This is an exciting time for everyone at DU. The University is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its founding and we welcomed our new Chancellor Rebecca Chopp on September 1st. In the past year the Department added a concentration in biochemistry to our American Chemical Society approved BS degree and the first student in that program graduated in Spring, 2014. During the 2013-2014 academic year 33 students graduated with majors in chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental chemistry, which is a record for recent years.
This fall we welcomed several new faculty members. Dr. Brian Michel is an organic chemist with a background in organometallic chemistry and chemical biology. He is busily setting up his research lab and preparing to teaching organic chemistry. Dr. Joe Meredith has interests in organometallic and green chemistry. He is excited about sharing his passion for science with non-science students by teaching our non-majors course. Dr. Deborah Mitchell is one of our own graduates. She will be teaching undergraduate courses as well as running the Science and Engineering Learning Center in the Anderson Academic Commons.
Despite the stringencies of federal funding, we are very proud that most of our tenured and tenure-track faculty members currently have external funding for their research. We are especially proud of the successes of our junior faculty members in getting external funding to initiate their research at this time when competition for grants is so strong.
Enrollments in the courses offered by the Department are booming and our numbers of majors are increasing. We are making substantial changes in our courses to enhance student learning opportunities.