What=s Happening in Chemistry Circles

Issue #81

March 20, 2000

web address: http://www.chem.tamu.edu/ugrad/ugradinf.html

[a publication of the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University]

written by Dr. John L. Hogg



Dr. Larry Peck, professor of chemistry and coordinator of the first year chemistry program, has been selected to receive the Chemical Manufacturers Association's 2000 Responsible Care National Catalyst Award for his outstanding contributions to teaching. Congratulations, Dr. Peck!



Applications are invited for the Celanese Excellence Awards established in 1993 for chemistry majors at Texas A&M University. Two undergraduate chemistry majors at either the junior or senior level will each receive a $500 award, a plaque and recognition at an awards dinner to be held in late April. Three identical awards will be presented to graduate students in chemistry and a similar set of awards will be presented to students in chemical engineering.

The Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Awards Committee will select the undergraduate recipients. The awards will be based on academic performance, participation in research activities and interest in "chemical research" as a career, leadership, community and campus service and extracurricular activities. In other words, grades will be only one of several factors considered when selecting the recipient. Both B.S. and B.A. chemistry majors are eligible to apply for these awards.

Undergraduate students who wish to be considered for one of these awards must complete and return the application form by April 1, 2000. Forms are available in Room 104 Chemistry from Dr. Hogg or Ms. Warren. The application will consist of a typewritten resume' (maximum of 2 pages) plus answers to a very short list of specific questions. Applicants may provide a letter of recommendation from their research advisor and one other letter of recommendation from anyone they choose. No more than two letters will be accepted. All letters are optional, however.



Students are now able to view their mid-term and final grades on Screen 813 of Bonfire. Screen 814 is the Transcript Display of all the courses they have taken semester by semester, with term and overall GPR's.



Pre-registration begins April 16 by phone. You may wish to schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. Tiner or Dr. Hogg well in advance of that date to avoid the rush. The class schedule books should be available at least two weeks before preregistration starts but the classes scheduled are listed on Bonfire already.. Be sure to check your TAMU undergraduate catalog to make sure you are registering for the appropriate courses.



College of Science degree candidates for the spring semester will receive their diplomas at the ceremony on Saturday morning, May 13 at 9 a.m.



Chemistry majors graduating in May 2000 will be honored at a reception in the Chemistry foyer on Friday afternoon, May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All seniors and their parents are invited as are all chemistry faculty. Invitations will go out in April.



March 20-24 is Student Research Week at Texas A&M University. The student presentation schedule may be found at the following web site:


Chemistry undergraduate participants are who will be making poster or oral presentations on Tuesday, March 21 are: William S. Horne, Michael D. Irwin, Thomas F. Miller, and Kyle N. Plunkett.



The Women in Discovery Symposium at Texas A&M University is scheduled for March 22-23, 2000. A complete symposium schedule and details may be found at http://www.tamu.edu/women-in-discovery/

Please check the schedule and take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear these outstanding scientists.



Shell Chemical has a position available for a summer intern. The position requires a student who has completed Organic Chemistry and the accompanying labs. The student should be able to document work, weigh and pipette, and use the computer (Microsoft Word & Excel). Gas Chromatography experience would a plus.

Resumes and transcripts should be directed to the attention of Pat Loman at the following fax number or e-mail address.

Phone: 281/544-7450 Fax 281/544-7356

e-mail hiresphd@shellus.com

Pat Loman

WTC T 2180

Human Resources - Recruitment/Community


Westhollow Technology Center

P. O. Box 1380

Houston 77251-1380

There is an announcement for a summer internship with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington, D.C. for this summer at their website at: www.surf.nist.gov



Josh Osbun, junior chemistry major, has been selected as a Research Fellow in the SURF program at UT-Southwestern for this summer.



I received the following from Marco Ramirez (B.A. 1994) recently and thought I=d share it in its entirety with you.

AIt has been a while since I let you know what's going on in my world now that I'm out. Have I talked to you since I graduated? After teaching chemistry for three and a half years (Jan '95 - May '98) at Clark High School in Plano, TX, I got married to Ms. Diane Ross (you would not believe how much ribbing she took for her last name and was more than happy to give it up!) of Grapevine, TX (June, 1997) and we welcomed a little daughter (.Rachel Diane,7 lbs 8oz) into the world 1 year later (July 1998). The family just expanded again with a new daughter, Alaina Maria (8 lbs 8oz), born on 2/20/2000. Pretty cool birthday, don't you think? Needless to say teaching could not support the growing brood so I moved into the corporate world and now work for EPRI (www.epri.com) as a Technical Resource Specialist. EPRI is supported by utility members and we've been doing research for a long time. When our clients need past research, special packages, or support for a current problem they call our office and I and a small handful of other folks go track it down or guide them to the appropriate support staff. We actually do a lot of work for utilities in Latin America (Chile, Columbia, Venezuela, and Costa Rica) and I have been able to develop my Spanish speaking/ writing skills a great deal. That's it for now, just wanted to let you know I'm still alive.

P.S. Diane comes from a nursing background and was the study coordinator at the Pediatric AIDS clinic at Children's Medical Center in Dallas before I swept her off her feet.@

Best regards,

Marco A. Ramirez

Technical Resource Specialist

EPRI Customer Assistance Center

1-800-313-3774 (press 4)

Email: maramire@epri.com

Direct line: 972-556-6538