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Seminar Series - Academic Year 2013-2014

The Chemistry Department at Boston College presents dozens of speakers each year from leading universities, industrial corporations, and the private sector. All seminars are open to the public and are free of cost. We would like to express our appreciation to the following companies for their generous support of our seminar series: Boehringer-Ingelheim, Strem Chemicals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Eli Lilly and Company, Novartis Corporation, and Abbott Laboratories.

The Merkert Chemistry Center is pleased to present some of our distinguished lecturers on Front Row. Front Row is a service of Boston College’s Office of Marketing Communications.

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FALL 2014
FALL 2015

FALL 2014

August 28, 2014
Professor Alison Frontier, University of Rochester
“Stereocontrolled cyclizations”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 9, 2014
Professor Erin Carlson, University of Minnesota
“Chemical Probes to Explore and Inhibit Bacterial Pathways”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 11, 2014
Professor Kenji Katayama, Chuo University
“Heterogeneous reaction dynamics revealed by transient grating technique”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 18, 2014
Professor Uttam Tambar, UT Southwestern Medical Center
“Catalytic Asymmetric [2,3]-Rearrangements”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 23, 2014
Professor Ted Betley, Harvard University
“Radical frontiers in catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 25, 2014
Professor Ning Fang, Iowa State University
“Science of Rock 'n' Roll”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 2, 2014
Professor Wei Fan, Umass Amherst
“Development of hierarchical zeolite catalysts for bulky molecule reaction”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 3 & 4, 2014
2014 Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecturer in Organic Synthesis
Professor Erick M. Carreira

Laboratory of Organic Chemistry
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH)

Professor Carreira
October 3, 4:00 PM, Merkert 130
“Advances in Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis:  Bridging Tactics and Strategies”

Dr. Nicholas A. Meanwell, Executive Director, Discovery Chemistry, Bristol-Myers Squibb
October 4, 10:00 AM, Merkert 130
“The Design of Direct Acting Antiviral Inhibitors of Hepatitis C Virus for Use in Combination Therapy”

Professor Carreira
October 4, 11:15 AM, Merkert 130
“Discovery and Surprises with Natural Products”

October 9, 2014
Professor Andrew Peterson, Brown University
“Guiding the design of solar fuels catalysts from first principles”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 28, 2014
Professor Champak Chatterjee, University of Washington
“Chemical approaches to study ubiquitin-like proteins”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 14, 2014
Professor X. Peter Zhang, University of South Florida
“Metalloradical Catalysis For Stereoselective Organic Synthesis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 18, 2014
Professor Christopher Beaudry, Oregon State University
“Synthesis of Natural Products with Conformational Chirality”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 25, 2014
Dom Hebrault, Ph.D., Mettler-Toledo AutoChem, Inc.
“Enhancing Synthetic Chemistry Creativity and Efficiency with Current Lab Technologies”
12:00 noon, Merkert 129

November 26, 2014
Professor Warren Piers, University of Calgary
“Transformation of Oxygen-Based Ligands at Transition Metals: New Ligand Platforms”
2:00 PM, Merkert 130

December 9, 2014
Professor Priscilla Yang, Harvard University
“Chemical Approaches to the Study of Viruses”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130


January 13, 2015
Professor Doug Stephan, University of Toronto
“Frustrated Lewis Pairs in Small Molecule Activation and Catalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

January 20, 2015
Professor Brian McNaughton, Colorado State University
“Expanding the Functional Utility of Proteins as Research Tools and Therapeutic Leads”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

February 17, 2015
Professor Alexander Statsuk, Northwestern University
“Biochemistry and Pharmacology of The Ubiquitin System”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 12, 2015
Merck Lectureship in Organic Chemistry
2:30 Reception

Dr. Jared Silverman, Merck
“A History of the Development of Daptomycin: From Bedside to Bench and Back Again”
3:00 PM, Merkert 130

