Seminars Archive

Fall 2022

Dr. Isaac Garcia-Bosch l Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Isaac Garcia-Bosch l Carnegie Mellon University

Prof. Charlie Machan
Hosted by Prof. Charlie Machan
Friday, November 18, 2022

Dr. Cassandra Fraser | UVA

Dr. Cassandra Fraser | UVA

tranSci Lab for Real World Chemistry and Creative Communication |

tranSci Lab for Real World Chemistry and Creative Communication |
Friday, November 11, 2022

Dr. Kevin Welsher│Duke University

Dr. Kevin Welsher│Duke University

Prof. Andreas Gahlmann
Hosted by Prof. Andreas Gahlmann
Friday, November 4, 2022

Dr. Jordy Bouwman | University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Jordy Bouwman | University of Colorado, Boulder

Prof. Rob Garrod
Hosted by Prof. Rob Garrod
Friday, October 28, 2022

Dr. Jeff Myers│Davidson College (VIRTUAL SEMINAR)

Dr. Jeff Myers│Davidson College (VIRTUAL SEMINAR)

Prof. John Bushweller
Hosted by Prof. John Bushweller
Friday, October 21, 2022

Dr. Robin T. Garrod│University of Virginia

Dr. Robin T. Garrod│University of Virginia

Professor Eric Herbst
Hosted by Professor Eric Herbst
Friday, October 14, 2022

Marie Payne Graham Lecture| Understanding Forensic DNA: Its Background, Capabilities, and Limitations| 6PM Chemistry Auditorium

Marie Payne Graham Lecture| Understanding Forensic DNA: Its Background, Capabilities, and Limitations| 6PM Chemistry Auditorium

Dr. John M. Butler | Fellow and Special Assistant to the Director of Forensic Science, National Institute of Standards and Technology

 

John M. Butler is an internationally recognized expert in forensic DNA analysis and holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Virginia. He has written five textbooks on Forensic DNA Typing (2001, 2005, 2010, 2012, and 2015) and given hundreds of invited talks to scientists, lawyers, and members of the general public throughout the United States and in 26 other countries so far. In 2022, he co-authored a new book, Understanding Forensic DNA with Cambridge University Press, to improve public understanding of the field.  

Dr. Butler’s research, first conducted at the FBI Laboratory and now at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), pioneered the methods used today worldwide for DNA testing in criminal casework, paternity investigations, and many DNA ancestry assessments.  He has been honored in multiple White House ceremonies (2002 and 2015) for his work in advancing DNA testing.

In 2011, ScienceWatch.com named him the worldwide high-impact author in legal medicine and forensic science over the previous decade. A 2020 Stanford University analysis of eight million scientists published since 1960 put Dr. Butler as #7 (#1 from the United States) out of 10,159 researchers worldwide in the subcategory of legal medicine and forensic science. He has received the Gold Medal (2008) and Silver Medal (2002) from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Scientific Prize of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (2003), the Paul L. Kirk Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (2017), and the Magnus Mukoro Award for Integrity in Forensic Science from the NYC Legal Aid Society (2020).

Dr. Butler is a NIST Fellow (highest scientific rank at NIST) and Special Assistant to the Director for Forensic Science in the Special Programs Office. He served as the Vice-Chair of the National Commission on Forensic Science from 2013 to 2017. In 2019, he was elected the President of the International Society for Forensic Genetics, which has 1300 members in 79 countries. Dr. Butler and his wife have six children, all of whom have been proven to be theirs through the power of DNA testing.

Title for Graham Lecture (7 October 2022):

“Understanding Forensic DNA: Its Background, Capabilities, and Limitations”

DNA testing and forensic evidence play an important role in the criminal justice system. The media regularly reports on how DNA samples change the course of important investigations. This presentation will discuss the background of modern forensic DNA testing and links to the University of Virginia Department of Chemistry. The capabilities and limitations of DNA analysis will also be examined in the context of the 1998 Nature article titled “Jefferson fathered slave’s last child.”   

