Annual Report 2017


Welcome to the first of at least two Chemistry Annual Reports to be written mostly from the department’s temporary offices in old Music Hall. As you may know, this summer, the college began the process of constructing an integrated science complex that will link Hulings and Olin halls to a new 50,000 square foot building that will house classrooms, labs, and offices for Chemistry, Geology, and Physics. The new facility will replace Mudd Hall, which will be torn down this fall. During the two years while the new building, and the campus geothermal plant that will sit underneath it, are under construction, our offices are in old Music. Research and teaching labs are in Olin and Hulings. 

We spent much of the year packing and planning for the move. Cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, packing tape, and colored labels slowly moved from piles in the basement to stacks of filled boxes in the hallways containing books, glassware, and every little thing to be saved from Mudd. We owe a hearty thanks to Julie Karg and Lanhao Yang for sorting through the stockroom and more, and to Steve Drew for serving as the departmental “Moving Czar”! We’re looking forward to our two-year break before we get to do it all again when we move into the new building.

This spring we bid farewell to Visiting Assistant Professor Buck Taylor. Buck was with the department for two years, teaching CHEM 123 and Organic Chemistry and running a computational chemistry research group. Buck and his wife Molly are from Oregon, and are thrilled to be moving back home. Buck is starting a tenure track position at the University of Portland this fall.

We also bid farewell this year to CHEM 230, Equilibrium and Analysis. After much discussion, the department decided that both our majors and other students taking chemistry courses would be better served by the combination of an upper level Instrumental Chemical Analysis course, CHEM 330, and a new, somewhat broader course called CHEM 224, Principles of Chemistry II. To commemorate E&A, we’re including a special section in this report about the history of Analytical Chemistry at Carleton.

We are going to miss our now graduated senior class but we look forward to following their career trajectories in the years ahead. We also look forward to seeing them and you at future Carleton reunions, ACS meetings, and other events. Finally, when you visit, make sure to check in on the construction progress! Keep in touch.

September 2017

Joe Chihade, Chair

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The Class of 2017

Kennyi Aouad – Terre Haute IN – Kennyi enjoys going to the grocery to admire the colorful produce that he purchases to make some of his favorite dishes: jollof rice & riceballs with peanut butter soup. He enjoys volleyball, billiards and ping pong but his favorite pastime is casually playing videogames Smash Club comrades. He has immensely enjoyed the Biochemistry classes he has taken here and has resolved himself to pursue pharmacy.

Danae Bowen – Pasadena, CA – I’ve been engaged in women’s rugby throughout my time at Carleton and I have served as a program director for Ruth’s House of Hope for the past 3 years. I am also a member of the 2017 senior committee and I was involved in biochemistry research on inflammatory and cancerous tissues of the digestive system at a hospital in Paris. Over the summer I will help teach a science course for a summer school program held at a school in my neighborhood and next year I will be at Loyola Marymount University for a post bac pre med program.

Amy Chen – Gibbon, NE – no information provided

Gabriella Chen – Potomac, MD – no information provided

Dexter Corlett – Lexington, KY – I spent summers gaining clinical experience as a Nursing Assistant and Boy Scout Camp Medic.

I participated in multiple IM sports, volunteered with the CCCE, was a founding member of Carleton’s chapter of Three Tables for Stompbox, and enjoyed running and working out in my free time.

This fall, I will be attending The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where I will be pursuing an MD/MPH degree.

Amanda d’Almeida – no information provided

Kate DeMeulenaere – Elk Grove Village, IL – I have been a member of the women’s varsity golf team since freshmen year. During my senior and junior year, I served on the board for club Women in Math and Science. At the end of my junior year, I joined Professor Whited’s lab to research a rhodium catalyst. The next two years I will be working at the National Institute of Aging doing research about neurodegenerative disorders.

Reina Desrouleaux – Silver Spring, MD – no information provided

Teddy Donnell – Atlanta GA – Teddy has been a member of the Chemistry department tutoring corps for three years, as well as a two-time class prefect. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, he worked in Professor Matt Whited’s lab studying novel reactivities of rhodium-silicon complexes. In the fall, Teddy will be starting a pHD at the California Institute of Technology, where he hopes to further his teaching experience, but maybe have a little less snow.

