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Atif and Johannes at the 23rd Annual McNair Scholars Research Conference

Atif and Johannes represented the CBE department during the UB campus visit, lab tour, and grad student panel discussion that were part of the Grad School Opportunities Fair of the 23rd Annual McNair Scholars Research Conference today. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program at UB is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The McNair Program is designed to provide encouragement and services to low-income and first-generation college students, and increase participation from underrepresented groups in pursuing doctoral study.
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Dr. Hans Peter Lüthi visits the group

Dr. Hans Peter Lüthi, a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the ETH Zurich, is visiting the group for a couple of days. We are very excited to have Hans Peter in Buffalo for a while as he has been on the forefront of many important developments in quantum chemistry, in particular he has been way ahead of his time on Big Data ideas in computational chemistry. He will give a seminar on the 28th titled “Assisting the Search for Novel Materials Using Computation: Donor/Acceptor Functionalization of π-conjugated Systems”. Welcome to the Queen City, Hans Peter!
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Arti Shivram joins the ML team

Arti Shivram – a 4th year grad student in Venu Govindaraju’s group over in Computer Science and Engineering – has decided that she wants to get her hands dirty in the Big Data and ML aspects of computational chemistry. She’ll team up with Mojtaba, Shawn, and Gaurav, and her expertise in the CSE aspects of our project will be invaluable for this ambitious research endeavor.
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The Hachmann and Govindaraju groups join forces

After Johannes gave last week’s group meeting in the Govindaraju Group and had a number of conversations with Venu, the two PIs decided to join forces to tackle some of the Big Data and machine learning challenges that are creating a lot of interest in computational chemistry these days. It is very exciting to be on the forefront on this emerging field and have a partner who is an absolute expert in the CSE aspects of this research. We are very much looking forward to the things to come.
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UB-CompChem listserv and Meetings and Event Calendar go live

Johannes set up a listserv called “ub-compchem-list@listserv.buffalo.edu”, which finally went live today. The idea is to have a listserv where seminars, talks, group meetings, events, etc can be announced to everybody interested in the theory, modeling, and simulation of chemical systems at UB. It is designed as a tool to improve the communication and tighten the bonds between the different theory groups on campus. A corresponding Meetings and Event Calendar was set up as well.
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