Jack A. Kampmeier
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Ph.D. 1960, University of Illinois
RESEARCH INTERESTS Organic reaction mechanisms: free radical chemistry, organometallic reactions, and elec- tron transfer reactions. Chemical education: e Peer-Led Team Learning Workshop.
In previous Newsletters, I have commented on my collabora- tive work with Frank Saeva (Kodak) and Torben Lund (Rosk- ilde University, Denmark). In 2008, we brought that project to completion by submitting “Regioselectivity in the Reductive Bond Cleavage of Diarylalkylsulfonium Salts: Variation with Driving Force and Structure of Sulfuraryl Radical Intermedi- ates” to JACS. This work had its origins in key observations by another long-time colleague, Don Wedegaertner, during his sabbatical at Rochester in 1995. I am reading page proofs for JACS as I write these notes.
The Workshop year got off to a good start with the James Flack Norris award ceremony in Boston last November (see last year’s Newsletter article or http://www.chem.rochester.edu/news/ news.php?id=11). The local program took a big step forward with the introduction of Workshops in two core courses in the MBA program in the Simon School of Business. The first re- ports from faculty and peer leaders are enthusiastic and prepa- rations are underway for a second year in 2009-10. This experi- ment is the first intramural transfer of the workshop program to another college and a significant implementation in the social sciences. (Coincidentally, Mark Zupan, the Dean of the Simon School is the son of MARIA ZUPAN PH.D. ’64 with W. D. Walters in Chemistry).
In 1995, I got tapped to lead the search committee to find a new Dean of the River Campus libraries. One thing leads to another and in this case, to a continuing involvement with the Friends of the University of Rochester Libraries and a two-year term as President of that organization (2007-2009). A col- league noted that volunteer activities bring rewarding oppor- tunities to make new friends; that was certainly true in my case as I became involved with new colleagues and programs in our superb research libraries. I was predisposed to these activities by a long-term tutorial from Arleen Somerville and Andy Kende about the power of librarians and libraries.