Title: Chemical bond
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00090512/00014
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Title: Chemical bond
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Department of Chemistry, University of Florida
Publisher: Department of Chemistry, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: Fall 2010
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Bibliographic ID: UF00090512
Volume ID: VID00014
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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A note from The Chair
"Internationalization" is a major theme at the University of Florida
these days, as it is at many universities across the country. A two-
week trip to China this fall provided me the chance to reflect on
what "internationalization" means to our department.
Chemistry has a long history as an international science and
may already be the most internationalized discipline at the univer-
sity. There are famous photographs such as the one of Marie Curie,
seated with Neils Bohr, Albert Einstein, Max Planck and a score of
other famous chemists and physicists, together at the Solvay confer-
ence in 1927. It has long been realized that science progresses faster
when you bring together the best minds from around the world.
Today is no different. Many of us rely on international col-
laborations in our research. Our faculty and students attend inter-
national conferences, we regularly have international scientists visit
our department to lecture, and nearly half of the graduate students
in our program are from Asia, South America, and Europe.
For more than a decade we have had international exchange
programs in place for both undergraduates and graduate student
researchers. Countries with which we have formal exchanges in-
clude France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Japan, Columbia,
Brazil, and Argentina. This list does not include the informal agree-
ments setup via individual faculty collaborations.
But I now wonder if we shouldn't do even more. I was remind-
ed again, as I travelled through China for the first time, how much
there is to learn about a culture by visiting the people where they
live and work. You realize how little you really know, and how many
misconceptions you hold. You also begin to learn how people view
us, and in turn, what misconceptions they hold about us and our
way of life. The long reach of Desperate Housewives would amaze
Although international collaborations are about doing the
best science, there is much more to be gained. Science is a ve-
hicle for fostering international understanding and broadening

how our students think. In the long run,
these tools may be more valuable to our
students as they progress in their careers
than the technical skills they gain with us.
I found that UF and the Department
of Chemistry are renowned at the places I
visited, and, refreshingly, not for football!
Rather, I was pleased to find that UF and

specifically our department are recognized
as top-flight among US academic institu-
tions. A couple of the universities I visited
proposed establishing formal exchanges,
giving our undergraduates and graduate stu-
dents a chance to experience China. It seems
like a good idea.
-Daniel R. Talham

...on the cover
New Chemistry/ Chemical
Biology Building Design.
Visit www.facilities.ufl.edu/viewprj.
php?prj= 5962 to see additional project
information, including an animated walk
through of the building.

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Welcome New Faculty
Dr. Leslie J. Murray joined our department in August as an Assistant Pro-
fessor in the Inorganic Division. Leslie Murray received B.A. degrees in
Chemistry and Biology from Swarthmore College and subsequently, earned
a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry under the direction of Stephen Lippard at
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied dioxygen activa-
tion by metalloenzymes. His post-doctoral research under Jeffrey Long at the University
of California, Berkeley, focused on the synthesis and design of metal-organic frameworks
for gas separation and storage applications. His independent research at the University of
Florida will focus on transporting biological principles to small molecule reactivity and
materials chemistry. The Chemistry Department extends a warm welcome to Dr. Murray.

Dr. Steven and Rebecca Scott
have donated $2M to the Uni-
versity of Florida to establish
a professorship in the Depart-
ment of Chemistry. The pro-
fessorship, which comes on
board as we begin construc- 4 1 ,
tion of our new Chemistry/ .
Chemical Biology Building, ,iK'E
positions Chemistry to be a "
key player in the Scotts' wish
to help UF become a leader in
health care.
Dr. Scott has been associated with health care during his en-
tire professional career, as a physician, medical administrator, and
now chairman of Scott Holdings, LLC, an entrepreneurial medi-
cal investment company. His experiences afford him an enlight-
ened view of the role of chemistry. "In the last 50 years, physics
is one of the key sciences that have made life better for mankind,
especially in medicine:' Dr. Scott says. "However, as a physician I
believe chemistry will lead the way in the next 50 years with dis-
covery and innovation to improve our lives."
Three of the Scotts' five children are UF alumni and Steven is
one of 13 members of the UF Board of Trustees. He adds "I very
much hope and believe UF's chemistry department can lead the
way in advancements, and will become the top-ranked chemistry
department in the world."
Visit www.floridatomorrow.ufl.edu/news to read more about
the Scotts and their involvement in UF in the FLORIDA TO-

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