Welcome to the 44th Annual UW System Chemistry Faculties Meeting

Welcome to the 44th Annual UW System Chemistry Faculties Meeting


September 29-30, 2017  |  UW-Milwaukee

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The faculty and staff of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry are pleased to be hosting the 44th Annual University of Wisconsin System Chemistry Faculties Meeting. Please join us September 29-30 to meet and learn from your chemistry colleagues from across the UW System.

The 44th Annual University of Wisconsin System Chemistry Faculties Meeting will examine student pathways in a challenging educational environment. We are excited to kick off the meeting Friday night with a special plenary talk by Nobel laureate Prof. Bernard L. Feringa from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. On Saturday, there will be breakout sessions to help us better understand how to meet our students’ needs in the current educational climate, as well a several presentations of new research instrumentation from our sponsors (see “Workshops” below). Kyle Swanson from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN will close the meeting with his keynote address entitled “Doubling completion rates: Impact of acceleration and intensification in early career STEM education for at-risk students.” The full abstract of Dr. Swanson’s address can be found here.

Please register using the button at the top of this page by September 22, 2017. The registration fee is $75 per person, which includes meals (see below) and must be paid by credit card. Unfortunately, we cannot accept walk-up registrations. A meeting brochure will be provided listing poster abstracts and registrants. For further information please contact Kristen Murphy (kmurphy@uwm.edu).

A block of rooms has been reserved at the state rate of $119 per night at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront, conveniently located about 3.5 miles from UWM at 4700 North Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee WI, 53212; 414-431-3560 (direct), 414-962-6040 (hotel), 414-962-6166 (fax). Click here to make your reservation, or call the hotel directly. Guests must provide tax-exempt documentation to obtain the discounted rate. To guarantee the conference rate please make reservations by August 1. Other hotels are available at reasonable rates in the north Milwaukee area. Parking will be available adjacent to the KIRC; download an annotated campus map here.

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC)Location
The meeting will be held in the Wisconsin Room of the UWM Student Union, and in the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC) on the UW-Milwaukee campus. The Union and KIRC are marked on the campus map. Parking is available in the Union Garage starting at 4:00 pm, and all day on Saturday.

Poster Session
All faculty attendees are invited to present a poster during the Poster Session at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 29 in the Wisconsin Room of the UWM Student Union. Easels will be provided for posters measuring up to 4’ wide by 3’ tall. Please email your poster abstract to Nick Silvaggi (silvaggi@uwm.edu) by 5:00 pm on September 22, 2017. Abstracts will be published and distributed as both hard copy in the registration booklet and as a pdf file that can be downloaded from this web site.

Three one-hour workshops will be offered concurrently during Session I (9:15 a.m.) and Session II (10:30 a.m.) on Sat., Sept. 30. Sessions will be held in Kenwood-IRC first and second floors. Exhibits will be open during the Session times.

Theme Session I Session II
Education Classroom and programmatic Assessment/ ACS Exams Program coordination and alignment between secondary and post-secondary institutions
Research Instrumentation Advanced methods for protein separations, offered by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Demonstration of the latest wireless probes and instruments from Vernier, as well as new Apps for operating these devices on a wide variety of platforms. Offered by Vernier Software & Technology
Faculty Development and Collaboration Workload policy and post-tenure review Undergraduate program development and retention efforts

Registration will include the following meals: Plenary Dinner (cash bar), continental breakfast, Chairs Breakfast (chairs only), and luncheon. Vegetarian options will be available at all meals. A mixer will be hosted by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments following the Plenary Lecture, and two drink coupons for this event will be provided with your registration

The exhibitor area will be open from 9:00-noon on Saturday September 30 on the first floor of the KIRC. Please contact Doug Stafford (dcstaff@uwm.edu) for exhibitor information.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their generous support of this event:


Friday, September 29*
4:30 – 7:00 pm     Registration/Check-in
5:00 pm                Poster Session
6:30 pm                Opening Remarks and Dinner
7:30 pm                Plenary Address
8:30 – 10:00 pm    Mixer

Saturday, September 30**
7:30 am                Chairs Breakfast
9:00 am                Coffee/Snacks
9:15 am                Workshop Session I
10:15 am              Break
10:30 am              Workshop Session II
11:30 am              Lunch and Luncheon Address

* All events on Friday will be held in the Wisconsin Room of the UWM Student Union. A floorplan showing the location of the Wisconsin Room can be found here.

** All events on Saturday will be held in the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC). All locations are marked on the campus map available here.

Plenary Speaker
Professor Bernard L. FeringaWe are excited to welcome Professor Ben Feringa to this year’s meeting. Ben was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, along with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, for his work on the design and synthesis of molecular machines.

Luncheon Address
Professor Kyle SwansonWe are also pleased to host the return to UWM of Professor Kyle Swanson, Dean of the College of Sciences at Metropolitan State University in St Paul, MN.