Saturday, July 30, 2011

Progress in lower bounds to eigenvalues

Professor Marmorino has long been working on ways to calculate lower bounds to atomic and molecular energies which are the eigenvalues in the famous Schrodinger equation.  When these elusive lower bounds are combined with straightforward upper bounds, error bars result which contain the true energies of the chemical system.

Marmorino's most recent work in this area has just been published in the obviously early release of the September issue Journal of Mathematical Chemistry as Eigenvalue lower bounds with Bazley's special choice of an infinite-dimensional subspace

Friday, July 1, 2011

Gretchen Anderson becomes department chairperson

Professor Gretchen Anderson is taking the reins as head of the department as Bill Feighery steps down after eight years.  She is the department's only biochemist and was instrumental in introducing the biochemistry major which typically graduates as many majors each year as the chemistry major (sometimes more!).

Anderson routinely has students researching in her laboratory, has won many teaching awards (from this campus and from the entire IU system), and plays an active role in faculty governance.  To see just how impressive Anderson is, click here for an explanation of why she received the 2005 Herman Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, or click here to read a profile about her posted on the IU South Bend website.  The entire department welcomes her as chairperson and can expect much under her leadership.