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Here is a list of the outside speakers participating in the Powell Seminar Series. Besides presenting interesting research, they are valuable sources of information about graduate school and/or the chemical industry. All are willing to spend time with students after their presentation. For presenters from graduate programs, please click here for a list of potential questions to ask them.

Unless noted below, these presentations will be in the Gottwald Centrum for the Science Auditorium, GCS A001, beginning at 1:30 pm.

Please note that there are other speakers also giving excellent talks in chemistry and biochemistry; please click here to see the schedule and location of these talks.

Fall Semester student presentations m
Powell Seminar Series – Fall 2017
Date Presenter Host
Sept 1 Orientation/introduction to seminar
Sept 8 Dr. Phil Radford, Founder & CEO of Radeas
Title: Applications of LC-MS in Medicine"
Sept 15

Madeline Newkirk

Title: The Biochemical Characterization of MEM01 Abstract

Deadline for choosing paper/mentor and submitting presentation dates!
Sept 22 Dr. Thomas Roper, Department of Chemical and Lifescience Engineering, VCU
Title: Trends in Science and Technology in Pharma Chemistry, Engineering and Product Development YouTube Video #1 YouTube Video #2
Sept 29 Dr. Robert Zehner*, Hardware Display Manager for Amazon Lab126
Title: The Chemistry of Flat Panel Displays Abstract Paper #1 Paper #2
Oct 6  
Oct 13    
Oct 20 Dr. Matt Whited, Carleton College
Title: Transforming Carbon Dioxide with Metal/Silicon Cooperation Paper #1 Paper #2
Oct 27 Dr. AnGayle Vasiliou, Middlebury College
Title: Thermal Decomposition of Sulfur Compounds Paper #1 Paper #2
Nov 3    
Nov 10 SERMACS  
Nov 17

Dr. Erin Duffy, Melinta Pharmaceutical

Title: The Many Challenges of Making a New and Needed Antibiotic

Nov 24 Thanksgiving Break
Dec 1    
Dec 8 Reserved  

Powell Seminar Series – Spring 2018
Date Presenter Host
Jan 19 Dr. Valentino Cooper, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Title: TBA
Jan 26    
Feb 2

Dr. Mary Watson, University of Delaware

Title: TBA

Feb 9 Responsible Conduct for Research (RCR) Workshop Pollock
Feb 16 Student Talks  
Feb 23 Powell Lecturer: Dr. John B. Goodenough, (Biographical Sketch), University of Texas - Austin
Interesting Recent Discovery
1:30 PM, Informal Conversation and Question/Answer session; Title "Choices and Surprises in a Life Journey" (Abstract)
7:30 PM, Powell Lecture: "The Road to A Sustainable Energy Economy" (Abstract)
Mar 2 Student Talks  
Mar 9 Student Talks  
Mar 16 Spring Break
Mar 23 Student Talks  
Mar 30

Dr. David Nicewicz, University of North Carolina

Title: Organic Dyes as Light Activated Catalysts in Synthesis

Apr 6

Dr. Louise Charkoudian, Haverford College

Title: Capturing Transient Interactions of Proteins Involved in Natural Product Biosynthesis" Paper #1 Paper #2

Apr 13

Dr. Javier Concepcion, Brookhaven National Lab

Title: Artificial Photosynthesis: From Rational Catalyst Design to Functional Devices

Paper #1 Paper #2 Paper #3 Paper #4

Apr 20 UR Student Research Symposium
Apr 27 Chemistry Department Awards Ceremony and Reception

*UR chemistry alumn