Oberlin College and Conservatory

Jesse Rowsell Memorial Symposium and Celebration

Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 1:30pm to 12:00am

Wright Laboratory of Physics, 201
110 N. Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

The Oberlin community is invited to the Jessee Rowsell Memorial Symposium and Celebration honoring the life and work of a beloved professor.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jesse Rowsell died of exposure on a hiking trip near his hometown in northern Ontario on January 30, 2015. He was 37. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Whelan, associate professor of chemistry; his sister, Rima Rowsell; and his parents, Shelley Rollins and Murray Rowsell.

A memorial symposium will be held in Rowsell’s honor from 1:30 to 5 p.m. April 4 in Wright 201. (Craig Lecture Hall has been reserved as an alternative location if attendance exceeds capacity.) The symposium will be followed by a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Science Center Commons and a social from 9 p.m. to close (midnight) in the downstairs of the Feve.

The symposium and its related events are free and open to all community members. A complete schedule of events is below.

1:30 - 5 p.m.
Symposium, Wright 201*

Moderator: Matt Elrod, professor of chemistry, Oberlin College

• 1:30 - 1:40 Introductory remarks, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Tim Elgren
• 1:20 - 2:10 Linda Nazar, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo
• 2:10 - 2:40 Nathaniel Rosi, Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh
• 2:40 - 3:10 Juergen Eckert, Department of Chemistry, University of South Florida
• 3:10 - 3:30 Coffee break
• 3:30 - 4:00 Charles Campana, Department of Advanced X-ray Solutions, Bruker Corporation
• 4:00 - 4:30 Stephen FitzGerald, Department of Physics, Oberlin College
• 4:30 - 5:00 Holden Lai and Ren Wiscons, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Oberlin College

5 - 7 p.m.
Reception, Science Center Commons

Brief remarks by family and friends from 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Jazz provided by Oberlin Conservatory of Music

9 p.m. - midnight
Social, Feve downstairs

*Craig Lecture Hall reserved as alternative location if attendance exceeds capacity

As a tribute to Rowsell, the college has established a memorial fund that will be awarded to financially deserving and academically outstanding research students. Donations can be made online by indicating that the donation is a memorial gift. For more information on ways to support the fund, contact Catherine Gletherow at cklima@oberlin.edu.

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Lectures/Symposia/Workshops, Oberlin Community/Service


Academic, Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics and Astronomy



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Mary Garvin

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