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Visiting Speaker Seminar Programs

Seminars are held on Mondays at 4:00 pm in Room 451 Benton Hall, unless otherwise specified. Refreshments 15 minutes prior to seminar time. Seminars are typically attended by faculty, postdocs, and graduate students from all divisions, as well as undergraduate chemistry majors in their senior year.

Fall 2008

August 18
ACS National Meeting Host:
August 25
Robert Hanson, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota "Computer Visualizations in Chemical Education" Host: H. Harris
September 1
Monday, September 8 Amy S. Mullin, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland "Dynamics of high energy molecules: collisions, energy transfer and chemical reactions" Host: J. O'Brien
September 15
Xuefei Huang, Michigan State University, "Development of New Oligosaccharide Synthesis Methods" Host: A. Demchenko
September 22
Ekaterina Kadnikova, University of Missouri-Kansas City, "Adventures in Dynamic Kinetic Resolution of Esters" Host: K. Stine
Monday, September 29 Joseph Lambert, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL , "Amber and Resins: On the Interface of Chemistry, Biology, and Archaeology" Host: J. Braddock-Wilking
Monday, October 6 Rob Coalson, University of Pittsburgh "Computing Ion Permeation through Protein Channels" Host: C. Wong
October 13
SonBinh T. Nguyen, Director of the Integrated Science Program
Dept. of Chemistry, Northwestern University "Aluminum-Catalyzed Oxidation-Reduction of C-O/C=O bonds-Modern Applications Made Possible via Mechanistic Investigations"
Host: E. Bauer
October 20
Martin Pelikan, Director, Missouri Estimation of Distribution Algorithms Laboratory, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis "Optimization via Probabilistic Modeling: Solving broad classes of hard problems quickly, accurately, and reliably" Host: J. Liu
October 24
*3:30 p.m.
Roberta L. Farrell, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand "Science in Antarctica: Studying the Historic Huts of the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration, To the Ice and back again, an UMSL Alumna's Holidays" Host: L. Barton
October 27
Byron Caughey, Biochemistry Section, Laboratory of Persistent Viral Diseases, NIH/NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories "Getting a Grip on Prions" Host: M. Nichols
November 3
Michael D. Morse, The University of Utah "Laser Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Carbides and Organometallic Radicals" Host: J. O'Brien  
November 10
Carol Fierke, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, "Catalytic Mechanism and Metal Switching in Deacetylases (LpxC and HDAC)" Host: C. Dupureur
November 17
Lai-Xi Wang, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD "Chemoenzymatic synthesis of homogeneous glycoproteins" Host: A. Demchenko
November 24
Holiday break Host:
December 1
Tammy Kielian, Department of Microbiology and Immunology University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE "Toll-like receptors (TLRs): roles in bacterial recognition and immunity in the brain" Host: M. Nichols  
December 5
*3:30 p.m.
12th Annual Robert W. Murray Lecture
Philip P. Power, Department of Chemistry, University of California-Davis "Direct Hydrogenation of Main Group Compounds"
Host: L. Barton