Professor Sarah Reisman, Caltech
“From Alkaloids to Terpenoids: New Strategies and Tactics for the Synthesis of Polycyclic Natural Products”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 17, 2015
Professor Xiang Wang, University Colorado-Boulder
“Bio-Inspired Synthesis of Functional Molecules”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 18, 2015
O'Malley Lecturer
Professor Tom Muir
, Princeton University
“Houdini Proteins: Discovery and Applications of Ultrafast Inteins”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 19, 2015
Professor Pratap Rao, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“Efficient and Scalable Solar Materials through Nanoscale Engineering and Flame Synthesis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 26, 2015
Professor Donghai Wang, Penn. State University
“Understanding Chemical Interaction in Functional Carbon-Sulfur Composites as Cathode for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

March 31, 2015
Professor Paul Chirik, Princeton University
“Base Metal Catalysis: The Interplay of Applications and Electronic Structure”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 1, 2015
Professor Amnon Kohen, University of Iowa
“Enzyme catalysis: From physical to organic chemistry”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 2, 2015
Professor Ron Grimm, WPI Worcestor Polytech Institute
“Methyl-terminated silicon microwire arrays for solar fuels applications: Surface structure, stability, and performance”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 4, 2015
Professor Vahe Bandarian
, University of Arizona
“Prospecting for new enzymes in RNA modification and secondary metabolism”
3:00 - 4:00 PM, Merkert 130

Professor Ben Shen, The Scripps Research Institute
“Microbial Genomics: New Opportunities for Natural Product Biosynthesis, Engineering, and Drug Discovery”
4:00 - 5:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 7, 2015
Professor Floyd Romesberg, The Scripps Research Institute
“A semi-synthetic organism with an expanded genetic alphabet”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 16, 2015
Professor W. David Wei, University of Florida
“Plasmon-Mediated Surface Chemistry for Solar Photocatalysis”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 21, 2015
Vanderslice Lecturer
Professor Ilan Marek
, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
“Remote Functionalization of Hydrocarbons”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

April 22, 23, 24, 2015
Boston College University Lecture Series in Chemistry
Professor John Bercaw
, California Institute of Technology

April 22
“Approaches to Selective Catalytic Upgrading of Light Hydrocarbons Using Oxidative Routes”
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 23
“Light Olefin Trimerization with Chromium and Titanium Catalysts”
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

April 24
“Alpha Olefin Polymerization Catalysis: Stereochemisry, Kinetics, and Kinetic Resolutions”
4:00 PM, Merkert 127

May 4, 2015
Professor Seth Herzon, Yale University
“New Metal-Catalyzed Reactions for Organic Synthesis and the Development of a Synthetic Route to Complex Guanidinium Alkaloids”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

May 15, 2015
Professor Paramjit Arora, NYU
“Protein Domain Mimetics as Modulators of Protein-Protein Interactions”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

June 26, 2015
Professor Kenso Soai, Tokyo University of Science
“Asymmetric Autocatalysis and the Origin of Homochirality”
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

July 3, 2015
Professor Hongyu Chen, Nanyang Technological University
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

July 9, 2015
Professor Hong Zhang, Xiamen University
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

FALL 2015

August 7 and 8, 2015
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Lecturer

Friday, August 7th
Professor Jin-Quan Yu, The Scripps Research Institute
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

Saturday, August 8th
Dr. Joshua Sieber, Boeheringer Ingelheim
10:00 AM, Merkert 130
Professor Jin-Quan Yu, The Scripps Research Institute
11:00 AM, Merkert 130

September 1, 2015
Professor M.G. Finn, Georgia Tech
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

September 8, 2015
Professor Wilfred van der Donk, University of Illinois
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 9, 2015
Bristol-Myers Squibb Lectureship
Professor Phil S. Baran
, The Scripps Research Institute

Dr. Akin Davulcu, Bristol-Myers Squibb

October 13, 2015
Strem Chemicals Catalysis Lecturer
Professor John Hartwig
, UC Berkeley
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

October 27, 2015
Professor Liz Nolan, MIT
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

November 10, 2015
Professor Huiwang Ai, University of California, Riverside
4:00 PM, Merkert 130

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