ChEmory, Emory’s undergraduate chemistry club, has been recognized by the American Chemical Society as a Commendable chapter for 2016-2017. This places ChEmory in the top 10-20% of all undergraduate ACS chapters.
2017-2018 is also shaping up to be an excellent year for ChEmory. The club has been awarded two ACS grants for activities–a Community Interaction Grant and a New Activities Grant.
Congrats to the ChEmory officers and members for all their hard work!
The Department of Chemistry is honored to once again host panels from the AIDS quilt. Chemistry hosted four panels in 2015 in the new Atwood Science Commons, marking the first time the quilt had been displayed in the new building. This year, the quilt panels will be on display in the Science Commons through World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2016. On World AIDS Day, quilt panels will also be displayed on the quad as part of Emory’s Quilt on the Quad.
The Atwood Chemistry Center addition, opened in August 2015, was funded in large part by proceeds from the intellectual settlement for Emtriva, an HIV treatment discovered by chemistry professor Dr. Dennis C. Liotta and colleagues. Over 90% of AIDS patients take Emtriva as part of their medication regimen.
Emory’s commitment to treating and eradicating AIDS is also reflected by an investment in the Emory Center for AIDS Research. The Center provides support for 245 Emory and affiliated faculty, research fellows and post-doctoral fellows who conduct research throughout Emory University, the United States and globally.
Faculty, students, and staff gathered this afternoon to recognize Fred Menger‘s last day in the classroom. Dr. Menger held his last in-class session of the popular “How Things Work” freshman seminar. After a demonstration of the inner workings of the defibrillator, the class emerged for a surprise champagne toast. Following remarks by department chair Stefan Lutz and co-teacher Tim Stephens, everyone enjoyed cake in Fred’s honor.
Fred will remain on the Emory faculty, taking a sabbatical next semester but continuing to serve on several committees. Following his retirement in August, Fred intends to maintain an office at Emory and stay active as Emeritus Faculty.
Congratulations, Fred! We will miss you! Thank you to everyone who participated in the celebration!
Photos of the Atwood Addition taken by Emory student Dahlia Dreszer appear in the most recent print edition of The Emory Wheel (Wednesday, October 26th, 2016) on page 9 in the feature “Reframed.” The feature offers a student’s perspective on how the Science Commons functions:
Walking in to the new space, one immediately notices the sky-high ceiling in the atrium that offers a pleasant change in pace from the sterile halls leading to all of the labs. The whiteboards and tables that litter the main floor offer a nice alternative to the cramped quarters of the library stacks for Emory pre-medical students and science majors, but it also serves as a social space for those that find themselves on campus before their classes begin.
Chemistry staff were recognized for service milestones at yesterday’s Emory College of Arts and Sciences Service Awards held in the Science Commons Atrium. The awards were presented by interim Dean Michael Elliot. Bruster’s ice cream was served and each milestone awardee received an Emory blanket and a certificate in recognition of their years of service.
Yimin Wang (5 years)
Huanyu Zhao (5 years)
Stephenie Thioubou (10 years)
Demetra Jackson (15 years; Dean’s Office)
Bing Wang (15 years)
Joonbum Park (20 years)
The event also offered ECAS staff an opportunity to thank Dean Robin Forman for his service before he leaves for a new position at Tulane.
Chemistry major Julia Gensheimer (EC ’19) won the 2016 American Chemical Society t-shirt design contest! Julia’s t-shirt will be produced and sold at the upcoming ACS national meeting in Philadelphia. Julia’s design was selected as one of six finalists and the winning design was chosen via online voting. Asked how she came up with her winning design, Julia said: “When the contest began, the chemical structures and lab techniques from a year of studying organic chemistry were fresh in my mind. Using ChemDraw, I created a simple design that I thought best represented the subject. It is exciting to share my love of chemistry with others through this t-shirt design and I am very thankful for the support!”
Chemistry graduate students are well-represented among AWIS leadership–Amanda Dermer (Heaven Group), AWIS President and Helen Siaw (Dyer Group), AWIS Graduate Student Council Representative were among those who attended the event. Alumni and student attendees came from GDBBS and psychology as well as chemistry.
Founded in 1971, AWIS is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Their mission is to drive excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 20,000 professionals in STEM with members, chapters, and affiliates worldwide. Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS.
Chemistry graduate students helped to raise awareness of sickle cell disease with “Sickle & Flow,” a hip hop benefit concert. The concert took place on Saturday, June 18th in Edgewood. Proceeds raised from the concert–which featured Command, Bassmint Fresh, Ariel Simone, and many more–will benefit the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia.
Working together with the team at SciComm, [Matthew] Lewis [Emory MD/PhD Candidate] and Wieliczko began to reach out to different artists and musicians to discuss the different ways they could leverage Atlanta. The thought was that in order to better connect the scientific and medical communities with the public, they needed to tap into the culture that drives the city forward. “The nightlife, the music, the history of this place is so incredible,” says Lewis. “There are a lot of young people and a high proportion of African-Americans. We got to thinking: what if we could combine that youth culture, that music and arts vibe that is so strong in Atlanta, and try to partner with these organizations together and celebrate the lives of people affected by sickle cell?”
Members of Pi Alpha Chemical Society, chemistry’s graduate student social and service organization, volunteered their time on Saturday, June 11th to help Horizon Theatre bring their musical The Toxic Avenger to Piedmont Park. Students assisted with greeting guests, checking tickets and bags, and coordinating VIP and reserved seating. The show took place outside on the Promenade next door to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The majority of the seats were free and student volunteers were able to stay and enjoy the show.
Toxic Avenger tells the story of an aspiring scientist who vows to save New Jersey from toxic waste. In the process, exposure to toxic waste turns him into a singing superhero…better living through chemistry!
Harold “Hal” Johnston (41C) died October 20, 2012 at his home in Kensington, CA. He was 92. After leaving Emory, Johnston received a PhD at the California Institute of Technology where he later worked as a faculty member from 1956-1957. He was a professor of chemistry at University of California-Berkeley from 1957-1991, serving as Dean of the College of Chemistry from 1966-1970. He received numerous awards for his work in atmospheric chemistry, including National Medal of Science, the Tyler World Prize for Environmental Achievement and the National Academy of Sciences Award for Chemsitry in the Service to Society. Read more about his life in this tribute.