Yale Department of Chemistry
Yale Chemistry Newsletter March 17, 2017


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The Chemistry Department would like to congratulate Professor Alanna Schepartz on being appointed as the Sterling Professor of Chemistry. Yale awards endowed chairs to those whose scholarship has brought distinction to the university. Please join us in celebrating Alanna’s achievement!

The Chemistry Department would like to congratulate Timothy Newhouse, Assistant Professor, on receiving the Sloan Research Fellowship. The fellowship program honors early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars - part of the next generation of scientific leaders. Please click here for the Yale News article highlighting Tim's achievement.

The Eastern Analytical Symposium and Exhibition annually offers awards to recognize and encourage scientific promise and research talent in several undergraduate chemistry students. Winners will receive an all-expense paid trip to the EAS and have an opportunity to present their research project in a poster session. Full information on the EAS technical program and exposition can be found here. The awardees will be students who are already involved in research, in the broad field of analytical chemistry. Nominations should be in the form of a letter including: an appraisal of how the student handles research, deals with problems, and gets involved in the research process; student's postal and email addresses for both the current spring semester and the summer. Nominations are due by April 30 and should be submitted by email to student.awards@eas.org.

In surprise announcement USCIS suspends H-1B Premium Processing: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an unprecedented temporary halt to a service called Premium Processing for H-1B visas until October 2017. Premium Processing means that after the application is received by USCIS it generally takes 15 days to adjudicate. Yale's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) has historically relied on Premium Processing because normal processing can take 7-9 months. This temporary stoppage will have an enormous impact on universities and hospitals across the country. OISS has reached out to our Federal Relations Office to begin advocacy work on the issue through our associates (AAU, AAMC and others). For more information, please see the below attachment.

Yale University recognizes that students may wish to use preferred first names rather than their legal first names to identify themselves and supports students in this choice. Effective immediately, any student may designate a preferred first name for a variety of official university list and identification systems regardless of whether they have legally changed their name. More information can be found here.

A project to modernize Yale's telephone infrastructure in approximately 200 buildings on central campus is underway. These upgrades will begin the week of March 13. The telephone lines will be upgraded to a new provider, selected phones will be replaced with a VoIP-enabled phone, and the voicemail system will be upgraded to support VoIP technology. More information can be found here. The department is scheduled for upgrades according to the following schedule: March 15 - Chemistry Safety Building, March 16 - Kline Chemistry Lab, March 17 - Chemistry Research Building, TBD - Sterling Chemistry Lab.

The Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications. The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist, with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. For more information and to apply by Tuesday, May 16, 2017, click here.

Eastman Chemical Company is sponsoring an award for research excellence by a student in applied polymer science in partnership with the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE). Graduate students are invited to submit entries including an abstract and a preprint of up to two pages conforming to the former PMSE preprint format. Completed applications and preprints must be submitted via email by March 20, 2017. Instructions regarding application procedures are available from John W. Gilmer.

Please click here for updates on the Yale Science Building, including information about the YSB Construction Phase Pedestrian Impact. The project encompasses the construction of a new state of the art sciences laboratory at the approximate location of the soon to be demolished J.W. Gibbs building, a comprehensive renovation of the KBT Plaza, a lecture hall, and a common area at the south end of KBT Plaza.

Save the Date

Science on Saturdays at Yale: Fun science lectures for "kids" of all ages.  Saturday, April 1: Tim Newhouse, "Not for Fools: Organic Synthesis of Natural Products." Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, 10am-noon.


Wednesday, March 22. 2017 Biophysical Training Grant Student Speaker. "Visualization of Macromolecular Structure, Dynamics and Interactions using Cryo-EM." Dr. Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley. Room 160, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, 3:30 pm.



The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. All sections will be from 6/19/17 to 8/11/17. For more information and to apply, click here.


Job Opportunities

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, has posted a non-tenure track teaching faculty position. Please see the below attachment for details.

Seattle Genetics is currently looking for a talented and highly motivated synthetic chemistry PhD to join its Process Chemistry department. This individual will be responsible for developing novel synthetic routes and chemical processes for anti-cancer drugs and proprietary drug-linkers used for antibody conjugation, in support of pre-clinical, clinical, and commercial programs. For more information and to apply, click here.

Amgen has two open positions for top synthetic organic chemistry talent. They are seeking PhD/Post-doctoral level candidates as well as Master's candidates for a Scientist and Senior Associate Scientist position, respectively. Both positions are available immediately are in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at the Cambridge, MA research site. For more information and to apply online, click here.

Duke Kunshan University, a Sino-American partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University, is seeking candidates to join the founding faculty. DKU will be a world-class liberal arts college and research university that offers an innovative, interdisciplinary and integrated curriculum. For more information and to apply, click here.