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The Inaugural Marvin D. Rausch Lectureship in Organometallic Chemistry

Marvin Rausch

Professor Marvin D. Rausch was a devoted faculty member of the Department of Chemistry at UMass Amherst from 1963 to 2001. He was widely recognized for research in organometallic chemistry and authored or co-authored over 350 scientific articles and served on the editorial boards of several journals in this area of chemistry. Professor Rausch mentored over 40 PhD students during his tenure here, and his course in advanced laboratory methodology set a standard for the training of advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. In addition to sponsoring this honorary seminar, he was also a generous donor to UMass Amherst’s Athletic program and gave part of his fantastic crystal and mineral collection to the Department of Geosciences.

The Marvin D. Rausch Lectureship in Organometallic Chemistry was established to provide support for a lecture series which will be presented by individuals with outstanding established reputations in any aspect of organometallic chemistry. In this context, organometallic chemistry is described as the chemistry of chemical components which possess a direct carbon-to-metal bond. Areas of potential expertise for the focus of the Marvin D. Rausch Lectureship in Organometallic Chemistry include synthesis, catalysis, structure, bonding, spectroscopy, applications, or related areas.

The inaugural Marvin D. Rausch Lectureship in Organometallic Chemistry will feature Prof. Thomas E. Bitterwolf, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Idaho, presenting his seminar, “‘And then a Miracle Occurs’ Recent Adventures in Mechanistic Inorganic Photochemistry” on April 14, 2011 at 11:15 a.m. in Lederle Tower, Room 1634.

We are thrilled to have Prof. Bitterwolf share his expertise and enthusiasm for the commencement of the Marvin D. Rausch Lectureship in Organometallic Chemistry, and are extremely grateful to the late Prof. Rausch and family for the endowment of this seminar series.

(March 2011)

 

 
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