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  • Fall 2020 CHEM 100 and CHEM 200 students! Please see important information about the Chem Placement Exam
  • Congratulations to Prof. Diane Smith and coauthors including Prof. Jeff Gustafson on the acceptance of an exciting new paper in JACS, reporting the first example of an important electrochemical transformation of hydrogen bonding arrays.
  • Prof. Carl Carrano has been appointed Editor in Chief of the journal BioMetals and co-Guest Editor for a special issue of Frontiers in Microbiology on "The Role of Bacterial-Algal Interactions in Harmful Algal Blooms." Congratulations, Carl!
  • Check out the new paper by staff member Dr. Greg Elliott in ChemMedChem on small molecule inhibitors of lung cancer! Nice work.

Upcoming Events

Oct 02Dept. Seminar – Dr. Venkatesan S. Thimmakondu, San Diego State University, Zoom, 4:00 PM
Oct 16Dept. Seminar – Prof. Jared Lewis, Indiana University, Zoom, 4:00 PM
Oct 23Dept. Seminar – Prof. Anthony Bell, University of San Diego, Zoom, 4:00 PM
Oct 30Dept. Seminar – Prof. Allyson Fry-Petit, California State University at Fullerton, Zoom, 4:00 PM
Nov 06Dept. Seminar – Prof. Blanca Lapizco-Encinas, Rochester Institute of Technology, Zoom, 4:00 PM
Nov 13Dept. Seminar – Prof. Pascale Guiton, CSU East Bay, Zoom, 4:00 PM

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