Fall 2018

Friday, August 31

Dr. Matthew Kieber-Emmons from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Utah will present a seminar titled “Mechanistic Insight into Water Oxidation with Copper.” Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Mike Mock is the host.

Friday, Sept 7

Dr. Sean Roberts  from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas -Austin will be here.  Professors Walker and Grumstrup are the hosts. 

Monday,  Sept 10

Ms. Amanda Byer will defend her Ph.D in Biochemistry beginning with a presentation titled "Radical Chemistry - Mechanism and Function in the Radical SAM Superfamily."  Amanda's advisor is Prof. Joan Broderick. 1 pm in the Byker Auditorium.

Friday, Sept 14 - open

Friday, Sept 21 

Dr. Gerhard Koenig, Research Associate, Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine, Rutgers University will present “Quantitative predictions of chemical equilibria based on computer simulations”. Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Roland Hatzenpichler host.


Computer simulations are becoming increasingly important in design processes in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. Most of such applications involve the prediction of ligand binding, conformational changes, or chemical reactions. These processes are driven by free energy differences, which are also strongly dependent on the solvent environment (in form of the hydrophobic effect). We will discuss how such free energy differences can be determined from computer simulations, and what impacts the accuracy of such predictions. In addition, we show how the accuracy can be increased by combining classical mechanics with quantum-mechanical calculations. This will be exemplified based on hydration free energies and distribution coefficients. This will be exemplified based on solvation free energies of simple solutes and distribution coefficients of drug-like molecules. 

Friday, Sept 28 - 

Dr. Francisco Asturias, University of Colorado's Medical School will present "Cryo-EM Studies of Transcriptional Regulation by Mediator." Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Martin Lawrence host.

Friday, Oct 5

Dr. Andy McNally (Colorado State).  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Matt Cook host

Friday, Oct 12

Dr. Tom Autrey, Staff Scientist at PNNL will present "Using calorimetry to understand heterogeneous and homogeneous reactions." Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.  Prof. Nicholas Stadie is the host.

Abstract: Calorimetry is generally recognized as an experimental technique to obtain thermodynamic data for chemical reactions, however, time dependent measurements of the heat flow can provide additional insight into kinetics of chemical transformation.  Our research has ranged from measuring the kinetics and thermodynamics of reactions of reactive intermediates on a microsecond time scale to reactions that occur over days.  I look forward to sharing how we use time-resolved reaction calorimetry to gain insight into both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalytic transformations on compounds and materials that show promise for energy storage applications.

Friday, Oct 19

Dr. Sam Gellman from the Dept. of Chemistry at the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison will be here. Prof. Mary Cloninger is the host. Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.

Monday, Oct 22

Ph.D. Defense Greg Prussia 9 am Byker

Friday, Oct 26

Dr. John Kozarich.  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Joan Broderick is the host. 

Interview with Jon Kozarich

Friday, Nov 2

Kevin Hammond (MSU) Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm.

Monday, Nov 5 

Ms. Melodie Machovina will defend her Ph.D in Biochemistry beginning with a presentation (title to follow).  Melodie's advisor is Prof. Jen DuBois,  ABB 138 at 3 pm.

Friday, Nov 9

Dr. Robert Smith from University of Montana, Dept. of Computing.  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Brian Bothner host. 

Friday, Nov 16

Prof. Cecily Ryan (MSU M&IE) will present her research. 

Monday, Nov 19 

Graduate Student Seminar from Danica Walsh (Livinghouse lab) 11 am

Friday, Nov 30 

Dr. Ohyun Kwon from UCLA.  Byker Auditorium at 3:10 pm. Prof. Sharon Neufeldt host.

Friday, Dec 7 

Sergey Pronin (UC Irvine).  Prof. Tom Livinghouse host.

Spring 2019

Friday, Jan 11 open

Friday, Jan 18

Dr. David Zigler from the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.  Erik Grumstrup host.

Friday, Jan 25 -

Dr. David Lee, Washington State University.  Prof. Tim Minton host. 

Friday, Feb 1- open

Friday, Feb 8

Prof. Scott Warren (UNC Chapel Hill).  Prof. Nicholas Stadie host.

Friday, Feb 15

Bryan Eichhorn from the University of Maryland, Dept of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Prof. Rob Walker host

Friday, March 1

Dr. Mitch Smith (Michigan State). Prof. Joan Broderick host.

Friday, March 8

Dr. Alex Guo (Carnegie Mellon University). Prof. Jen DuBois host.

Friday, March 15 

Dr. Orion Berryman (UM)  Prof. Mary Cloninger host. 

Friday, March 22

Dr. Marty Zanni (Wisconsin).  Prof. Erik Grustrup host.

Friday, April 5 

Prof. Timothy Warren (Georgetown University).  Prof. Michael Mock host

Friday, April 12

Dr. John Tunge (Kansas). Prof. Matt Cook host

Friday, April 19- University Holiday

Friday, April 26

Dr. Joan Valentine (UCLA).  Graduate students host. 

Friday, May 3

Dr. Joe Topczewski (University of Minnesota). Prof. Matt Cook host.