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Annual CMDITR Retreat in Atlanta A Huge Success!
CMDITR recently hosted its second ever Annual Retreat and Industrial Affiliates Program Expo on the campus of Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Approximately 130 members attended the retreat, held on Feb 9-10, with over half of those being graduate students and postdocs. Sixty-six members traveled from UW, UA, Norfolk State University, University of Maryland, Cornell, New Mexico Highlands University, and Alabama A&M.
Highlights of the Retreat included research talks from student, faculty, and postdoctoral representatives from each research thrust and a half-day session on CMDITR activities in education and diversity enhancement. Nancy Horvath, Director of Finance and Operations for GEM familiarized all members with the Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Science and Engineering Consortium and our emerging GEM-STC Partnership. Thirty-five posters were presented by graduate students and postdocs. Prizes for best posters went to Zesheng An-GIT (1st prize – $100 certificate), Kristin Wustholz-UW (2nd prize – $75 certificate), and Sigifredo Sanchez-Carrera-GIT, Michael Brumbach-UA, and Andrew Eidinger-UW (3rd prize – $50 certificates).
Many members stayed for the IAP Expo on Friday, Feb 11, when representatives from six corporations joined us for technical presentations: Lockheed-Martin (Susan Ermer, Peter Bedworth); Eastman Chemical (Brian King, Robert Malseki); Battelle (Ruth Ann Mullen, Georgeanne Purvinis, Ram Lalguldi); Lumera (Tom Mino); Hewlett-Packard (Alexandre Bratkovski); and Brewer Science (Xuliang Han). The poster session was particularly well-attended with lively exchanges noted between students and industry leaders.
Socializing and exploring Atlanta took place in the evenings with memorable trips to Maggiano’s Little Italy, the Gordon-Biersch Brewery, and Loca Luna (where sadly, no members partook of the 5-minute speed dating program). Rich thanks go to Cecile Domercq and Olanda Bryant for their thoughtful choreography of the entire 3-day affair. Thanks, too, to Maggie Harden, Suzy Hunter, and Darcy Van Patten for their heroic organizational efforts on behalf of traveling members. Profs. Samuel Graham, Elisa Riedo, Nasser Peyghambarian, Tanya Timofeeva, Phil Reid, and David Ginger judged the poster session with skill and objectivity. Finally, let it be known that the entire GIT membership demonstrated true southern hospitality – thanks to all for welcoming us to your university!
Our 2006 Retreat will be held (most likely Feb) in the lovely city of Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona. Glen, Maggie, and Cecile will gladly accept your suggestions for planning this next get-together.
CMDITR Funded Paper Amongst Chemical Communications Top 10In January, Dominic McGrath’s paper titled “Dendritic incorporation of quinacridone: solubility, aggregation, electrochemistry, and solid state luminescence” was amongst the top ten accessed on the web from the online version of Chemical Communications ( http://www.rsc.org/chemcomm). His article, funded by the CMDITR’s STC grant, received 537 accesses.