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This page is updated regularly throughout the academic year.

The Spring 2021 JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series is online! Typically, seminar time is an opportunity for the entire department to gather, learn and interact. This semester, we aim to recreate the sense of community we experience at seminars in a variety of formats including:

  • 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.

  • Virtual, asynchronous or asynchronous seminars, followed by synchronous group discussion. In this format, participants will be directed to watch a live or recorded presentation. Subsequently, students and faculty will meet (on Zoom or WebEx) to discuss and ask questions about the presentation in small groups and/or as a larger community.

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).

This semster, many of the synchronous events (seminars and/or discussions) will be at 3:30pm on Fridays, though other times may also be scheduled. Some seminars may be recorded for later access, if presenters give us permission to do so.

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.

This is a three column table. The first column has the seminar data and time. The second column has the seminar speaker and affiliation. The third column has the seminar title and link to abstract (if available).

Date

Spring 2021

Title

Wed, Jan 27
4:00pm

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

Dr. Gina MacDonald
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Biophysical Research

2020 Madison Scholar Lecture

 

Fri. Feb 5
3:30pm

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

Dr. Chris Berndsen
Dr. Kevin Caran
Dr. Tom DeVore
Dr. Rich Foust
Dr. John Gilje
Dr. Gina MacDonald
Dr. Paul Raston
Dr. Linette Watkins
Dr. Nathan Wright
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

Hosted by JMU SA-ACS and JMU NOBCChE

Fri, Feb 12
3:30pm

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

Dr. Ashleigh Baber
Dr. Brycelyn Boardman
Dr. Dan Downey
Dr. Chrisi Hughey
Dr. Gretchen Peters
Dr. Barbara Reisner
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

Hosted by JMU SA-ACS and JMU NOBCChE

Fri, Feb 26
3:30pm (discussion)

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

(Alternatively, email nobcchejmu@gmail.com for Zoom link)

Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius (NOVA Documenary)

BEFORE SEMINAR: Seminar participants are strongly encouraged to watch the entire NOVA documentary before coming to seminar. The full-length film (1h53m) can be accessed anytime on PBS.

DURING SEMINAR: Clips from the movie will be shared and incorporated into the departmental discussion.

 

Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius

In honor of black history month, NOBCChE wanted to highlight an African American chemist, Percy Julian said to change the world, but his story is still unknown to many. Join us for a powerful discussion of the film, Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius. This documentary brings Dr. Julian’s scientific breakthroughs and gripping biography to life from being a grandson of Alabama slaves then fighting against all odds to later becoming one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century.

Presented by JMU NOBCChE

Fri, Mar 5
3:30pm

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

Dr. Santo Coleman
Department of Health Sciences
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

Well Planned: Preparing Your Steps to Graduate School Greatness!

Fri, Mar 19
3:30pm

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

Dr. Marshall Brennan
Scientific Director
SLAS
Oak Brook, IL
Supercharging Science with AI, Open Science and New Technology

Fri. Mar 26
3:30pm (discussion)

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

Watch the film on your own before the seminar. It will be available through 3/24 or possibly later.

 

Picture a Scientist
Screening and discussion

Before seminar: We encourage all members of the JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry community to watch this powerful film which paints a powerful picture of the struggles that women in science have faced. The film challenges audiences of all genders and backgrounds to question their own implicit biases and move toward change.

(Content warning: Some scenes from the movie feature firsthand stories of explicit and brutal harassment, implicit gender and racial bias, and entrenched institutional discrimination.)

You can watch Picture a Scientist any time until Wednesday, March 24 (and maybe later) through a JMU database provider.

Departmental Discussion: Join our student seminar hosts for a discussion of the film Picture A Scientist on Friday, March 26 at 3:30 PM.

Fri, Apr 2
3:30pm

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

Gray Area Meeting
JMU Student-run Seminar/discussion

Inclusion in the CBC Department
What does an inclusive professor, class, department look like?

Fri, Apr 8
3:30pm

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site

Dr. Regina Frey
Department of Chemistry
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Course-level social belonging: Effects on student performance and persistence in General Chemistry

Thu, Apr 15 - Fri, Apr 16

Recordings of student presentations available anytime for viewing on ChemBiochem Canvas.

Synchronous sessions Thursday 4-5pm, 6-7pm, and Friday 12-3pm.  See Spring Symposium page for details.

45th Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

Dr. Christian Zeigler, JMU Chem 2005, keynote speaker
Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Boston, MA

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Fri, Apr 23
3:30pm

Zoom link on ChemBiochem Canvas site
Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL
Department of Chemistry
Division of Materials Science
Boston University
Boston, MA
Design and synthesis of organic electronic materials

Hosted by JMU NOBCChE
Fri, Apr 30 Celebration of Dr. Iona Black details TBA
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Other JMU College of Science and Mathematics Seminars

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