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Chemistry Department SeminarsDr. Elizabeth Petty

Below you will find a listing of departmental seminars. Click on the title to see the seminar abstract (if available). All seminars are Monday at 4 p.m. in Room 154 Science Complex, unless indicated otherwise.

Winter 2018

January 29 - Brian Coppola, University of Michigan.  Topic:  Chemistry Pedagogy

February 12 - Brian Cook, Grand Valley State University.  Topic:  Biochemistry

March 5 - Terry Bigioli, University of Toledo.  Topic:  Physical Chemistry

April 2 - Sanela Martec, Oakland University.  Topic:Biological Chemistry

Fall 2017

November 27 - "Synthesis, Structures, and Photophysical Properties of Long-Chain Oligogermanes" Scott Weinert, Oklahoma State University.

December 4 - Peggy Ostrom, Michigan State University.  Topic:  Analytical Chemistry

November 6 - "Synthetic Studies on Guaipyridine Alkaloids" James Vyvyan, Western Washington University.

October 23 - "Redox catalysis strategies for complex molecules" Cory Stephenson, University of Michigan.

October 9 - "Thinking with your gut: Gut microbes and their influence on gene expression in the brain" Clay Carlson, Trinity Christian College.

September 25, "Advancing energy storage technology: a view from the bench" John Hopkins, Inmatech Inc.

Summer 2017

July 20, SSRI poster session.

July 7, "A Preliminary Investigation of the Chemistry of Hops: Methods for Extraction and alpha-Acid Isomerization Kinetics"  Willy Fink, MS Thesis Seminar.

June 26,  "It's a Matter of Time! Understanding the Middle to Upper Paleolithic Biocultural Shift along the Danube"  Rachel Hopkins, University of Oxford (sponsored by the SSRI). 

June 21, "Alternative Energy Resources and the Electrical Grid" Matt Wagner, Manager, Renewable Energy Development, DTE (sponsored by the SSRI).

June 15, "Glass beads as a tool to study trade networks in Northeastern America: archaeological and archaeometric aspects" Adelphine Bonneau, Universite Laval (sponsored by the SSRI).

June 7, "Autophagy Related Protein 11 Expression and Binding Analysis by Size Exclusion Chromatography" Bridget Kennedy, MS Thesis Seminar.

May 25, "Reconstructing Past Climates: The View from Underground" Henry Pollack, University of Michigan. 

May 24, "Confronting Climate Change: What are the Challenges?" Henry Pollack, University of Michigan.

May 17, "The anticancer effects of the different analogs of cysteine deleted tachyplesin on A549 lung cancer cells" Nate Hendrickson, MS Thesis Seminar.

Winter 2017

April 17, "Mechanisms of dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1)-mediated mitochondrial membrane fission" Rajesh Ramachandran, Case Western University.

April 10, "Examining the binding of humanin and its analogs to β-amyloid and identifying their novel role as potential anticancer drugs", Prathyusha Guttikonda, MS Thesis Seminar.

April 3, "Investigating the interaction of humanin and β-amyloid in vitro and in vivo using A549 Lung cancer cells", Daniel Eskilsen, MS Thesis Seminar.

March 20, "Discovery of novel selective agonists of the prostanoid EP4 receptor" Ines Morano, Cayman Chemical.

February 27, "Corrosion-resistant SnO2:F layer; developing a robust Artificial Leaf" Dean Giolando, University of Toledo

January 30, "Exploring Chemical Reactions Using Molecular Orbital Calculations" Berny Schlegel, Wayne State University.

Fall 2016

November 21, "Platinum (IV) Prodrugs: A Simultaneous Release of Cisplatin and a Glutathione S-Transferase Inhibitor" Neekharika Pilli, EMU Chemistry Department Masters Thesis Seminar.

November 14, "In vitro Selection of Aptamers using Quantum Dot-Assisted Capillary Electrophoresis SELEX" Michael Martin, EMU Chemistry Department Masters Thesis Seminar.

November 7, "The Genetic Architecture of Type 2 Diabetes" Alan Attie, University of Wisconsin.

October 24, "Expanding the Computational Chemistry Toolbox to Explore the Structure and Dynamics of Metal Oxide Clusters" Hrant Hratchian, UC Merced.

October 10, "35 years of innovation at BASF Corp, the Chemical Company" Jay Otten, BASF (retired)

September 26, "Catalytic Asymmetric Chloro Functionalization of Olefins:  Methodology and Mechanistic Considerations" Babak Borhan, Michigan State University.

