Chemistry Department Seminars

Chemistry Department Seminars will take in-person in SL130, unless otherwise noted.  Some seminars may be also be broadcast online and recorded.  For access to online seminars and/or recordings, please see the Majors Canvas page or contact the chemistry department at

The department strives to offer a diverse and vibrant seminar program. Each year leading researchers from outside the department, as well as faculty and graduate students from Western, present and discuss their cutting-edge research. This is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to actively participate in the scientific community. In addition, many outside seminar speakers are recruiting graduate students for their respective programs and are eager to discuss their program. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

Photo Credit Roisin Cowan-Kuist, 2019

Current Seminar Schedule 

Seminars will be in-person in SL130 throughout Winter Quarter 2024, unless otherwise noted. 

IN-PERSON Seminars typically take place on Friday from 3:15-4:15 pm in SL130.

Seminar topics and titles will be posted as we receive additional information from speakers.

Winter Quarter 2024 Seminars

Friday, January 12th

No Seminar

Friday, January 19th

WWU Chemistry Club, Exploring Undergraduate Research Experiences

Friday, January 26th

Dr. Clint Spiegel, WWU 

Title: Structural Biology of Blood Coagulation Factor VIII and the Immune Response to Hemophilia A Treatment (plus five learned lessons during a career in science)

Friday, February 2nd

Dr. Chenchen Song, UC Davis: TBD

Friday, February 9th

WWU Chemistry: Graduate student Q&A – Running a Research Group (tentative)

Friday, February 16th

Dr. Joel Rothman, UC Santa Barbara 

Title: Molecular mechanisms of plasticity and resilience: lessons from two diminutive animals

Friday, February 23rd

Seagen Staff visit: TBD

Friday, March 1st

Tom Rucker, Intel Corporation: TBD

Friday, March 8th

Dr. Anthony Diaz, CWU: TBD

Friday, March 15th

Dr. Mark Bussell, WWU 

Title:  Fulbright Experience – Adventure and Some Science in Central Europe

Friday, March 22nd

Dr. Ryan Mehl, OSU Biochemistry & Biophysics: TBD

WWU Chemistry Research Publications