Visiting Speakers 

Seminars are held in Horan O’Donnell Room 109 and start at 2:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

Spring 2015

January 23, 2015

 Professor Michael W. Fennie

Professor Michael W. Fennie ('01)
“Breaking a Palladium Addiction - Heterocycle Syntheses from Industry to Academia”
 
Department of Chemistry
University of Scranton
January 30, 2015

Professor Timothy Cook

Professor Timothy R. Cook
“TBA"
 
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
February 6, 2015

 Rob Stewart

Robert Stewart ('11)
“Solving Problems in Enzyme Catalysis and Solid-State Physics with Infrared Spectroscopy"
 
Department of Chemistry
Pennsylvania State University
March 13, 2015

Professor Phil S. Baran

Professor Phil S. Baron
Gassman Seminar Series Speaker
“TBA"
 
Department of Chemistry
Scripps Research Institute

Fall 2014 

September 5, 2014

Professor Jennifer Surtees

Professor Jennifer A. Surtees
“DNA Mismatch Repair Gone Rogue: Insights into Trinucleotide Repeat Instability”
 
Department of Biochemistry
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo
September 12, 2014

 Andrew Kauffmann

Andrew Kauffmann ('11)
“NMR and Chemical Mapping Studies of Conserved Structures from Influenza A Virus"
 
Department of Chemistry
University of Rochester

Spring 2014 

January 31, 2014

Zack Falls

Zachary Falls ('12)
“Dynamic Equilibria and Interactions in Cp2ZrMe2-MAO (methylaluminoxane)-Catalyzed Heterogeneous Olefin Polymerization”
 
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
April 4, 2014

Professor Jared Paul

Professor Jared Paul ('00)
“An Unexpected Journey: How the Quest for Understanding Ligand Effects in Water Oxidation Catalysis Led to a New Research Direction and a Fitting Tribute."
 
Department of Chemistry
Villanova University

Fall 2013

September 6, 2013

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Brian R. Donovan ('11)
“Mussel Inspired Thiol-Ene Adhesives and Polyacrylonitrile-Based Precursors for Carbon Fiber"
 
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials University of Southern Mississippi
September 13, 2013

Professor Christine S. Chow

Professor Christine S. Chow
“Beyond A, C, G, and U”
 
Department of Chemistry
Wayne State University
September 20, 2013

Professor David W. Ball

Professor David W. Ball
"Science, Skepticism, and the Benefits of Random Knowledge"
 
Department of Chemistry
Cleveland State University

Spring 2013

January 25, 2013

 Professor Andrew Murkin

Professor Andrew S. Murkin
“Enzymatic Transition States:  Blueprints for Potent-Drug Design”
 
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
February 8, 2013

 Dr. Muris Kobasjila

Dr. Muris Kobasjila ('02)
“The Business, Science and Art of Biologics Manufacturing”
 
Associate Supply Chain Director
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Fall 2012

September 21, 2012

 Conor Thomas

Conor Thomas ('10)
“Using Surface Chemistry to Improve Organic-Inorganic Interfaces”
 
Department of Chemistry
Princeton University
October 5, 2012

 Professor William Winter

Professor William T. Winter
“Biomass Utilization:  It Isn't Just Fuel”
 
Department of Chemistry
SUNY ESF

Spring 2012

January 27, 2012

 Professor Jason Benedict

Professor Jason Benedict
“Functionalized Polyoxotitanates as Models for Dye-Sensitized Semiconductor Nanoparticles”
 
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
February 3, 2012

 Michael Zwick

Dr. Michael G. Zwick ('81)
“Biomedical Research and the Changing Landscape of the Life Science Industry”
 
CEO
AndroBioSys Inc.
March 1, 2012

Professor Melanie Sanford

Professor Melanie Sanford
Gassman Seminar Series Speaker
“Development of Pd-Catalyzed C-H Functionalization Reactions"
 
Department of Chemistry
University of Michigan

Fall 2011

September 9, 2011

 Professor Eva Zurek

Professor Eva Zurek
“Insulating Sodium and Metallic Hydrogen: Developing a Chemical Intuition Under Pressure”
 
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
September 16, 2011

 Dr. Lois Beaver

Dr. Lois Beaver
“Can Science Be Interesting?”
 
