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This page is updated regularly throughout the academic year.

The Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 JMU Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series may include a mixture of in-person and online seminars, as noted below. Most seminars are scheduled for 3:30pm 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 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 2022
(Scroll down for Spring 2023)

Title

Fri, Aug 26
In-person gathering
3:30pm 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 2
In-person seminar
3:30pm in King 159

JMU Undergraduate Speakers
Catherine Besachio
Angela Kayll
Samantha Forbes
Will Hemmingson

(If you are a student who did summer research or other professional work outside of JMU during summer 2022, please contact Dr. Kevin Caran if you would like to present your work to the department.)

Summer 2022 Academic or Professional Experiences Outside of JMU
Fri, Sep 9
In-person seminar
3:30pm in King 159
Dr. Barbara Reisner & Dr. Nathan Wright
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Ethical Reasoning in Chemistry
Fri, Sep 16
Zoom seminar @3:30pm
See CBC Canvas site for link, or join the watch party in King 159
Dr. Ginger Schultz
Department of Chemistry
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Engaging College Students in Arctic Alaska in Culturally Responsive Snow Chemistry Research
Fri, Sep 23
Watch party with Dr. Reisner @3:30pm in King 159
Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna (previously recorded presentation)

Watch the 2020 Chemistry Nobel Prize Lecture, as we prepare for the 2022 award announcement (expected early October). 
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the development of a method for genome editing
Wed, Sep 28
Zoom seminar @3:30pm.  Click the seminar title for more info from JMU CSM.
Dr. Brandon Jones, Program Director
Geosciences Directorate
National Science Foundation
Change in Science: The Method or the Enterprise

JMU CSM STEM+DEI Speaker Series
Fri, Sep 30
Watch party with Dr. Reisner @3:30pm in King 159
Benjamin List and David MacMillan
(previously recorded presentation)

Watch the 2021 Chemistry Nobel Prize Lecture, as we prepare for the 2022 award announcement (expected early October). 
The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis
Fri, Oct 7
In-person
3:30pm in King 159
Gray Area Discussion
JMU Student-run seminar/discussion
Students only
Thu, Oct 20
3:30pm reception
4:00pm talk in King 259
Dr. Nathan Wright
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Madison Scholar Lecture:
Fixing a Broken Heart... but not in the way you're thinking
Fri, Oct 21
3:30pm roundtable in King 159
JMU Chemistry Alumni Speakers

Aaron Davis (Class of 2017)
Devon Shircliff (Class of 2015)
Nicole Morris-Anastasi (Class of 2003)
Homecoming Roundtable
  • Friday 3:30pm roundtable (King 159)
  • Saturday 12pm tailgate (C12 parking lot)
Fri, Oct 28
In-person seminar
3:30pm in King 159
Dr. Bert Chandler
Department of Chemistry
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
TBA
Fri, Nov 4
In-person seminar
3:30pm in King 159
Glen Kayll, CEO
The Hemp Plastic Company
Boulder, CO
Hemp Biocomposites and Bioplastics – Practical Business Considerations Associated with Bringing Sustainable Materials to Market
Fri, Nov 11
In-person seminar
3:30pm in King 159
Dr. Tina Rost
Department of Physics & Astronomy
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Local characterization of high entropy materials using X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy
Fri, Dec 2
In-person seminar
3:30pm in King 159
Dr. David L. Green
Department of Engineering
The University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
Detecting and Visualizing ligands on Patchy, Small Noble Metal Nanoparticles
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Date Spring 2023 Title
Fri, Jan 27
Seminar
3:30pm in King 159
Dr. Seth Cohen
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA
MOF-Polymer Hybrids - At the Interface of New Materials
Fri, Feb 3
Seminar
3:30pm in King 159
Dr. Gretchen Peters
Dr. Ashleigh Baber
Dr. Isaiah Sumner
Dr. Chris Hollinsed
Dr. Lindsay Caesar
Dr. Kevin Caran
Dr. Chris Berndsen
Dr. Yanjie Zhang

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 10
Seminar
3:30pm in King 159
Dr. Barbara Reisner
Dr. Paul Raston
Dr. Nathan Wright
Dr. Tom DeVore
Dr. Gina MacDonald
Dr. Sasha Kokhan
Dr. Oscar Judd


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 17
Virtual Seminar
Details TBA
Dr. Ellis Bell
College of Arts and Sciences
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA
TBA
Fri, Feb 24 Dr. Kathleen Schwarz
Research Chemist
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Rockville, MD
TBA
Fri, Mar 3 Dr. Edward Yokley TBA
Fri, Mar 24 Taylor Albertelli, MS PA ASCP
JMU CBC Class of 2019
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

TBA
Fri, Mar 31 Dr. Kendra Letchworth-Weaver
Physics and Astronomy Department
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
TBA
Fri, Apr 14 Dr. Josh Kellogg
Dept of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
TBA
Thu, Apr 20 - Fri, Apr 21 47th Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium Thursday, April 20
  • Student oral presentations
Friday, April 21
  • Student poster session
  • Keynote presentation
Additional details TBA

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