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1.25.13 The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague, Dr. Daniel Havey on January 20. Dr. Havey was an inspiration to our students in the physical chemistry classroom and laboratory. He was a recognized leader in environmental atmospheric science and laser spectroscopy research. His wit, intellect, and love for his family and students will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 28th at 12:30 pm at the Bragden-Kelley Funeral Home in Machias, Maine. A memorial service will be held at JMU on Friday, February 22nd at 4:00 pm in the Montpelier Room on JMUs East Campus.

Donations to the Dan Havey Memorial Fund can be made to the JMU Foundation with the account number #16431.

8.27.12 JMU will be hosting a Celebration of the Life of Prof. Roddy Amenta (Geology) on Friday, September 14th at 4 pm in the Montpelier Room on the Second Floor of the East Campus Dining Hall. Social gathering will start at 3:30 pm

8.27.12 Congratulations to Dr. Barbara Reisner and the entire IONiC research team. The National Science Foundation has awarded a four-year grant of $437,962 to IONiC, the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists. The  multi-institutional, collaborative project entitled "IONiC: Transforming Education Through Collaborative Development of Materials at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry" is under the direction of Lori A. Watson (Earlham College), Barbara A. Reisner (James Madison University), Melanie S. Sanford (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Raymond Schaak (Penn State), and Sheila R. Smith (University of Michigan, Dearborn). Additional senior personnel include Sibrina Collins (Wooster College), Hilary Eppley (Depauw University), Maggie Geselbracht (Reed College), Elizabeth Jamieson (Smith College), Adam Johnson (Harvey Mudd College), Chip Nataro (Lafayette College), Joanne L. Stewart (Hope College), and Scott Williams (the Claremont Colleges Keck Science Department). This work will build on the development of the online chemistry education community VIPEr - the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource - that they began with NSF CCLI funding.

The award in the Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TUES) program in fiscal year 2012 is one of about 30 new TUES Type 2 and 3 Project awards that will be made by the Division of Undergraduate Education this year, among more than 400 submitted proposals.
4.9.12 Associate Professor Scott Lewis was named as one of the "300 Best Professors" in the United States by The Princeton Review. JMU had the second most highly ranked professors with eleven, and Scott was one of only twelve chemistry professors in the country to make the list. His high ranking must be because he is known for having a particularly easy organic chemistry class (ha!).  Congratulations to Scott on his outstanding acheivement and national recognition.
4.5.12 JMU Chemistry and Biochemistry students have been racking up frequent flier mileage presenting their work at local, national and international conferences in the past few weeks. These include:

4.1.12 Outstanding chemistry majors will be recognized Wednesday, April 4th for at the annual College of Science and Mathematics Honors Night. The complete list of 2012 Honors recipients are are here.
3.28.12 JMU junior, Karen Corbett, was named one of the 300 Barry M. Goldwater scholars in the nation for 2012. The Goldwater scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious undergraduate honors. The purpose of the Goldwater Foundation is "to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to students who pursue careers in these fields. Karen's career goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in biophyics and teach at the university level. She is a research student in Dr. MacDonald's research group.  In addition, junior chemistry major Alisa Leavesley was named one of the 150 Honorable Mention Goldwater Scholars. Alisa works in the research group wtih Dr. Mohler. Congratulations to the outstanding work of both Karen and Alisa.
3.1.12 The 37th annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23. The symposium will feature the work of thirty six undergraduate students with oral and poster presentations on their research work. This year will also feature two keynote addresses. Professor Melissa Rhoten ('94), Department Chair at Longwood University, will speak on Thursday on the topic, "From Here to There And Back Again: The Journey of Mid-Career Academic Chemist". On Friday, Professor Orde Munro from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Central Florida will be speaking on "Bis(Pyrrole-Imine) Gold(III) Macrocycles: Nucleotide-Specific Catalytic Inhibitors of Human Topoisomerase I". Full details of the schedule are here.

9.26.11 JMU Chemistry alum, Eric Stang ('05), was featured in the September 12, 2011 issue of Chemical & Engineering News for his work on novel cyclization reactions as a graduate student under the direction of Prof. M. Christina White at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Eric worked with Barbara Reisner and Kevin Minbiole while an undergrad at JMU. This is actually the second time that Eric has been mentioned in C&E News in his brief graduate career. C&E News is the trade magazine for the American Chemical Society which has more than 161,000 members in all fields of chemistry.

9.16.11 Join us on Friday, September 30th for the annual Homecoming Roundtable in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Features guests will be Mr. Adam Mattox ('05), Ms. Nicole Morris ('03) and Dr. Barbara Prillaman ('86). Adam is the manager of Quality and Process Development at Chemtura Corporation in Morgantown, WV. Nicole is a researcher in the Polymer Science and Engineering Group in the Center for Packaging Innovation Department at MeadWestvaco in Richmond, VA, and Barbara is a family phyisician in Midlothian Family Physicians / Virginia Physicians Inc. in Powhatan, VA.  The roundtable discussion begins at 3:45 pm in ISAT 159 with a reception for all alumni and student award winners immediatly following in ISAT 259.

