The inaugural Jeannette Brown Lectureship- Wednesday and Thursday (Feb 3 and 4)

2 February 2021

The Chemistry department at UMN is hosting its first Jeannette Brown Lectureship this week, with seminars and events that span Wednesday and Thursday (February 3 and 4). The schedule with the associated zoom links is provided below. The two day event is part of a partnership between UMN and Merck, where Jeannette spent the majority of her career as a pharmaceutical chemist.

Two keynote lectures will be presented by Professor Richmond Sarpong from UC Berkeley (10:00 am on Wednesday and 9:45 am on Thursday), and a third keynote lecture by Dr. Olugbeminiyi Fadeyi, the co-leader of the Merck Exploratory Science Center (11:15 am on Thursday). Jeannette will also say a few words during the introductions that will begin at 10:00 am on Wednesday. 

The Jeannette Brown Lectureship honors the career of the first African American woman to receive a graduate degree from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota (1958). The lectureship is intended to bring experts in all fields of chemistry from around the world, with particular emphasis on highlighting the work and careers of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the chemical sciences. The lectureship reflects and celebrates the work of Jeannette Brown as a talented chemist in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years, and as a tireless author, leader and advocate for the inclusion and advancement of African American women in chemistry-related professional pursuits and careers. 

Additionally, the department of chemistry has established the Jeannette Brown Lectureship Fund, with a goal of $100,000. This will ensure that the lectureship remains sustainable as one of the premier events in the department for many, many years to come. There has been a great outpour of donations so far, and everyone is encouraged to contribute. For those that might be considering a contribution, know that thanks to an extraordinary anonymous donor, all donations will receive a match until the goal of $100,000 is reached. You can donate HERE.

The Schedule (please note that all times are listed as Central Standard Time)

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

10:00 – 11:30 am – Inaugural Jeannette Brown Lecture – Professor Richmond Sarpong (UC Berkeley)
Introduction by David Blank, Mike Kress, Amjad Ali, Tao Wang. Dipannita Kalyani, Tom Hoye, and Jeannette Brown
Professor Richmond Sarpong (UC Berkeley)
A Life Shaped by Diseases and Medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa

11:30 – 12:15 pm – DEI discussion with Professor Richmond Sarpong for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

12:45 – 1:15 pm – DEI discussion with Professor Richmond Sarpong for staff and faculty

1:15 – 1:45 pm – science discussion with Professor Richmond Sarpong – open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

9:45 – 11:00 am – Professor Richmond Sarpong (UC Berkeley) – keynote lecture
Break-it-to-Make-it Strategies for Chemical Synthesis Inspired by Complex Natural Products

11:15 – 12:12 am – Dr. Olugbeminiyi Fadeyi (Merck Exploratory Science Center) – keynote lecture
Mapping Cell-Cell Interactions in Tumor Microenvironment via Photocatalytic Proximity Labeling

1:00 – 1:45 pm Merck Career Panel

2:00 – 5:20 pm Student flash talks

Session 1 – organic chemistry – host: Nick Race
Jeannette Brown Lecture Flash Talks Room 1

Session 2 – chemical biology and medicinal chemistry – host: Tom Hoye
Jeannette Brown Lecture Flash Talks Room 2

Session 3 – inorganic and organic chemistry – host: Valérie Pierre
Jeannette Brown Lecture Flash Talks Room 3

Session 4 – polymer, material, analytical/physical, and computational chemistry – host: Jessica Lamb
Jeannette Brown Lecture Flash Talks Room 4