New Chemistry Seminar Starts This Friday!

We are very very excited for the start of our new bi-weekly Chemistry Seminar Series, organized by Dr. Charles Rubert Perez! Presentations will be made by professors from DePaul and other universities, as well as by students who are defending their theses. The first seminar will be a crash-course on Cryo-EM, the powerful technique that was central to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

TEM is a powerful technique capable of taking images of biological samples at the micro and nano-level scale. With the development of cryogenic sample preparation and molecular modeling software, this method can now elucidate structural information with low armstrong resolution, similar to x-ray crystallography. This talk will cover a short introduction on cryo-TEM and how it works, highlighting the contribution of Dr. Frank, Dr. Dubochet and Dr. Henderson, the winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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Here’s a facebook event for the seminar to share with your friends.

The next seminar will be Jan 26th, where a CHE398 Undergraduate thesis defense will be presented. We’ll post the title and info for that seminar when it gets closer.

Following that, we will have guest seminars from Loyola professors on Feb 9 and 23rd, all in McGowan South 103 at 1 pm. Put the dates on your calendar!

 

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Study Abroad Infosession Jan 11th

Drs. Kyle Grice (Chemistry) and Jason Bystriansky (Biology) are running their study abroad program this coming spring and summer. If you want to learn more, come to the infosession on January 11th from 6-7pm in McGowan South 104. Applications to the program are due by February 1st through the Study Abroad Website.

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Chemistry, Biochemistry, and… Nachos!

Interested in learning more about the new Chemistry and Biochemistry majors? Stop by McGowan South 107 on October 6 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm to meet the faculty and hear more about our new degree programs.

Snacks will be provided so be sure to come and say hi!

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Throwin’ it back to the Class of 2017

The graduation of 2017 has come and gone, but we wanted to acknowledge how proud we are of the Class of 2017. We wish them the best in their future endeavors.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
– Steve Jobs

Research Connections Across the Globe

Research Connections

We wanted to highlight how the faculty in the Department of Chemistry have collaborations in research and teaching that span many different levels. These connections include those within the department as well as connections to other parts of the university, to Chicago, to the US, and even to the world. Let’s start with research collaboration on the national and global level and work our way back down to the local levels.

DePaul chemistry has a broad impact that extends well beyond our Lincoln Park campus! Below are just a few of the highlights of national and international research collaborations that DePaul chemistry faculty have been involved in.

  • Dr. Kyle Grice has several active collaborative research projects. Working with Dr. Alfredo Angeles-Boza from UConn, and collaborators from other institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, he recently published a paper in the journal Inorganic Chemistry studying potential CO2 reduction catalysts by IR-SEC (Infrared-Spectroelectrochemistry) and bulk electrolysis (http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b02384). He is also working with Prof. John Keith from the University of Pittsburgh on developing catalysts for CO2 reduction (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016236115001477).

 

  • Dr. Grice is also co-developing a research-based study abroad program to Spain with Dr. Jason Bystriansky of the DePaul Biology Department. Details of the program will be discussed in a future Catalyst post.

 

  • Dr. Caitlin Karver recently published the synthesis and optimization of triaminopyrimidine compounds as inhibitors of caspases involved in inflammation (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960894X16310538). Several of these compounds have been shipped to collaborators at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. There they will be tested for the activity in blood samples from patients with inflammatory conditions like Lupus.

 

  • Dr. Wendy Wolbach is a geochemist interested in studying environmental changes associated with meteorite impacts and mass extinctions. She searches for forms of elemental carbon in sedimentary rocks dating to the time of known impacts and extinctions by chemically isolating and quantifying elemental carbon in various forms: soot and charcoal (from fires triggered by an impact) or nanodiamonds formed in target rock from the pressure of impact. Sedimentary rocks can come from within or near a known crater or, if the impact was large enough to wreak global havoc, from anywhere that sediments accumulated at the time. In pursuing this research, Dr. Wolbach collaborates with teams of field geologists spread across the globe, including the United Kingdom, The People’s Republic of China, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, Russia, Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Chile!

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Annual Chemistry Research & Awards Symposium

2017 Symposium

Our 2017 Annual Chemistry Research & Awards Symposium will take place on Friday, May 19th in McGowan South (room TBD). Join us in celebration of the end of the academic year and find out if you or your peers will be honored in winning scholarships or other departmental awards.

In the meantime, check out photos from the 2016 Symposium.

Chemistry Courses for Non-Majors

Teaching non-science majors to become science-literate and to understand that science is a way of knowing has always been a part of the mission for the Department of Chemistry. One such course that the department has offered over the years is CHE 104 – Chemicals, Drugs and Living Systems. Students take this course to fulfill their liberal studies program’s scientific inquiry (SI) learning domain requirement.

Dr. Lihua Jin, Chair of the Department, recently visited the class to see firsthand how the students of CHE 104 are doing in learning science as a way of knowing. The course is currently taught by Dr. Gwen Baumann. Dr. Baumann is a professional lecturer who joined the department in the fall of 2016. Having received her education at MIT (B.S.) and the Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D.), taught chemistry and other science subjects for two decades at various colleges and universities, Dr. Baumann brings to the class a wealth of knowledge and effective teaching strategies. The focus of the course is on the molecular structure and function of drugs and their use for common diseases and ailments.  Students are learning how to think critically about drugs in the world, including everyday common drugs.

When Dr. Jin visited the class on Wednesday, Feb. 22nd…

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