Colloquia Schedule

For past schedules prior to Spring 2016 click Past Colloquium

2018 Spring Colloquium List

If cancellations occur, same-day information can be found on the UNL Chemistry Events Calendar or call 402-472-3501.

January 19
Professor Blake R. Peterson
The University of Kansas
“Chemical Tools for Studies of Biological Systems”
Co-sponsored by NCIBC

January 26
Professor Ekaterina Pomerantseva
Drexel University
“Synthesis of Intercalation Compounds with Tunable Chemistry and Structure for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Water Treatment Systems with Advanced Performance”
Hosted by Alex Sinitskii

February 2
Professor Ronghu Wu
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Decoding the Glycoproteome through Effective MS-Based Chemical and Enzymatic Methods"
Hosted by Eric Dodds

February 9
Professor Mike Stieff
University of Illinois-Chicago
“Spatial Ability, Spatial Thinking, and Success in Chemistry”
Hosted by Marilyne Stains

February  16
Professor Tara F. Kahan
Syracuse University
 “Indoors and Out: Photochemistry in "Dirty" Environments Including Houses and Urban Snowpacks”
Hosted by Stephen Morin

February  23
Professor Psaras L. McGrier
The Ohio State University
“The Synthesis and Design of Functional Covalent Organic Frameworks”
Hosted by Jian Zhang

March 2
Professor Shu Yang
University of Pennsylvania
“Foldable and Responsive Soft Metamaterials”
Hosted by Stephen Morin
Co-sponsored by University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
Research Council and NCMN

March 9
Professor Richard N. Zare
Stanford University
“Microdroplet Chemistry”
Hosted by Phi Lambda Upsilon 

March 16
Professor Frédérique T. Deiss
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 
“Electrochemical Paper-Based Devices for Bioanalytical and Forensic Applications”
Hosted by Rebecca Lai

March 23 -- SPRING BREAK

March 30
Professor Sharon Hammes-Schiffer
Yale University 
“Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Catalysis and Energy Conversion”
Hosted by Xiao Cheng Zeng
Co-sponsored by NCMN

April 6
Organic Reactions Award Lecture
Professor Abigail G. Doyle
Princeton University 
“Photocatalysis with Nickel”
Hosted by David Berkowitz

April 13
Professor Jan Genzer
North Carolina State University
“A Quest for Generating the Ultimate Surface: Can Silicone Elastomers Fit the Bill?”
Hosted by Stephen Morin

April 20 (Adjusted start time 3:00 p.m.)
Dr. Stuart Schreiber
Harvard University
"Chemical Biology-Based Approach to Understanding and Overcoming Cancer Therapy Resistance” 
Hosted by Jiantao Guo

April 27 (3:00 p.m. start time)
Graduate & Undergraduate Student Awards

May 3—Thursday(Held at Nebraska Union)
Professor Tom W. Muir
Princeton University 
“Painting Chromatin with Synthetic Protein Chemistry”
Hosted by Cliff Stains

2017 Fall Colloquium List

If cancellations occur, same-day information can be found on the UNL Chemistry Events Calendar or call 402-472-3501.

August 25
Professor Samuel Pazicni
University of New Hampshire
Academic Intervention Strategies: We Can Be Helpful Both Inside and Outside of the Classroom
Hosted by Marilyne Stains

September 1
Professor Chittaranjan Das
Semisynthetic Ubiquitin Probes Reveal Novel Aspects of Bacterial Infection
Cliff Stains 

September 8
Professor Luis Echegoyen
University of Texas at El Paso
“Playing with Buckyball Maracas:  Structure and Reactivity of Endohedral Fullerenes”
Hosted by Andrzej Rajca 

September 15
Professor Cliff Stains
University of Nebraska
Chemical Approaches for Interrogating Cellular Processes
Hosted by Liangcheng Du 

September 22
Professor Lei Zhu
Florida State University
Chemistry Enabled by the Mechanistic Understanding of Copper-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition
Hosted by Jian Zhang 

September 29
Professor Jeffrey R. Raker
University of South Florida
Affect in Postsecondary Chemistry Education
Hosted by Marilyne Stains 

September 30
Chemistry Day (Saturday) 

October 5 & 6-- Hamilton Award
Professor John F. Hartwig
University of California, Berkeley
Thursday: Chemical Catalysis - Changing What People Make    
Friday: Selective, Catalytic Functionalization by Small and Large Catalysts
Hosted by James Takacs 

October 13
Professor James M. Takacs  
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Take a CAHB Direct to Chiral Boronic Esters but Don’t Interrupt?
Hosted by Marilyne Stains 

(Fall Break Oct 16-17)