Jackie Dowling – Iowa City, IA – no information provided

Jamie Emery – Weston MA – no information provided

Edie Emmings – Saint Paul, MN – I played varsity soccer and club hockey and I’ve worked in the costume shop, the telecommunications office, the recreation center, and I’ve graded for the chemistry department. I did research for a year with Dave and Gretchen and I presented a poster at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco earlier this spring. For the next year I will be doing ovarian cancer-related research at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Andrew Etteldorf – Eden Prairie, MN – In my free time at Carleton, I ran Cross Country and Track & Field and sang in the Carleton Singing Knights. Outside of school, I worked for two summers in Dr. Irina Stepanov’s lab at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center in the carcinogenesis and chemoprevention program. Specifically, my research focused on tobacco-related cancers and methods to effectively gauge an individual smoker’s exposure to tobacco-specific carcinogens. At the moment, I am undecided between a position at a health policy think tank and a public advocacy fellowship. After a few years working, I plan on attending medical school.

Owen Freed – Seattle, WA – no information provided

Elizabeth Grubb – Yarrow Point, WA – no information provided

Trish Hare – Cambridge, MA –Was a member of the Varsity Volleyball, Women’s Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Adopt-a-Grandparent and worked in Chihade Lab Summer 2014.

Plans for next 2 years: Research Technician at Massachusetts General Hospital Benes Lab (lung cancer)

Sean Kelly – Washington, DC – no information provided

Clare Leahy – Galesburg, IL – Over the past four years, I’ve participated in numerous organizations and committee including Student Housing Advisory Committee (SHAC), Judicial Hearing Board (JHB), Japanese Circle, Mortar Board, and various volunteering events such as the Red Cross Blood Drive. Starting sophomore spring term, I’ve worked in the Alberg-Hofmeister lab at Carleton studying organocatalysts in enantioselective reactions using transition state analogues. In what free time I had (little as it may have seemed), I went on runs in the Arb and around Northfield, hung out in the Mudd computer lab and conference room sketching on the whiteboards, babysat frequently (and housesat, dogsat, and catsat), and played various board games and video games with my friends.

I’ll be taking a relaxing summer vacation at home (minus working Reunion) before heading off to graduate school for chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign!

Margot Manning – Wellesley, MA – As a chemistry major at Carleton, I’ve had a great experience completing biochemical research in Professor Chris Calderone’s lab for the past two years, where I investigated the biosynthetic pathway of Tabtoxin, a secondary metabolite.  Outside of the chemistry department, I’ve done a lot of work with education programming at Faribault High School as a CCCE Fellow, and have also volunteered at the Northfield Hospital for the past 3 years.  In my free time, I’m an avid IM softball player (though my team has yet to win a championship)!  For the next two years, I will be working on stem cell research as a lab technician in the Zon Lab at Harvard University/Boston Children’s Hospital, with the hopes of then either pursuing an MD or MD/PHD.

Rowan Matney – unknown – no information provided

Kc Onuoha-Onyekuru – Conroe, TX – Was involved in Varsity Men’s Soccer, FOCUS and Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Nayon Park – Republic of Korea – no information provided

Kathryn Peneyra – Chapel Hill, NC  – no information provided

Calvin Phan – Newark, NJ – no information provided

Ernesto Polania-Gonzalez – Madison, WI – I ran cross country and track all four years; I worked with Deborah Gross in her lab since 2014; I had a krlx radio show every term at Carleton, HHMI EXROP recipient; Summer Science Fellows recipient; I will be the working on my medical school application this summer; I have accepted a fifth year position as the educational associate for the FOCUS program; I volunteered at Northfield Hospital ER.

Aaron Reynolds – Lake Oswego, OR – I’ve been on swim team my entire time at Carleton. I’ve also spent the past year in Matt’s research group, and TAed a lot of Orgo labs.

Eli Ruffer – Hopkins, MN – Next year I will be working at a small company called Applied Membrane Technology. While at Carleton, I was a director of KRLX, worked at the cave, organized the annual Late Night Trivia competition, competed on the ethics bowl team, performed stand-up comedy with the Queens of Comedy, and played in bands. I also studied abroad in Peru and earned a certificate in Spanish! Over my summers at Carleton, I did chemistry research at UIC and the University of Kentucky.

Dylan Saline – Anoka MN – Captainship for both Men’s Varsity Football and Club Lacrosse during my time at Carleton. Summer plans including staying within the Twin Cities Area and seeking employment into Science and Technology Consulting.

John-David Slaugh – Colorado Springs, CO – I have been engaged in the Magic the Gathering community, musical performance, and climbing at Carleton. I have also completed work conducting computation research on the Stille cross-coupling reaction pathway. Over the next year I will be working as a medical scribe up in Minneapolis and then will be intending to attend medical school.

