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Dr. Tobin Marks Reflects on CISTAR Pending Renewal and the Role of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion By Dr. Denise Driscoll

Dr. Linda Broadbelt introduced her colleague, Dr. Tobin Marks, who was scheduled to make some after-dinner remarks. She enumerated the many ways that Dr. Marks has been remarkable over the years, whether one looks “by the numbers” (i.e., the number of awards, publications, students mentored, and patents) or at his collegiality as he is the first to answer email requests, the first to offer his help or leadership, and the first to encourage first-generation college students, being one himself. During his address, Dr. Marks pointed out to the graduate students the uniqueness of their opportunity in CISTAR to interact with industry and learn more practical applications and also addressed how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is more than just capturing the numbers.

Happy First-Generation College Graduate Day!

Celebrating the People in CISTAR over the years who are First-Generation College Graduates.

Center-to-Center (C2C) Updates and the Growing Intercultural Global Energy Leaders (GIGEL) program

CISTAR's Alexander Dowling and the University of São Paulo professors give seminars at each other's universities as part of the C2C grant. The first session of the summer graduate certificate program, Growing Intercultural Global Energy Leaders (GIGEL) was created by CISTAR’s DCI director, Dr. Driscoll, to address the diversity and culture of inclusion goals outlined in the C2C grant. Dr. Driscoll summarizes the successes of the program in the following article.

REM Alum on Track to Earn Dual Undergraduate Degrees in Engineering, Chemistry from PVAMU, Xavier

Kayla Freeman, CISTAR's Research Experience & Mentoring Program Alum and a senior in Prairie View A&M University’s Chemical Engineering Program, came to “The Hill” as part two of a unique program at Xavier University of Louisiana. Upon graduation in May of 2023, Freeman will earn dual undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Xavier and engineering from PVAMU.

Industry & Innovation Update

U.S. NGL and Ethylene Industry Continues to Expand By: Bruce Cook, CISTAR, Research and Industry Advisor

DCI Update: 2022 CISTAR Outstanding Mentor Award Winners

Based on the nominations, the Mentoring Award Committee[1] selected the following individuals to receive a CISTAR Outstanding Mentor Award (and see some of the qualities for which they were chosen):

CISTAR Featured Undergraduate Fellows

In this newsletter, we are featuring a few of our CISTAR Undergraduate Fellows and their achievements.  If you would like to have a graduate or undergraduate student featured on our website and in the next newsletter, please e-mail Brittany Bright at bright9@purdue.edu.

EWD Update: 2022 CISTAR Summer Programs

The CISTAR labs were full of visiting researchers this summer as all of our educational programs resumed in-person activities! Faculty and graduate mentors worked with undergraduates for the REU and REM programs at Purdue, the RET program continued for its third year at the University of Texas at Austin. Each of the CISTAR campuses hosted two high school students as part of the Young Scholars program. In all, 32 individuals gained research experience with CISTAR.

Are you following CISTAR?

If you didn't know, CISTAR is on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. If you have a moment, please visit our pages, follow our accounts and share our content when possible to attract new followers.

2022 CISTAR Biannual Meeting at the University of Notre Dame

The 2022 CISTAR Biannual meeting took place October 17-19, 2022 at the University of Notre Dame. This was the first fully in-person, center-wide meeting in the last two years with industry members, CISTAR Fellows, faculty, and staff from all five partner universities.

2022 CISTAR Year 5 NSF Renewal Site Visit Recap

CISTAR welcomed team members from the center's partner institutions, the Industrial Advisory Board chairs, and the National Science Foundation Site Visit Team (NSF SVT) to Purdue University on June 3-4, 2022 for the center’s first partial, in-person meeting in over two years.

CISTAR Graduate Fellows Interested in Attending 2022 SHPE Conference

CISTAR Graduate Fellows who are members of SHPE and interested in representing CISTAR/Purdue at this year's SHPE conference please get in touch with Dr. Driscoll (driscoll@purdue.edu).

CISTAR Welcomes New Faculty Member, Can Li

Prof. Can Li joined Purdue University and CISTAR as an Assistant Professor in June 2022.

CISTAR Welcomes Two New Industry Members, Evonik and Corteva

CISTAR announced that Evonik and Corteva are now CISTAR Industry Members.

CISTAR Congratulates Ricem Diaz Arroyo and Sopuru A. Ezenwa on CISTAR Fellowships

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 CISTAR Fellowship Winners, Ricem Diaz Arroyo and Sopuruchukwu (Sopuru) A. Ezenwa. CISTAR awards two fellowships annually – both of which are funded by Purdue Chemical Engineering alumni: Dick Reitz and Bill Murray.

CISTAR Congrats: Linsey Seitz

CISTAR Congrats Linsey Seitz, Northwestern University and CISTAR team member on her prestigious NSF Early Career Award!

CISTAR First-Generation College Students

As part of the 3rd National First-generation College Celebration, we listed CISTAR faculty, staff, and graduate fellows who were first-generation college students.

CISTAR Welcomes Two New Industry Members

CISTAR announced that Dow and Braskem are now CISTAR Industry Members.

Abhaya Datye and UNM Research Team Develops Improved Catalyst Technology

Abhaya Datye, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UNM and CISTAR International Programs Director along with his research team publish new findings in Nature Catalyst.

Announcing CISTAR's 2021 Biannual Meeting Perfect Pitch Winners

CISTAR's 2021 Biannual Meeting took place virtually October 13-15, 2021

CISTAR's Researchers Publish Findings for a New, More Economical Process for Converting Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) to Liquid Fuel

Researchers at the Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) have created a new, more economical process for converting natural gas liquid (NGL) to liquid fuel.

Tobin Marks Named Among Global ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ for 2021

Tobin Marks, CISTAR Thrust 3 Lead, is named among global 'Highly Cited Researchers' for 2021

Tobin Marks Elected to American Philosophical Society

Tobin Marks, CISTAR Thrust 3 Lead, is elected to the American Philosophical Society.

Welcome Dr. Ruilan Guo to join Polymer as Editor

Dr. Ruilan Guo will join Polymer as new Editor since August 1st, 2021.

William F. Schneider awarded Notre Dame’s James A. Burns, C.S.C., Award for outstanding mentorship of doctoral students

William F. Schneider is the recipient of the James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award. The award showcases the outstanding mentorship of Notre Dame’s very best doctoral advisers.

CISTAR Congrats: Jeff Brinker elected to the National Academy of Sciences

CISTAR congratulates Jeff Brinker, Distinguished and Regent’s Professor, Emeritus at the University of New Mexico, as he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

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