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Farrar Symposium 2018

June 15, 2018
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Class of '62 Auditorium - UR Medical Center

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Our dear and esteemed colleague Jim Farrar is celebrating two milestone events in 2018. Jim will turn 70 years young in June, and he will formally retire from an active teaching role in the Department on June 30th. On June 15, 2018 the Chemistry Department at Rochester is planning a day-long celebration to honor Jim, his many years of service to Chemistry at Rochester, and his milestone birthday.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., we will host at the Class of 62' Auditorium in the University of Rochester Medical Center an all day research symposium featuring speakers who will highlight Jim's research career.




9:05 a.m.

Steven Sibener

University of Chicago

“Interfacial Chemical Dynamics”

9:35 a.m.

John Muenter

University of Rochester

"Moving Molecules: Both Spacially and Energetically"

10:05 a.m.

BREAK – Flaum Atrium


10:30 a.m.

Cheuk-Yiu Ng

UC Davis

“Quantum-Control of Chemical Reactivity by Rovibronic-State Selections”

11:00 a.m.

Tom Rizzo

EPFL Laboratory of Molecular Physical Chemistry - Switzerland

“Cryogenic Spectroscopy of Biomolecular Ions”

11:30 a.m.

Charles Schmuttenmaer

Yale University

“THz Spectroscopy:  Past, Present, and Future”

12:00 p.m.

Floyd Davis

Cornell University

“Casting a New Light on Free Radical Photochemistry and Reaction Dynamics”

12:30 – 1:15 pm.

LUNCH – Flaum Atrium


1:15 p.m.

Franco Vecchiocattivi

Instituto per le Tecnologie Chimiche Universita di Perugia

“Chemi-ionization reactions:  a collaboration between Rochester and Perugia but also the fruit of an old friendship”

1:45 p.m.

Stefano Falcinelli

Universita degli Studi di Perugia

“Ions: their movement in Chemistry between past and future”

2:15 p.m.

Marty Zanni

University of Wisconsin Madison

“Cats but not Rats? Hominids but not Hamsters? A Study into the Molecular Mechanism of Type 2 Diabetes Using 2D IR Spectroscopy”

2:45 p.m.

BREAK – Flaum Atrium


3:05 p.m.

Dwayne Miller

Max Planck Institute for the Structure & Dynamic of Matter

“Imaging Atomic Motions with Ultrabright Electrons: Realization of the Chemists' Gedanken Experiment”

3:35 p.m.

Mike Carpenter

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

“Oxygen Anion and Hydrogen Reactions: Experiments Without Lasers”

4:05 pm.



Friday, June 15, 2018
Symposium - Class of ’62 Auditorium - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Jim Farrar joined the faculty at Rochester in July, 1976 after graduate studies at The University of Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship at Berkeley.  He set up a research laboratory dedicated to applying mass spectrometry and molecular beam methods to the study of gas phase ion chemistry.  He was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow in 1981, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982.  Following his promotion to Professor in 1986, he began a program of research to study the photochemistry of mass-selected solvated metal ions.  That work provided evidence of the existence of Rydberg states that served as precursors for ion-pair production and solvated electron formation.  Jim was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1987, and was a Visiting Fellow at JILA at the University of Colorado in 1988.  In the early 1990s, Jim and his collaborators from the University of Perugia initiated a collaboration on collisional ionization that has led to many scientific and personnel exchanges between Rochester and Perugia.  Jim served as Chair of the Department from 1997 to 2000. His most recent research work has applied velocity map imaging methods to the study of ion-radical reactions.  The group’s research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation from 1978 to 2017.

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