We are saddened and anguished by the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the countless other Black lives that were taken before them. We join in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and condemn the injustices and police brutality that continue to result in the death of Black lives at the hands of the very community that is tasked with serving and protecting them.
Moving forward, we must condemn not just these individual violent acts, but also the broader systemic racism that pervades our society and the scientific community. We cannot be silent in the face of this systemic racism that excludes, silences, and marginalizes people of color in our laboratories, classrooms, departments, and institutions.
These recent events have emboldened our resolve to increase diversity, foster an inclusive and equitable climate, and support pipeline and outreach programs in our department. We understand that consequential change can come only from empathetically listening to the experiences of members of our community, reflecting on what we learn, identifying disparities, and enacting meaningful change.
As a first step, the Committee on Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity and the Graduate Student Class Representatives will host two forums. The first of these will take place at 3:30pm this coming Thursday, June 11, 2020 and will be focused on listening and reflecting on shared experiences of systemic racism. The second forum will take place at 3:30pm the following Thursday, June 18, 2020 and will be focused on a discussion of actions we can take as a department to address systemic racism. In addition, the Graduate Student Representatives have created a Google Doc listing resources and charitable organizations that is continually being updated. In the weeks following these forums, we will devise a plan of concrete actions to be taken within our department with the aim of building diversity and supporting marginalized groups at all levels, and transforming the next generation of scientific and academic leaders.
The Committee on Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, on behalf of the Students, Faculty, and Staff
The Department of Chemistry
We are so glad we were able to join together virtually to celebrate the accomplishments of our students at yesterday’s Thirty Third Annual Chemistry Awards Ceremony, featuring presentations from some of our award winners, including Kevin Qian, the recipient of the Thomas Katz Prize; Matthew Bowers, the recipient of the Richard Bersohn Prize; and Ben Ravetz, the recipient of the Hammett Award.
We wish the class of 2020 the best in their future endeavors.
Colin Nuckolls has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Please join us in congratulating Colin on this great honor!
It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that George Flynn, Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Engineering, died on January 8, 2020
Professor Flynn joined the Columbia faculty in 1967. He was a pioneer in the use of lasers to probe molecular dynamics in gases and liquids and the use of Scanning Tunneling Microscopy to study the structure of solid surfaces and the properties of graphene. Among his many honors are the Herbert P. Broida Prize in Chemical Physics, the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, and his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences. Professor Flynn was a scholar and a gentleman, universally respected for his wisdom and sage advice by his colleagues and collaborators. He made a deep impact on Columbia through his service as Chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments and Director of EMSI, and as an extraordinary teacher and mentor to all students–including many who have gone on to notable research careers as university professors. He was the recipient of the prestigious Mark Van Doren Teaching Prize for the excellence of his teaching in Freshman Chemistry. George’s passing is a huge loss to the Department of Chemistry and Columbia University.
The Department of Chemistry at Columbia University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position with a start date of July 1, 2020. All areas of Chemistry will be considered and candidates from all sub-disciplines are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates for this position must have the potential to do innovative and pioneering research and to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research and teaching statements, and have 3 letters of recommendation sent on their behalf. In addition, candidates are encouraged to submit a separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in their application materials. The Department values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and other underrepresented groups. Please visit our online application at the link below for further information about this position and to submit your application.
For more information and to apply, please go to: http://pa334.peopleadmin.com/postings/3965
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.
The Chemistry Department is excited to welcome the class of 2024 to the Chemistry and Chemical Physics PhD program!
We are excited that Milan Delor will join the department as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry starting fall, 2019. Milan is an experimental physical chemist who develops novel tools in ultra-fast spectroscopy and microscopy to study emerging materials.
His website may be found here: https://www.delor-labs.com/
With great sadness we pass along the news that Koji Nakanishi passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019. Koji was a titanic figure in bioorganic chemistry and a valued colleague who was a member of this department for 50 years. He would have been 94 on May 11th.
Koji’s family will not have an open memorial but we will have a symposium in his honor sometime next academic year.
Tim received his PhD from Columbia in 2014 and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science. In 2016, he began as the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the James Franck Institute at the University of Chicago. He has been named an Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. In 2019, he will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Columbia and as a Research Scientist in the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute. For more information on his research visit http://berkelbachgroup.uchicago.edu/
We are sad to inform you that University Professor Ronald Breslow passed away last night. Ronald was a titanic figure in the field of chemistry and made a deep impact on Columbia University. Arriving at Columbia in 1956, Breslow made wide ranging fundamental and practical contributions which include his work on the cyclopropenyl cation, the mechanism of the vitamin B1 catalyzed benzoin condensation and the founding of the field of biomimetic chemistry. Breslow was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the winner of the National Medal of Science, the Preistley Medal and the Welch Award, among other honors. He mentored over one hundred students and postdocs, many of whom have gone on to distinguished careers in chemistry and other fields. He was the recipient of the Mark Van Doren Award and Columbia’s Great Teacher Award for his teaching. In 1981 he wrote the influential “Breslow Report” that paved the way for Columbia’s transition to becoming a co-educational institution. As a scientist, mentor, colleague and citizen of the university, Ronald Breslow was irreplaceable and will be sorely missed.