Jordan Katz ’99

Jordan Katz (Reed ’99, PhD Caltech ’08) has been keeping busy. A few months ago, Caltech News, 42(1), 2008, ran an article called “The Sun Also Catalyzes” that described how Jordan and his thesis advisor, Prof. Nathan Lewis, were using inkjet printers to screen large numbers of metal oxide compounds as potential photocatalysts for splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. The project, which is co-sponsored by Prof. Bruce Parkinson (Colorado State U.), also involves collaborators at undergraduate colleges. Maggie Geselbracht and two Reed students, Megan Baker ’10 and Alex Perez ’09, joined the party this past summer by setting up their very own inkjet printer.

Jordan is now a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. He will be delivering a research seminar at Reed on September 25 and a few days ago passed along this happy news,

“Dearest Friends and Family, It is with tremendous pleasure that
we announce the birth of Elina, who was born on August 15th at 8:54 PM
in Berkeley. She weighs 7 lbs 7 oz, and is 20.5 inches from head to
toe!  Mom and baby Elina are both very healthy. We’ve posted a few photos (with more on the way!) here: With love, Jordan and Cecile”
URL correction 9/26: Jordan has closed down the URL listed above. Check to see baby pictures.

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Reed Magazine – Summer ’08

The latest issue of the Reed magazine (Summer ’08) was packed with information about chemistry alumni:

Regional Gatherings

In late April, we held the first extramural Seventh Annual Nitrogen Day
celebration at the San Carlos home of Suzanne and Steve Carlson ’93.
About 30 Reedies attended, with many small children present to enjoy
the bouncy castle and liquid nitrogen ice cream, prepared by Bill
Newcomb ’93
. more … (the caption doesn’t say, but I think the fellow holding the canister of liquid nitrogen is Bill)

Class notes

Jeffrey Kovac’ 70 received the 2007-08 L.R. Hesler Award for Teaching and Service from the University of Tennessee. Students, colleagues, and friends established the award – named for the longtime head of the botany department at the university – to recognize outstanding teaching and service to the university. more …

Ethan Smith’ 97 is in his third year as teacher and co-founder of the Village Free School in Portland

In memoriam …

Werner Emanuel Zeller’ 33, March 6. Bud studied chemistry at Reed for three years before transferring to the University of Oregon. He had retired from his medical practice in 1996. more …

John Edwin Robison ’38, December 22, 2003. John received his BA from Reed in chemistry and was a chemist in the paper industry. more …

Rose Jeannette Papac ’49, May 10. Rose Papac attended Reed, and earned her BS in chemistry from Seattle University. After working at Yale University for 40 years, she retired in 2006 in order to complete a comprehensive history of cancer treatments through the ages. more …

Abigail Joy Garcia ’10, May 21. Ava’s major focus at Reed was in chemistry and she received a commendation for academic excellence in 2007. Her mother, Tamara Thomas, and members of the Reed community gathered in the Capeheart lounge on August 26 to celebrate Ava’s life. more in Reed magazine | more in Wickenburg Sun | information about Abigail Garcia Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Reed Magazine – Spring ’08

Caught this in the Class notes section of the Reed magazine, Spring ’08:

Ann Erickson ’03 has become engaged to Tommer Wizansky, her classmate at Stanford University graduate school (a photo of Ann and Tommer accompanies the note on p. 49)

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We’re Back !

Following a 14 month “sabbatical”, the Reed College Chemistry department’s news blog is back in action at a new URL and with fancy new software (provided by CUS) to help us on our way. Look here for new posts while we catch up on 14 months of news and also post new arrivals. Also try out the blog’s new features: comments, search engine, subscription to automatic updates.

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