Summer 2016

Thursday, July 14, "Synthesis and Structure-Activity Relationships of Novel Small Molecules as Inhibitors of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1" Karl Upman, EMU Chemistry Department Masters Thesis Seminar. 

June 28, "Extracellular Traps in Infection and Autoimmunity" Dr. Jim Mobley, Cayman Chemical.  This is part of the SSRI Seminar Series.

June 27, "Synthesis of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 (PAI-1)" Jennifer Corker, EMU Chemistry Department Masters Thesis Seminar.

June 2, "The potential anticancer effects of antimicrobial peptide CDT and its analogs on A549 lung cancer cells" Murali Jujjavarapu, EMU Chemistry Department Masters Thesis Seminar.

June 1, "Analytical Methods for the Determination of Microcystin Toxin from the Cyanobacteria Microcystis"  Dr. Jeff Guthrie, Department of Chemistry, EMU.

Professor Erin Bigler, Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the MRI Research Facility at Brigham Young University, will be presenting the Regent Beth Fitzsimmons seminars:

  • Thursday, May 19 at 4:30 pm, "Advanced Neuroimaging Methods and their Clinical Application" which is accessible to a general audience.
  • Friday, May 20 at 1:30 pm, "A Systems Biology and Neural Network Perspective of TBI and Neurodevelopmental Disorders" which is accessible to science students and faculty.

Winter 2016

April 11, "Structure Based Rational Molecular Design of Enzyme Inhibitors as Anticancer Drugs." Xiche Hu, University of Toledo.

April 7, "Single Molecule Fluorescence Studies of Block Copolymer Microdomains" Takeshi Ito, Kansas State University.

March 28, Chris Gellasch, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD "Evaluating the impact of leaking sewers on urban public supply wells using geochemical, microbiological, and geomechanical methods"

March 14, "Characterizing novel inhibitors in the fight against beta-lactamase-mediated antibiotic resistance" Brad Wallar, Grand Valley State University.

February 29, Richard Fredericks, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar.

February 15, "Epigenetic Regulation of Breast Cancer Aggregation" Brittany Albaugh, EMU Chemistry Department.

January 25, "Forensic Chemistry and the Designer Drug Crisis" Greg Endres, Cayman Chemical.

Fall 2015

December 7, "Influence of the Changing Arctic Surface on Snow, Aerosol, and Trace Gas Chemistry" Kerri Pratt, University of Michigan.

November 9, "The Infrared Spectroscopic Analysis of Paints Removed from Medieval Art"  Patricia Lang, Ball State University, Topic:  IR analysis of historical materials.

November 2, "Progress Toward a Structure_Function Relationship for Novel, Small-Molecule Inhibitors of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1"  Sarah Burke, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar

October 26, "What Does the White Coat Really Mean in Industry"  Sarah Fezzey, Senior Scientist, L&L Products.

September 28, "If you only have time to attend one autophagy talk today, this is the one!" Professor Dan Klionsky, University of Michigan.

September 4, "Modelling Volatile Organic Compounds in Passenger Vehicles" Shane Canaday, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar.

Summer 2015

June 30, "Synthesis and Kinetic Investigation of Differently Substituted Chalcones" Reshmi Gopagani, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar.

June 16, "Principles and Applications of Magnetoencephalography (MEG): A Unique Look Into Your Brain Function" Dr. Susan Bowyer, Henry Ford Hospital Department of Neurology (part of the SSRI lecture series).

June 11, "Using Peptides to Examine the Interaction Interface between Aspartate transcarbamoylase and Dihydroorotase in Pyrimidine Biosynthesis in Aquifex aeolicus" Nouf Alyami, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar

Professor William Roush, Executive Director of Medicinal Chemistry, Scripps Research Institute will be presenting the Regent Beth Fitzsimmons seminars:

  • Thursday, June 4, "Development of Proof-of-Concept Chemical Probes Targeting Novel Biological Targets" which is accessible to a general audience.
  • Friday, June 5, "Recent Studies on the Total Synthesis of Natural Products" which is accessible to science students and faculty.

May 15 at 3:00 pm in room 141 Science Complex, "Exploring the Interaction of Humanin and its Analogs with Insulin like Growth-Factor Binding-Protein 3 and regulation of Apoptosis in Alzheimer's Disease" Samanthi Herath Gedara, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar.