Dr. John M. Butler | Fellow and Special Assistant to the Director of Forensic Science, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Friday, October 7, 2022

Dr. Caleb Martin | Baylor University

Dr. Caleb Martin | Baylor University

Professor Robert Gilliard
Hosted by Professor Robert Gilliard
Friday, September 30, 2022

Dr. Ginger Shultz│University of Michigan

Dr. Ginger Shultz│University of Michigan

Prof. Marilyne Stains
Hosted by Prof. Marilyne Stains
Friday, September 23, 2022

Dr. Kateri DuBay│ University of Virginia

Dr. Kateri DuBay│ University of Virginia

Prof. Jill Venton
Hosted by Prof. Jill Venton
Friday, September 16, 2022

Dr. Chris Chang│UC Berkeley

Dr. Chris Chang│UC Berkeley

Prof. Charlie Machan
Hosted by Prof. Charlie Machan
Friday, September 9, 2022

Dr. Andreas Gahlmann│University of Virginia

Dr. Andreas Gahlmann│University of Virginia

Prof. Jill Venton
Hosted by Prof. Jill Venton
Friday, September 2, 2022

Translational Science: The Chemistry-Biology-Medicine Continuum

Translational Science: The Chemistry-Biology-Medicine Continuum

Ireland Lecture | Dr. Paul Wender | Stanford University |

Professor Mike Hilinski
Ireland Lecture | Dr. Paul Wender | Stanford University |
Hosted by Professor Mike Hilinski
Friday, August 26, 2022

Spring 2022

Dr. Holger Braunschweig | Universitat Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany

Dr. Holger Braunschweig | Universitat Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany

Professor Robert Gilliard
Hosted by Professor Robert Gilliard
Friday, April 29, 2022

Dr. Lisa Jones| University of Maryland

Dr. Lisa Jones| University of Maryland

Professor Linda Columbus
Hosted by Professor Linda Columbus
Friday, April 22, 2022

Dr. Lissa Anderson | Florida State University

Dr. Lissa Anderson | Florida State University

Professor Don Hunt
Hosted by Professor Don Hunt
Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Stereoselective Construction of Challenging C-C Bonds and the Development of Antimetastatic Agents

Stereoselective Construction of Challenging C-C Bonds and the Development of Antimetastatic Agents

Dr. P. Andrews Evans | Alfred R. Baber Chair in Organic Chemistry and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Organic and Organometallic Chemistry | Queen's University

Professor Jason Chruma
Dr. P. Andrews Evans | Alfred R. Baber Chair in Organic Chemistry and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Organic and Organometallic Chemistry | Queen's University
Hosted by Professor Jason Chruma
Friday, April 15, 2022

Marie Payne Graham Lecture| On the Nature of the Entropic Bond | 7:00 pm | Gilmer 390

Marie Payne Graham Lecture| On the Nature of the Entropic Bond | 7:00 pm | Gilmer 390

Dr. Sharon Glotzer | University of Michigan |

Professor Kateri DuBay

On the Nature of the Entropic Bond

Entropy is typically associated with disorder; yet, the counterintuitive notion that particles with no interactions other than excluded volume might self-assemble from a fluid phase into an ordered crystal has been known since the mid-20th century. First predicted for rods, and then spheres, the thermodynamic ordering of hard shapes by nothing more than crowding is now well established. In recent years, surprising discoveries of entropically ordered colloidal crystals of extraordinary structural complexity have been predicted by computer simulation and observed in the laboratory. Colloidal quasicrystals, clathrate structures, and structures with large and complex unit cells typically associated with metal alloys, or obtained in systems of interacting nanoparticles, can all self-assemble from disordered phases of identical particles due solely to entropy maximization. In this talk, we show how entropy alone can produce order and complexity beyond that previously imagined, both in colloidal crystal structure as well as in the kinetic pathways connecting fluid and crystal phases. We show how entropic forces can be directional and introduce the concept of the entropic bond. We introduce a new theory of entropic bonding and show how methods used by the quantum community to predict atomic crystal structures can be used to predict entropic colloidal crystals.