October 20
Michael L. Gross Award Lectureship
Professor Catherine E. Costello
Boston University School of Medicine
“Talk Title”
Hosted by Eric Dodds

October 27
Stiefvater Memorial Lecture
Professor Amir H. Hoveyda
Boston College
New Concepts, Catalysts and Strategies in Stereoselective Olefin Metathesis
Hosted by James Takacs 

November 3
Washburn Award Lecture
Professor Hongjie Dai
Stanford University
Carbon Based Nanosciences
Hosted by Xiao Zeng 

November 10
Professor Peng Liu
University of Pittsburgh
Computational Studies of Functionalization of C-H, C-C Bonds and Olefins
Hosted by James Takacs 

Professor Hilkka Kenttämaa
Purdue University
Gas-phase Studies on Charged Aromatic Bi-, Tri- and Tetraradicals
Hosted by Andrzej Rajca 

December 1
Professor Matthew D. Shoulders
Probing Protein Folding Biochemistry in Metazoan Cells
Hosted by Cliff Stains, Co-sponsored by NCIBC

December 8
Professor Paul R. Hanson
The University of Kansas
Developing a Discovery Platform for Novel Electrophilic Probes:
Emerging S- and P-Chemotypes in Chemical Biology
Hosted by James Takacs

2017 Spring Colloquium List

If cancellations occur, same-day information can be found on the UNL Chemistry Events Calendar or call 402-472-3501.

January 13
Professor Eric V. Anslyn
University of Texas at Austin
Three Tales of Supramolecular Analytical Chemistry
Hosted by Cliff Stains
Sponsored by UNL Research Council

January 20
Professor Jimmie C. Oxley
University of Rhode Island
Energetic Materials Studies at University of Rhode Island
Hosted by Patrick Dussault
Sponsored by UNL Research Council

January 27
Professor John C. Jewett
University of Arizona
Viral Muses to Inspire Chemistry
Hosted by Cliff Stains

February 3-Open

February 10
Professor Peter Rossky
Rice University
Electronic Excited State Relaxation in Complex Systems:  Two Stories of Harmony Between Theory and Experiment
Hosted by Xiao Zeng

February 17
Dr. Rafael Luna
Boston College
Advancing your science with NRMN (National Research Mentoring Network)

February 24 (Postponed)
Professor Hilkka I. Kenttämaa
Purdue University 
Gas-phase Studies on Charged Aromatic Bi-, Tri- and Tetraradicals
Hosted by Andrzej Rajca

March 3- PLU Award Lecture
Professor M. Christina White
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
The Functionalization of C—H Bonds
Hosted by Phi Lambda Upsilon-Rho Chapter(PLU)

March 10
Professor Richard W. Roberts 
University of Southern California
20 Years of mRNA display for Peptide and Protein Design
Hosted by Rebecca Lai

March 17
Professor Erika Offerdahl
Washington State University
Formative Assessment and Feedback: Are We Closing the Loop?
Hosted by Marilyne Stains


March 31
Professor Gangli Wang
Georgia State University
Imaging and Sensing based on Luminescence by Photo- and Redox- Activation in Atomic Precision Gold Nanoclusters
Hosted by Rebecca Lai


April 7 
Dr. Margaret Y. Chu-Moyer
Amgen Inc.
Chemistry in the Age of Biology: Overcoming Challenges in Drug Discovery 
Hosted by David Berkowitz

April 13 - Thursday 
Professor Jim Wells
University of California, San Francisco 
Reaching for High Hanging Fruit in Drug Discovery
Hosted by Cliff Stains

April 21 

April 28 (3:00 p.m. start time)

2016 Fall Colloquium List

If cancellations occur, same-day information can be found on the UNL Chemistry Events Calendar or call 402-472-3501.

August 9 (Tuesday)
Dr. Cathy Tway
The Dow Chemical Company
Chemical Feedstocks: Back to the Future
Hosted by David Berkowitz

August 26  
Professor SonBinh T. Nguyen
Northwestern University
From Single-site Catalysts and Supramolecular Assemblies to Metal-organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Porous Organic Polymer (POPs):  Bridging Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis
Hosted by Jian Zhang                  

September 2       
Professor Matthew F. Bush
University of Washington
Mass Spectrometry, Ion Mobility, and Ion Chemistry: Tools for Characterizing the Structures of Proteins in Solution and in the Gas Phase
Hosted by Eric Dodds         

September 9
Professor Jian Zhang  
University of  Nebraska-Lincoln
Expanding the Toolbox for Photoredox Catalysis
Hosted by Patrick Dussault         

