Graduation December 2014
11 chemistry majors graduated this month.
Andrew Loken '09 works in R&D for Schreiber Foods. Although he is officially assigned to their Green Bay location, in the past year he has traveled to Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, and Bulgaria!
Thomas Zoch ’79 has been selected for the 2014 Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Zoch, who double-majored in Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry emphasis, is a physician in the Fox Valley.
Gateway Technical College selected math and science instructor Michael DuPrey '02 for a 2014 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award for excellence in the classroom.
Graduation Spring 2014
23 students graduated with chemistry majors!
Samuel Kougias will be starting a PhD program in organic chemistry at UW Madison.
Rilee Zeinert will be in the cell and molecular biology PhD program at U Massachusetts Amherst.
Marissa Buzzanca and Bradford Richardson are going to pharmacy school.
Carly Salter is going to Saint Louis for medical school.
Kelsey Paltzer will be a senior research technician at Neenah Paper's mill in Musining, MI.
Jesse Klein will be a research scientist at Appvion Inc. in Appleton, WI.
Carissa Adams will work for PPG in Oak Creek, WI.
Hannah Schoechert is a quality control technician at Hillestad Pharmaceuticals in Minocqua.
Matt Dodge '03 and Bart Dahl '01 came back to give Department Seminars. Both are organic chemists; Matt is teaching at Marquette U. and Bart is an assistant professor at UW Eau Claire.
Mike Garvey received his PhD from UW Milwaukee.
Two of our graduates are heading to Atlanta. Kelly Genskow will be at Emory University, working on a Master of Public Health degree in the Department of Environmental Health. Gorman Stock will pursue a PhD in Chemistry at Dr. Crawford's alma mater, Georgia Tech.
Alex Treleven will be in a PhD program at Marquette, specializing in organic chemistry.
Michael Hainstock will be working at Virent in Madison.
Mai Yang will attend Concordia University Wisconsin's School of Pharmacy.
Sarah Kieper Garvey finished her dissertation "Anion Effects in the Extraction of Metal Ions into Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids" and received her PhD from UW Milwaukee. She is teaching classes at UW Milwaukee and Marquette.
Pete Christensen has published a paper on his PhD research in Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Chris Aretz '12 is almost finished with qualifying exams at the University of Denver. He has joined Dr. Brian Cowen's synthetic organic chemistry research group.
Briana Miller and Dan Schlenz completed their studies at UW Oshkosh. Briana will go to pharmacy school, and Dan is working as an analytical chemist in Neenah.
Paul Flynn has recently moved to California to become the Central and West US Business Development Manager for Regis Technologies.
Brooke Koshel '06 defended her PhD thesis at Purdue.
new graduates: Logan Osborn, Stefanie Bell, Nicholas Newcomer, Becky Kauer, Chris Aretz and Mathew Kumbier
Stefanie Bell has already started working at PPD. In the fall Logan Osborn will attend pharmacy school in Illinois; Mathew Kumbier will start a Chemistry PhD program at the University of Nebraska; and Paige Anunson will start an internship at Kimberly-Clark.
Lucas Esser is working at Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) in Middleton, WI.
Heather Barkholtz has joined Tao Xu's research group at Northern Illinois University, studying solar cells and fuel cells, and will be collaborating with scientists at Argonne National Laboratory.
Sarah Apel, Lucas Esser, Janet Kovalaske, Jacob Porter and Wyatt Seagren graduated with chemistry degrees.
Katie Williams '11 is about to start a new job; she will be a research associate at Sturm Foods.
Missy Beighley Kofoed '05 has defended her PhD thesis, "Studies of the Distinguishing Features of NADPH:2-ketopropyl Coenzyme M Oxidoreductase/Carboxylase, an Atypical Member of the Disulfide Oxidoreductase Family of Enzymes" at Utah State. She will stay in the area to teach high school.
Schreiber Foods has transferred Andy Loken '09 to Logan, Utah where he is learning about yogurt manufacturing, and will soon have the opportunity to formulate a new product.
our newest alumni!
