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This page is updated regularly throughout the academic year.

The Fall 2020 JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series is going 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), 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 asynchronour 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) 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).

Seminars will be scheduled largely during classroom “cleaning periods”, in an effort to avoid scheduled class time. Many of the synchronous events (seminars and/or discussions) will be at 12:15pm on Thursdays, or 3:15pm 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 currently being scheduled, and this page will be updated regularly.

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.


Fall 2020 - Spring 2021


Watch the Webinar:
Wed, Sep 9, 2-3pm

JMU Chem Zoom:
Fri, Sep 11, 3:15pm

JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry students, staff and faculty are invited to a two-part event:

  1. ACS Webinar – Register and watch for freeWed, Sept 9, 2020 from 2-3pm, and

  2. Zoom conversation – Join other JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry community members in an informal online discussion Fri, Sept 11, 2020 at 3:15pm

Finding Your Voice in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conversation

(see file above for details)

Watch the film:
Sat, Sep 12 - Sun, Sep 13

Department discussion:
Thu, Sep 17, 12:15pm

The film will be available online on Sat, Sep 12 and Sun, Sep 13. To view the documentary, you must register for a ticket:  REGISTER HERE

We encourage all members of the JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry community to watch this powerful film.

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

The Department will host a moderated discussion of the film during our Thur, Sep 17, at 12:15 pm. A Zoom link will be posted on the Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors Canvas site.

Dr. Ashleigh Baber, host

Dr. Barbara Reisner, co-host & Zoom host

Picture A Scientist screening and discussion

Join the department for a discussion of the documentary film, Picture a Scientist. This documentary was originally produced for the Tribeca Film Festival and is being shared by 500 Women Scientists. Picture a Scientist paints a nuanced, emotional but unflinching portrait of the struggles women in science have faced, in recent decades up to today. The film challenges audiences of all backgrounds and genders to question their own implicit biases and move toward change.

Fri, Sep 25

A Zoom link will be posted on the Chem/ Biochem Majors Canvas site.

JMU Undergraduate Speakers
Kris Krueger (Raston lab)
Melissa Andris
Kendahl Ott (Wright lab)
Tyler Brittain (Kokhan lab)

Summer 2020 JMU Student Academic Experiences

(If you are a JMU student who did summer research or other professional work during summer 2020, please contact Dr. Kevin Caran if you would like to present your work virtually to the department.)

Fri, Oct 2

A Zoom link will be posted on the Chem/ Biochem Majors Canvas site.

Daylan Sheppard
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Reprocessing post consumer polyurethane foam using carbamate exchange catalysis and twin-screw extrusion

Thu, Oct 8

A Zoom link will be posted on the Chem/ Biochem Majors Canvas site.

Dr. Diana Iovan
Department of Chemistry
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Tuning the Reactivity of First-Row Transition Metals for C–H Bond Functionalization

Fri, Oct 30

A Zoom link will be posted on the Chem/ Biochem Majors Canvas site.

Dr. Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran
Department of Chemistry
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Exploring metalloenzymes for therapeutics and sustainable catalysis

Fri, Nov 6

A Zoom link will be posted on the Chem/ Biochem Majors Canvas site.

JMU Chemistry Alumni Speakers

Hannah Anthony, Class of 2016, Investment and Captial Market Analyst, Freddie Mac

Dr. Paris Hamilton, Class of 2009, Chemist, FDA

Dr. Courtney (Braxton) HopeClass of 2010, Process Engineer, Merck

Jarvis Mitchum, Class of 2012, Corporate Chemist, Boar's Head 

Homecoming Alumni Roundtable

Thu, Nov 12

A WebEx link will be posted on the Chem/ Biochem Majors Canvas site.

Dr. Amy Andrew
Director of Quality Operations Laboratory
Elkton, VA


Fri, Nov 20

A Zoom link will be posted on the Chem/ Biochem Majors Canvas site.

Dr. Lou Charkoudian
Department of Chemistry
Haverford College
Haverford, PA

Capturing transient interactions of proteins involved in natural product biosynthesis

Thu, Dec 3

A Zoom link will be posted on the Chem/ Biochem Majors Canvas site.

Dr. Erin Iski
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Tulsa
Tulsa, OK



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