OCTOBER IS disABILITY AWARENESS MONTH
Happy Fall! The weather has finally cooled off and the colors are bright and beautiful. I hope everyone is doing well.
October is disAbility Awareness Month. I would like to share with you resources from Catalyst.Org on how to "Flip the Script: disAbilities in the Workplace". Words are powerful. Even with the best of intentions, we may say something that is unhelpful or even hurtful to a person in our workplace who has a disAbility. Or, afraid of saying the wrong thing, we might stay silent. Rather than focusing on a coworker’s abilities, it’s important to establish connections and engage without pity, judgment, or apprehension to foster a sense of belonging and create a more inclusive workplace. Read More
DIVERSITY AND CLIMATE UPDATES
Climate Committee Updates
(a) The climate committee has been working on the new faculty mentoring program. Also, the committee has collaborated with the Wellness Coalition in creating templates for research lab policy manuals.
(b) A lot of changes have happened in the CHEM 492 course for first-year graduate students. This course covers topics to prepare graduate students in most aspects of the graduate culture, including how to be an effective TA, cultural competence and awareness, understanding ethics in research, and becoming savvy in non-technical skills essential to graduate school success, such as program management, conflict resolution, time management and understanding resources available for acute or chronic mental health challenges. Please see the Fall 2019 syllabus here.
(c) CHEM 590c for third-year graduate students is coming in SPRING 2020, with topics such as "A Delicate Art: Manage Your Boss", publications, science communication, and managing gender harassment.
Diversity Committee Updates
(a) The department recently recieved $30,000 in corporate funding to support the St. Elmo Brady Summer Program, a partnership with the chemistry departments that Illinois alumnus St. Elmo Brady (first African-American Ph.D. chemist in the U.S.) created at four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Tougaloo College, Howard University, Fisk University, and Tuskegee University.
(b) The department received an additional $30,000 to support URM graduate student fellowships for the 2020 admission cycle.
(c) Most of the diversity committee will be traveling to recruitment conferences, SACNAS, ABRMCS, and NOBCChE in the upcoming weeks to support the department's recruitment efforts.
GRADUATE STUDENT AWARDS
Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship: Yaroslav Boyko, a third-year graduate student in the David Sarlah lab, has received a Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Read more
Women in Chemistry Inclusive Leadership Award: Lauren Hagler, a beginning fifth-year graduate student in Steve Zimmerman’s group, is the recipient of the first annual Women in Chemistry (WIC) Inclusive Leadership Award. Read more
Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation: Lucas Hernandez, a fifth-year graduate student in the David Sarlah group, received the 2019 Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation. Read more
Physical Chemistry Dissertation Award: Dr. Daniel Dumett Torres of Professor Prashant Jain’s laboratory is the winner of the 2019 Physical Chemistry Dissertation Award, given to the best Ph.D. thesis in the area of physical chemistry each year in the Department of Chemistry. Read more
Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship: Jose Zavala (Moore Group) received the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship.