A monthly digest of activities in the Department of Chemistry at MIT


 March 2017 | Vol 36 | 03


Olga Mukhina, a postdoc in the Movassaghi Lab (foreground) and Alyssa Antropow, a graduate student in the Movassaghi Lab, assist young scientists in making marshmallow molecules. Photo/Todd Rider

Chemistry students take on 'Science on a Saturday'

On Saturday, March 4, several Chemistry students volunteered their time to participate in Science on a Saturday, a free, weekly, 60-minute presentation of entertaining scientific demonstrations and hands-on activities open to local elementary, middle, and high school students. This event is produced by MIT alumnus, Dr. Todd H. Rider and sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. >>


Pioneering Stanford physical chemist John Ross dies at 90

Former Chair of the Department of Chemistry at MIT, John Ross, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at Stanford University, was a visionary in the field of physical chemistry. His research focused on molecular studies, statistical mechanics and nonlinear kinetics and inspired new routes of inquiry in his field and beyond.>>



Nelson receives 2017's ABB sponsored Bomem-Michelson Award

Keith A. Nelson, the Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Bomem-Michelson Award, which is sponsored by ABB, a pioneering technology leader that works closely with utility, industry, transportation and infrastructure customers to write the future of industrial digitalization and realize value.>>


Steinfeld and  Dasari achieve 50 year status in the MIT Quarter Century Club

There's an exclusive club at MIT, with one sole requirement for entry: To complete twenty-five years of service within the Institute. The concept of rewarding this type of career longevity was first introduced in 1946, when a social group called The Silver Club was founded for female employees, both faculty and staff, who had reached twenty-five years of service within MIT. >>

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Scene at MIT: Ellen Swallow Richards leads the Women's Laboratory

Women's History Month is a perfect time to celebrate one of MIT’s own legendary women — Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards, the Institute's first female graduate and faculty member and a pioneer in water quality, nutritional safety, and ecology.

Richards earned an undergraduate degree at Vassar College in 1870. Later that year, she was admitted to MIT as a special student of chemistry, and she arrived on campus in January 1871. When she graduated in 1873, she was already an established water scientist. >>



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Submit your professional and personal news on the Alumni Notes page of the Department of Chemistry website.

Please keep your notes as short as possible.  Liz McGrath, Senior Individual Giving Officer, will receive and review your submission for posting. >>



CGSC hosts its fifth annual Career Panel series

The Chemistry Graduate Student Committee (CGSC) continued its efforts to facilitate the professional development of students and postdocs in the department by hosting its annual career panel series. >>



Buchwald to Receive the ACS Carothers Award from the Delaware Section of the ACS

Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry Stephen L. Buchwald has been named the 2017 recipient of the ACS Carothers Award from the Delaware Section of the American Chemical Society. >>



Schlau-Cohen awarded a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Young Investigator grant

A team led by Professor Gabriela Schlau-Cohen has been selected by the International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) as the winner of a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Young Investigator Grant. >>

Named Lectures:

Büchi Lectures in Organic Chemistry

April 6: 4:00-5:00pm in 6-120 >>

April 7: 4:00- 5:00pm in 4-370  >>

A.D. Little Seminars in Physical Chemistry

April 20: 4:30-6:00 pm in 6-120 >>

April 21: 4:30-6:00 pm in 6-120 >>

ALL EVENTS >>

Student perspectives on grad life at MIT

Being a graduate student at MIT is … well, it depends whom you ask. With more than 6,000 grad students enrolled in one of 32 doctoral or 27 master’s programs on campus, the variety of experiences (and opinions about those experiences) ranges wildly. >>


Pfizer-MIT Lecture in Organic Chemistry


Professor Gregory Fu, the Altair Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, visited the department on March 30, 2017, to deliver the Pfizer-MIT Lecture in Organic Chemistry. >>


Merck-Pfister Lectures in Organic Chemistry

Professor M.G. Finn, Georgia Institute of Technology, visited the department March 17-18, 2017 to deliver the Merck-Pfister Lectures in Organic Chemistry. >>

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