Volume 18, Number 12
Friday, June 28, 2002
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Dr. Licht received his Ph.D. from MIT and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Recently he has been a post doctoral associate at the HHMI Center for Single Molecule Biophysics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Licht's research interests include the area of mechanistic chemistry of enzymes and ion channels.
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Dr. Ting graduated from Harvard University and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research will focus on the study of signal transduction pathways involved in cell growth and differentiation, and the development of novel chemical and biophysical techniques for probing signaling in living cells.
Alice's office is located in
Congratulations to those who were awarded advanced degrees on Commencement Day, June 7, 2002. Congratulations to Dr. Eli Barkai, postdoc in the Silbey Group, who has recently accepted an offer from Notre Dame University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry.
|Selen Altunata Ph.D.
James Araujo S.M.
Erin Baker S.M.
Keith Broekhuizen Ph.D.
Thoms Cameron Ph.D.
Justin Caravella Ph.D.
John-Paul Cherry Ph.D.
Jason Clevenger Ph.D.
Audrey Dalton S.M.
Sarah Dempster Ph.D
Dmitry Dinega Ph.D.
Stacey Eckman S.M.
Evan Freiberg Ph.D.
Michele Harris Ph.D.
|Alan Heyduk Ph.D.
Michael Hewitt Ph.D.
Judson Holt Ph.D.
Boris Itin Ph.D.
Robert Jackson S.M.
Jennifer Jamieson Ph.D.
Younjoon Jung Ph.D.
Jonathan Lansing Ph.D.
Dongwhan Lee Ph.D.
Adam Littke Ph.D.
Michael Lo Ph.D.
Timothy Long Ph.D.
Yves Mantz Ph.D.
Luis Melean S.M.
|Melanie Rosay Ph.D.
Christina Rudzinski Ph.D.
Leah Ruslen Ph.D.
Michelle Silva Ph.D.
Davide Simone Ph.D.
Michael Smith S.M.
Shana Sturla Ph.D.
Beta Tao Ph.D.
John Tovar Ph.D.
Yi-Chou Tsai Ph.D.
Tanya Williams Ph.D.
Scott Witonsky Ph.D.
Zoran Zdraveski Ph.D.
|Alan Heyduk, Christina Rudzinski , Jennifer Jamieson
|Tim Long and Mike Hewitt "You'd need a
Ph.D. to figure these hats out!"
|Congratulations to Chemistry Seniors: Gitrada Arjara (Drennan Laboratory) and Tet Matsuguchi (Engelward Laboratory) for winning the 2002 Randolph G. Wei Undergraduate Research Award for outstanding research at the interface of engineering and the life sciences.|
Congratulations: Kris Grabarek, Academic Administrator in Chemistry Education, and his wife Iris, on the recent birth of their son, Teodor.
Graduate Students interested in joining the Chemistry Department Chemical Hygiene and Safety Committee are invited to submit their names to Ms. Elouise Evee at email@example.com. Members of the Committee participate in inspections of department laboratories (approximately one inspection per month) and attend meetings (ca. 2 per year) to discuss and formulate Chemistry Department safety policy. No prior experience in safety-related matters is necessary.
As a result of the recent EPA/MIT "Consent Decree", major changes will be instituted at MIT over the next year with regard to how safety training is conducted, who does inspections and formulates rules, how we order chemicals, etc. Grad student input is urgently needed as our department committee responds to proposed changes.
The CHEMISTRY R.E.F.S. (Resources for Easing Friction and Stress) are available to discuss your concerns. We are a group of seven chemistry graduate students trained and certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as mediators, and we specialize in conflict resolution. We are available to chemistry graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty/staff for discussion. Whether the concern is small or large, personal or interpersonal, REFS can be of service. We present a forum for listening to concerns and helping people determine how best to handle their situation. This process can lead to a better understanding of the core issues, and bring to light novel and attractive options for easing tension. All REFS were trained through MEDIATION@MIT in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, c. 233, sec. 23C. All interaction with the Chemistry REFS program is confidential and voluntary. Please visit our website at http://web.mit.edu/~drignat/www/mediation.html for a comprehensive description of the program and REFS contact information.
MORSE TRAVEL GRANTS
The Chemistry Department has recently received a grant from the Morse family to help support the travel of several graduate students to attend and present a paper at a National conference or meeting.
Anyone interested in applying should send a brief letter to Professor Stephen J. Lippard, Head of the Department of Chemistry, indicating which conference or meeting he/she would like to attend and the topic of his/her presentation. An accompanying endorsement letter from the faculty advisor is also required. A budget must be submitted that lists the total costs, assuming that the Morse travel grant contributes $1,000 towards the total. Support from another travel grant source, fellowships, trainee program, the faculty sponsor, and/or personal funds should be identified to indicate how the total amount required to attend the meeting/conference will be met.
Requests for calendar year 2002 are now being considered.
Detailed information on all positions on file in Chemistry Headquarters
* Texas Tech University: invites applications and nominations for the Robert A. Welch Chair in any area of chemistry or biochemistry.
* York College: invites applications for a tenure-track position in chemistry.
Information on all positions is on file in Chemistry Headquarter
* Case Western Reserve University: A postdoctoral position is available in the research group of Professor John Protsiewicz. The position involves synthetic and mechanistic organometallic chemistry. Specifically, the work will involve synthesis of organopalladium complexes and their activation for use as olefin polymerization catalysts. Candidates should have excellent synthetic chemistry skills with knowledge of synthesis under an inert atmosphere. The initial appointment will be for one year.
Information on all positions is on file in Chemistry Headquarter
* Hoku Scientific, Honolulu, Hawaii: is seeking highly motivated research scientists.
*The next National ACS Meeting will be held in Boston, August 18-22. See PDF for employment opportunities.
* A San Diego recruiter has the following positions available:
- Regulatory Manager - Massachusetts
- Manager, Product Development - Northern California
- Staff Scientists - Santa Clara, California
2003 SPENCER FOUNDATION DISERTATION FELLOWSHIPS: For research related to education. Through its Dissertation Fellowships, the Spencer Foundation seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a variety of fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. Applicants must be candidates for the doctoral degree in any field of study at a graduate school in the United States, although they need not be United States citizens. Dissertation topics must concern education and all pre-dissertation requirements must be completed by June 1, 2003. Approximately 30 non-renewable fellowships of $20,000 will be awarded to support completion of the dissertation. Further information on these fellowships is available in Chemistry Headquarters.
It is very important to frequently back up of your computer system. There are many options available. Below is information on some of the backup options available:
For both systems there are removable media options, that will work with the above mentioned software. Using a removable media drive allows you to keep track of and store your own backups. Some available drives are:
* CDRW drives, which old up to 700 MB of data
QPS is a MIT recommended brand of these drives, all of which can be purchased from govconnection at: http://web.mit.edu/ecat/govconnection/
G MIT ALUMNI NEWS
Federico Bernal, BS (1997), Ph.D.
"I got married (two months ago), and I'm finally going back to the east coast. I'm defending my Ph.D. thesis at the end of August. Then, we're moving back east!! I will be a post-doc at Harvard with Prof. Greg Verdine... yes, I'm turning into a biologist... "
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