Charles Slocum – South Pasadena, CA – I will be working as a research technician in a cardiology lab in Boston as I work through the application process for medical school.

Emily Tonogai – Los Altos, CA – I played varsity volleyball. In the fall, I am starting graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to get my PhD in chemistry/chemical biology.

Mike Trenerry – not provided – What research did I do? I worked with both Buck and Matt as part of a computational and experimental collaborative project focused on the mechanisms of alkene hydrogenation and CO2 activation catalyzed by [P2Si]Rh complexes.

What else did I do on campus? Sometimes I’d work as a math skill center tutor, other times I’d work in the stockroom. I was the worst quiz bowl member ever and ran varsity cross country a long time ago when I was in much better shape.

What are you doing this summer? I’m doing research and working as a TA at UW-Madison before I start a Chemistry PhD program there. When I’m not busy with that I’ll probably end up finding some weird Russian ska punk songs and listening to them for hours on end.

Amrit Vasdev – Rochester, MN – no information provided

Seth Waag-Swift – Middlefield, MA – I will be at Carleton next year working Professor Sarah Titus doing structural geology research

Sarah Wang – Ann Arbor, MI – At Carleton, Sarah did research with Prof. Matt Whited on characterizing nickel silylamides. She was a member of the Model UN team and president of the Academic Quiz Team. This summer, she plans to travel home to China and Canada before starting graduate school in inorganic chemistry at UC Irvine.

Alec Winter – Elk Mound, WI – no information provided

Panhia Yang – St Paul MN – Each year, Carleton has taught me something new about academics, relationships and self-care. I’ve dedicated countless hours towards my classes and the Coalition of Hmong Students. Now that it’s all coming to an end, I can’t say what I will do next, but I do know where ever I go, it’ll be an opportunity to grow again.

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Student Honors and Awards


Eliana Frank (’18)


Lisa Au (’18)


Theodore Donnell


Clare Leahy


Margot Manning


Theodore Donnell, John-David Slaugh, Michael Trenerry


Summa Cum Laude – Margot Manning

Magna Cum Laude – Jamie Emery, Patricia Hare, John-David Slaugh

Cum Laude – Gabriella S. Chen, Dexter Corlett, Theodore Donnell, Elizabeth Grubb, Charles Slocum, Micheal Trenerry, Seth W. Waag-Swift


Reina Desrouleaux


Jacqueline Dowling


Patricia Hare


Margot Manning


Dexter Corlett, Theodore Donnell, Clare Leahy, Micheal Trenerry, Seth Waag-Swift


Dexter Corlett, Theodore Donnell, Clare Leahy, Micheal Trenerry, Seth Waag-Swift


Elizabeth Grubb, Patricia Hare


Patricia Hare


Micheal Trenerry


Madeline Chosy (’18)


Eliana Frank (’18)


Class of 2018 – Lydia Hanson, Senje Ma, Isaac Martinez

Class of 2019 – Yuheng “Kitty” Miao


Michael Trenerry


Theodore Donnell, Clare Leahy


Class of 2017 – Patricia Hare, Clare Leahy, Margot Manning, Michael Trenerry


Class of 2017 – James Emery, Patricia Hare, Margot Manning, John-David Slaugh

Class of 2018 – Senjie Ma, Paul Peterson


Senjie Ma (’18)


Theodore Donnell


Katharine Faber (’18)


Amy Chen, Kaitlyn DeMeulenaere, Reina Anne Desrouleaux, Theodore Donnell, Jacqueline Dowling, Elizabeth Grubb, Patricia Hare, Claire Leahy, Margot Manning, Nayon Park, Ernesto Polania-Gonzalez, John-David Slaugh, Michael Trenerry, Amrit Vasdev, Xinran Wang, Panhia Yang

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Off-Campus Student Research Presentations

Clare Leahy
Edith Emmings
Phuong Nguyen (’18)
Michael Trenerry

Will deSnoo (’19)
Eliana Frank (’18)
Adam Nijhawan (’19)
John-David Slaugh
Michael Trenerry

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Fall Term

123, Principles of Chemistry                                    46         Whited
123-2, Principles of Chemistry with Problem Solving  22         Kohen
230, Equilibrium and Analysis                                  35         Drew
233-1, Organic Chemistry I                                     24         Chihade
233-2, Organic Chemistry I                                     40         Taylor
292, 392 Independent Research                                3         Staff
301, Chemical Kinetics Laboratory                           37         Gross, Ferrett
324, Chemistry & Biology-Antibiotics                       18         Calderone
343, Chemical Thermodynamics                              42         Ferrett
394, 395, Student-Faculty Research                        23         Staff
400, Integrative Exercise                                         4         Staff

