Welcome New Chemistry Graduate Students Autumn 2010

We welcome the incoming class of 54 chemistry graduate students, who are beginning their graduate studies in Chemistry beginning this September 16, 2010.  The new students are joining a Chemistry graduate student body that now numbers 212 strong.  We are excited to have the new students on board as they get started.  This autumn quarter they have been busy with Departmental orientation activities, for example, state-of-the-art teaching assistant (TA) training. On Wednesday, September 29, Autumn quarter classes begin and they will begin taking classes and serving as TAs.  This autumn the new students are also actively engaged in learning about the various research programs underway here in Chemistry and across UW campus.  Selecting a research advisor and group is right around the corner.

Final Examination — Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to James Westphal, who defended his Ph.D. thesis “Characterization and Optimization of Organic Materials for Electro-Optic Devices” on September 17, 2010. He was a member of the Dalton research group, collaborating with Antao Chen at the Applied Physics Lab. James has been working as an IT consultant, specializing in databases development and analysis, since the spring of 2007. He wrote his dissertation while working full time and sincerely does not recommend it. Other than work, James stays busy with his wife, their dog, rock climbing, and playing guitar.

UW graduate Dr. Jason Farmer selected for Distinguished Dissertation

Chemistry Department graduate Dr. Jason A. Farmer’s dissertation, “Direct Measurements of Chemical Bonding at Solid Surfaces using a Unique Calorimetric Method: Towards Understanding Surface Chemistry in Energy Technologies” was selected by the University of Washington Graduate School as the university’s nomination for the 2010 CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Engineering. Dr. Farmer’s dissertation now enters the nation-wide competition administered by the Council of Graduate Schools. The award is based on “original work making an unusually significant contribution to the discipline”. Additionally, Dr. Farmer is the first author on a paper that recently appeared in Science. Congratulations Dr. Farmer!

Science Magazine article: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/329/5994/933

Final Examination — Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Anna Boardman, who defended her Ph.D. work “Developing a Five Channel Capillary Electrophoresis Instrument for Analyzing Single Cells” on September 10. She was a student in Professor Norm Dovichi’s laboratory for the past five years. In the next few months, she will be heading to Boston to work at Fraunhofer after completing the cross-country drive. Anna is excited to begin her research on point-of-care diagnostics as well as her road trip to the East Coast.