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UMSL Chemist is our annual magazine of departmental and alumni news. The Spring 2020 edition is available electronically by clicking here. This will be mailed to all alumni, friends and donors but that will be an electronic version only.  If you have news of Chemistry Department Alumni or just want to get in touch, email the editor, Professor Lol Barton.

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 Dr. Eric A. Bruton, BS 1997,  PhD 2003 will presnt the lecture via zoom on Monday May 3, details will follow. Eric is a Scientist in Boeing’s Chemical Technology Group in Boeing Research and Technology.


We are delighted to announce that the 23rd Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture will be presented by Dr. Omar M. Yaghi, James and Neeltje Tretter Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at the University of California- Berkeley, on Monday April 20, 2020.  Details will follow.

PROFESSOR KEITH STINE has been appointed Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry effective August 1, 2019. He succeeds Professor Cindy Dupureur who took over when Professor Spilling resigned to become Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies. Cindy served for half a year and then for a full three-year term. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Stine for his appointment and Dr. Dupureur for her excellent service.


The Chemistry Alumni Council (CAC) is an affinity group of the Alumni Association.  On August 24, 2019 Mike Finkes, on behalf of the CAC was presented the Award for Affinity Group of the Year for 2019.  That is due to the work of the alumni who are part of the group, and also due to the support that you all have given us by attending and participating in the events. 

Congratulations to Arthur Wilde, BS 2009, the 2019 American Chemical Society, St. Louis Section, High School Chemistry Teaching Award Winner!  Mr. Wilde has taught at Bayless High School in St. Louis since 2011. He has received several awards for the innovative teaching techniques in his chemistry classes, including the Bayless High School Teacher of the Year Award. He has continually found ways to make chemistry an approachable, relatable, fun and memorable subject to his diverse group of students through real-world applications. Mr. Wilde has incorporated new technologies and techniques into his classroom and is always looking toward the horizon to see what authentic tools and lessons he can incorporate into his learning environment. He is currently working on his Ed.D. through the University of Missouri St. Louis and continues to find ways to enhance his teaching in and outside of the classroom.


Successful event honoring the 50th anniversary of the third graduating class was held over the weekend May 18-19, 2019.

The third UMSL graduating class was 1968-69.  The year 2019 is the 50th anniversary of that class which included 29 chemistry graduates. The Chemistry Alumni Council held an Alumni Reunion as a celebration over the weekend of May 18-19, 2019 and invited all graduates to attend but especially those who graduated from 1967 through 1970.
Of the approximately 40 1969 graduates in attendance, five chemistry graduates attended all or part of the celebrations. They included Joe Bono, Mario Deprimo, Tim Miller, Doug Nuelle and Les Tucker. The weekend began with a check-in and mingle followed by a campus bus-tour. Then the group heard a presentation by Chancellor Emerita Touhill titled UMSL: The Early Years. The evening Golden Alumni Reception for alumni from 1967, 1968 and 1969 was held in the Millennium Center from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. All five 1969 chemistry alums were there along with Mike Finkes, BS 1973, MS 1978, Ray Novak, BS 1968, and Harold Messler BS 1970.
On the Saturday morning, following breakfast the 1969 graduates were robed and participated in the Commencement Ceremony. Following the latter, the 1969 graduates participated in the Golden Grad Luncheon, in the Touhill Performing Arts Center, Lee Theater, and the 2019 chemistry and biochemistry graduates and their families enjoyed a more informal luncheon with some faculty and alums in the Whittaker Room also in the Touhill. About 85 attended this luncheon.  This latter, organized by the Chemistry Alumni Council and the Alumni Association was followed by a reception in the Solarium of the Science complex where both 1969 and 2019 chemistry graduates were honored.  Click here for photos - where one can see department photos from all the Chemistry Alumni Council events.

UMSL Distinguished Alumni Awards to Chemists

Distinguished Alumni Lecturers
A former student from the Department of Chemistry at UMSL delivers this annual lecture, which is followed by a reception. This forms part of the regular departmental seminar program and is typically scheduled for the first Monday in May as the final seminar of the academic year. The lecture follows presentation of the Annual Departmental Awards.