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Dr. Tong in the news for his Fulbright Global Scholar award, October 20, 2020

posted Oct 20, 2020, 7:47 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Oct 20, 2020, 7:51 PM ]

August 17, 2020. Safia co-authored a moral clarion article calling for more diversity, equity and Inclusiveness (DEI) in scientific community

posted Aug 18, 2020, 3:06 AM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Aug 18, 2020, 10:13 AM ]

A group of dozens chemists have published a timely moral clarion article, simultaneously in Nature Chemistry, JACSAngew. Chem., Chemical Science, and Canadian J. Chem., calling for building a scientific community that is more diverse, equitable and inclusive so that the currently marginalized scientists can truly thrive onward. The authors show a broad representations, including PhD students, early career researchers, seasoned scientists, as well as Nobel laureates. As one of the corresponding authors of the article, Safia, a PhD student from TongLab, has made substantial intellectual contributions to initiating, writing, revising and publishing this important piece of work that can have lasting societal impact beyond mere scientific research.  

Shaping leaders at the ACS Leadership Institute

posted Mar 17, 2020, 10:46 AM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 10:47 AM ]

March 17, 2020. Safia shares her thoughts on what she has learned from this year's ACS Leadership Institute in an essay published in ACS's C&EN on March 14, 2020. She was one of awardees of the Younger Chemist Committee's Leadership Development Award that provides financial support for graduate students and post-doc leaders to attend the conference, an award that she is highly deserved.

A Yearly Spiritual Renewal of Ramadan

posted Jun 26, 2019, 2:11 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Jul 2, 2019, 3:41 PM ]

Ramadan Renewal

June 26, 2019.
Safia's essay on The Chemistry Graduate School Experience was selected among a few out of more than 80 submissions to the invitation by C&EN of the American Chemical Society. It is a reflective essay describing her experience on how the yearly intersection of Ramadan and her doing chemistry research as a PhD graduate student brings new spiritual refreshing perspectives for her to continue doing good as a scientist. Picture credited to Jane Donnelly and Carter Cohen.

TongLab Hosted a Visit by Professors Watanabe and Iiyama

posted Apr 27, 2019, 11:58 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Apr 27, 2019, 11:58 PM ]

April 26, 2019. TongLab hosted a visit by Professors Masahiro Watanabe and Akihiro Iiyama, the former and current director of the Fuel Cell Nanomaterials Center, University of Yamanashi, Japan on their way to attend the 2019 DOE Annual Technical Review Meeting of its Hydrogen and Vehicle Programs. Professor Iiyama shared the research programs of his center and Professor Watanabe gave a lecture on designing novel electrocatalysts for fuel cells.  

Go Gianna!

posted Apr 25, 2019, 10:30 AM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Apr 25, 2019, 1:10 PM ]


April 16, 2019. Undergraduate student Gianna Bevacqua presented a poster of her research under the guidance of graduate student mentor Rongfeng Zheng at the 2019 Georgetown Undergraduate Research Symposium. Way to go Gianna!

Team Tong Paintbar Night

posted Apr 25, 2019, 10:19 AM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Apr 25, 2019, 10:31 AM ]


April 12, 2019. Team Tong had a happy painting night at Paintbar of Arlington, VA. Everyone's artistic talent was clearly showcased!

Happily Making Ice Cream for Kids: Chemistry in Action

posted Apr 25, 2019, 9:54 AM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Apr 25, 2019, 1:13 PM ]

March 28, 2019. Undergraduate student Carter Cohen (shown in the picture) and his graduate student mentor Safia Jilani volunteered at Hardy Middle School's STEM night by putting chemistry in action through making ice cream using liquid nitrogen.

GU to Offer Environmental Policy Masters Program

posted Nov 2, 2018, 3:32 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Nov 2, 2018, 3:42 PM ]

The Master of Science in Environmental Metrology and Policy Program (EMAP) at Georgetown that Dr. Tong runs is accepting applications for fall 2019 enrollment. Here are three web articles about the EMAP:MEASURING POLLUTION: NEW MASTER’S DEGREE DESIGNED TO IMPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY 

Heady Henna: Safia is the July 2018 Chempics winner

posted Aug 22, 2018, 1:23 PM by YuYe Tong   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 1:24 PM ]

Safia's hands drawing that she submitted to ACS's Chempics monthly contest is the July 2018 winner. Congratulations, Safia! 

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