Food and Drug Administration
September 23, 2011

Dr. Michael Colvin

Dr. Michael Colvin ('06)
“The Role of Bridge Energetics in Donor-Bridge-Acceptor Systems:  Artificial Photosynthesis”
 
Department of Chemistry
MIT
September 30, 2011

Dr. Bruce Szczepankiewicz

Dr. Bruce Szczepankiewicz
“Synthetic Nucleotide Chemistry:  NAD Derivatives and NAD Analogues”
 
Sirtris Pharmaceuticals
October 14, 2011

John Frost

John Frost ('09)
“It's MOrPHin Time!  Design and Directed Evolution of Macrocyclic Organo Peptide Hybrids (MOrPHs)”
 
Department of Chemistry
University of Rochester

Spring 2011

January 28, 2011

 Dr. Vivian Cody

Professor Vivian Cody
“Structural Studies of Pneumocystis Dihydrofolate Reductase and Other Proteins”
 
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
February 4, 2011

 Dr. Jeffrey Rose

Dr. Jeffrey Rose ('03)

"The Development of New Polyolefin Architectures Using Transition Metal Catalysts

Dupont

Spring 2010

January 22, 2010

Michael Colvin

 

Michael Colvin ('06)
“Electron Transfer and Spin Dynamics in a Strongly Coupled Donor-Bridge-Acceptor System”
 
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
January 29, 2010

 Professor David Watson

Professor David Watson
"Photoinduced Electron Transfer Reactivity of Nanostructured Inorganic Interfaces"
 
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
April 16, 2010

Frank Scarpinato

Frank Scarpinato
"Is Your Home Radioactive?  How to Tell if Your Home Has a Radon Gas Problem"
 
Environmental Education Specialist
Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Fall 2009

October 2, 2009

 Professor Jennifer Moffat

 

Professor Jennifer Moffat
“Of Mice and Men:  A Tale of Two Viruses”
 
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
SUNY Upstate Medical University
October 9, 2009

 Professor Daniel Brazeau

Professor Daniel Brazeau
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University at Buffalo

Spring 2009

January 16, 2009

 Professor John Richard

Professor John Richard
“The Role of Flexible Loops in Enzymatic Catalysis”
 
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo

Fall 2008

September 26, 2008

Professor Kara Bren 

Professor Kara Bren
Department of Chemistry
University of Rochester
October 2, 2008

Professor Geoffrey Coates

Professor Geoffrey Coates
Gassman Seminar Series Speaker
“Discovery and Development of New Catalysts for the Synthesis of Small Molecules and Polymers"
 
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Cornell University
November 14, 2008

 Professor Wayne Jones

Professor Wayne Jones

"Disposable Fluorescent Polymer Chemosensors for Environmental Monitoring"

Department of Chemistry
Binghampton University

Spring 2008

January 26, 2008

 Professor James Dabrowiak

Professor James Dabrowiak
"Biological Carbonate and the Platinum Drugs"
 
Department of Chemistry
Syracuse University
February 1, 2008

Professor Sarbajit Banerjee

Professor Sarbajit Banerjee
"Nanoscale Building Blocks for the Next Generation of Electronics"
 
Department of Chemistry
University at Buffalo
February 29, 2008

Dr. Evan Beach

Dr. Evan Beach
"Green Chemistry:  Toward a Sustainable Future"
 
Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering
Yale University
March 6, 2008

Dr. Cheryl Wojciechowski

 

Dr. Cheryl Wojciechowski
HHMI Interdisciplinary Seminar Series Speaker
"Science Research for Collaboration and Sustainable Development in the Middle East"
 
AAAS Diplomacy Fellow
U.S. Agency for International Development

Fall 2007

September 7, 2007

Professor Edward Snell

Professor Edward Snell
"Macromolecular Structural Crystallography:  The Good, The Bad and the Just Plain Ugly"
 
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
September 14, 2007

Professor Douglas Turner

Professor Douglas Turner
"Microarray and NMR Constraints for Facilitating Prediction of RNA Secondary Structure"
 
Department of Chemistry
University of Rochester
October 12, 2007

Professor John Hassett

Professor John Hassett
"Motorboats and Gasoline Contamination of Lakes"
 
Department of Chemistry
SUNY ESF
October 26, 2007

 Professor Richard Stanton

Professor Emeritus Richard Stanton
"Carbon Dioxide and the Greenhouse Effect"
 
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Canisius College

Spring 2007

April 13, 2007

 Professor Scot T. Martin

Professor Scot T. Martin
"Mineral Surface Photoelectrochemistry and the Prebiotic Soup"
 
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
Harvard University