Winter Term

122, Introduction to Chemistry                               20         Kohen
123, Principles of Chemistry                                   45         Calderone
233, Organic Chemistry I                                       44         Taylor
234, Organic Chemistry II                                      32         Chihade
292, 392 Independent Research                               6         Staff
302, Quantum Spectroscopy Laboratory                  41         Ferrett, Hollingsworth
330, Instrumental Chemical Analysis                        5          Drew
344, Quantum Chemistry                                       40         Kohen
358, Organometallic Chemistry                               17         Whited
394, Student-Faculty Research                               17         Staff
400, Integrative Exercise                                       34         Staff

Spring Term

123, Principles of Chemistry                                   45         Kohen
128, Principles of Environmental Chemistry             10         Hollingsworth
230, Equilibrium and Analysis                                 46         Gross
234, Organic Chemistry II                                      51         Taylor
306, Spectrometric Characterization of Chemical      15         Whited
320, Biological Chemistry                                       45         Calderone
351, Inorganic Chemistry                                       18         Cass
354, Lasers and Spectroscopy                                  5         Hollingsworth
392, Independent Research                                     4         Staff
394, Student-Faculty Research                               27         Staff
400, Integrative Exercise                                       34         Staff

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Faculty Bibliography


Luo, S.-X.; Cannon, J. S.; Taylor, B. L. H.; Engle, K. M.; Houk, K. N.; Grubbs, R. H. “Z-Selective Cross-Metathesis and Homodimerization of 3E-1,3-Dienes: Reaction Optimization, Computational Analysis, and Synthetic Applications.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 14039–14046.

Cass, Marion E.; “Are these Molecules Jahn-Teller Distorted”: Problem Set | VIPEr (accessed June 2017), published December 15, 2016.

Grice, Kyle; Barross Landeros, Fabiola; and Cass, Marion E.  “Molecular Hydrogen Complexes of Mo and W”  Literature Discussion| VIPEr (accessed June 2017), published November 29, 2016.

Kingston, N.L.; Liu, Y.; Calderone, C.T.  “ORF7 from Amycolatopsis orientalis catalyzes decarboxylation of Nδ-methylarginine and amine oxidation of arginine: Biosynthetic implications.”  Biochim Biophys Acta. 2017, 1865:99-106.

DiBartolo, P. M.; Gregg-Jolly, L.; Gross, D.; Manduca, C. A.; Iverson, E.; Cooke III, D. B.; Davis, G. K.; Davidson, C.; Hertz, P. E.; Hibbard, L.; Ireland, S. K.; Mader, C.; Pai, A.; Raps, S.; Siwicki, K.; Swartz, J. E. “Principles and Practices Fostering Inclusive Excellence: Lessons from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Capstone Institutions” CBE – Life Sci. Educ., 2016, 15:ar44. Doi:10.1187/cbe.16-01-0028

Whited, M. T.;Ruffer, E. J.; Zhang, J.; Rabaey, D. J.; Janzen, D. E. “trans-Acetyldicarbonyl(η5-cyclopentadienyl)[tris(3,5-dimethylphenyl)phosphane-κP]molybdenum(II)” IUCrData 2017, 2, x170042.

Whited, M. T.; Deetz, A. M.; Donnell, T. M.; Janzen, D. E. “Examining the Role of Rh/Si Cooperation in Alkene Hydrogenation by a Pincer-Type [P2Si]Rh Complex” Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 9758–9761 (invited contribution for “New Talent: Americas” special issue)

K. BliseM. W. CvitkovicN. J. GibbsS. F. RobertsR. M. WhitakerG. E. Hofmeister, and D. Kohen “A Theoretical Mechanistic Study of the Asymmetric Desymmetrization of a Cyclic meso-Anhydride by a Bifunctional Quinine Sulfonamide Organocatalyst” J. Org. Chem., 201782 (3), pp 1347–1355. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b02320   

François-Xavier Coudert and Daniela Kohen “Molecular Insight into CO2 “Trapdoor” Adsorption in Zeolite Na-RHO.” Chemistry of Materials, 29, 2724 (2017).

Jack D Evans, Guillaume FrauxRomain GaillacDaniela KohenFabien Trousselet, Jean-Mathieu Vanson, and François-Xavier Coudert. “Computational Chemistry Methods for Nanoporous Materials.” Chemistry of Materials, 29, 199 (2016).

