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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.

Winter/Spring 2009

January 26

Donald Becker, University of Nebraska "Functional switching in proline metabolism"

Host: C. Dupureur

February 2

Romas Kazlauskas, University of Minnesota
"Teaching Enzymes to Catalyze New Reactions"

Host: J. Bashkin

February 9
Jon Tunge, University of Kansas "Synthesis via Decarboxylative Coupling"

Host: E. Bauer



February 16

Leonard Macgillivray, University of Iowa "Organic Solids with Changeable Parts: Synthesis, Structures, and Properties"

Host: A. Beatty

February 23

Vijay Sharma, Washington University "Molecular Imaging Agents for Probing Functional Assessment of Multidrug Resistance (MDR1) P-Glycoprotein (Pgp) in Cancer and β-Amyloid (Aβ) Burden in Alzheimer's Disease"

Host: N. Rath

March 2

Ernesto Abel-Santos, University of Nevada Las Vegas "Germinants, autogerminants, and inhibitors or Bacillus spores"

Host: G. Gokel


March 9




March 16

Samuel A. Wickline, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, and Cellular Biology, Director, Center for Translational Research in Advanced Imaging and Nanomedicine (C-TRAIN), Washington University in St. Louis "Nanomedicine theranostic agents for cancer and cardiovascular disease"

Host: J. Liu
March 23

Spring Break

March 30
David Shultz, North Carolina State University"Magnetic Spin-Spin Interactions in Complexes of Semiquinone Ligands: The Physical Organic Chemistry of Exchange Coupling"

Host: S. Holmes

April 6

Chung F. Wong, University of MO-St. Louis "Computer-Aided Drug Design: Improvement and Application to Protein Kinases and Phosphatases" Host:

April 13

V. Jo Davisson, Purdue University "Mechanistic Explorations with Chemical Biological Tools" Host: A. Demchenko

April 27

Stephen Harvey, Georgia Institute of Technology "Assembly Mechanisms of Small DNA and RNA Viruses"

Host: C. Wong
May 1
* 1:00 p.m.*
Janet Braddock-Wilking, University of MO-St. Louis "Preparation of Platinum Complexes with Group 14-containing Metallafluorenes and Metalloles" Host: C. Spilling
May 4

22nd Distinguished Alumni Lecture
Donald G. Hesse
Vice-President of Information Technology at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"After Graduation: Fulfilling the Scientist's Desire to Experiment, Discover and Solve"


Host: L. Barton