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Fall 2016

We are excited to debut the first edition of The Ohio State University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (CBC) Alumni e-newsletter. We hope it will serve as a way to connect and engage CBC alumni both near and far- from alumni updates and announcements to CBC news and events, you'll find it here!

A Note From the Chair

CBC Alumni,

I am pleased to say the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is off to a prosperous fall following an outstanding 2015-16 academic year! Our nearly 1,000 chemistry and biochemistry majors recently completed their first round of midterms and 16 of our graduate students currently hold fellowships. We're also ecstatic to welcome back Dr. Bern Kohler, Professor of Chemistry, to our department. In 2009 Kohler left Columbus for Bozeman, Montana and now seven years later, he's returned to the buckeye state! 

Please join me in congratulating CBC's Dr. Christopher Callam and Dr. Caroline Breitenberger for their recent awards. Dr. Callam was awarded the Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, and Dr. Breitenberger was awarded the President and Provost's Award for Distinguished Faculty Service. These awards are given out each year to a select individuals around the University - a proud moment for our department. 

More recently, we held an Alumni Reception in Philadelphia coinciding with the ACS Conference. We partnered with The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and enjoyed an evening of connecting and learning! View photos from the event here

Our goal is to engage each of you on a personal level; whether that be connecting you with other alumni or current students, becoming a judge in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, or working with you on developing Industrial Partnerships and beyond. We want to know how we can help you and how you'd like to help us. So we can work with one another, please fill out this CBC Alumni Survey so we can better understand you!

Be sure to join our Alumni LinkedIn page: Ohio State Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Alumni News & Job Forum


Dr. Susan Olesik
Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Alumni Spotlight:
Erin Wilfong '11

"I think that is why chemistry never seemed daunting to me. I had been taught about carbon and oxygen and hydrogen atoms my whole life" ...Read More Here


CBC Alum presents at ACS Conference: Dr. Greg Drozd

Greg Drozd, Ph.D., CBC 2005 Alum presented at the ACS Conference in Philadelphia this past August on "How cars could meet future emissions standards: Focus on cold starts". Click here to watch Greg in action. 

You're Invited!
Meek Lecture

Jim McGuireBS '83
November 3-4

Click photo for more details.

Thursday, November 3
CBEC 130, 4:00pm
"What do polymer chemistry and fast cars have in common? INNOVATION!"
Undergraduate Poster Session and Reception to follow in CBEC Lobby.

Friday, November 4
CBEC 130, 4:00pm
"Rethink paint... the Chemistry of sustainable paint by rethinking existing paradigms"


Click here to view all CBC Seminars & Lectures. Questions? Contact Caitlin Golec at 
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