Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Roza Wojcik, who defended her Ph.D. work “Advances in Peptide Analysis by Capillary Electrophoresis Coupled with Laser Induced Fluorescence and Mass Spectrometry” on June 15. Roza was a student in Professor Norman Dovichi’s laboratory for five years. She recently moved to the University of Notre Dame to continue her work in his group. Roza will remain in Professor Dovichi’s group as a postdoctoral research associate.

Final Examination – Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Jessica Pikul, who defended her Ph.D. work “Modeling Superoxide Reductase and Superoxide Dismutase Reactivity” on June 10. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Jessica attended Reed College where she earned her B.A. in Chemistry and was a thesis student of ProfessorPat McDougal. At the University of Washington she studied bioinorganic chemistry with Professor Julie Kovacs. She spent her limited free time fighting for the rights of Academic Student Employees as the Vice President of UAW 4121. Jessica plans to continue working within the labor movement while she figures out how to combine her love of chemistry and social justice into one ideal job.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Congratulations to Jon Cox, Josh Patterson, and Cynthia Stanich for receiving the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the 2010-2011 academic year. This award is based on reliability, initiative, and scientific preparedness in meeting the duties of a Teaching Assistant in addition to nominations from undergraduates throughout the year.