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Dr. Cassady and Dr. Gupta to retire

Dr. Carolyn Cassady and Dr. Arun Gupta have announced that they will retire at the of the fall 2022 semester. Dr. Carolyn Cassady came to UA as an associate professor in 2000 after beginning her academic career at the University of Miami. She was promoted to full professor in 2010.  Dr. Cassady is an expert in mass spectrometry.  Her research has focused on the vacuum phase acid-base chemistry of amino acids and peptides.  Dr. Cassady’s research has improved our understanding of […]

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Free graduate application week–10/17-21

The University of Alabama Graduate School will run a free graduate application week on October 17-21, 2022during which applicants will be able to submit one graduate application for Fall 2023 admission without paying an application fee. Applicants can get more information and obtain a fee waiver code. Free applications can be submitted from 8:00 AM on Monday, October 17 to 4:45 PM on Friday, October 21 2022 (all times in US Central Time GMT-5). Instructions to applicants can be found […]

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Open faculty searches

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has two open faculty positions: Assistant professor in molecular synthesis: The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at The University of Alabama seeks an outstanding individual with expertise in molecular synthesis to fill a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor rank beginning August 16, 2023. A Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field and relevant post-doctoral training are required.  Successful candidates are expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program and to have the […]

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Dr. Bonizzoni Develops Robust Method for Heavy Metal Analysis

Dr. Marco Bonizzoni and former graduate student Dr. Michael Ihde along with collaborators at the University of Southner Mississippi have developed a simple analytical method for detecting trace concentrations of heavy metal pollutants. The method allows analysis to be done at the source, rather than requiring transporting samples to a lab. The method was validated using samples taken from the site of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The findings were recently published in Advanced Functional […]

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Remembering Prof. Drury Caine

Professor Emeritus Drury S. Caine passed away on October 29th. Dr. Caine earned BS and MS degrees at Vanderbilt University and his PhD degree at Emory University.  After serving as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University, he began his independent career at Georgia Tech where he rose to the rank of professor.  Dr. Caine joined the UA Chemistry Department faculty in 1983 as department chair. He served in this role for twelve years and retired as professor emeritus in […]

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Dr. Leung publishes article on online exams

Dr. Diana Leung published an article entitled, “Transition Multiple Choice Exams Online: A Large-Enrollment Solution,” on the A&S Teaching Hub on the preparation of chemistry exams in an online format.  Chemistry exams, which often involve numerous graphics are cumbersome to prepare in the native Blackboard Learn format.  Dr. Leung describes a more efficient method using the TestGen software from Pearson.

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Dr. Leung article provides electronic whiteboard solutions

Dr. Diana Leung has published an article on the A&S Teaching Hub providing advice on ways to provide hand written notes during virtual lectures.  Like many chemistry instructors, Dr. Leung’s classes rely heavily on hand written notes to illustrate chemical structures and work problems during class.  When classes moved online in the spring due to COVID-19, the challenge was to find a way to provide students this experience in a virtual way.  Using an iPad as a writing tablet and […]

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Dr. Metzger retires

Professor Robert M. Metzger has retired from the department, where he has served as a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science since 1986. He was born of Hungarian parents in Yokohama, Japan and educated in Merano, Italy, He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1962, where he worked with Willard F. Libby.  He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1968 under the direction of Harden McConnell […]

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