Ashley Hellenbrand, Jen Schauer, Alyssa Dreger, Dr. Wacholtz, Adam Dach, Natasha Schmitz, Dr. Mihalick
Demetria Dickinson will be starting a PhD program in organic chemistry at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Liem Nguyen will be starting a PhD program in mathematics at Clemson University.
Pete Christensen '10 is enjoying his first year in graduate school at University of British Columbia. He is working with light sensitive metal/organic complexes in Dr. Michael Wolf's materials chemistry laboratory.
Bill Griffiths '97 stopped by the department with his daughter, who was attending the High School Theater Festival. He still works in information technology at Covance; one of his goals is creating a paper-free laboratory. Bill spent a lot of last summer at Covance's Shanghai facility.
Christopher Potratz '04 has started a tenure track position in inorganic chemistry at Jacksonville University in Florida. He is also planning a wedding for next summer.
Christopher Potratz '04 received his PhD from The Ohio State University. His research project was "The Synthesis, Structure and Characterization of Extended Cobalt Ruthenium Carbonyl Compounds."
Danielle Leach is doing analytical work at the State Laboratory of Hygiene. In fall she will start in the pharmacy program at UW Madison.
Angela Nichols '07 earned a master's degree from UW Madison, and has spent most of the last year studying rural communities in India.
Andy Loken '09 is a Team Advisor (similar to a plant manager) for Schreiber Foods in West Bend. He is the first chemist, rather than engineer, to hold that position.
This fall Bart Dahl '01 and Jenny Dahl '02 will become assistant professors of Chemistry (Bart) and Materials Science (Jenny) at UW Eau Claire.
Travis Olson '00 is finishing a Ph.D. in math at Colorado State and is looking for academic jobs.
Andy Loken '09 is working for Aldrich in Milwaukee, doing "small scale" production (up to 50 L) of organic molecules.
John Borisch '95 is an analytical chemist at Lexmark in Lexington, KY. He analyzes emissions from laser and ink-jet printers.
Shannon Rose, Stacy Isferding, Bill Wacholtz, Sara Nagl and Andy Loken at graduation.
Fall graduate school plans: Heather Adams '04 will be at UW Milwaukee and Jacob Baus '08 will be at Marquette.
Bart ('01), Jenny ('02) and Amanda Jane Dahl are moving back north this summer. Bart will be an assistant professor of organic chemistry at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jenny will be an adjunct professor of inorganic chemistry in the department while looking for a permanent position.
Matt Dudley successfully defended his Ph. D. thesis in organic chemistry, and is a May graduate of UW Milwaukee. Robert Todd '97 graduates from the same research group.
Brad Horner '08 is working for Aldrich in Sheboygan.
Eric Saeger is a December graduate. He will be rebuilding and redesigning paper machines for Voith Paper in Appleton.
Chris Ross '03 is an R&D Chemist at Padanaplast USA, Inc, in Sheboygan. He has recently worked on developing an environmentally friendly flame retardant system for PEX wire jackets and insulation, in addition to developing a PEX pipe crosslinking system that produces a cleaner finished product. In his spare time he is working on a master's in chemical engineering at UW Madison, and also teaching MBA classes at Lakeland College.
Robert Todd '97 is still working at Aldrich Sheboygan and finishing a PhD in organic chemistry with Mahmun Hossain at UW Milwaukee.
Brendan Tompkins '05 started a PhD program at Colorado State. He reports that he likes being a teaching assistant (except for the grading),and has joined Ellen Fisher's research group.
Sarah Kieper and Mike Garvey were married on July 20. Brooke Koshel was a bridesmaid, and Sheila Zelinsky also attended.
Seniors attending their last seminar: Almon Benton, Jacob Baus, David Abbott, Julie Leibold, Brad Horner, Jonathan Luetke.
