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Wiest selected to serve as associate editor of Journal of Organic Chemistry

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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Olaf Wiest, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is serving as an associate editor of the American Chemical Society”s Journal of Organic Chemistry, the leading journal in the field with more than 91,000 citations last year. Beginning in October 2011, Wiest, who came to Notre Dame 16 years ago, will be one of 11 associate editors around the world and responsible for articles in mechanistic and computational chemistry.

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Math for Everyone: squaring the circle

Author: Gene Stowe

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Dave Richeson, associate professor of mathematics at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, presented a brief history of lines and circles, “Four Tales of Impossibility,” to an overflowing crowd of students in the Jordan Hall of Science on Nov. 10. The talk, part of the Math for Everyone series, traced the millennia-long effort to prove that a circle cannot be squared, a cube cannot be doubled, not all angles can be trisected, and not all regular polygons can be constructed using only a compass and straightedge.

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry welcomes alumni

Author: Marissa Gebhard

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A gathering of chemistry and biochemistry graduate student alumni in the Jordan Hall of Science before the Navy game launched an initiative to boost engagement with graduate students from departments across the campus. Fifteen invited alumni participated in a focus group in the morning, then attended a tailgate and the game. Sean Kassen, an academic advancement program director for the College of Science and graduate alumnus, said the event was the first and necessary step in this larger effort.

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