We’re continuing our celebration of all the great things our chemists do both inside and outside of the lab! In volume two, meet chemists who compete in roller derby and golf, an animal photography volunteer, and more!
The Department of Chemistry at Emory University invites applications for two tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor; one open to all areas of chemistry and one with a focus in inorganic chemistry, broadly defined. The successful applicant will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to build and maintain a vibrant and impactful externally-funded independent research program, and to participate in faculty governance of the department and university. The appointee will join the department during an exciting period as we grow into new and renovated research space and advance our commitment to the teacher-scholar model of excellence in both the classroom and laboratory
Application review will begin on September 15; to ensure full consideration, all materials should be received by October 15.
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, teaching philosophy, and a statement addressing past activities and future plans to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity in your professional career.
Ready to apply? Visit our ad on Interfolio to submit your materials: https://apply.interfolio.com/53372
The Emory Report features a story on chemistry’s new undergraduate curriculum, Chemistry Unbound.
For the science dedicated to studying how properties interact and change, chemistry has been static for decades in how it is taught.
That changes this fall, as Emory College of Arts & Sciences positions itself as a leader in teaching undergraduates the “central science” that links biology, physics and more with a revamp of its entire undergraduate chemistry curriculum.
While some colleges have changed individual classes, Emory is the first major research university to completely overhaul how it teaches chemistry, from introductory courses to capstone senior seminars.
The Department of Chemistry is seeking a graduate program coordinator for the Department of Chemistry. To apply, please visit the Emory Careers portal. The position number is 71103BR.
Program Coordinator-Emory College: Chemistry
Experience with the following:
Grad course scheduling
Student payroll – coordinate for Department and RAS financial offices
Teaching Assistant placement
Research rotation placement and mentor choice
Student awards and recognition
Maintaining records of student progress
Career placement for internal assessments
Program grant applications
FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION
Primary duties are organizing, coordinating, and planning operational facets of a program and its related activities which include, but are not limited to the following: establishing long-term operational objectives, researching factors that may impact the success of the program, and working with individuals or groups to research and document program requirements in order to provide appropriate input into the development of strategic plans.
Develops work plans to accomplish program goals and objectives and monitors progress toward their achievement.
Conducts research and gathers information to develop various publications.
Develops promotional materials which may include content for reports, briefings, newsletters, grants or other written information related to the program.
Assists in developing and coordinating program-related conferences, conventions, or meetings.
Monitors expenditures and may participate in the budget planning process and prepare financial reports.
May assist in identifying funding resources and developing fund-raising strategies and initiatives.
Prepares operational and statistical reports.
Conducts training, represents the program at meetings and conferences, and networks with affiliated groups.
May supervise assigned project staff, interns and/or volunteers.
Performs related responsibilities as required.
This is not an administrative support position.
Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the program and two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
That was what Julia Gensheimer (EC ’19) told her mother after going on a tour of the new addition to Emory chemistry’s Atwood Hall. With its soaring atrium, shiny new labs, and innovative teaching space, it’s easy to see how the Atwood Addition could get a student excited about chemistry. However, Julia’s tour took place in the summer of 2015, while the building was still being built.
“It was exciting to have an exclusive tour for students interested in chemistry,” says Julia of the hard-hat tour of the construction site led by chemistry Director Todd Polley.
Julia’s ability to see potential in the unknown brought her to Emory and it’s part of what makes her such a successful chemistry major. Julia is excited about what chemistry offers—and what it doesn’t. “In the lab, you are looking for an answer to some research question and if you answer that question, you ask another one! You search and you re-search,” says Julia. “There is always something to discover.”
As a freshman, Julia enrolled in CHEM 221Z, an accelerated course for students with AP credit. The class was taught by Jose Soria and Dennis Liotta. Julia was excited to be working with top researchers as a freshman and the course further fueled her interest in chemistry. Dennis Liotta says, “Julia has excelled at everything she’s done at Emory. As far as I’m concerned, she’s a future superstar.”
“Julia is great,” agrees Stefan Lutz, Julia’s sophomore biochemistry instructor. “She is an enthusiastic student and a hard worker.”
While Julia is a rising star (and a self-described “chemistry fangirl”) that doesn’t mean coursework and research come easy. In fact, says Julia, “chemistry doesn’t come naturally to me at all!” Like many students, Julia found organic chemistry challenging, but the community she built in the classroom carried her through. “They are some of my best friends,” she says of her organic classmates, “We formed a little organic chemistry family and continue to take classes with each other. We study together and support one another.”
How did a high schooler end up traveling across the country to get involved in cutting-edge cancer research?
“I saw an advertisement about a cancer treatment without radiation or chemotherapy, known as immunotherapy at Seattle Children’s. The initiative was led by Dr. Michael Jensen and in minutes, I became his number one fan. So, I emailed him. To my surprise and utter joy, I received a reply and got the internship! I flew from my small town in Kentucky to Seattle where I volunteered full-time in the Jensen laboratory.”
The lab invited Julia back the next summer for ten weeks (funded in part by Emory’s Civic Scholars Program) where she completed an independent project. Her time in the Jensen lab also sparked another interest: triathlons.
Of course, in chemistry you can work hard and achieve. But triathlons—you must have an aptitude for those, right? Or at least experience?
“Maybe,” says Julia. “I did a triathlon my sophomore year of high school because I competed on the swim team at the time. After a triathlon hiatus, my lab members convinced me to participate in a triathlon relay over the summer. I enjoyed it so much that I joined Emory’s club triathlon team and finished my second triathlon last September. I will race again in the spring! I’m a terrible runner though so I really have to train for that part.”
Taken together, Julia’s accomplishments tell a story about a student who isn’t afraid to try, to test, to take risks. “I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t constantly challenged in some way.” Her next challenge? A summer research experience in the Ahmed Lab continuing her work in cancer immunology.
She isn’t exactly sure what she wants to do next – maybe a career in chemistry and biology research, most likely on the MD/PhD track. Or possibly on some track that hasn’t been built yet. Because if anyone can find the next cool thing and take off in pursuit, it’s going to be Julia Gensheimer.
The Department of Chemistry is seeking an accountant. (Our current accountant, Stephenie Thioubou, is retiring! Good luck, Stephenie! We will miss you!) To apply, please visit the Emory Careers portal. The position number is 69858BR.
Accountant-Emory College-Chemistry Department
Proficient in Word, Excel and Outlook. Willingness to learn new software solutions.
Experience in basic accounting: accounts receivables, accounts payables, & general journal entry knowledge: 2 years of recent experience.
Independent, problem-solving abilities, detail-oriented, highly organized, with strong communication skills.
Ability to multi-task.
Effective interpersonal skills and flexibility.
FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION:
Performs routine professional accounting duties requiring limited independent judgment.
Monitors, audits and reconciles departmental accounts.
For Love Your Major Week, we’re highlighting our undergraduate chemistry majors in a series of blog posts. Interested in declaring a chemistry major? See Ms. Ethel Ellington in Atwood Hall 380 for assistance!
ChEmory is Emory’s award-winning American Chemistry Society club. They’ve been recognized with the ACS Green Chapter Award for three years running and in 2013, they were featured as an Outstanding Chapter with a photo on the cover of the ACS magazine. ChEmory holds a general meeting each month during the school year where members can explore chemistry in-depth. Past meetings have included a look at the chemistry behind molecular gastronomy, jewelry making using chemical etching, and instruction in chemistry demos.
ChEmory has also been a featured part of the Atlanta Science Festival each year since it began in 2013. Last year, they were part of the parade that took place downtown during the Exploration Expo making chemistry ping pong ball clouds.
Not all ChEmory students are chemistry majors, but everyone in ChEmory loves sharing chemistry with the community! ChEmory frequently visits local elementary schools to share science demos. And every year, ChEmory reminds the Emory community of the fun behind the chemistry with their National Chemistry Week demo show and Mole Day Party.
Doug Mulford’s freshman seminar is featured in this week’s Dooley Report, the weekly ebulletin sent to all Emory students. From the article:
“If you have a better understanding of the history of knowledge, you realize the things we think are true now are going to change, and you have to be open to that new learning,” says Douglas Mulford, senior lecturer of chemistry and the director of undergraduate studies for Emory’s chemistry department.
Mulford’s first-year seminar, “How Do We Know That: 2,500 years of Great Science Writing,” aims to help students develop those skills by delving into scientific claims of the past and present as well as the ethics that go with scientific advancement.
Part science literature and part critical thinking, the course is one of several first-year courses offered under Emory’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “The Nature of Evidence: How Do You Know?”