Department Seminar

Upcoming Seminar

From Betty Crocker Homemaker to Chemist in the Kitchen
Dr. Margaret Merryfield, CSU Long Beach

April 17, 2024
4:00pm-5:00pm in HSCI-105

Margaret Merryfield

What can you do with a degree in biochemistry? More to the point, how do the skills one learns as a scientist translate outside the classroom and laboratory? Is there a logical pathway that leads from studying enzymes and enzyme regulation to serving as an expert in academic human resources? In this seminar, I will share my experiences over a career that has included everything from basic science to labor negotiations, with a recent delicious application – the chemistry and biochemistry of food and cooking.

cabbage, pomegranate, blueberry, turmeric
Fig. Examples of food indictors.

Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 4:00pm. All are invited to attend.

Seminar Coordinator

For information and suggestions about our Department Seminar series, please contact the seminar coordinator:

Dr. Fangyuan Tian


The following is the schedule for Spring 2024.

Seminar Schedule
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
April 17, 2024 From Betty Crocker Homemaker to Chemist in the Kitchen Dr. Margaret Merryfield, CSU Long Beach
April 24, 2024 Photochemistry in Natural and Engineered Environmental Systems Garrett McKay, Texas A&M University
May 1, 2024 Introduction of Defects and Ligands into a Metal Organic Framework Lauren Benz, University of San Diego
May 8, 2024 (topic: inorganic chemistry) Joshua Figueroa, UC San Diego

Previous Seminars

Previous Seminars
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
April 10, 2024 Solar Water Splitting using Ensembles of Artificial Photosynthetic Nanoreactor Dr. Shane Ardo, UC Irvine
March 27, 2024 Quest for the Nature of Noncovalent Interactions Using Energy Decomposition Analysis Dr. Yuezhi Mao, San Diego State University
March 13, 2024 The Chemistry of the Canopy: A Data-Driven Exploration of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Urban-Biosphere Interface Dr. Sarah Kavassalis, Harvey Mudd College
March 6, 2024 Nanocrystal Self-Assembly: Designing Materials with Complexity and Function Dr. Andrea Tao, UC San Diego
February 28, 2024 Measurement in Chemistry Education: Examining the Past and Supporting the Future Dr. Regis Komperda, San Diego State University
February 14, 2024 From Ab Initio Data to Action: Leveraging Many-Body Potentials for Realistic Simulations of Water Harvesting and Carbon Capture Using Metal-Organic Frameworks Dr. Francesco Paesani, UC San Diego

The Seminar Archive has Department Seminars from previous semesters.

The Department Seminar is supported by The Allergan Foundation.