Conference Presentations:

Leahy, Clare*; Alberg, David G.; Hofmeister, Gretchen E.  “Enantioselective Organocatalysis: Synthesis and NMR Studies of Transition State Analogues”, Poster presented at the 253rd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April, 2017.

Emmings, Edith*; Hofmeister, Gretchen E.; Alberg, David G. “Transition State Analogues as Mechanistic Probes for Asymmetric Desymmetrization by Cinchona Alkaloid-Based Catalysts”, Poster presented at the 253rd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April, 2017.

Frank, E.*; Taylor, B. L. H. “Open Transmetalation Mechanism in Stille Cross-Coupling Reactions.” Poster presented at the Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium meeting, Madison, WI, July 2016.

Slaugh, J. D.*; Taylor, B. L. H. “Cyclic Transmetalation Mechanism in Stille Cross-Coupling Reactions.” Poster presented at the Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium meeting, Madison, WI, July 2016.

Trenerry, M. J.*; Whited, M. T.; Taylor, B. L. H. “Competing Mechanisms in Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Norbornene.” Poster presented at the Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Consortium meeting, Madison, WI, July 2016.

Trenerry, M. J.*; Whited, M. T.; Taylor, B. L. H. “Computational Studies of Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydrogenation and Carbon Dioxide Activation.” Poster presented at the 253rd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2017.

Whited, M. T. “Stoichiometric and Catalytic Reactions Utilizing Metal/Silicon Cooperation” Gordon Research Conference – Organometallic Chemistry, July 2016 (Poster Talk).

“Cloning and Expression of the Predicted Aspartate Hydroxylase ORF1 from Streptomyces verticillus.”  Phuong Nguyen (’18) and Christopher T. Calderone.  Poster presented at Spring 2017 American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Christopher T. Calderone Invited lecture: “Evolution is Smarter Than You:  Parallel and Divergent Reactions in Natural Product Biosynthesis.”  Talked delivered to Gustavus Adolphus College, December 7, 2016.

Deborah Gross Chemistry Seminar, Smith College, Northampton, MA (3/21/2017) “Particulate Air Pollution: Impacts and Remedies in Household and Urban Settings.

Mohrig, J.*;  “Reflections on the Edwards Presidency, 1977-1986”, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, October 15, 2016.

” Molecular insight into CO2 “Trapdoor” Adsorption in zeolite Rho. ” Adam Nijhawen, Brody Lynch, FX Coudert, and Daniela Kohen*. Poster. Gordon Research Conference, Andover, NH. August 2017

“Can Transition State Analogues be Used to Predict Enantioselectivity?”  Elianna Frank*. Talk. Twenty-Ninth Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Symposium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. July 2017. 

“Cation Motions within Zeolites: A Molecular Dynamics Study.” Adam Nijhawan* and Brody Lynch*. Talk. Twenty-Ninth Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Symposium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. July 2017. 

“Computational Examination of Structure and Bonding in Ruthenium Silyl and Silylene Complexes.”  Will deSnoo*. Poster. Twenty-Ninth Midwest Undergraduate Computational Chemistry Symposium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. July 2017. 

“Molecular Insight on the Behavior of Carbon Dioxide within Zeolites.” Daniela Kohen*. Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference, University of Notre Dame, IN. June 2017

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Gifts and Grants

In 2006 Jerry Mohrig made a donation to the college to establish the Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lectures in Chemistry.  This endowed fund is intended to bring to campus renowned chemists as part of our comps program.  This year’s lecture was given by Cathy Drennan, MIT.

Trish Ferrett received the American Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) SAIL award for Carleton Team to attend the July 2017 seminar “Wilderness in the Anthropocene” for 10 days in Ely, MN.  Co-attended with Nancy Braker (Arb Director) and Stephen Mohring (Art and Art History). Includes revision of ENTS 100 A&I seminar on Mining and the environment plus creation of an upper-level version of this seminar.

A few years ago the estate of James D. Morrison gave $10,000 to support the annual Dr. James D. (’30) and Julia P. Morrison Lectureship.  The lectureship was held this year by Bruce Parkinson, University of Wyoming.

In 2015, Elliott Uhlenhopp (’65) made a generous gift of $100,000 to the department to establish the Elliott Uhlenhopp Endowed Fund for Student & Faculty Research in Chemistry.  In the summer of 2016, the fund supported the research of Elianna Frank(’18) who worked with Visiting Assistant Professor Buck Taylor.

