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.

We are similarly delighted to announce that Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Keath, BA 1978, Associate Professor of Medicine, Translational Research Program Officer/ Research Development Program Director in the Institute of Clinical and Translational Science at the Washington University School of Medicine, will present the 2020 Distinguished Alumnae Lecture on Monday Oct. 12, 2020.  Details are given here

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 American Chemical Society has named 70 members as 2019 ACS Fellows and one of them is Jim O'Brien. The new fellows will be feted at the society’s fall national meeting in San Diego. Jim served as St. Louis Section Chair in 2014, with Keith Stine he has run the ACS St. Louis Section Career Day since 2001, for many years he served as Midwest Award Chair and he is currently a Director and an Alternate Councilor for the S. Louis Section. Of course he has provided substantial service to the department and runs a very successful, externally funded research program in high resolution spectroscopy.

David Garin has been selected as the UMSL Retiree of the Year Awardee for 2019. This is a new campus award and David is the first to receive it. He joined the chemistry department faculty in 1966 and retired in 1999. Since retirement he has been very active with the University, serving as President of the Retirees Association for 10 years. He has also been very active with the MO Coalition for the Environment, in science policy, in other civic activities and in preserving Forest Park and other parkland in the City of St. Louis.

The Successful events honoring the 50th anniversary of the first graduating classes continues.

The first two UMSL graduating classes were 1966-67 and 1967-68.  the campus and ther department celebrated these two landmarks and some details are given in the sections "About Us"/Photos/Photos of Alumni Events. This continues and the class of 1969 was honored over the weekend of May 18 - 19, 2019. 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.