(October 24, 2014) It is with great sadness that the Chemistry Department notes the passing of Professor Karen Jenks Brewer. Karen joined the Virginia Tech faculty in the Fall of 1992 as an assistant professor after starting her career at Washington State University; she was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005. Karen’s research in the areas of photochemical production of hydrogen gas and the use of supramolecular complexes of ruthenium, platinum, and rhodium, for the potential treatment of cancers by photodynamic therapy earned her an international reputation as a researcher. Her 100+ peer reviewed research publications have garnered over 3,000 citations and her research pace was as active as ever at the time of her premature death on Friday, October 24th. Read more on the life and accomplishments of Karen here. She will be missed more than we can say.
There will be a visitation at McCoy’s Funeral Home in Blacksburg on Friday (Oct. 31) from 1 - 2 PM, followed immediately by funeral services. Her family has indicated that donations to the Roanoke Wildlife Rescue would be welcomed in lieu of flowers.
(October 10, 2014) Claudia P. Brodkin, Chemistry's Undergraduate Lab Coordinator, took the first step in becoming a Diversity Ambassador by earning recognition as a Diversity Ally. The Diversity Development Institute's certificate program provides a curricular path for anyone in the VT community who wants to develop competency in diversity and inclusion in course content and/or practice. Claudia also serves the department in her role as a member of the Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee, as a district counselor for Alpha Chi Sigma (the national professional chemistry fraternity), and as an active advocate for the diversity of women in science.
The Spring 2014 issue of Elements is available here!
FALL 2014 SCHEDULE
Fridays, 2:30 PM, 140 Hahn North
Delft University of Technology
The complete Fall 2014 Highlands in Chemistry seminar schedule is available here.