Alumni Newsletter

From the Chair

Greetings Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumni and Friends! I am writing to tell you about the exciting things that are happening in the department during the second half of 2018. Please have a look at our Department website for informational items.

Faculty members continue to win prestigious awards for teaching, research, and service (see Faculty and Staff News). Rick Page and Gary Lorigan both received NIH MIRA grants ( Stacey Lowery Bretz was featured in the second edition of Mom the Chemistry Professor, a book published by the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society. Meredith Erb was awarded the 2018 Mallory-Wilson Center Faculty/Staff Recognition award for her contributions to the education of pre-med students at Miami. Ellen Yezierski was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Instruction and Mentoring (

After our June 2018 newsletter, we heard from many alumni, and it is wonderful to hear about what they are doing (for more details, see Alumni News). A new part of our Alumni News page is “Alumni Spotlight”. Please check it out and if you are interested in being spotlighted, please let me know. An alumnus gave a Department seminar in the Fall semester: Dr. Gretchen Potts (BS Chemistry 1996) discussed her work at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Gretchen and three other alumni (Carrie Furnish (BS Chemistry 1999), Greg Neher (BS Chemistry 2012), and Jessica Walpole (BS Biochemistry/Zoology 2015)) spoke to our CHM147 students and shared their experiences with our new majors. Many of our alumni are generous supporters of our programs and students, and they are listed on our Donors page. Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our students and programs.

Like in my last 3 Newsletters, I have a special request for all ALUMNI! We are currently building a database of all alumni so that we can contact them and let them know what is happening at Miami. We have a list of over 5,000 alumni! We are using LinkedIn to find our alumni, and this approach is very painstaking. I am writing to ask for your help. We have set up a form on our webpage for you to fill out information. If you know any other alumni, please encourage them to contact us and let us know what they are doing. I set as a goal to reach 90% of our alumni in 2019, and we cannot possibly achieve this goal without your help. 
If you are in Oxford during 2019, please stop by and say hello. We would love to give you a tour of the building and to see you. Please send us an update of what is going on in your lives; you can email me at If you know any alumni, please forward this newsletter to them or ask them to contact us – we would be delighted to hear from them. We have a department LinkedIn site. If you haven’t already, please join the group. Lastly, we are on Twitter. If you are interested in following us, please go to MiamiOH ChemBiochem (@mu_chem).

We hope that you have a great 2019!

Michael Crowder
Professor and Chair