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Spring 2020

Dr. Mingjing He

Speaker: Mingjing He

 January 8, 2020

Host: Kim Hageman

Affiliation: Southwest University of Chongqing, China

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Bio: Associate Professor MING-JING HE focuses on the occurrence, fate, and transport of organic pollutants in the environment. His laboratory quantifies organic pollutants in soils, dust, water,air and biological samples. He mainly focuses on the occurrences of organophosphorus ester and phthalate in different environmental matrices. His research group develops and validates methods for the extraction and clean-up of analytes from complex environmental matrices, conducts field experiments, and develops bioaccumulation behaviors of organic pollutants. He has co-authored 27 peer-reviewed articles; his H-index is 11 and his publications have received > 640 citations (Scopus).

Dr. Sean Roberts

Speaker: Sean Roberts

 January 15, 2020

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: University of Texas, Austin

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Bio: Sean T. Roberts received his BS in Chemistry from the University of California Los Angeles in 2003 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute in Technology in 2010 for work using multidimensional infrared spectroscopy to study proton transport in liquid water with Andrei Tokmakoff. In 2010, Sean was awarded an NSF ACC-F postdoctoral fellowship and undertook a position at the University of Southern California where he worked in the groups of Stephen Bradforth and Alexander Benderskii on collaborative projects organized by the Center for Energy Nanoscience, a DOE supported Energy Frontier Research Center. In 2014, Sean started his independent career at the University of Texas at Austin where he leads a research group that uses and develops ultrafast spectroscopic techniques to understand how the mesoscopic ordering of semiconductor nanomaterials impacts their ability to manipulate energy and transport charge. Sean is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, was named a Cottrell Scholar in 2018, and has lead projects funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Robert T. Welch Foundation, and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund. Sean has also won numerous teaching awards and currently leads an ACS and NSF-funded education and research program, GReen Energy At Texas (GREAT), that works with community colleges to increase student retention and degree attainment in the physical sciences.

Dr. Natalie Ahn

Speaker: Natalie Ahn

 January 22, 2020

Host: Joanie Hevel

Affiliation: University of Colorado, Boulder

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Bio: Natalie Ahn discovered mammalian MAP kinase kinases, key regulators of the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase pathway, which are important targets for anti-cancer therapies. She elucidated enzymatic and cellular mechanisms underlying cell signaling events, and pioneered the use of functional proteomics and hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry for signal transduction research.  Ahn received a B.S. in Chemistry (1979, Univ. Washington, Seattle), and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1985, Univ. California, Berkeley) where she carried out studies in mechanistic enzymology in the lab of Judith Klinman.  She then carried out postdoctoral studies on the purification of lipocortins in the lab of Christoph de Haen and the identification of enzymes in the MAP kinase pathway in the lab of Edwin Krebs, Univ. Washington.  She has been Professor of Biochemistry at Univ. Colorado, Boulder since 1992, and was an HHMI Investigator from 2003-2014.  Honors and service include Member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past-President of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the U.S. Human Proteome Organization.  

Dr. Natalie Ahn

Speaker: Erik Grumstrup

 January 29, 2020

Host: Joanie Hevel

Affiliation: Montana State University

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Dr. Sarah Styler

Speaker: Sarah Styler

 February 5, 2020

Host: Kim Hageman

Affiliation: University of Alberta

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Bio: My path to the University of Alberta has been winding: although I obtained my BSc, MSc, and my PhD at the University of Toronto, I’ve also made stops in London, Lyon, and Leipzig.
During my BSc, I studied synthetic organic and environmental chemistry (I was the rare student with a full set of organic chemistry courses as electives!), and was an undergraduate research student in the laboratories of Prof. Jonathan P. D. Abbatt and Prof. Andrei K. Yudin. 
I performed my MSc and PhD work under the supervision of Prof. D. James Donaldson. My MSc research focused on photooxidative reactions occurring on ‘urban film’, the complex mixture of chemicals that coats surfaces in urban environments. During my PhD, I studied the interaction of desert dust with organic pollutants, and focused on the role that dust plays in promoting photochemical reactions in the atmosphere.
In 2013, I began postdoctoral work at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Hartmut Herrmann. In Leipzig, I used a combination of field sampling and laboratory experiments to gain insight into the role that urban surfaces play in mediating urban air quality and the atmospheric lifetime of of photochemically active pollutants.
Here at U of A, where I’m currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry, my research program focuses on chemistry and photochemistry in atmospheric aerosol populations typical of those found in polluted urban and industially influenced environments.

Dr. Steve Baldelli

Speaker: Steve Baldelli

 February 12, 2020

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: University of Houston

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Dr. Alexander V. Bendersii

Speaker: Alexander V. Bendersii

 February 19, 2020

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: University of Southern California

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Dr. Jennifer Schaefer

Speaker: Jennifer Schaefer

 February 26, 2020

Host: Tianbiao Leo Liu

Affiliation: Notre Dame University

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Bio: Jennifer L. Schaefer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  Dr. Schaefer received M.Eng. and B.Ch.E. degrees in chemical engineering and a B.S. in chemistry from Widener University in 2008.  She completed a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Cornell University in January 2014.  She then held an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship in the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology until moving to Notre Dame in July 2015.  Her research group studies ion transport, interfacial phenomena, and applied polymer materials in electrochemical and electroactive devices.

