8th Frontiers at the Chemistry Biology Interface Symposium (5/16)

15548045321_db56861c58_zThis day-long symposium is designed to highlight research in the mid-Atlantic region and provide an intimate environment to foster discussion at all levels. The schedule will include invited and submitted talks as well as poster sessions. There is no charge to attend this symposium, and everyone – Research Scientists, Faculty, Post-Docs and Graduate Students – involved in research from academic, government and local industrial institutions is encouraged to participate.

This year’s symposium is hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMBC on May 16, 2015.

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Zeev Rosenzweig Appointed Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Zeev RosenzweigUMBC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Zeev Rosenzweig as chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry and professor of chemistry, effective January 1, 2014.

Rosenzweig will come to UMBC from the National Science Foundation, where he is presently a program director in the division of chemistry. He also carries the title of professor adjunct in the chemistry department of the University of New Orleans, where he was previously a professor. His research interests are in the synthesis of nanomaterials and their applications in biological and environmental systems.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Rosenzweig be a member of our campus. He is a gifted and talented researcher, experienced educator, and proven administrator,” said William LaCourse, dean of the college of natural and mathematical sciences.

In addition to his management and leadership experience, Rosenzweig has an outstanding record of scholarship. He received his B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1986 and Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1992. He also held postdoctoral research positions at the Ames Laboratory of Iowa State University (mentored by Dr. Edward S. Yeung) and the University of Michigan (mentored by Dr. Raoul Kopelman). He is the author of 57 refereed papers in a variety of prestigious journals, eight book chapters and one patent. Rosenzweig has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. Rosenzweig’s leadership and excellence has been recognized with an NSF CAREER award, Hebrew University Visiting Scholar Award, and a number of service awards from NSF including the NSF Director’s Superior Accomplishment Award.

On accepting his appointment as the chemistry and biochemistry chair, Rosenzweig said, “I am honored to have been selected Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UMBC. I thank Dean LaCourse and the search committee for their confidence in me to work with the faculty and lead the department to continued excellence in chemistry and biochemistry research, teaching, and service in the upcoming years. I am excited about the opportunity to redevelop my research program in the area of nanomaterials chemistry and to make significant contributions to solving sustainability and human health problems through the use of nanoscience and nanotechnology. I wish to thank NSF for providing me with the opportunity to serve the community as Program Director in the Division of Chemistry for the last eight years. I believe that lessons I learned from my NSF experience will prove invaluable as I assume my new role as Department Chair. Finally, I wish to thank the outgoing Department Chair Dr. Richard Karpel for his leadership over the past few years, which has allowed the UMBC Chemistry Department to maintain its tradition of excellence.”

Rosenzweig’s appointment as chair brings to a conclusion a successful national search for a leader who will build upon, and enhance, the outstanding reputation of UMBC’s department of chemistry and biochemistry in teaching, research, outreach and service.

UMBC Hosts Life Science Symposium (4/18)

UMBC presents the 15th annual Life Science Symposium on April 18 from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

William LaCourse, Interim Dean, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at
UMBC, will kick off the event which will feature UMBC faculty research posters and two guest speakers.

Charles Bieberich, professor of biological sciences at UMBC, will speak on Modeling Prostate Disease to Understand Mechanisms and Develop Therapeutics.

Martin Chalfie, Nobel Laureate and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, will speak on GFP: Lighting Up Life.

There will be a networking reception at 6:15 p.m. to wrap up the symposium.

Applied Molecular Biology Master’s Degree Program Symposium and Open House (2/22)

UMBC Biological Sciences Departments invites Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics majors to find out the benefits of an AMB Master’s Degree: a nine-month research based program with an emphasis on modern molecular biology and basic research skills. The open house will be held on Wednesday, February 22, from noon-1 p.m. in UC 312. Please RSVP to Sue LeCompte at lecompte@umbc.edu or call at ext. 5-3669. For more information about the program, find us on the web at:

Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Series (10/25)

On October 25 the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry presents Dr. Joseph Reczek from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Denison University.  Dr. Reczek will speak on Organic and Materials Chemistry.

Dr. Reczek’s research spans several areas of Organic and Materials Chemistry, including Organic Synthesis, Supramolecular Chemistry, Crystal and Liquid Crystal design, and Organic Photovoltaics.  He is broadly interested in the design, synthesis, and study of molecules which self-assemble, via non-covalent interactions, to exhibit new and unique properties.  These properties are studies for potential application in new materials, specifically in the areas of molecular electronics and photovoltaics.

If you would like to make an appointment to speak with Dr. Reczek, please contact Ian Thorpe (ithorpe@umbc.edu).

Omar Bukhari ’13, Biochemistry, in the Gazette

Omar Bukhari ’13, biochemistry and EHS, will soon begin his junior year at UMBC, but for the last several weeks he’s been hard at work for another cause. Bukhari just finished a 4,000 mile bike ride from Baltimore to San Francisco through 4K for Cancer, fundraising and meeting cancer patients and their families across the country. Working as a volunteer EMT in Baltimore and hearing patients’ stories about cancer, as well as researching anti-cancer compounds as an intern, motivated Bukhari to become involved with 4K for Cancer. He documented his journey at omar4k.tumblr.com and since returning home has been featured in the Gazette. There, he discussed an inspiring conversation with one young cancer patient, Jenny, whom he met during his trip.