September 30
Dr. Marvin M. Hansen
Eli Lilly and Company
Small Molecule Process Chemistry Development at Eli Lilly
Hosted by David Berkowitz                   

October 7  
Professor Rafael P. Brüschweiler
The Ohio State University
New Approaches and Applications for NMR-based Metabolomics
Hosted by Robert Powers 

October 8

October 14
Professor Richard J. Saykally
University of California Berkeley and      
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Selective Adsorption of Ions to Aqueous Interfaces and its Effects on Evaporation Rates
Hosted by Xiao Cheng Zeng, Co-sponsored by NCMN                       

October 20-21       
Professor Marsha I. Lester
University of Pennsylvania
Thursday: Climate Change: Chemistry, International Assessment, and Policy
2:30 p.m. Friday:  The Atmosphere's Detergent
Hosted by Patrick Dussault, Co-sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa                        

October 27 & 28
35th Hamilton Award Lecture
Professor Chaitan Khosla
Stanford University
Thursday: Disulfide Bond Switches in Health and Disease: The Example of Celiac Disease
Friday: Assembly Line Biosynthesis of  Polyketide Antibiotics (3:00 p.m. Start time)
Hosted by Liangcheng Du                                               

November  4
Professor Timothy G. Palzkill
Baylor College of Medicine
Structure, Function and Evolution of the Antibiotic Resistance Enzyme b-lactamase
Hosted by Hui Li
Sponsored by UNL Research Council                                                                      

November 18 (2:30 p.m. start time)
Professor Michael Dickey
North Carolina State University
Soft, Stretchable, and Reconfigurable Materials for Electronics and Actuators
Hosted by Stephen Morin

December 2
Professor Bryant C. Nelson

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Fundamental Interactions of  Engineered Nanomaterials with DNA
Hosted by Patrick Dussault, Co-sponsored by Sigma Xi

2016 Spring Colloquium List

If cancellations occur, same-day information can be found on the UNL Chemistry Events Calendar or call 402-472-3501.

January 22
Professor Alison B. Flynn
University of Ottawa
A New Organic Chemistry Curriculum: Arrows and Mechanics Then Chemical Principles
Hosted by Marilyne Stains

January 29
Dr. Christina H. Liu
National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NCI/NIH)
In Vivo Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology: Techniques, Technology & NIH Grant Support
Hosted by Andrzej Rajca

February  5
Professor John E. Anthony
University of Kentucky
Crystal Design for Organic Semiconductors
Hosted by Alex Sinitskii & NCMN

February 12
Professor Michael J. Krische
The University of Texas,  Austin
Formation of C-C Bonds via Catalytic Hydrogenation and Transfer Hydrogenation
Hosted by James Takacs

Professor Milan Mrksich
Northwestern University
SAMDI Mass Spectrometry for the High Throughput Characterization of Enzyme Function
Hosted by Phi Lambda Upsilon-Rho Chapter

February 26
Professor Brian H. Clowers
Washington State University
Ion Multiplexing: Tangible Enhancement for Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry
Hosted by Eric Dodds

March 4 -- Open

March 11
Professor David R. Williams
Indiana University
Target-Inspired Innovation in the Synthesis of Alkaloid Natural Products
Hosted by Patrick Dussault

March 13-17
ACS National Mtg   

Dr. Christopher J. Welch
Merck Research Laboratories, Merck & Company
Using Chemistry to Speed the Discovery and Commercialization of New Medicines
Hosted by David Berkowitz & Eugene Cordes

March 25    

April 1 (Begins at 2:30 Rm 104 Hamilton Hall)
Professor  Hien M. Nguyen
University of Iowa
Synthesis and Chemical Biology of Complex Carbohydrates and Fluorinated Molecules
Hosted by David Berkowitz

April 8
Professor Jing Li
Rutgers University 
LMOFs and Photoluminescence Based Applications
Hosted by Jian Zhang

April 15
Dr. Courtney V. Fletcher
University of Nebraska Medical Center
The Pharmacology of Antiretroviral Drugs in Lymphoid Tissue
Hosted by David Berkowitz

Professor Vy M. Dong
University of California, Irvine
A Few of My Favorite Rings: Catalysis Inspired by Macrocycles
Hosted by James Takacs


Professor Kenneth A. Dill
Stony Brook University
Protein Folding — in Principle, in the Cell, and in the Computer
Hosted by Joseph Francisco & Xiao Cheng Zeng

May 12 (Thursday)
Professor Kevan M. Shokat
University of California, San Francisco
Non-traditional Chemical Strategies for Targeting Traditional Targets in Cancer and Neurodegeneration
Hosted by Brad Hunsley & Cliff Stains