Dr. Sharon Glotzer | University of Michigan |
Hosted by Professor Kateri DuBay
Thursday, April 7, 2022

CANCELLED - Dr. Sharon Neufeldt | Montana State University

CANCELLED - Dr. Sharon Neufeldt | Montana State University

Professor Brent Gunnoe
Hosted by Professor Brent Gunnoe
Friday, April 1, 2022

POSTPONED - Dr. Mitch Smith | Michigan State University

POSTPONED - Dr. Mitch Smith | Michigan State University

Professor Charlie Machan
Hosted by Professor Charlie Machan
Friday, March 25, 2022

Graduate Student Invited Seminar | Dr. Kyle Crabtree | University of California, Davis

Graduate Student Invited Seminar | Dr. Kyle Crabtree | University of California, Davis

UVa Chemistry Graduate Students

3:30PM MEC 205

Hosted by UVa Chemistry Graduate Students
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Hecht Lecture

Hecht Lecture

Dr. Neal Deveraj | University of California, San Diego | Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Murray Goodman Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Sidney Hecht, Ph.D.
Dr. Neal Deveraj | University of California, San Diego | Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Murray Goodman Endowed Chair in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Hosted by Sidney Hecht, Ph.D.
Friday, February 25, 2022

Dr. Long Luo | Wayne State University

Dr. Long Luo | Wayne State University

Professor Sen Zhang
Hosted by Professor Sen Zhang
Friday, February 18, 2022

Stereoselective Synthesis and Applications of Sulfonylcyclopropanols as Modular Cyclopropanone and Homoenolate Equivalents

Stereoselective Synthesis and Applications of Sulfonylcyclopropanols as Modular Cyclopropanone and Homoenolate Equivalents

Dr. Vincent Lindsay | North Carolina State University |

Professor Mike Hilinski

Cyclopropanone derivatives have long been regarded as unusable and elusive synthetic intermediates, mainly owing to their prominent ring strain and kinetic instability. In this work, we report the enantioselective synthesis of sulfonylcyclopropanols, shown to be modular and versatile
synthetic equivalents of the corresponding cyclopropanone derivatives. These reagents were found to smoothly react in a variety of reaction manifolds, including organometallic 1,2-addition affording cyclopropanols, nitrene chemistry to access chiral β-lactams, nickel-catalyzed C–C
activation to cyclopentenones, as well as olefination chemistry as a general platform to chiral alkylidenecyclopropanes and other substituted cyclopropanes. Moreover, we have shown that these sulfonylcyclopropanols can also behave as ‘electrophilic homoenolate’ equivalents,
effectively acting as ring-opened 2- or 3-carbon linchpin reagents depending on the reaction conditions. This work constitutes the first general enantioselective route to cyclopropanone equivalents, thus unlocking a number of novel synthetic disconnections relevant to a variety of
chemical industries.

Dr. Vincent Lindsay | North Carolina State University |
Hosted by Professor Mike Hilinski
Friday, February 11, 2022

Dr. Steven Townsend | Vanderbilt University

Dr. Steven Townsend | Vanderbilt University

Professor Marcos Pires
Hosted by Professor Marcos Pires
Friday, January 28, 2022

Dr. Huiyuan Zhu | Virginia Tech

Dr. Huiyuan Zhu | Virginia Tech

Professor Jill Venton
Hosted by Professor Jill Venton
Friday, January 21, 2022

Fall 2021

Dr. Kelling Donald | University of Richmond

Dr. Kelling Donald | University of Richmond

Prof. Kevin Lehmann
Hosted by Prof. Kevin Lehmann
Friday, November 19, 2021

Career Seminar Series

Career Seminar Series

Dr. Heather Spinney | DOW (Midland) |

UVa Chemistry Graduate Students
Dr. Heather Spinney | DOW (Midland) |
Hosted by UVa Chemistry Graduate Students
Monday, November 15, 2021

Dr. Leah Dodson | University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Leah Dodson | University of Maryland, College Park

Professor Eric Herbst
Hosted by Professor Eric Herbst
Friday, November 12, 2021

Dr. Todd Marder | Universitat Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany

Dr. Todd Marder | Universitat Wurzburg, Wurzburg, Germany

Professor Robert Gilliard
Hosted by Professor Robert Gilliard
Friday, November 5, 2021

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