The Engle lab bids farewell to Zichen (Forrest) Wang, who has completed his 6-month internship. After an inspiring and productive stay at Scripps, Forrest returns to Nankai University equipped with a group of lifelong friends, new chemistry knowledge, a refined appreciation for hamburgers, and improved laser tag skills.
As part of TSRI’s Science Saturdays program, The Engle group welcomed students from several San Diego area high schools to campus. Keary kicked off the morning with an opening lecture, titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Building Molecules,” and afterwards, the high school students in the audience made their way into various laboratories on campus for tours and activities. For a write-up, click here.Stay tuned for a video recording of Keary’s talk.
For the second straight year, the Engle lab hosted a group of high school teachers from across the United States through the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust – Partners in Science Program. The Partners in Science Program provides opportunities for high school teachers to work with investigators in academic labs or in labs associated with other non-profit institutions to bring the knowledge and experience back to classroom, promoting hands-on science education. Members of the Engle lab explained our group’s research, organized a series of hands-on activities, and even coaxed a few brave teachers into the glovebox.
The Engle lab is pleased to usher in 2017 by welcoming its newest postdoc, Sri Krishna Nimmagadda. Sri originally hails from Chirala, India, and completed his Ph.D. with Jon C. Antilla at the University of South Florida, where his research focused on the catalytic asymmetric synthesis using chiral phosphoric acids and alkaline earth metal phosphate complexes.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To wind down an awesome 2016, the Engle lab held its annual holiday party, which featured far too much tasty food (ranging from kimchi fried rice to egg nog fudge to Popeye’s “Christmas” chicken), a white elephant gift exchange, and games late into the evening. Throughout the night, Hermione was quick to remind everyone that it was her birthday party too!
The editorial boards of Synlett, Synthesis, and Synfacts have selected Keary as a 2017 Thieme Chemistry Journal Awardees. Individuals in this category are promising young professors at the beginning of their career, and every year a few are chosen for this award as a gesture of encouragement. Congrats to the whole team on this recognition of everyone’s hard work!
The Engle lab helped welcome students from the Cal State Long Beach ACS Student Affiliates Chapter to TSRI for a day of lab tours and scientific discussion. Members of the Engle lab explained our group’s research and organized a series of demos and hands-on activities to illustrate key reactivity principles.