Jake Baus works for Epic Systems Corporation in Verona.
seniors' graduate school plans:
Julie Leibold: Ph. D. program in Geochemistry at Colorado School of Mines.
Jonathan Luetke: Pharmacy program at UW Madison.
Sarah Schettle: Physician Assistant program at UW LaCrosse.
Matt Dodge '03 returned in April to give a seminar, "Total Synthesis of Annonaceous Acetogenins Via Pd(0)-Mediated Asymmetric Double Cycloetherification." Once he finishes his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at UW Madison he plans to work for SAFC in Madison.
Mike Garvey and Sarah Kieper drove up from UW Milwaukee for the seminar. They have joined research groups in physical (MG) and analytical (SK) chemistry, and are also planning a summer wedding.
Scott VanderWielen, Kim Johnson, Mike Garvey, Cathy Polster, Autumn Krug, and Alexsia Richards gathered after the graduation ceremony. Cole Anholzer missed the photo opportunity.
Also graduating this semester:Angie Nichols, Amber Schultz, Jessica Seefeldt.
Dana Hatch '03 attended the graduation. She works for Ray-O-Vac in Madison, who recently sent her to China to help start a new plant.
Graduate School plans:
Angie Nichols will be going to UW Madison.
Autumn Krug deferred her admission to UW Madison to work at Aldrich.
Mike Garvey and Sarah Kieper '05 are going to UW Milwaukee.
Brooke Koshel '06 will be going to Purdue.
Cole Anholzer works at Cambridge Major Laboratories in Germantown.
Kim Johnson works at Johnson Brass & Machine Foundry in Saukville.
Alyssa Ladwig is student-teaching 7th grade science in Lomira.
Alexsia Richards and Scott VanderWielen are working at PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development) in Madison.
Amber Schultz is a chemist at Hydrite Chemical in Oshkosh.
Catherine Polster and Jessica Seefeldt are at Covance in Madison. Catherine works in the pharmaceutical analysis department.
other news: Eric and Christine Kiefer have a new son, Zachary.
Michael DuPrey was in town recently. He graduated from UW Milwaukee and is now an instructor of mathematics and chemistry at Gateway Technical College.
Jenny Dahl '02 presented a Department Seminar on her PhD research at University of Oregon. She and her husband Bart Dahl '01 are finishing up their graduate work and moving to Texas.
Brooke Koshel '06 is working at Bemis in Oshkosh, studying food packaging films.
Melissa Beighley '05 is starting her second year of biochemistry graduate school at Utah. Last year she received awards for teaching assistant of the year, and the outstanding freshman graduate student in biochemistry/microbiology! She has joined Scott Ensign's lab and works primarily with a bacterial enzyme used in a short chain hydrocarbon oxidation pathway.
Heather Adams '04 works in Madison, providing technical support for Gilson pipettes.
Missy Beighley '05 started a Ph.D. program in Biochemistry at Utah State.
Mark Soboleski '00 had to interrupt his Ph.D. research at Tulane University when Hurricane Katrina shut down the city of New Orleans. He left New Orleans before the storm arrived, and luckily did not lose any important samples. His advisor recommended spending some time at a lab in Galveston until Tulane reopens, but Hurricane Rita delayed that plan as well.
Eric Kiefer '02 and his wife Christine welcomed a baby girl, Mia Jeanine, on October 4.
On October 7, 2005, Dr. Joe Prohaska '68, now a professor of biochemistry at University of Minnesota-Duluth, presented the first Department Seminar of the academic year, on "Biochemical Functions of Copper."
Tom Clark '99 is a post-doctoral scholar in Professor Stephen Buchwald's lab at MIT. This fall he is starting to search for a more permanent job.
Matt Dodge '03 and Misty Gebauer were married on May 7th in Baraboo, WI. He is currently in his second year in graduate school at UW Madison, working in Steven Burke's lab.
Jason Otto '01 received a Master's degree last spring in Forensic Chemistry from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is now a quality control chemist at the Milwaukee Water Works Linnwood Plant.