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At the recent Pittcon meeting in New Orleans, a
special session was held in honor of Professor Jim
Winefordner, an esteemed member of our faculty
for the past 48 years. At a reception in Jim's honor,
it was announced that a fund has been established in
Jim's name to be used to support graduate students in
our department. Already, the fund has nearly reached
the $30,000 mark needed to create an endowment. Those wishing to contribute to this
well-deserved recognition may contact Cody Helmer at the UF Foundation by mailing
email@example.com or calling (352) 392-5473.
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Jeanne Karably, who has served as the
analytical division Program Assistant for
30 years, retired on May 29, 2008. During
these years, she advised and assisted over
300 graduate students in the analytical
division and helped make it one of the
most productive and well organized units
on campus. Happy retirement, Jeanne, you
will be truly missed by students, faculty,
and staff. We look forward to updates of
what it's like relaxing on the beaches.
They say the Florida economy is a series of
e* booms and busts. Can anyone remind me
S what a boom looks like? I'm ready.
The news in Gainesville this summer
is all about the budget. The state budget
cuts amounted to 6% for the University
Sof Florida in 2008-2009, on top of a 4%
reduction that came midway through
-.C 2007-2008. The state cuts come on the
heels of the college's actions to correct the
CLAS budget deficit. The overall result is
E that we are entering the third straight year
of budget reductions in the department.
O Retirements that leave our faculty significantly smaller will account for
most of the reductions, but not all. We have also seen reductions in staff,
displacement of valued employees, and drastic cuts in operating expense funds.
The impact is very real. What was a pretty lean and mean operation to begin
With is now stretched precariously thin.
4 We have plans to get through this, and we remain hopeful. Our priorities
O remain our undergraduate and graduate students. We are continuing to offer
a full schedule of undergraduate courses, and we are committed to getting our
majors through without delays. We still have the university's signature graduate
program. We are able to continue moving forward because we have staff who
somehow find ways to get more done with less, faculty who take on more and
more, emeritus faculty who have come back to help us teach, and generous
alumni and friends providing resources to help us achieve our goals.
We also have good reason to be excited about the future. First, be sure to read
about the outstanding undergraduate majors we have opportunity to recognize with
named awards. We continue to have great students. We will be conducting searches
for two new faculty members starting in the fall. Despite the cuts, the university
continues to invest in us. And finally, the president has chosen a new Chemistry
building as the next capital improvement project at the university. The Legislature
approved the planning and design funds, and we are starting that process over the
summer. We have a lot to look forward to.
The Department of Chemistry recently chose five outstanding undergraduates for awards
funded by UF alumni and friends.
The Colonel Allen R and Margaret G. Crow award goes to the outstanding
graduating senior. The record number of Spring graduates (79 total), many with 4.0
grade point averages, made choosing a single top student impossible, and the department
decided to give two awards. This year's winners are Kamil Nowicki and David
Kamil Nowicki will graduate Summa Cum Laude with an honors thesis entitled,
"Molecular Dynamics and F6rster Energy Transfer in Bifunctional Non-Conjugated
Benzothiadiazole-based Dendrimers," written under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey L. Krause.
Kamil will enter the M.D./Ph.D. program at the UF College of Medicine in the fall.
David McDonald, who will also graduate Summa Cum Laude, worked with Dr.
Peggy Borum of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition on his thesis,
"Effects of Chemical Diabetes, Starvation, and Endocrine Hormones on Blood and
Organ Carnitine Concentrations in Rats." He will move to Duke University to work on
his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology.
The department is also proud to give three awards to junior chemistry majors with
outstanding academic records in the chemistry program.
The winner of the 2008 Howard M. Sheridan Award is Jennifer Mattler, who also
recently received the Gladys Anderson Emerson Scholarship sponsored by Iota Sigma
Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. Edward Miller, a double major
in chemistry and physics, receives the 2008 Gordon M. and Joyce L. Smith award. The
2008 Joseph P. Lafornara award goes to John Pang, a major in the biochemistry track.
Thank you to the donors for making these award possible, and congratulations to the
impressive group ofstudent awardees.
O We want to hear from you! Send your update to: Maribel Lisk, PO
Box 117200, Gainesville, FL 32611-7200. Please include your degree
S (BS, MS, PhD, etc.), graduation date, and e-mail address if you
have one. Photos are welcome, too! You can also e-mail your update
Q) to firstname.lastname@example.org. To make online contributions to the
X/ department, go to https://www.uff.ufl.edu/OnlineGiving/CLAS.asp.
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Department of Chemistry
PO Box 117200
Gainesville FL 32611-7200