Program of Events

Friday, April 6, 2018

Speakers and guests arrive
Tours of the Montana State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (time and meeting location TBA)
4:10 pm Seminar, Dr. Patrik Callis (Gaines Hall 101, Montana State University)

Seminar Parking-  Beginning at 3:30 pm, people attending Pat's Seminar in Gaines Hall at 4:10 can park in the North Fieldhouse Parking lot without a pass.  Please do not park before 3:30 pm. (MAP in PDF, Lot 14)  


Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Callis Symposium

Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University

Scientific Program

Morning Session

8:00-8:30         Welcome

8:30-9:00         Dr. David Singel  Associate Provost, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Montana State University

9:00-9:30         Dr. Aleks Rebane Department of Physics; Montana State University

9:30-10:00       Dr. Tim Swager Department of Chemistry; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:00-10:30     Break

10:30-11:00     Dr. Bern Kohler Department of Chemistry; Ohio State University

11:00-11:30     Dr. Dongping Zhong Department of Physics; Ohio State University

11:30-12:00     Dr. Jay Knutson Biochemistry and Biophysics Center; National Institute of Health

12:00-1:30       Lunch

Afternoon Session

1:30-2:00         Dr. Bill Parson Department of Biochemistry; University of Washington

2:00-2:30         Dr. Bob Woody Department of Biochemistry and Mol. Biology; Colorado State University

2:30-3:00         Dr. Michael Schurr Department of Chemistry; University of Washington

3:00-3:30         Break

3:30-4:00         Dr. Pedro Muiño Department of Chemistry; Saint Francis University

4:00-4:30         Dr. Berk Knighton Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Montana State University

4:30-5:00         Dr. Harlan Byker Pleotint, LLC


Dinner Reception at Riverside Country Club

6:30 pm Social hour

7:30 pm Dinner


*Current Graduate and Undergraduate Students from MSU, you do not need to register but please send Doreen Brown an email ( that you plan to attend Saturday's symposium at the Museum of the Rockies.


Hotel and Transportation Information

The Callis Symposium on Saturday will be at the Museum of the Rockies on the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. If you are flying, you should plan to fly into the Bozeman airport (BZN) (link:

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved in Bozeman at the Hilton Garden Inn for Friday and Saturday nights, April 6 and 7. The address of the hotel is 2023 Commerce Way. Please use the code MSUCHM and the group title “MSU DEP OF CHEMISTRY” to access this block of rooms and receive the symposium discount. You can reserve a room at or by calling (406) 582-9900. If you are an invited speaker, your room reservation has already been made.

There is a hotel shuttle for transportation from the airport to the hotel. Transportation between the Hilton Garden Inn and the symposium and between the symposium and the banquet will be available. You are also welcome to rent a car for your stay in Bozeman.

If you will need transportation during your visit, please fill in this form: 


Sponsorship, donations, and gift ideas for Dr. Callis

If you would like to make a donation to offset the costs of the Callis Symposium, you can do so by clicking on the button below. On the donation page, select “My gift is a tribute” and then type “Pat Callis” in the section titled “Person’s full name”.  This donation is tax deductible.

If your company would like to become a sponsor for the Callis Symposium, you can select the “My employer matches gifts” link from the department’s donation page.


If you need any help with donations, please contact Sandi Rummel at 406-994-6465 or

Dr. Callis will be presented with a gift at the symposium banquet. If you would like to make a contribution toward this gift, you can mail a check made out to Dr. Erik Grumstrup, PO BOX 173400, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montana State University Bozeman, MT 59717. This contribution is not tax deductible.


Bozeman Area links

Hilton Garden Inn

Museum of the Rockies (symposium location)

Riverside Country Club (banquet location)

Bozeman airport

Bozeman area chamber of commerce

This is Bozeman