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Chemical Bonds

Posted Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A reunion for graduate chemistry alums offers stellar science and positive connections


Alumni, faculty, postdocs, and students mingled at a festive celebration of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology in April, on a day that included a series of talks on the latest topics in physical and organic chemistry.

The event, held on April 13, 2012, began with an informal tour of the department and chance to meet current graduate students and postdocs. The official proceedings kicked off with a luncheon at Loeb House, where Professor Matthew Shair, the codirector of graduate studies in CCB, welcomed reunioners and colleagues. The lunch provided an occasion to mark the 75th birthday of beloved Professor Yoshito Kishi, with a toast by colleagues and former students and a gift of flowers from his postdocs.

Following the luncheon, the group made its way back through the Yard and over to the familiar environs of Oxford Street, noting the many changes and new facilities that seemed to spring up in all directions, anchored by at least one unchanging landmark, the facade of the Mallinckrodt building.

A quick yet immersive series of TED-style talks followed, under the rubric of “Science in 15 Minutes.” With the department’s senior leaders on hand, including Elias J. Corey and George Whitesides delivering introductions, younger faculty working at the vanguard of the field delivered talks that revealed the tremendous energy and spirit of discovery that characterizes the department today. See the full lineup of faculty speakers here, and view snapshots below.