100th Anniversary of Gilman Hall and Department of Chemistry Celebration

September 11-13, 2014

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of
Gilman Hall and
the Department of Chemistry

September 11-13, 2014

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Reconnect with fellow chemistry alumni, meet faculty and students, tour facilities, learn from presenters, and enjoy the Cy-Hawk game.

Hosted by
The Department of Chemistry and
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Schedule of Events

Date Time Event Location
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 4 p.m. Career panel for students: Alice Hudson, Surface Chemists of Florida, David Phillips, University of Hong Kong, and Erin Rockafellow, Archer Daniels Midland Hach Hall Lobby
6 p.m. Welcome reception Campanile Room, Memorial Union
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 8 a.m. Refreshments Great Hall, Memorial Union
8:30 a.m. President’s Annual Address:Taking the University to the Next Level: Steven Leath, President of Iowa State University Great Hall, Memorial Union
9:15 a.m. Registration/continental breakfast Hach Hall Lobby
10 a.m. Welcome: William Jenks, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost of Iowa State University 1352 Gilman Hall
10:15 a.m. Medallion Ceremony for the John D. Corbett Professorship in Chemistry: Edward Yu, Professor 1352 Gilman Hall
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. SusTerea Biorenewables: Upgrading Biomass to Functionalized Aromatics: Jennifer J. Lee, graduate student 1352 Gilman Hall
11:30 a.m. The History of the Department of Chemistry in Gilman Hall: Patricia A. Thiel, Distinguished Professor 1352 Gilman Hall
Noon From Carbocations at ISU to Metal Carbenes Today: Michael P. Doyle 1352 Gilman Hall
12:30 p.m. Lunch Hach Hall Lobby
1 p.m. Student poster session Hach Hall Lobby
2:30 p.m. Reflections on Teachable Moments at ISU: Dean DuVal, Intellectual Property Manager, Procter & Gamble 1352 Gilman Hall
3 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Oxidative Means to a Cleaner Diesel Fuel: William Gong, Senior Research Scientist for BP Amoco 1352 Gilman Hall
4:15 p.m. SCUMnado: the Storm of the Century — A chemistry show presented by the Society of Chemistry Undergraduate Majors (SCUM) 1002 Gilman Hall
6 p.m. Banquet South Ball Room, Memorial Union
7:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Tom Barton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, ACS president South Ball Room, Memorial Union
Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 Noon Tours: Gilman Hall, Hach Hall, ISU campus Hach Hall Lobby
1:00 p.m. Lunch Hach Hall Lobby
2:30 p.m. ISU vs. Iowa Football game watch (away game) Hach Hall Lobby

Travel Accommodations


See the following promotional rates for hotels in Ames. Ask for the Gilman 100th Anniversary rate when you call.

Hotel Room Type Rate
Hilton Garden Inn - Ames Double/Queen or King $115
Gateway Conference Center - Ames Double/Queen or King $119
Best Western Plus University Park - Ames Double/Queen; King $109; $99
  • Rate is available until 08/11/14
  • No block - Quote Gilman 100 Anniversary when you call
  • Rate is excludes tax, but includes a complimentary hot breakfast

Additional options for accommodations can be found at the Ames Convention and Visitor's Bureau.


ISU Parking will allow those attending the Gilman 100th Anniversary celebration to park in the commuter parking lot (Lot 29) north of the Molecular Biology Building for the event.

A couple weeks prior to the event, we will e-mail all registrants a permit to park in this lot. Please make sure that you print the permit and that you display it in the windshield while you are parked in Lot 29.

As a visitor on campus, you must either pay for parking on campus or obtain a visitor permit and park in the proper lots.

History of Gilman Hall

Gilman Hall (named the Chemistry Building until 1973), replaced Iowa State’s original chemistry building, which burned in 1913. At the time of its construction, Gilman Hall was one of the largest buildings in the region. It was known for its innovative design including fireproofing and asphalt floors that alleviated the discomfort of standing in the labs all day. The “cutting-edge” facility was credited with helping Winfred F. Coover (Chemistry Department Head from 1913-1944) attract the faculty and staff who have made Iowa State’s Department of Chemistry a nationally recognized, first class department for teaching and research.

On May 6, 1974, the Chemistry Building it was dedicated as Gilman Hall to honor the contributions and achievements of Henry Gilman, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.

Gilman Hall has undergone several renovations and repairs through the years including a new entrance in 1942; space renovations in 1954, 1956, and 1960; and a new addition in 1964. It also underwent four major stages of renovations between 1982 and 2002. Today, Gilman Hall houses the Department of Chemistry's administrative offices, some of its classroom and lab spaces, and the Chemistry Stores.

Thiel, P. A. (Ed.). (2006). Chemistry at Iowa State University: Some Historical Accounts of the Early Years.

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