Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at Whitman College.

Department News

Faculty and Staff News

The Department welcomes Visiting Assistant Professor Charles Weiss.

Instrumentation and Funding

The Department has added several new instruments for use by laboratory classes and in student-faculty research. A new Agilent HPLC and two Buck Scientific GCs were installed in Fall 2011, a new Agilent LC-MS was installed in Spring 2012, a new Perkin Elmer AAnalyst 400 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer was obtained in Fall 2012, and a new Beckman Coulter PACE/MDQ Capillary Electrophoresis instrument was added in Fall 2013.

Assistant Professor Marion Götz received a $35,000 grant from Research Corporation in May 2010. This grant provided funding for two years of student-faculty research exploring "Structure-based design and synthesis of bimodal proteasome inhibitors as therapeutic agents."

Tim Machonkin was awarded a NSF-RUI grant of $259,000 to carry out work on "The Sources of Substrate Specificity in Hydroquinone Dioxygenases." Funding from the grant supports collaborative student-faculty research over a period of three years (April 2010 - Mar 2013).

The Department of Chemistry was awarded an NSF-MRI grant of $389,000 for the acquisition of a new 400 MHz NMR spectrometer. Installed in the Hall of Science in January, 2010, the Bruker Avance 400 NMR is used for student-faculty research and in chemistry laboratory courses.

Whitman College received an $800,000 Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant to enhance the Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology (BBMB) programs. This money, along with contributions from the college, has provided funds for the creation of new laboratory spaces and a program to support student-faculty research. This HHMI grant has also supported a summer-institute for middle school science teachers, curriculum development for new courses in the biomolecular sciences, and a new tenure-track position in Chemistry.

Upcoming Chemistry Seminars

Fall 2014 - Noon in Sci 151
Tuesday, Sept 9th
Cliff Berkman, Washington State University
Enzyme Inhibitors as Platforms for Prostate Cancer Diagnostic & Therapeutic Agents
Friday, Sept 19th
Mark Juhasz, Whitman College
The B Next Door: New Chemistry with Clusters of Element 5
Friday, Oct 3rd
Morris Bullock, Pacifc Northwest National Laboratories
Friday, Oct 17th
Frank Cheng, University of Idaho
Friday, Oct 31st
David Tyler, University of Oregon
Paper, Plastic, or Cotton Tote Bag? What Life Cycle Assessments Tell Us About the Sustainability of Everyday Items
Friday, Nov 14th
Matt Ames, Mayo Clinic
Friday, Dec 5th
Aaron Appel, Pacifc Northwest National Laboratories

If you wish to give a seminar in our series, please contact Nate Boland

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