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Graduation Pictures - Spring 2014
Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Chemistry and Biochemistry Graduating Class!
We sincerely hope our graduates and their guests enjoyed the afternoon and that many memories were created. Thank you to all who attended and participated in this milestone celebration.
As promised, we are happy to provide pictures of this wonderful event for viewing and downloading at no charge to you! For best resolution and reprinting, please download the full resolution images by clicking the link under the picture where it says "Full Size Image".
Conference Travel - What you Need to Know
We've received several questions lately about departmental travel procedures so we've updated the website with info to better serve your travel needs. Check out our Purchasing & ChemStores website under Questions for the details for what you need to know.
The Top 3 Questions/Answers:
- Do I need a Travel Authorization?
Yes, you need to complete a SPA Travel Authorization Form for ALL of your business related travel. It is university policy that departmental approval is provided for all travel.
Biochemistry – Complete & Email the PDF form to Tiffany Brown.
Chemistry – Complete & Email the PDF form to Rosemary Trujillo.
They will be reviewed and send to Tiffany Brown for approval.
- What is the departmental procedure for travel?
- Get approval
- Book Flight/Hotel/Rental Car in Concur;
- Submit your Reimbursement.
- For DETAILS go to the website.
- What forms do I need to fill out?
- Before Travel - The SPA Travel Authorization form
- After Travel - Travel reimbursement Form. Both are on the Procurement & Chemstores website under FORMS.
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5 Chemistry and Biochemistry Members among 2014's list of Highly Cited Researchers
Four faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are listed among Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers, ranking among the top 1% in citations in their respective fields. They include:
Professor / CIRES Fellow
Professor / BioFrontiers
Associate Professor / CIRES Fellow
In addition, Dr. Ingrid Ulbrich, a graduate of our department who obtained her Ph.D under the guidance of Professor Jimenez and who is currently and Instructor at CSU, was also cited.
Former Jimenez Group Member / CSU Instructor
Thomson Reuters writes of the citation:
"Highly Cited Researchers 2014 represents some of world’s leading scientific minds. Over three thousand researchers earned the distinction by writing the greatest numbers of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators℠ as Highly Cited Papers—ranking among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication, earning them the mark of exceptional impact." - http://highlycited.com/
Congratulations to our faculty and students on their highly impactful and ground breaking research!
For the full list of highly cited researchers or to see details of how this list is created, please visit the Highly Cited Reseachers page located here: http://highlycited.com/
Congratulations Tad Koch & Cort Pierpont on Your Retirement! Event Pictures now posted!
A Blast into the Past Left: Tad Koch, Right: Cort Pierpont
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry would like to congratulate Tad Koch and Cort Pierpont on their coming retirement! Thank you for your combined 86 years of service.
Their internationally recognized educational and research contributions over the years have served to foster innovation, collaboration, and will continue to make an impact for future generations.
Please join us in wishing them well and stop by the department administrative (Chem 100) offices to sign a card.
Jacquie Richardson awarded 2014 Campus Sustainability Award
Jacquie Richardson has been awarded a Individual Achievement Award for Campus Sustainability for her efforts in making the Organic Chemistry labs more environmentally friendly.
Jacquie took on the responsibility of redistilling acetone, collected from many labs in the Chemistry Department.Reuse is estimated to have saved the Chemistry Department $1500 in acetone purchases.
She also has been working to replace toxics used in the O-Chem Teaching Labs with green chemistry experiments (bromination of stilbene, synthesis and recrystallization of adipic acid, kinetics of hydrolysis, Electrophilic Aromatic Iodination, and palladium-catalyzed alkyne coupling).
Jacquie’s efforts to teach future scientists green chemistry skills have lasting impacts with over 800 students that pass through the Organic Chemistry Teaching Labs every year. Her efforts to reduce hazardous waste generation go beyond her responsibilities and are deserving of recognition.
Wei Zhang sees great future in (malleable) plastics
Researchers at CU-Boulder have discovered a new kind of plastic that can be reshaped or recycled either by heating or soaking in water.
Wei Zhang, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at CU-Boulder
Wei Zhang, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, led an interdisciplinary team of resear
Zhang’s research group collaborated with a team led by H. Jerry Qi, a University of Colorado Boulder professor of mechanical engineering who recently moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Their work was funded by the National Science Foundation.chers that published its findings in the journalAdvanced Materials late last month. Philip Taynton, a graduate student in Zhang’s research group, was part of the team.
The new material is a type of plastic called “malleable polymers.” Also known as “covalent adaptive networks,” these materials’ properties stem from reversible chemistry, which allows chemical bonds between the atoms in the polymer structure to trade places at elevated temperature.
2 Department Graduate Students Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowships
Steven Strong from the Eaves Group and Allison Reed Harris from the Vaida Group have received a prestigious National Science
Research Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Thirty CU-Boulder students were among the 2,000 fellowship winners announced by NSF earlier this month—the greatest number of fellows from any school in Colorado. Last year, 21 current CU-Boulder students won fellowships, setting the previous record. Twenty current students were awarded fellowships in 2012.
Left: Steve Strong, Right: Allison Reed Harris
For More information please visit:http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2014/04/11/record-number-cu-boulder-students-awarded-prestigious-nsf-fellowships