Group News

2012

  • Congratulations to Amanda Houk for passing her oral comprehensive exam!
  • Welcome to our newest group members, Tim Quincy and Riley Ross!
  • Cassie presented a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on Electronic Spectroscopy and Dynamics (July 2012)
  • Igor presented a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on Atomic and Molecular Interaction (July 2012)
  • Chris was awarded a five year, $650,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal "Controlling non-adiabatic reaction dynamics in solution: A window on the fundamental details of photochemical reactions." (http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1151555) Follow this link for the complete KU News Release.
  • Elles group alum, Joseph Varberg, will start graduate school at the Indiana University School of Medicine BioMedical Gateway Program in August 2012.
  • Chris has been awarded a Visiting Faculty position at the University of Rome (La Sapienza). He will spend 3 months this summer working with Tullio Scopigno to study the structural dynamics of molecular switches using Femtosecond Stimulated Raman Spectroscopy (FSRS).
  • Cassie was awarded the Kenneth L. and Gertrude Irene Marsi Scholarship for superior academic performance by an advanced graduate student. (May 2012)
  • Will was awarded the Bricker Scholarship for outstanding performance by a chemistry major. (May 2012)

2011

  • The group's first paper was accepted in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics! (12/12/2011)
  • Congratulations to Cassie Ward for passing her oral examination! (12/12/2011)
  • The whole group traveled to Denver, CO to attend the National ACS meeting from August 27-September 1, 2011. Chris gave a talk in the Excited State Dynamics Symposium. Igor and Cassie both presented posters.
  • The Elles Group received the 2011 Kansas EPSCoR First Award! (http://www.nsfepscor.ku.edu/first-awards-yr2.html)
  • Jenna received the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship for 2011-2015. (http://www2.ku.edu/~selfpro/)
  • Cassie was awarded the Kenneth L. and Gertrude Irene Marsi Scholarship for superior academic performance by an advanced graduate student (May 2011).
  • Jenna was awarded the Adrienne Hiscox Mitchell Scholarship given to an outstanding female graduate student (May 2011).

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