Category: Alumni Event

BU Chemistry Alumni Gathering at the 250th Annual National ACS Meeting

April 26th, 2016 in ACS, Alumni, Alumni Event, Jeffries-EL Malika, Ziegler, Larry

BU Chemistry Alumni Gathering


In conjunction with the 250th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) BU’s Chemistry department hosted an Alumni Reception at the beautiful Seaport Hotel.

The reception was a tremendous success attracting over 150 alumni, faculty, students and guests. Ann Cudd, the new Dean of the College of Art and Sciences was in attendance. One of the things that impressed greatly Dean Cudd was the interesting and varied career paths alumni have followed after leaving BU. One of the highlights of the event was the attendance of the esteemed Bassaam Shakashiri, member of the 1960 graduating class and past ACS president. His brand of fun science has brought many to the field of Chemistry. By far the best part of the gathering was having so many BU Chemistry graduates re-connecting with other alums, faculty, students and staff. BU’s Chemistry Department has produced some amazing graduates and it’s always great to create opportunities like this for them to stay connected.

Chemistry Chair Lawrence Ziegler surprised the guests by announcing the appointment Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL. Dr. Jeffries-EL will come to BU from Iowa State University where she is an Associate Professor of Chemistry. Her research focuses on the development of organic semiconductors–materials that combine the processing properties of polymers with the electronic properties of semiconductors. She will be an excellent addition to the Departments’ faculty and we are excited for her to join the Chemistry Faculty in January 2016.

Over two dozen of our undergraduate and graduate students presenting either talks or posters at the ACS National Meeting.  If you’d like to check out a list of the students and the projects they presented you can find them here.

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Department Chair Larry Zielgler and BU Alum and past ACS President Bassaam Shakashiri

Department Chair Larry Zielgler and BU Alum and past ACS President Bassaam Shakashiri



BU Chemistry's newest professor Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL and the new CAS Dean Ann Cudd

BU Chemistry’s newest professor Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL and the new CAS Dean Ann Cudd

Chemistry Alumni Reception Aug 18 at Seaport Hotel

July 31st, 2015 in Alumni, Alumni Event, Front Page

On August 18, the Department of Chemistry is hosting a special cocktail reception for Chemistry Alumni, 5:30PM-7:30PM at the Cityview Ballroom of the Boston Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center.

In conjunction with the ACS National Meeting, the Department of Chemistry is hosting a special reception on August 18, 2015 at Boston’s Seaport Hotel.

Whether you are attending the ACS National Meeting or simply are in the area, we hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvres while reconnecting with fellow alumni and Chemistry faculty. The Seaport Hotel is within short walking distance of the Boston Convention Center and offers stunning views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor, making it a great environment in which to meet current students and learn about the Department’s latest research

In order to help us plan for the reception, please register by reserving complimentary tickets online. Visit the BU Alumni Association page to RSVP.

BU Chemistry has long been recognized for excellence in research and training at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We would love to hear about your accomplishments, and have you meet some of the 30 undergraduate and graduate students presenting talks or posters at the ACS Meeting. You can find a full list of student presentations  here.

We look forward to seeing you at the reception!

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2015
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
Where: Seaport Boston Hotel, Cityview Ballroom
1 Seaport Ln, Boston, MA 02210
Registration Link

Chemistry Alumni Connect with Current Students

October 2nd, 2012 in Alumni, Alumni Event, Front Page

2012 Alumni Symposium posterAs part of BU’s September 2012 annual alumni weekend celebrations, the Department of Chemistry invited four distinguished alumni to describe some highlights of their varied careers in science and technology and how their BU education launched them on these career paths. The speakers ranged in fields (theoretical chemistry to organic chemistry to physical chemistry) and careers (academia, entrepreneurship, law, industry) and BU educational experiences (undergraduate to Ph.D.). The symposium proved to be both practical in terms of career advice and touching in the tribute speakers paid to their advisors, and demonstrated the substantial impact that their BU Chemistry training had in helping to shape these successful careers. The photo shows the speakers with their advisors: Dr. Victor Battista, GRS ’96, now Professor of Chemistry at Yale, with Prof. John Straub (standing in for Victor’s advisor, David Coker); Dr. Les Dakin, GRS ’03, now scientist at Constellation Pharmaceuticals with advisor, Jim Panek; Dr. Jack Driscoll, GRS ’67, founder of HNU PID with advisor Professor Emeritus, Morton Hoffman; and Dr. Matt Zisk, CAS ’85, now partner and patent counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates with advisor, Professor Emeritus Gil Jones.

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Successful ACS Reception Brings together Chemistry Alumni, Friends, Faculty, and Students

September 13th, 2010 in Alumni, Alumni Event, Front Page

BU Alumni AssociationOne of the boons of having the ACS national meeting in  Boston is that it allows us to host a reception and reach out to friends, old and new.  Over 150 people attended our Monday, August 23rd reception, co-hosted by BU Chemistry and the BU Alumni Association, which was held during the 240th National Meeting at the Westin Waterfront.  The guests represented alumni, friends, and current faculty and students, who were welcomed by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Dr. Gina Sapiro.   Dean Sapiro kept her comments light and short, touching briefly on the Department’s many accomplishments in 2010-2011 and saying how much Chemistry has contributed to the University’s standing both in education and research.  Photos from the reception can be found here:

ACS 2010 Reception

Alumni & Friends Reception at ACS: August 23 2010

July 15th, 2010 in ACS, Alumni, Alumni Event, Conference

Explosion SculptureThe Chemistry Department invites alumni, faculty, and students to a reception during the Fall 2010 National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society in Boston, MA. Join us for an evening of light appetizers, drinks, and good conversation and a chance to catch up with friends at the Westin Waterfront Hotel beside the Boston Convention Center.

To attend, please register at the BU Alumni Website before August 16th.

Monday August 23rd 2010
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Westin Boston Waterfront
Harbor Ballroom III
425 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

The Westin Boston Waterfront is beside the Boston Convention Center and a short walk from the World Trade Center Stop on the MBTA Silver Line.

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BU Chemistry Fall 2010 ACS Alumni Reception

May 19th, 2010 in Alumni, Alumni Event

We are pleased to invite BU Chemistry Alumni and Friends to a reception at the Fall ACS National Meeting in Boston on Monday, August 23, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel (adjacent to the conference center).  Please let us know if you plan to attend.