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BENJAMIN RUDSHTEYN, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Chemistry




Major: Columbia University

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: PhD

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am currently an NIH F32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Richard Friesner's group in the Chemistry Department at Columbia University using Auxiliary Field Quantum Monte Carlo to study transition metal containing systems.

I hold a B.S. degree in chemistry from Macaulay Honors College program at Brooklyn College/CUNY (2013) and a Ph.D. in computational/physical chemistry from Yale University (2018).



Past Classes

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S484: The Unscientific Method: Challenges Facing Science As A Discipline in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
This class gives an overview of challenges facing science as a discipline. We’ll discuss how the Scientific Method should work and how it should plays out in practice in terms of topics such as the the following: Publishing Peer review Plagiarism Scientific misconduct Public relations Unconscious bias Reproducibility


S485: Introduction to Computational Chemistry in Rainstorm Fall 2020 (Dec. 05 - 06, 2020)
Computational chemistry is the branch of chemistry that uses computers to solve equations from quantum mechanics to solve problems in chemistry such as predicting the structure, properties, and patterns of reactivity of molecules. This course will be a very math-lite survey of what computational chemistry is about and the fundamental balance of computational expediency and accuracy.


S293: Chemophobia: What's a Chemical? in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
This class gives an overview of the phenomenon of chemophobia, the fear of chemicals (not of organic chemistry as a class!). It will define the terminology of chemicals, including the difference between natural and artificial chemicals and how one is not necessarily better than the other.