Dr. Andrew Gewirth

Speaker: Andrew Gewirth

 March 11, 2020

Host: Tianbiao Leo Liu

Affiliation: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Bio: Professor Andrew A. Gewirth received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1981 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987. He joined the Illinois faculty in 1988 after postdoctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin. Research in his group focuses on the structure and reactivity of surfaces and interfaces.

Fall 2019

Sept 4 Stephen Bialkowski Utah State University Alvan Hengge
Sept 25 Luisa Whittaker-Brooks University of Utah  Yi Rao 
Oct 9 CHEM 7800 Student Seminar - Jia Lu Utah State University Bob Brown
Oct 16 Xiao-Yang Zhu
**Olsen Seminar**
Columbia Steve Scheiner
Oct 23 Tessa Calhoun University of Tennessee Yi Rao
Nov 5  Ji Eon Kwon Seoul National University, Korea Tianbiao Liu
Nov 12  Chengjun Sun Argonne National Laboratory Tianbiao Liu
Nov 20 CHEM 4890 Student Presentations Utah State University  Sean Johnson
Dec 4 CHEM 4890 Student Presentations Utah State University  Sean Johnson

Spring 2019

Jan 9  Inorganic Faculty Search     
Jan 16 Inorganic Faculty Search    
Jan 23  Inorganic Faculty Search    
Jan 30   Silvana Martini   "Chemistry and Biochemistry of Chocolate"
Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science; Utah State University
  Lance Seefeldt
Feb 6  Dr. Kang Xu  U.S. Army Research Laboratory  Tianbiao Liu
Feb 13  Dr. Hongfei Wang Fudan University Yi Rao
Feb 20 Dr. K. C. Chou University of British Columbia Yi Rao
Feb 27      
Mar 6 Mike Christiansen  Utah State University;
Uintah Basin Campus
Alvan Hengge
Mar 13  Spring Break  No Classes  
Mar 20  Sean Johnson USU  
Mar 27 Henry White  University of Utah  Tianbiao Liu
Apr 3 Heather Allen   Ohio State
 Yi Rao
Apr 10  Zlatko Janeba Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry CAS  Tom Chang
Apr 17      
Apr 24 Peter Shen University of Utah Sean Johnson

Fall 2018

Sept 5  Bruce Bugbee  Career Pathways Speaker Lance Seefeldt
Sept 12  Eric Mohr  (USU TEAL) Career Pathway Speaker Shawn Miller
Sept 19 Luis Velarde Univeristy of Buffalo Yi Rao
Sept 26 Cleo Davie-Martin  Oregon State University Kim Hageman
Oct 3 Benjamin Lee Doughty Oak Ridge National Laboratory Yi Rao
Oct 10  Ana de Bettencourt Dias  Univ of Nevada, Reno Lisa Berreau
Oct 17  Greg Swain Michigan State Bob Brown
Oct 24  Michael Marletta UC Berkeley
Joan Hevel
Oct 31 Eric Tanifum Baylor College of Medicine  Alvan Hengge
Nov 7 Zachariah Heiden  Washington State University Tianbiao Liu
Nov 14  Jennifer Guerard University of Alaska Kim Hageman
Nov 21 Thanksgiving      
Nov 28   Chem 4890 Students    
Dec 5  Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova University of Kentucky  Lisa Berreau

Spring 2018

Jan 10      
Jan 17  Alijca Copik  University of Central Florida Lisa Berreau
Jan 24      
Jan 31      
Feb 7      
Feb 14      
Feb 21  Kevin Redding Arizona State Univerrsity Lance Seefeldt
Feb 28 Joe Bondy-Denomy UCSF Ryan Jackson
Mar 14  Hanning Chen George Washington University Yi Rao
Mar 21 - R. Gaurth Hansen Seminar Series  Wesley Sundquist   University of Utah Sean Johnson
Mar 28 Holly Ellis  Auburn University Joanie Hevel
Apr 4 Patrik Bavoil University of Maryland Baltimore Nick Dickenson
Apr 11  Edward Shaw Oklahoma State Nick Dickenson
Apr 18 Chem 4890 Students Utah State University Joanie Hevel
Apr 25 Chem 4890 Students Utah State University Joanie Hevel
May 2 CANCELLED  Yushan Yan University of Delaware Yujie Sun

Fall 2017

Sept 6      
Sept 13      
Sept 20      
Sept 27 Cyrille Costentin Universite Paris Diderot Tianbiao Liu
Oct 4 Boniface Fokwa Tsinde University of California, Riverside Alexander Boldyrev
Oct 5 Cara Lubner National Renewable Energy Lab Lance Seefeldt
Oct 11 Ming Xian Washington State University Lisa Berreau
Oct 18 Dipali Sashital Iowa State Ryan Jackson
Oct 25      
Nov 1      
Nov 8         
Nov 9 Bern Kohler  Ohio State University College of Science - Travis Dowdle
Nov 15 Xinzheng Yang Chinese Academy of Sciences Yujie Sun
Nov 29 Chemistry 4890 Students Utah State University Lance Seefeldt
Dec 6 Chemistry 4890 Students Utah State University Lance Seefeldt