Winter 2015

April 6, "Iron-Catalyzed Carbonyl Olefin Metathesis Reactions" Professor Corinna Schindler, University of Michigan Department of Chemistry.

March 30, "Restoring Immune Balance Through Modulation of Immune Metabolism" Dr. Peter Toogood, Lycera.

March 9, "Synthesis of pinane thromboxane A2 via Suzuki-Miyaura coupling" Holly Grenke, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar.

February 16, "Chemistry via Ball Milling:  Shaken, not stirred" Professor James Mack, University of Cincinnati.

February 9, "Current Challenges in the Biopharmaceutical Industry" Francis Tinney, Intellectual Property Attorney, Ann Arbor, MI.

Fall 2014

December 16, "Antimicrobial, Membrane Permeability, and Hemolytic Ability of Linear Derivatives Cysteine-Deleted Tachyplesin I", Hareesh Mukkisa, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar.

December 3, "Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism in the Neurotransmitter Sodium Symporter Family". Fourth Candidate for Biochemistry Faculty Position.

November 24, "Optimization of protein bioconjugation reactions using combinatorial peptide libraries". Third Candidate for Biochemistry Faculty Position.

November 21, "Targeting Epigenetic Proteins in Cancer".  Second Candidate for Biochemistry Faculty Position.

November 14, "Insights into Motor Nerve Disease". First Candidate for Biochemistry Faculty Position.

November 10 "Advancements in the diastereoselective synthesis of acyl pyrrolidines via the tandem aza-Cope-Mannich-cyclization pathway" Danielle St. Germaine, EMU Chemistry Department MS Thesis Seminar.

Summer 2014

July 24 "Summer Research Poster Presentations" Students from the EMU SSRI program present the results of their summer research activities.

July 8 "Determination of thiamine in solution by UV-visible spectrophotometry: the effect of interactions with gold nanoparticles" Michael Zielinski, EMU Chemistry Department MS thesis seminar.

June 16, "New Applications for Raman Spectroscopy" Mark Kemper, Tornado Spectral Systems.

June 13, "From the Bedside to the Bench to the Broader Community:  How Patient Centered Research Drives Discovery" Elizabeth Petty, University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics (SSRI seminar).

June 12, "DNA, Defendants, and Decisions:  Sherlock Holmes Meets Genetics" Elizabeth Petty, University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics (SSRI seminar).

May 27, "Design, Synthesis and Evaluation of Small Molecules as Inhibitors of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1" Darshani Weerakoon, EMU Chemistry Department MS thesis seminar.

Winter 2014

April 30, "Modeling of an Upper Midwest Forest Boundary Layer and Vehicle Indoor Air Quality" Phillip Stratton, EMU Chemistry Department MS thesis seminar.

April 28, "Deciphering the Mechanism by which Humanin Binding to IGFBP3 Inhibits Neuronal Cell Death
in Alzheimer's Disease" Evert Njomen, EMU Chemistry Department MS thesis seminar.

February 17, "Learning about Teaching:  STEM Education Research at WMU" Prof. Megan Grunert, Western Michigan University Department of Chemistry.

February 3, Jordyn Geiger, MSU Forensics Sciences Program (and former EMU student), will give an overview of her current Forensic Sciences MS program.

January 27, "Dissolved organic matter degradation and chemical composition:  implications for carbon cycling" by Prof. Rose Cory, University of Michigan Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

January 13, "Chemist:  Reinvented" Gerald Artman III, Kalexsyn, Inc.

Fall 2013

November 22 "Insights Into Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Circadian Rhythms, and Natural Product Biosynthesis From Protein Crystallography".  Fourth Candidate for Biochemistry Faculty Position.

November 18, "Divergent Evolution of a Bifunctional de novo Protein".  Third Candidate for Biochemistry Faculty Position.

November 15, "Novel Mechanisms of Inhibition of DNA Methyltransferase 1".  Second Candidate for Biochemistry Faculty Position.

November 11,  "Protein Control of Membrane Trafficking in Autophagy".  First Candidate for Biochemistry Faculty Position.

November 4, "Three-Ring Circus:  Strategies for Polycyclic Alkaloid Synthesis" Jennifer Stockdill, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Wayne State University.

October 28, "Exploring the Reactivity and Dynamics of Metallacycle Mediated Coupling Reactions" Hrant Hratchian, EMU alumnus and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Merced.

October 21, "Automated Simulation Tools that Predict Chemical Reactivity" Paul Zimmerman, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Michigan.

The Department of Chemistry is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold