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Dr. Gallardo-Williams to develop online book for Alt-Textbook program

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Gallardo-Williams for her successful proposal to the Alt-Textbook program. Sponsored by the NCSU Libraries, the Alt-Textbook grant project is a competitive grant to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks in the classroom. Maria will develop an online "book" of student-generated materials to be used in the Science and Engineering (S&E) sections of the organic chemistry labs.

This virtual book will house the videos and other student-generated materials for the S&E labs. Instead of a list of videos, a visual resource such as a decision tree will be created to assist students in site navigation. Student submissions will be added using an open editing model, and other student-generated materials will then be linked to enhance the site and make it more complete while keeping it easy to navigate. The book will constantly evolve and remain available to students, as the techniques learned in these labs will be useful in their upper level lab courses and research. Posted November 19, 2014

Drs. Lash and Dubroy honored at NOBCChE conference, will sponsor 5 student memberships

Dr. Tiffani (Bailey) Lash (Ph.D. 2007, Gorman) and Dr. Tashni-Ann (Coote) Dubroy (Ph.D. 2006, Shultz) were honored at the NOBCChE conference this year as part of a segment on women scientists blending science and entrepreneurship. C&EN captured the moment in their digital and print media. Please see a link to the article here. The Department is also pleased to announce that Drs. Lash and Dubroy will also sponsor 5 student NOBCChE memberships. This is an excellent network for graduate and undergraduate students. Posted November 18, 2014

Dave Shultz to co-chair a Telluride Science Research Center workshop

Dave Shultz will be co-chairing a Telluride Science Research Center workshop entitled "Zero-Field Spin Effects in Molecular Systems," June 23-27, 2015. For workshop, venue and meeting details, view the workshop description. Also see the full listing of 2015 TSRC workshops and conferences. Posted November 18, 2014

Applications open for 2015 Summer REU program

Applications are now open for the 2015 NCSU Summer REU program. For more information see: http://www.ncsu.edu/chemistry/chemreu/
Posted November 3, 2014

NCSU and UNC-Charlotte Chemistry organize NC Photochem 2014

The 2014 NC Photochem Symposium took place at the campus of North Carolina State University on October 11, 2014. This was the second in the NC Photochem symposium series, with the inaugural one hosted by UNC-Charlotte last year. The goals of the symposium are to foster new connections and collaborations among the photochemistry researchers at NCSU, UNC Charlotte and other local institutions, to broadly strengthen the photochemical sciences in North Carolina, and to provide students and researchers the opportunities to present their work in a collaborative environment. The meeting was organized by a group of researchers from NCSU (Profs. Jakubikova, Ison, and Weare) and UNC-Charlotte (Profs. Jones and Walter).

This year's symposium was attended by approximately 100 researchers from nine different institutions across North and South Carolina as well as Virginia. The symposium included nine invited talks, and two lively poster sessions. Forty-five students took part in the competition for the best undergraduate and graduate poster. The best poster awards went to Christian Chamberlayne from the College of William and Mary (best undergraduate poster), Robin Knauf from UNC-Chapel Hill (best graduate poster), Jonathan Boltersdorf from NCSU (2nd place, graduate poster competition), and David Bowman from NCSU (3rd place, graduate poster competition). The symposium was supported by the NCSU Chemistry Department, Edinburgh Instruments, and the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society.

NC Photochem 2015 will take place at UNC-Charlotte in October 2015. Posted October 30, 2014

Phil Castellano accepts position on Editorial Advisory Board of Inorganic Chemistry

Dr. Felix (Phil) Castellano has accepted a position on the Editorial Advisory Board of Inorganic Chemistry. According to Dr. William B. Tolman, Editor of the journal, "the Editorial Advisory Board consists of 30 internationally distinguished scientists with interests covering the full range of inorganic chemistry... Inorganic Chemistry is the most widely cited and respected journal in its field, with articles covering a broad spectrum of interests including bioinorganic, organometallic, solid state and materials chemistry and the chemistry of nanoscale systems." Posted September 20, 2014

NC Photochem 2014 Symposium

The 2014 NC Photochem Symposium will be held at NCSU on October 11, 2014. The website for this event can be found at http://clas-pages.uncc.edu/ncphotochem/ and the registration will remain open until 11:59 pm on September 15, 2014. We are also accepting poster contributions at this time. Posted September 3, 2014

Samantha Smith selected as associate in SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program

Samantha Smith, a second year graduate student, has been selected to participate as an associate in the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Neuroscience Scholars Program. This is a competitive two-year program, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NINDS, provides scientific and professional development opportunities for underrepresented neuroscience researchers. Samantha's research advisor is Dr. Leslie Sombers. Posted August 22, 2014

Chris Ladner wins poster prize at Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium

Senior graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, Chris Ladner, was one of three poster prize awardees at this year's inaugural Chemical Biology and Biotechnology Symposium at GSK, May 30th. Chris's research advisor is Dr. Gavin Williams.

The symposium featured over 70 poster presenters; 200 attendees; six talks from faculty at NC State University, UNC, and Duke; and presentations from industry representatives. The event will be hosted at a similar date next year. Many thanks to all those from the Department of Chemistry who helped with logistics, including Maria Moreno, Katie Elliott, Chris Brackett, Chris Ladner, and Rob Furlani. View the image gallery here. Posted June 18, 2014

LORD Corporation to establish NC State University Summer Research Fellowship

LORD Corporation has partnered with the North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry to establish the first LORD Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship. The new award is tied to a semester-long research project in which teams of students use primary literature sources to investigate a topic selected by NC State chemistry faculty and LORD scientists. Read the full press release here. Posted May 31, 2014

Research article from The Laboratory of Soft Materials & Green Chemistry blogged by RSC journal Green Chemistry

In the most recent crop of Green Chemistry articles, Lucian Lucia's work in bacterial cellulose was cited as a "hot article" (please see: http://blogs.rsc.org/gc/). The work focuses on a novel approach for developing "soft" electronic media by harnessing the bioengineering prowess of "vinegar" bacteria. Specifically, a series of cellulosic-based graphene-impregnated materials were fabricated by an in situ (one pot) graphene oxide reduction and incorporation into downstream novel three-dimensional structures with potential for a number of electronic applications including supercapacitance, lithium batteries, and nerve actuation. Posted May 23, 2014

Gavin Williams wins Sigma Xi Young Faculty Research Award

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. The Greek letters "sigma" and "xi" form the acronym of the Society's motto, "Spoudon Xynones," which translates as "Companions in Zealous Research." Posted April 16, 2014

Enzyme "wrench" could be key to stronger, more effective antibiotics

The Williams group has revealed how a key enzyme "wrench" involved in the biosynthesis of antibiotics interacts with a factory-like assembly line of biosynthetic machinery. This knowledge could allow the construction of novel hybrid antibiotics and other biologically active small molecules. Read more here. Posted April 16, 2014

Rhodes selected as an IMSD Graduate Scholar

Nastassja Rhodes, a first-year graduate student in the Sombers lab, has been selected as an IMSD Graduate Scholar at NC State University. The NC State Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) is a program funded by the National Institutes of Health. This program seeks to promote and achieve a diverse biomedical and behavioral science workforce and recognizes the importance of effectively advancing knowledge and creating innovative technologies and treatments. Posted April 7, 2014

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