Departmental Seminars

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Departmental Seminar Series covers a broad range of fields in the Chemical and Biochemical Sciences. In past seminars, scientists from Academia, Government, and Industry have presented their most recent discoveries and contributions in their respective areas. This Seminar Series offers students and faculty the opportunity to interact directly with other leaders in their specializations and to gain a good overview of the entire range of fields in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Seminars are held on Tuesdays12:30pm-1:30pm in the Clendenin Building, room 1009 on the Kennesaw Campus (PDF), unless otherwise noted. All are invited to attend.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - *SPECIAL LOCATION: CL 2007* - View event on Facebook »

  • Jordan Harshman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Auburn University
    • "Instructional Profiles of STEM Instructors and Optimization of Cluster Analysis Techniques"
    • ABSTRACT: Cluster analysis is a technique frequently used in discipline-based education research to empirically categorize participants into groups (clusters) based on characteristics not directly observable. Over 2,000 STEM instructors were observed via the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate Science (COPUS) and 7 primary instructional profiles emerged from a cluster analysis. There are thousands of algorithms that can be used in cluster analysis, leaving researchers with option-overload. This prompted a simulation study of 3.65 million cluster analyses to determine which one was the best, but it was clear that no single “best” algorithm ubiquitously produces accurate results for all data types.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

  • Dr. Janet Arras, Post doc at Kennesaw State University

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

  • Rio Febrian, St. Louis University, Center for Chemical Evolution

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

  • Gregory Zetzsche, INSEEC France (Institut de Hautes Etudes Economiques et Commerciales in France) 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Dr. Yiman Zhang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

  • Amber Caldara, Kennesaw State University
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