Chris Calderone received the “RUI:  Condensation Domain-Catalyzed Dehydration: A Novel, Widespread Mode of NRPS-Dependent Reactivity”  Grant from National Science Foundation, $293,514 (2016-2019)

Steve Drew received a Curriculum Development Grant for the proposal “Development of Principles of Chemistry II: a revision of the introductory chemistry curriculum,” $1,200.

Matt Whited was named a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar and a Cottrell Scholar. The Dreyfus award comes with a $60k unrestricted grant to support research and teaching during 2016–2021.

Matt Whited received a CAREER award for $400k from the National Science Foundation for the project, “CAREER: SusChEM: Cooperative Small-Molecule Activation by Ambiphilic Pincer-Type Complexes Feature Metal/Main-Group Bonds.” The CAREER is the NSF’s premier award program for junior faculty, and the grant will support research during 2016–2021.

Matt Whited received an Undergraduate Research Award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund ($70k) for “Stoichiometric and Catalytic Nitrene-Group-Transfer Reactions from Late-Metal Silylamides,” to fund his research during 2015–2018.

Gretchen Hofmeister received a NSF-MRI for acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer ($335,465), with co-PIs David Alberg and Matthew Whited,

Gretchen Hofmeister received a American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund ($65,000).

Gretchen Hofmeister received a Carleton College and St. Olaf College Mellon-funded “Broadening the Bridge” grant for “STEM Workshop for Inclusive Excellence,” with Mary Walczak ($10,000).

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Buck Taylor, Carleton College:  How to Use Computers to Understand Chemical Reactivity:  Palladium-Catalyzed C–H Activation and Cross-Coupling

Jim Smith, University of California-Irvine: Aitken nuclei: Little things in the world working great effects by virtue of their numbers

Christopher Bowman, UC-Boulder:  Clicking Polymers Together: Assembly of Complex, Controlled Polymer Structures from Efficient Chemistries

Brian Leonard, University of Wyoming:  Synthesis of Metal Carbide Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy

Margaret Tolbert, Colorado University-BoulderEvery Drop Counts…Looking for Water on Mars

Alex Miller, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:  Cation-Responsive Pincer-Crown Ether Complexes for Tunable Catalysis

Anna Christianson, Graduate student, Texas A & MAntimony incorporation into colored and emissive materials

Dr. Maya Warren ’07, Kahala Brands Cold Stone CreameryExploring the Science behind the Microstructure and Behavioral Properties of Frozen Aerated Desserts

Erik Olson ’12 The Ohio State University:  Multiple roles of HIV-1 Gag and Psi RNA in ensuring specific genomic RNA recognition and assembly

Yuichiro Takeshita ’08, MBARI:  Application of autonomous chemical sensing technology in oceanography

Melinda Baldwin, Physics Today:  Medicine, magicians, and cold fusion: Scientific controversies in Nature during the 1980s

Jonathon Sweedler, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignD-amino acids in our brain: what are they doing and how did they get there?

Dr. Bruce Parkinson, University of Wyoming:  Photoelectrochemical Energy Conversion on Earth and Mars; The James D. and Julia P. Morrison Lecture

Gerard Wright, McMaster University:  Revisiting natural products to address the antibiotic crisis; Frank G. and Jean M. Chesley Lectureship

Catherine Drennan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA:  Shake, Rattle & Roll:  Capturing Snapshots of Metalloproteins in Action; The Jerry and Jean Mohrig Lecture

Senior Comps Talks

Kaitlyn DeMeulenaere, Margot Manning, Immanuel Onuoha, Aaron Reynolds, John-David Slaugh, Charles Slocum, Panhia Yang / Sweedler group; One Organism, Many Cells: Novel Analytical Approaches for Exploring the Complexities of Cell-Cell Communication

Danae Bowen, Jackie Dowling, Owen Freed, Dylan Saline, Mike Trenerry, Seth Waag-Swift / Parkinson group; Dyes and Dots: The Chemistry of Harvesting Sustainable Energy

Dexter Corlett, Jamie Emery, Edie Emmings, Andrew R. Etteldorf, Trish Hare, Sean M. Kelly, Ernesto Polania-Gonzalez, Amanda J. d’Almeida / Wright group; Combating Antibiotic Resistance

Kennyi Aouad, Reina Desrouleaux, Teddy Donnell, Clare Leahy, Calvin Phan, Eli Ruffer, Emily Tonogai, Sarah Wang, Alec Winter / Drennan Group; Breaking News: X-ray Crystallography Catches Metalloenzymes in Action!

