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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminars

Spring 2021

Day: Wednesday
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM (MST)
Location: Virtually via Zoom (see information to join the seminar below)

Contact heather.bird@usu.edu to schedule a speaker or with questions.


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  January 20, 2021

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Professor William Fenical

  January 27, 2021

Host: Bradley Davidson

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Faculty Page: https://wfenical.scrippsprofiles.ucsd.edu/

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Bio :Professor of Oceanography and Pharmaceutical Science, Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Joanna Atkin

  February 3, 2021

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, College of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry

Faculty Page: https://chem.unc.edu/faculty/atkin-joanna/

Research Group: https://sites.google.com/view/atkinlab/home

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Audrey Lamb

  February 10, 2021

Host: Joanie Hevel

Affiliation: University of Texas at San Antonio

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Mark Wilson

  February 17, 2021

Host:Joanie Hevel

Affiliation: University of Nebraska

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Ibon Alkorta

  February 24, 2021

Host: Steve Scheiner

Affiliation:  Instituto de Quimica Medica (CSIC), Madrid

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Ailong Ke

  March 3, 2021

Host: Ryan Jackson

Affiliation: Cornell University

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Li Li

  March 17, 2021

Host: Kim Hageman

Affiliation: University of Nevada, Reno

Faculty Page: https://www.unr.edu/public-health/faculty/li-li

Research Group: https://lilienv.weebly.com/

Bio: Li Li is an environmental modeler in the inter-discipline of environmental chemistry, industrial ecology, and exposure and health sciences. His research seeks to understand the accumulation, transport, transformation of synthetic chemicals (e.g., flame retardants, plasticizers, pesticides, and surfactants) and materials (e.g., nanomaterials and microplastics) in a nexus comprising the human socioeconomic system, environment and food webs, as well as the resulting adverse environmental and health effects. He strives to establish, foster, maintain and promote a variety of mechanistically sound and computationally effective models, to advance our thinking and understanding of the behavior and processes of synthetic chemicals and materials and meanwhile to inform decision making.

In 2017, Li obtained his Ph.D. degree from Peking University (China), with his doctoral research honored with the "Springer Theses" Outstanding Ph.D. Research Award. He worked as a Mitacs postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto Scarborough (Canada) between 2017 and 2019, before joining the University of Nevada, Reno as an assistant professor.

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  March 24, 2021

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  March 31, 2021

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Antonio Frontera

  April 7, 2021

Host: Steve Scheiner

Affiliation: Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

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Matthew Conley

  April 14, 2021

Host: Gang Li

Affiliation: University of California, Riverside

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Chong Fang

  April 21, 2021

Host: Yi Rao

Affiliation: Oregon State University

Faculty Page: https://chemistry.oregonstate.edu/Fang

Research Group: https://fanglab.oregonstate.edu/

Bio: Dr. Chong Fang grew up in China and received his B.S. in Chemistry and Computer Application (dual degree) from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2001. He completed his graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry at University of Pennsylvania and received his Ph.D. in 2006. His graduate work focused on the structure and dynamics of helices in both water and membrane environments using the Two-Dimensional Infra-Red spectroscopy (2D IR). He stayed at Penn for a few months after graduation to complete an important project concerning the ultrafast relaxation dynamics of a drug molecule in complex with its enzyme target, the HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (HIV-1 RT). He then moved across the US to the west coast in 2007, and did his postdoctoral research at the Department of Chemistry in UC Berkeley. His work on the fluorescence mechanism of GFP especially in the ultrafast time regime showcased the resolving power of the newly developed Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy (FSRS) targeting photosensitive biomolecules, and was featured on the Nature cover in 2009. In summer 2010, Chong found his new home in Oregon and started his independent career as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University. He has a growing interest in tackling modern biophysical and biochemical problems using state-of-the-art vibrational spectroscopies in the femtosecond to picosecond domain, resolving their intrinsic motions that are functional, and facilitating future bioengineering and biomedical advances. In his mind, life is fulfilling while research is opportunistic and enjoyable with a vibrant group of young talents in this exciting field where chemistry, physics, optics meet biology. In September 2016, Dr. Fang was promoted to Associate Professor.

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