For the second summer in a row, UO Chemistry hosted a hands-on chem lab experience for local high school students participating in the university’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program.
The UO SAIL Chemistry Camp, organized by chemistry grad students Kara Nell and Blake Tresca, ran from July 27th-31st. The campers, all soon-to-be high school freshman, put on their goggles and analyzed water samples, created filters, tested the pH of of common household chemicals, and designed batteries using metal sulfate solutions. Be sure to check out our photos!
The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is a University of Oregon program led by volunteer faculty and aimed at increasing students’ enrollment and success in college. SAIL invites eligible 8th through 12th grade students to attend free, annual academic summer camps until they graduate from high school.
SAIL Chemistry camp is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and UO Women in Graduate Sciences. Thanks to all the additional volunteers who helped make this years SAIL Chemistry camp a huge success: grad students Loni Kringle, Kimberly Jones, Kate Karfilis, Fern Bosada, Laura McWilliams, Aurora Ginzberg, Erik Hadland, Sarah Casper, Lisa Enman, Lisa Eytel, Anne Emig, and Nina Vincent.
Dr. Richard Chartoff has been honored with the prestigious 2015 METTLER Award in Thermal Analysis by the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS). The official presentation of the award will be at the NATAS 43rd Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada, this August.
The award recognizes distinguished achievement in the field of thermal analysis, including but not restricted to thermogravimetry, differential thermal methods, effluent gas analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis, and rheology. The recipient must have performed outstanding sustained work in the utilization, creation, or refinement of thermal analytical techniques of generally wide interest and impact. The award represents the highest honor bestowed by the Society, and is sponsored by Mettler-Toledo Analytical Instruments.
Dr. Neil Boaz and Dr. Stephanie Clendennen, two scientists from the Eastman Chemical Company, will be visiting the UO and giving guest seminars for PhD students about careers in industry. Their bios are included below. This is a valuable networking opportunity for grad students at all stages of their research. The seminars are sponsored by the UO Graduate Internship Program.
Dr. Stephanie Clendennen, Sr. Research Associate at Eastman Chemical Company
Biology, Sustainability, and Eastman Chemical Company
Thurs Jul 30, 2015
10:00-11:00, WIL 110
Dr. Neil Boaz, Technology Fellow at Eastman Chemical Company
Organic Chemistry, Sustainability, and Eastman Chemical Company
Fri Jul 31, 2015
10:00-11:00, WIL240D (OCO)
Dr. Clendennen will also be speaking at a WGS-sponsored seminar on dual career couples (Dr. Boaz is her spouse):
Dual Career Couples
Thurs Jul 30, 2015
1:00-2:00, LISB 217
Dr. Clendennen and Dr. Boaz were key contributors in the development of the GEM™ technology platform (green biocatalysis process) which won the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Award (1 of 5 awards given by the EPA each year). Dr. Boaz received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University and has worked in biocatalysis, fine chemical synthesis, and asymmetric catalysis, the latter of which resulted in the ACS Industrial Innovation Award. Dr. Stephanie Clendennen received her PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University. She has worked in pharma, agriculture, biotech, and chemicals.