Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Jason SellersCongratulations to Jason R. V. Sellers, who defended his Ph.D. work, “Adsorption and Thin-Film Adhesion on Single-Crystalline Surfaces: Enthalpies, Entropies, and Kinetic Prefactors for Surface Reactions,” on November 12, 2013. As a student in the research group of Professor Charles Campbell, Jason’s work was focused on the design and construction of a new single crystal adsorption microcalorimeter for metal atom deposition. Jason will be sticking around the Department for a few months before leaving for a position in industry.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Peter HsuCongratulations to Peter Hsu, who defended his doctoral thesis, “Structural and biochemical studies of the transcription termination machinery,” on November 22, 2013.
As a student in research group of Professor Gabriele Varani, Peter characterized a number of proteins governing messenger RNA transcription termination in eukaryotic cells, using a combination of biochemistry, X-ray crystallography, and spectroscopic methods. In January, Peter will be moving to the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington to conduct postdoctoral research with Associate Professor Ning Zheng.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Rucker_RichardCongratulations to Richard P. Rucker, who defended his Ph.D. work “New Reactions of Organoboron Compounds” on November 15. As a student with Professor Gojko Lalic, Richard studied the development and mechanisms of reactions utilizing catalytic organoboron–copper transmetallation to create well-defined nucleophilic organocopper intermediates. In January, Richard will start a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Michael Organ at York University in Toronto, Ontario, where he will study the fundamental reactivity of organopalladium complexes using a variety of experimental and computational techniques in an effort to develop more efficient catalysts for cross-coupling reactions.