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We hope that you are able to attend this year’s Homecoming
on Saturday, October 15. The weekend is filled with events, with the annual
parade at 10:00 a.m., Crimson Huddle from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the IUP vs. Slippery
Rock football game at 2:00 p.m.
Huddle offers a fabulous time before the football game to catch up with
fellow alumni and with faculty both current and retired, and take a stroll down memory
lane. The Huddle also offers, at a minimal cost, a full buffet of your tailgate
favorites, an assortment of drinks (nonalcoholic, beer, and wine), great
entertainment, and a chance to win IUP prizes! During the Huddle, the Chemistry Department will be located
at the College of Natural Science and Mathematics’ tables. Yes, we will be
bringing the department photo album!
Anyone traveling to Indiana on Friday is encouraged and
welcome to join members of the faculty, fellow alumni, and our junior and
senior chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical education majors for happy hours
at Culpeppers in downtown Indiana from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The address is 653
Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701. Last year, our alumni and students
loved the chance to network and learn more about how the department has
Weyandt Hall has been around for almost 50 years, and we’re
looking forward to the planning and construction of a new science
building on campus within the next five years. If you haven’t been to IUP
recently, a lot has changed on campus. An architect will be hired and the
design phase will be started this fall. While some of our classes may be a bit
larger than when you were here, we still pride ourselves on being able to work
with our students one-on-one in the lab, teaching them the skills and theories
they need to successfully enter the workforce or continue on with a graduate
program in their chosen field.
entire department hopes that you can make it back to IUP this year! Homecoming is an exciting time to reconnect, network, and reminisce. Be sure to
RSVP to the Crimson
Huddle. The registration page will also include some additional web links
for the 2015 Alumni and Friends Crimson Huddle as well as the Football Ticket
Office. Be sure to check out the Chemistry Alumni webpage and share your
The generous support of our donors provides our students and faculty with the resources to take part in a variety of activities that would otherwise be impossible. Scholarships, special lectures, and support for student and faculty research projects enhance the
academic mission of the department and strongly impact the IUP student experience. This support is a vital component that can have lasting effects on our ability to successfully meet our mission goals. Financial and non-financial support are both actively sought. We
welcome internship collaborations and donations of gently used instrumentation. Please take some time and consider making an investment in the department. Donations can be made through the
Support the Chemistry Department website. To ensure your gift is directed to the correct need, please indicate the correct code for directing your funds.
you have internship openings, or are you looking to start an internship program
at your company?
A strategic initiative of the department is to collaborate and network with alumni to increase the number and type of regional and national internships. Chemical industry and graduate programs value these types of experiences. We want to make sure that our
students standout from the pack; highlighting their capabilities through applied experiences! Our goal is to have 15 dedicated internship positions
in the summer of 2017 for our high-achieving students during the summer of
their junior-senior year. If you are interested in learning more about building a relationship between your company and IUP, please contact Justin Fair at 724-357-4477 or
Once again the Chemistry Department was able to award a number of scholarships to deserving students. Scholarship winners for 2014–15 were:
The Chemistry Department continues to upgrade the instrumentation available to students. Ensuring the availability of modern instrumentation to our students is a priority for the department, and an important aspect of the research-based degree program at IUP. The department
also benefits from interdisciplinary instrumentation acquired by the College of Natural Science and Mathematics and used by students from a number of departments.
The Chemistry Department had 11 students participate in this year’s 10-week RESS program. Events in addition to research provided professional development opportunities providing students with resources and opportunities to practice communication and networking skills.
Anderson DeBarros – Sudipta MajumdarTuning Up the Redox Potential of Streptomyces Coelicolor Laccase by Site Directed Mutagenesis
Elon Denio and Austin Meals – Justin FairN-Bromosuccinimide Oxidation of Primary Alcohols to Symmetrical Esters
Jared Fee – Wendy ElcesserA Not So Simple Redox Reaction of CuCl2and Mg
Samantha Goldstein – Justin FairComputational Analysis of Modeled Human and Procambarus clarkii
Emily Groegler – Justin FairThe Oxidation of Primary Alcohols and Aldehydes withN-Bromosuccinimide to Produce Asymmetric Esters
Amber Harding – Charles LakeHydrothermal Synthesis of Zinc Holmium Phosphate
Marcus Hewitt – George LongLinking Student Actions to Concepts during Titration Experiments
Allison Rabon – Charles Lake Investigating Band Gap Changes of K2(Zn1-x,Cox)GeO4and K2(Zn1-x,Cox)SiO4
Blake Woodyard – Justin FairCatalytic Oxidations Mediated by 4-Acetamido-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxoammonium Tetrafluoroborate
Kaitlyn Wyland – Avijita JainInvestigation of Ligand Exchange and DNA Binding Properties of a New Sterically Strained Ru(II) Complex
Plans are moving forward for a new science building to replace Weyandt Hall. The feasibility study for the building was completed this year, and we are moving to the design phase of the project. The artist’s rendition below shows where the building footprint will be and provides
a rough approximation of what the new building will look like in place. There are a number of opportunities to help with the development of the new science building. For instance, you can “buy a square foot” of the building for $500 using the Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Building Fund (Fund Number 4773).
John Wood and Roberta Eddy (2011), Michael Briggs (2012), and Sharon Sowa (2013), and Lourdes Herold (2014) have all retired from the Chemistry Department. We wish them well in the future.
Avijita Jain, a bio-inorganic chemist coming from a postdoctoral Position at Pacific Northwest National Labs, joined the department in 2012. She received her PhD from Virginia Tech.
Colin Ashe, a chemical education specialist, who previously held a postdoctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University, joined the department in fall 2013. He received his PhD from MIT.
Sudipta Majumdar, a biochemist with interests in bioenergy and protein engineering, joined the Chemistry Department in fall 2014. Majumdar held a postdoctoral position at Columbia University. He received his PhDfrom Wesleyan University.
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