Ashley Harder wins award

The department would like to congratulate Ashley Harder who received the UMKC Department of Chemistry American Chemical Society Inorganic Award. Ashley is a senior graduating in May 2017 and has worked in Prof. Peng’s group performing research.

The UMKC Department of Chemistry American Chemical Society Inorganic Award recognizes the achievements by undergraduate students in inorganic chemistry and hopes to encourage students to pursue further study in the field.  This award is sponsored by the American Chemical Society, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, and administered by VIPEr (Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource).

Graduate Student Seminar (5/2/2017)

Zainab Albader will be presenting on May 2, 2017 in Graduate Student Seminar.  Her talk is entitled “Recent Advances in Hetaryne Chemistry: Efforts Toward the Development of a Single Platform for the Generation of 4,5-, 5,6-, and 6,7-Indole Arynes“.  Seminar begins at 11:30 AM and is held in Spencer Hall Room 213.  All are welcome. Coffee and light snacks will be served.

Congratulations to Miss Williams for 10 years of service

From left to right:  Department of Chemistry Chair Kathleen Kilway and Miss Asia M. Williams. Picture courtesy of Prof. David Van Horn.

The Department of Chemistry congratulates Miss Asia M. Williams for ten (10) years of service to the University of Missouri-Kansas City University! Miss Williams was presented with a certificate from the University of Missouri System President, Dr. Choi from the chair of the department.  The department is grateful to have Miss Williams and celebrates her for achieving this great milestone.

Seminar: Prof. Christine Aikens (4/13/2017)

Professor Christine Aikens will be presenting at the Department of Chemistry Seminar on April 13, 2017. She will be delivering a talk entitled “Understanding Nanoparticle Properties using Theoretical Methods“. Dr. Aikens is currently a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University.  Her research uses theoretical and computational methods to understand the structure and properties of nanomaterials.  She is a former NSF CAREER award winner (2010) and Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar (2011). For more about her research please visit the Aikens Group page.

Seminars are held in Spencer Hall Room 213 from 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM. All are welcome to join. Coffee and snacks will be served.

Seminar March 23: Prof. Mehdizadeh, UMKC

Assistant Professor Amirfarhang Mehdizadeh will be presenting at the Department of Chemistry Seminar on March 23, 2017. He will be delivering a talk entitled “High Reynolds Number Turbulent Flows: Modeling and Simulation” (Abstract). Dr. Mehdizadeh recently joined the  Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research focuses on developing advanced hybrid (U)RANS/LES turbulence models to predict unsteady dynamics of complex turbulent flows.  

Seminars are held in Spencer Hall Room 213 at 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM. All are welcome. Coffee and snacks will be served.

Graduate Write-In on March 23, 2017

On March 23, 2017, there will be a Graduate Write-In held in Spencer Hall Room 211.  The write-in is a time to work on your writing skills.  This includes writing papers for peer-review journals, proposals, essays for projects, or even a time to work on your CV.  The event will be hosted by Prof. David Van Horn.  There are two sessions:

Spring Break Launch Edition Session 1
WHERE: Spencer Chemistry Building (SCB 211)
DATE: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Session 1: 830 am – 1245 pm (BYOLunch; will be last half hour.)

Spring Break Launch Edition Session 2
WHERE: Spencer Chemistry Building (SCB 211)
DATE: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Session 2: 1215 pm – 445 pm (BYOLunch; will be first half hour.)

To register for the event, please contact Prof. David Van Horn at vanhornd@umkc.edu.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  Coffee, water, and light snacks will be available.  All are welcome to attend.

Tentative Program:
20-30 minutes Registration/Welcome/Introductions
3 hrs Writing (Individual review or coaching appointments, to be arranged.)
15-20 mins Wrap up/in-group discussion on what accomplished.
Lunch will be from 12:15 – 12:45 pm and will overlap with both the morning and evening sessions.