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This page is updated regularly throughout the academic year.

The Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series may include a mixture of in-person and online seminars, as noted below. Most seminars are scheduled for 3:35pm on Fridays, though other times may be scheduled, as note below. 

  • In-person seminars are generally in King (formerly ISAT/CS) room 159, unless otherwise noted.
  • Virtual, synchronous seminars. In this format, the speaker(s) will present material live (on Zoom or WebEx), and students and faculty will log in during the presentation to watch and/or participate. These seminars may include interactions during and/or after the presentation, where participants can ask questions, comment, etc.

Zoom or WebEx links will be posted on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors Canvas site. If you are not a member of that site, please contact carankl@jmu.edu or another JMU Chemistry faculty member in advance of the seminar to request access.

Additional formats may also be explored, depending on circumstances and interests of the presenter(s).

Seminars are regularly scheduled throughout the semester, and this page will be updated as needed.

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

Date

Fall 2021
(Scroll down for Spring 2022)

Title

Fri, Sep 3
In-person seminar
3:35pm in ISAT/CS 159
Dr. Barbara Reisner & Dr. Nathan Wright
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Ethical Reasoning in Chemistry
Fri, Sep 10
In-person seminar
3:35pm in ISAT/CS 159
Dr. Paul Raston
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Laser spectroscopy of molecules and complexes in superfluid helium nanodroplets
Fri, Sep17
In-person seminar
3:35pm in ISAT/CS 159

 

Dr. Brandon Thorpe
Sativa Testing Laboratories, LLC
A Career in the Chemistry of Cannabis
Fri, Oct 1
Zoom seminar
Dr. Cory Bystrom
Impossible Foods
The analytical chemists hidden in your shopping cart
Fri, Oct 8
Zoom seminar
Dr. Sen Zhang
Department of Chemistry University of Virginia
Atomically Precise Nanocrystal Surfaces and Interfaces for Electrocatalysis
Fri, Oct 15
In-person seminar
3:35pm in ISAT/CS 159
Melanie Odenkirk (JMU 2018)
Department of Chemistry, NC State
Structural-based Connectivity and Omic Phenotype Evaluation (SCOPE) Toolbox for Lipid Data Interpretation
Fri, Oct 29
In-person seminar
3:35pm in ISAT/CS 159

National Chemistry Week Seminar

Dr. Chris Hollinsed
Department of Chemistry, James Madison University

Expect Change in Your Career: Be Ready for It!
Fri, Nov 5
In person and Zoom seminar

JMU Chemistry Alumni speakers

 
Tsung-Yu (Lily) Wu (2014) - Chemist at Crazy Aaron's Putty World

Rebecca Patterson (2014) - Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Emergency Medicine at Community Medical Center-Toms River, NJ

John Paul Ashenfelter (1992) - Software Engineer at FireHydrant

Homecoming Roundtable

Mon, Nov 8

Dr. Benny Chan
Department of Chemistry, The College of New Jersey
From Change to Practice: Using Data to Drive Systemic Changes to Chemistry Curriculum
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Date Spring 2022 Title
Fri, Jan 28
Zoom seminar, 3:35pm
Dr. Ashleigh Baber
Dr. Chris Berndsen
Dr. Daniel Downey
Dr. Chrisi Hughey
Dr. Debbie Mohler
Dr. Isaiah Sumner
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Faculty Flash Talks, Part I
A brief series of research soundbites presented by JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty
Fri, Feb 11
The seminar previously scheduled for today (Dr. Ginger Shultz) will be rescheduled for Fall 2022.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the university's Gathering of Hope on the Quad at 3:30pm today (Fri, Feb 11, 2022).  Gathering of Hope
Fri, Feb 18
Zoom seminar, 3:35pm
Dr. Donna Amenta & Dr. John Gilje
Dr. Brycelyn Boardman
Dr. Kevin Caran
Dr. Paul Raston
Dr. Nathan Wright
Dr. Yanjie Zhang
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA
Faculty Flash Talks, Part II
A brief series of research soundbites presented by JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry faculty
Fri, Feb 25
Zoom seminar, 3:35pm
Dr. Dan Killelea
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL
Effects of Oxygen on the Chemical and Structural Properties of Rhodium and Silver Surfaces
Fri, Mar 4
In-person seminar
3:35pm, ISAT 159
Dr. Chuck Vencill
Vice President Technology & Engineering (retired)
Merck & Co, Inc.
Elkton, VA
Operations and Process Development: My Experience at Merck & Co., Inc.
Fri, Mar 25 Student-run Seminar
Featuring presentations from JMU CBC students
See this flyer for details!
Fri, Apr 1 Gray Area Report
JMU Student-run seminar/discussion
Students only
Fri, Apr 8

Zoom seminar, 3:30-5:00pm
See CSM site for link
Dr. Pamela Harris
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Williams College
Williamstown, MA
On Becoming Better Mentors and Advocates in STEM
JMU CSM STEM+DEI Seminar

Fri, Apr 15

In-person seminar
3:35pm, ISAT 159

Dr. Parviz Shamlou
Jefferson Institute of Bioprocessing
Lower Gwynedd, PA
Information session on the JIB masters program
Thu, Apr 21 - Fri, Apr 22 46th Annual Spring Research Symposium

Keynote speaker:
Dr. Tim Graul, JMU Chem 1994
Director, Global CMC Advisory
Pfizer Inc.
Groton, CT

See Spring Symposium website for abstract book and detailed schedule.
Thursday, April 20
  • Oral Session I: 1:30 – 2:30 PM (EnGeo 1301)
  • Poster Session: 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PCB lobby)
Friday, April 21
  • Oral Session II: 2:30 – 3:45 PM (EnGeo 1301)
  • Special Announcements: 3:55 PM (King 159)
  • Keynote Address: 4:00 – 5:00 PM (King 159)

Fri, Apr 29

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Phys/Chem 3144 - Study Lounge

Special Event in Memory of Dr. Iona Black

Refreshements will be served

Reflections on Dr. Black's life and impact will begin at 4:30

Her portrait by Keyon Carter (JMU Chem 2018) will be unveiled

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