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Class of 2007

Erin J. Addison, M.D. received her MD in 2013 from the University of Washington School of Medicine. I also completed my Internal Medicine Residency with the University of Washington in 2016. Spending time with family – especially having my brother and sister-in-law in the Seattle area. Our border collie/heeler Eula. Finishing medical training and buying a house! Erin lives with her fiance/partner Paul Doetsch, who is finishing Emergency Medicine residency this summer in Fall City, WA.

Mr. Nicholas B. Bole * unknown.

Luna K. S. (Schwaiger) Brogan, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California – Berkeley, 2012. Her specialty was environmental plutonium radiochemistry. Kestral lives in Newberg, OR with her spouse, Lee who is a Process Engineer for Lam Research, along with their boys Bard (3) and Sage (9 months). “Lee and I built our own small house from the ground up, and now live entirely off-grid (solar power, rainwater collection, wood heat) on our 31 acre plot on top of a mountain.” She is a Senior Process Engineer at Intel Corporation.

Caitlin J. Chin, R.N. * lives St. Paul, MN.

Dr. John R. Choiniere received his Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of Washington (Turecek group) in 2012 and was a Postdoc at Seattle Children’s Research Institute (Kolker group) from 2013-2015.

After my postdoc I worked as a research scientist for Dr. Nina Isoherranen in the Dept. of Pharmaceutics at the University of Washington; I then radically changed careers and spent a year on the stats team at Baseball Prospectus before taking a job with the Analytics group in the Baseball Operations department of the Seattle Mariners. John lives in Everett, WA with his wife Kate (Waller) Choiniere ’06; daughter Hannah, age 4 and second daughter Amy born 7/5/17.

David B. DeCresce, M.D. received his M.D. Rush Medical College in 2012, Residency in Anesthesiology, Washington University, 2012-2016 Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine, Washington University, 2016-2017 Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Washington University, 2017-2018. David is married to Amy Pham, Class of 2008. They live in St. Louis, MO.

Mr. Thayne H. Dickey * lives in New Haven, CT.

Mr. Jonathan K. Dozier * lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Mr. Michael H. Draper received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin (2011) and his Pharm.D from the University of Minnesota (2017). I have rebuilt a house that was abandoned for a few years and started my family with my wife – Anita and son – Julian (2 – the cutest you could possibly imagine) all while staying in school. It has been wild, but so much fun to keep me busy. They are living in Duluth, MN.

Mrs. Amelia C. Fierro-Fine is a 4th year Pathology Resident at the University of Iowa. Soon to be (July 1st) a hematopathology fellow at the University of Utah. Her spouse, Gabriel Fierro-Fine (married 2012) is an anesthesiology resident at the University of Oklahoma (soon to be an anesthesia fellow/junior staff at University of Utah). “After fellowship, we hope to find jobs in the same location (TBD…but hopefully in the midwest or west). I spent a year teaching in the Marshall Islands with WorldTeach, but after returning and starting medical training I haven’t accomplished a lot of personal things–lots of traveling back and forth to Oklahoma city to visit my husband these past 3 years of residency. I love my gig as a pathologist and can’t wait to finally finish training and get a real job!” Amelia lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

Jacob L. Houghton, Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry. Jacob was awarded his first tenure-track faculty position in November 2016 in Radiology and Radiological Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He lives with his spouse Katie in Nashville, TN

Mrs. Shayna L. (Simmons) Jilek  got married to Daniel Jilek, who is a US Navy Systems Administrator for Emerson and bought a house in MN. Shayna is a R&D Scientist at Amerilab Technologies, currently working on developing a way to improve the dissolution time of natural effervescent tablets (which usually have a slower dissolve time than artificial tablets).

Ali R. Khaki, M.D. received his MD from UC, San Diego in 2013. Completed residency in internal medicine in 2016. Hospitalist physician with Pacific Inpatient Medical Group working at St Luke’s hospital in San Francisco. I am about to move to Seattle and start a fellowship in hematology/oncology at UW/Fred Hutchinson cancer research center.

Is currently living in Seattle, Wa with spouse Khadijah Khaki, one daughter – (age 2) Leila Fatema Khaki and another baby on the way.

Danielle C. (Hargreaves) Klick, D.C. * lives in Minneapolis, MN with Paul.

Mr. Paul G. Klick * lives in Minneapolis, MN with Danielle.

Mr. Admire Kuchena * lives in Hillsboro, OR.

Ms. Claire B. Langton-Yanowitz received her Juris Doctorate in 2011 from the University of MN. Claire has been the owner of Yanowitz Law Firm, PLLC since 2011. Previous to that she was with the 3M enviromental science and assessment department (2007-2008) and US EPA (summer intern 2010 and 2009). Claire lives in Rochester, MN with her husband Wilson Gonsalves. They are expecting their first child in July 2017.

