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This page is updated regularly throughout the academic year.

The Fall 2023 / Spring 2024 JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series may include a mixture of in-person and online seminars, as noted below. Most seminars are scheduled for 3:50pm on Fridays, though other times may be scheduled, as note below. 

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

Zoom links will be posted on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors Canvas site. If you are not a member of that site, please contact 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.

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Fall 2023
(Scroll down for Spring 2024)


Fri, Aug 25
In-person gathering
3:50pm in King 159
All students, staff and faculty are invited to this welcome-back gathering. This is a great chance to meet others in the department, learn about resources in the Phys/Chem building, and learn what the student organizations are doing this year. Also: ice cream! Be sure to spread the word. Welcome Back Ice Cream Social
Fri, Sep 1
In-person seminar
3:50pm in King 159

JMU Undergraduate Speakers
Trevor Branch
Samantha Forbes
Juan Garcia
Angie Kayll
Zachary Ryan
Angelina Sardelli

(If you are a student who did summer research or other professional work outside of JMU during summer 2023, please contact Dr. Kevin Caran if you would like to present your work to the department.)

Summer 2023 Academic or Professional Experiences Outside of JMU
Fri, Sep 8
In-person seminar
3:50pm in King 159
Dr. Zeric Hulvey (JMU Chem 2004)
Technology Manager, Hydrogen Infrastructure Technologies
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Hydrogen Activities at the U.S. Department of Energy
Wed, Sep 13
EnGeo 1207
12:30-1:30pm seminar;
1:30-2:30pm Q&A
Dr. Paul Guèye
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
JMU CSM STEM+IE Speaker Series

The (Hidden) Shades of Physics: Physics Impacts from (still) Unsung Heroes
Fri, Sep 15
In-person seminar
3:50pm in King 159
Glen Newsome
Alfa Laval Inc.
Richmond, VA
Environmental Health & Safety: A Perspective from Industry
Fri, Sep 22
In-person seminar
3:50pm in King 159
Dr. Dhanuska Bandara Wijesinghe
Department of Geology & Environmental Science
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Application of Geospatial and Statistical Tools for Soil and Water Quality Analysis
Fri, Sep 29
In-person seminar
3:50pm in King 159
Dr. Chiara Elmi
Department of Geology & Environmental Science
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Genesis of Mn oxides in the Shenandoah Valley
Fri, Oct 6
In-person seminar
3:50pm in King 159
Dr. Gretchen Peters
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Applications of boronic acids in soft materials and gels
Fri, Oct 27
In-person event
3:50pm in King 159
JMU Chemistry Alumni Speakers

Jennifer Chambers (Class of 2004)
Director of Education, Schrödinger

Nicole Morris-Anastasi (Class of 2003)
Regulatory Review Scientist,
FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Brandy Carter (Class of 2019)
Assistant Scientist
PPD Bioanalytical Lab
Homecoming Roundtable
Fri, Nov 3
In-person event
3:50pm in King 159
Gray Area Report
JMU Student-run seminar/discussion
students only
Fri, Nov 10
In-person seminar
3:50pm in King 159
Dr. Daniel Crawford
Department of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
The Mysteries of Chirality, Solvation, and Optical Activity
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Date Spring 2024 Title
Fri, Jan 19

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