March 23

  -Oral Session I: 1:00-4:15pm (PCB 3216)
  -Poster Session: 4:30-5:30pm (PCB lobby)

Friday, March 24
  -Oral Session II: 1:15-3:30pm (ISAT 259)
  -Special Announcements: 3:40pm (ISAT 159)
  -Keynote Address: 3:45-4:45pm (ISAT 159)

(Click image to the left for the 2017 Abstract Book, which includes a detailed schedule.)

Fri., Mar 31

Dr. Graham Mott
Research & Program Innovation
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

IBUPROFEN - A Green Chemistry success Story (?)
Fri., Apr 7 Reserved for Literature and Seminar class
(No regular seminar)
CHEM 482
Fri., Apr 14 Reserved for Literature and Seminar class
(No regular seminar)
CHEM 482
Fri., Apr 21 Reserved for Literature and Seminar class
(No regular seminar)
CHEM 482
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Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

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Fri., Sep. 1 Reserved for Literature and Seminar class
(No regular seminar)
CHEM 481
(Students in this course should meet at the location indicated by your professor.)
Fri., Feb 2 Dr. Melanie Cooper
Department of Chemistry
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
TBA
Fri., Feb 9 Tentatively reserved for Alpha Chi Sigma seminar speaker. TBA
Fri., Feb 23 Dr. Paul Cremer
Department of Chemistry
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
TBA
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Other JMU College of Science and Mathematics Seminars

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