Mr. Daniel Yong Won Lee My son was born in summer 2016. In summer 2017 I received a doctorate degree in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. I have accepted the postdoc position at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery. Daniel married Seungah Goo in 2013 and they have one son, Timothy.

Ms. Rosalynn C. Molden received her MS in Chemistry from Penn State in 2009 and her PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2014. She lives in Sleepy Hollow, NY with her husband Amrit Tuladhar (’07) and daughter Alaina Tuladhar, 1.5 years old. Rosalynn has worked at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a Scientist in the analytical chemistry department for the past 3 years.

Mr. Matthew V. Topeff lives in Ham Lake ,MN with his spouse, Chelsey and children: Bennett (8), Greta (6), Holly (3). Matt works for 3M Company as Product Development Engineer for the past 10 years.

Ellen M. Valkevich, Ph.D.  received her PhD from Madison WI in Chemistry (2015) and is a scientist at BioMarin. Ellen lives in Concord, CA with her partner Stacy Sharon, who is an ER Nurse.

Mr. William A. Van Story * unknown.

Stephanie E. Vasko, Ph.D.* unknown.

Dr. Christopher Ward * lives in Oakland, CA

Dr. Maya M. Warren * unknown.

Dr. Peter Y. Watson received a PhD in biochemistry from the Scripts Research Institute in 2012. Is the head of data intelligence and strategy at WisdomTree investments in NY. Left McKinsey and company to join a financial services client. Bought a house in Riverdale, where; along with his spouse Alexandra Sakatos ’07, they are the proud parents of 3 chickens.

*Did not respond to our questionnaire; information may not be current.

History of Analytical Chemistry at Carleton

The teaching of modern analytical chemistry began with the arrival of Richard Ramette in the fall of 1954.  As an assistant professor Dick plugged into the current curriculum teaching “Quantitative Analysis” (Chemistry 203) and “Advanced Analytical Chemistry” (Chemistry 306) on the semester calendar.  This pattern continued until a restructuring occurred in fall 1959 when the courses “Equilibrium” (Chemistry 201) and “Analytical Chemistry” (Chemistry 202) appeared. 

In the fall of 1961 the college adopted the trimester calendar requiring the chemistry curriculum to adapt.  The course names “Equilibrium” and “Analytical Chemistry” remained, but the numbering system was changed to two digits, thus the courses became Chemistry 31 and 32, respectively.  The fall of 1964 saw a reorganization of the chemistry curriculum and the introduction of the course “Structure and Reactivity” which was given the course number Chemistry 30. 

In the spring of 1966 another new course appeared called “Equilibrium and Analysis” (Chemistry 45).  Then in the fall of 1967 the name “Structure and Reactivity” was dropped as a title for Chemistry 30 and it was renamed “Quantitative Chemistry.”  This basic set of analytical chemistry courses remained in place throughout the 1970’s with the caveat that “Equilibrium and Analysis” was renumbered Chemistry 48 in 1969, then the title was dropped in 1977 with the renaming of Chemistry 48 as “Electroanalytical Chemistry.” 

The title “Equilibrium and Analysis” was off the books for a few years until it was revived in the fall of 1980 when the “Quantitative Chemistry” title for Chemistry 30 was dropped and replaced with “Equilibrium and Analysis I”.  The “I” didn’t last long and was dropped in the fall of 1982.  Dick Ramette retired in 1990 and Steve Drew was hired.  Chemistry 30 continued as “Equilibrium and Analysis” with the only change being the return to a three digit course representation in 1993, thus Chemistry 30 became Chemistry 230. 

In 1998 the chemistry faculty expanded with the addition of another analytical chemist.  Deborah Gross joined the faculty and began to share the analytical chemistry teaching load.  “Equilibrium and Analysis” persisted until Deborah and Steve in consultation with the department decided to move the teaching of analytical chemistry to the 300-level pitching the course to chemistry majors rather than serving a general audience at the 200-level.  The course “Instrumental Chemical Analysis” (Chemistry 330/331) was established winter 2016 and “Equilibrium and Analysis” (Chemistry 230) was taught for the last time spring 2017.

Vestiges of the course number Chemistry 30 still live on in Chemistry 330 after 53 years.

Though the title “Equilibrium and Analysis” is now missing from the college catalog after a 51 year run (with a short hiatus 1978-1980), the spirit of the course Dick Ramette created still lives on

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