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Saturday, November 2, 2013 The "Golden Helix 5K" starting with a boom at 10AM. Join us for the 3.1 mile walk/run on Saturday, November 2nd. The 8:00-9:30 AM packet pickup is in front of Prescott Hall at the corner of Stadium Avenue and W. 10th Street. The clubs are looking for door prizes (food coupons, goodies, etc.). If you'd like to help sponsor a TTU student to run, you may write a $25 check to "ASBMB Golden Helix 5K" and put it in my box. This is a joint event with the ASBMB, Lions Club, and ChemMED club. For complete details, visit 

October 26, 2013 is Homecoming Weekend watch the Tech Times and here for announcements or check out On Saturday, October 26th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. the chemistry department will be under the big tent adjacent to the football stadium at what is referred to as "Tailgate Park".  Alumni, students, friends and their families are invited to stop by as there will be activities for all ages. Stay and enjoy the game between Tech and Eastern Illinois beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Afterwards, join us back at Foster Hall in Room 406 for a variety of chili dishes and desserts.  While there, feel free to tour the department.

Friday, October 20, 2013, and Friday, February 2, 2014 DEADLINE: Call for proposals The Student Research Grants Committee of the Chemistry Department at Tennessee Tech University is soliciting student proposals for funding for 2013-14 academic year and summer 2014.  Proposals are due by the posted due date unless it falls on a weekend. Otherwise, proposals are due on the following Monday.  All proposals must be hand-delivered to the Main Office of Chemistry Department, Foster Hall, Room 219.

News Items

Swartling appointed to National American Chemical Society Board - Dr. Dan Swartling, chemistry professor, has been appointed to the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board for a three-year term. This board serves as a consultative and advisory body to the ACS society committee on education and the undergraduate programs office regarding activities pertinent to ACS student chapters and student members.We want to welcome two new permanent faculty and one new adjunct faculty. 

Dr. William R. Carroll is our new organic chemistry faculty.  Dr. Carroll earned his Ph. D from The University of South Carolina, his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, and comes to us from a post doc position in the Roberts group at the California Institute of Technology.  He is starting a research program as a physical organic chemist studying the shapes of molecules in solution using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.

Dr. Chad Rezsnyak is our new lecture and laboratory coordinator for STEM major General Chemistry courses.  Dr. Rezsnyak earned his Ph.D at the University of Buffalo was published in the Journal of Coordination Chemistry.  He is enthusiastic and dedicated to teaching students General Chemistry. 

Dr. Derek Cashman who has been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through UT-Knoxville is our new Temporary Adjunct Faculty member working to help us with BioChemistry.

During the 2013-14 academic year the committee will accept student proposals on or before the following two dates: Friday, October 18, 2013 and Friday, January 31, 2014. The completed application package should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file via email to Dr. Carrick, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , before 5 p.m. CST on the due date listed.  The copier in the Chemistry Department office (FH 219) can accomplish this.  Applications submitted late or incomplete will not be considered.

 Recent Events


Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Crook and Dr. Sri Bharat Madireddy  for earning their PhD's in Fall and Summer, respectively.  Each will be staying on at TTU this year with one year appointments as faculty. Welcome Aboard!"

Parent Day 2011:  On September 24, 2011 the department hosted students and their families (and friends) in Foster Hall with chemical demonstrations and LN2 ice cream. It was standing room only with as many as 250 in attendance. On Saturday, over 8,000 people were at the football game Saturday night to watch Tech defeat SEMO.

Race for the Golden Helix 5K:  On September 16, 2011 the ASBMB Affiliates hosted a 5K Run.   Proceeds from the event where donated to fund undergraduate student research projects in the TTU Chemistry Department. The money raised affords more opportunities we can provide students. Student research funds are typically used to purchase chemicals and equipment necessary for completing a research project. Students travel to various professional conferences and poster sessions to present this research.  Over 80 participants attended.  For race results go to  The Results.