Visit the Alumni Page for more details.
8.29.11 Congratulations to Casey Rogers (JMU Chemistry, Class of 2012) for receiving The Honorable John W. Warner STEM Teacher Scholarship from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)The scholarship of $5,000 is awarded annually to a future teacher attending a Virginia college or university in honor of The Honorable John W. Warner, former United States Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia and former Secretary of the Navy.  This scholarship is made possible by contributions from individuals and corporations to honor Senator Warner, recipient of the 2009 David Sarnoff Award.
8.17.11 JMU Physics Grad and Chemistry research student, Michael Schultz (JMU 2003), was recently featured on WVCE Richmond Public Radio for his work on compounds that may be used one day to diagnose, image, and treat brain tumors. To hear the interview, visit the WVCE website here.  A press release from VCU is here.

7.7.11 Congratulations to professors Brian Augustine and Tom DeVore (Chemistry) and Chris Hughes (Physics) for their recent publication in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Tehcnology A which was highlighted by the journal editors in the front page of the June 2011 quarterly newsletter Beneath the AVS Surface distributed to members of the American Vacuum Society.

The article entitled, "Improving the Adhesion of Au Thin Films Onto Poly(methyl methacrylate) Substrates Using Spun-Cast Organic Solvents", was published in the May/June issue of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A. It included three undergraduate co-authors who have participated in the NSF-REU program in materials science at JMU; Alan Mo ('11), Laura Lee (High Point Univ., NC) and Vezekile Zungu (Univ. KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa). JVST A is one of the premier journals for the dissemination of research results on the fabrication and characterization of thin film on surfaces.
6.9.11 On Friday July 15th,  from 9am - 3pm we are holding our second annual Chemistry Demonstration Workshop for High School Science Teachers! We plan to have an extended format of our workshop last year, with hands on demonstration instruction, guest speakers, and opportunities to discuss demonstrations with peers. If you would like to sign up for this workshop please fill out the form.

Sign up soon, as we have limited slots available. For more information, visit our outreach page.
6.7.11 Dr. Yanjie Zhang was awarded an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund grant for her research entitled, "Specific Ion Effects on the Interfacial Properties at the Hydrophobic/Aqueous Interfaces" through the Undergraduate New Investigator program. The grant is for $50,000.
5.23.11 Congratulations to Joy Frazier-Earhart for being awarded the 2011 JMU Provost Award For Excellence in Part-Time Teaching. The complete list of recipients is here.
5.9.11 Two one year faculty positions for the Fall 2011 term are now open. For details see our employment page. To apply, go to JMU Joblink for position #0404053. Review of applications will begin 5.23.11

4.14.11 The annual senior banquet will be held at Early's Catering at 6:15 pm on April 22. Congratulations JMU Chemistry Seniors!
4.5.11 The departmental outstanding student award winners for 2010-2011 have been announced. The department reception for the awardees and their parents and the College of Science and Mathematics Awards Reception will be held on Wednesday, April 6 to recognize and honor these outstanding students.
3.18.11 The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) site was renewed for three years. JMU has had a active NSF-REU site in chemistry for 19 out of the last 20 years. Congratulations to Dr. Dan Downey and Dr. Gina MacDonald for preparing another successful REU award.
3.15.11 Eric Vess ('13) has accepted a position in the prestigious National Instutute of Standards Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NIST-SURF) program in the physical measurements laboratory. Vess is a sophomore working in Dr. Dan Havey's lab at JMU working on optical spectroscopy of atmospheric species. The SURF program runs for 11 weeks in Gaithersburg, Md.
2.22.11 Dr. Morgan Sibbald ('92) will be joining us on Friday, March 25th as the keynote speaker in the 36th Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium. Join us Friday at 3:45 pm.
2.22.11 Congratulations to senior chemistry major Jonathan Boltersdorf who is the recipient of an American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Travel Award to go to the 2011 National Meeting in Anaheim. Jonathan will be presenting his poster in INOR and was his poster was also selected for SciMix.
2.8.11 The 36th Annual Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 24th and Friday, March 25th. Student abstracts are due on Monday, February 28th @ 5 pm. Abstracts submissions are now closed.

1.28.11 Congratuations to JMU senior chemistry major Lindsay Walton ('11) who is the JMU recipient of the 2011 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry.
1.17.11 The JMU Chemistry Scholarship Day has been set for Saturday, March 19th from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. Parents and prospective students can see the department and campus, meet with faculty and students and get a chance to win multiple scholarships. To more information or to join us, email Dr. Scott Lewis

1.12.11 Four JMU Chemistry students were accepted to present their research at the 2011 National Conference of Undergraduate Research at Ithaca College (NY) on March 31-April 2. Their work was accepted from over 3500 submissions. The students who will be participating are:

Jonathan Boltersdorf ('11) (advisor: Barbara Reisner), "Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Frameworks Derived from Poly(triazolyl)borate Ligands"

Georgia Stoyanov ('11) (advisor: Kevin Minbiole), "The Synthesis of Nitrogenous Heterocycles From Cyclopropanol Fragmentation"

Skylar White ('13) (advisor: Brian Augustine), "Real-Time Crystallization Kinetic Analysis of 30 wt. % POSS-MA Thin Films Using Atomic Force Microscopy"

Kyle Vasquez ('11) (advisor: Giovanna Scarel) "Study of Surface Energy Transitions Induced in POSS-MA Polymer Films By Atomic Layer Deposited Oxides"

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