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James Skinner

Mathematics Seminar: Absorption of Radiation and Time-Correlation Functions, Chemistry Colloquium: Spectroscopy, Structure, and Dynamics of Water: Ice, Liquid, Surface, Clusters

February 16, 2012

James Skinner attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was a double major in physics and chemistry with highest honors. He then entered Harvard University, where he studied with Professor Peter Wolynes, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate fellowship and graduated with his doctorate in chemical physics in 1979. His postdoctoral work at Stanford was under the direction of Hans Andersen and was supported by an NSF postdoctoral fellowship.

In 1981 Skinner joined the faculty of Columbia University and became a professor of chemistry in 1986. In 1990 he moved to the University of Wisconsin, as the Joseph O. Hirschfelder Professor of Chemistry and director of the Theoretical Chemistry Institute. In 2010 he was appointed Joseph O. and Elizabeth S. Hirschfelder Professor of Chemistry. Skinner has been the recipient of a number of awards for both scholarship and teaching, including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2003), a fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the American Chemical Society Division of Physical Chemistry Award in Theoretical Chemistry (2011) and the American Chemical Society Irving J. Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics (2012). He has coauthored more than 180 scientific publications, has given more than 280 invited lectures and has served as adviser to 32 graduate students and 12 postdocs.  Skinner’s research interests are in the theoretical chemistry of condensed phases.