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IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS 2018 - 19

GREAT NEWS TO BEGIN THE ACADEMIC YEAR: AN ALUM AND A FACULTY MEMBERS  EARN MAJOR PLAUDITS

MICHAEL J. FINKES BS 1973, MS 1978 who retired in 2010 after 37 years with Monsanto in St. Louis will receive a UMSL Distinguished Alumni Award at the annual Founders’ Dinner on Thursday October 4. In 2005 he became a member of the UMSL Alumni Association Board of Directors and served as President from 2013-2015.  He has also been a leader of the Chemistry Alumni Council since its inception.

Several Faculty members were awarded a total of more than $1million in external research support over the summer.

Benjamin Bythell was awarded $360,000 for the project ″Chemistry of Useful Destruction″ by the National Science Foundation, Division of Chemistry, performance period 8/1/2018 to 7/31/2021.

Alexei Demchenko was awarded $450,000 for the project ″Stereoselective glycosylation via H-bond-mediated aglycone deliveryby the National Science Foundation, Division of Chemistry, 08/01/2018 to 7/31/2021

 Stephen Holmes awarded $485,000 for the project ″Design and Characterization of Late Transition Metal Complexes and Single-Molecule Magnets″ by the National Science Foundation, Division of Chemistry, performance period 7/15/2018 to 6/30/2021.

 Nigam Rath was PI of the grant for which $227,500 was awarded for ″MRI: Acquisition of a Single Crystal X-Ray Diffractometer to Advance Regional Collaboration in Chemical Crystallography″ by the National Science Foundation, Division of Chemistry, performance period 8/1/2018 to 7/31/2021.

THE TWO MAJOR EXTERNAL LECTURES ARE NOW SET

The 22nd Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture will be given by Dr. James C. Paulson, Professor and Co-Chair in the Department of Molecular Medicine and also a member of the Department of Immunology & Microbiology at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.  The date has tentatively been set for Monday April 1, 2019.  Details are available here.

The 32nd Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture will be presented by MARTIN E. HAYES BS 1999 and also BA 1999 in Mathematics, both Summa Cum Laude, on Monday May 6 2019, at 4:00 pm in 428 Benton Hall..  Martin obtained a PhD degree at MIT and currently is employed by AbbVie in Worcester, MA as Director, ADC Platform Strategy, Global Biologics Discovery.   Details will follow.

 

Successful event honoring the 50th anniversary of the first graduating class was held on Saturday May 13, 2017.

The first UMSL graduating class was 1966-67.  This year, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of that class which included 11 chemistry graduates. The Chemistry Alumni Council held an Alumni Reunion as a celebration in spring 2017 and invited all graduates to attend but especially those who graduated from 1967 through 1970.  The event was held on Saturday May 13 in the spectacular solarium of the new Science Learning Center from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.  Click here for photos - where one can see department photos from all the Chemistry Alumni Council events.