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2010 Milwaukee Section Award Winner

An Ongoing Obsession with Absolute Stereochemistry

William A. Donaldson
Marquette University



Klemmer's Banquet Center
10401 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53227


6:00 PM - Social Hour
7:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Meeting and Program

Family Style Dinner

(Prices include tax and gratuity)
  • Choice of pot roast of beef and portabella ravioli marsala.
  • Crisp garden salad
  • mashed potatoes and gravy
  • choice of vegetable
  • rolls and butter
  • coffee, tea, or milk
  • dessert du jour

  • Members/Guests$22.00
  • Post Doctoral Fellow – $15.00
  • Chemistry Students – $10.00
If you would prefer, you are invited to attend the meeting and program only (at no cost). There is no need to RSVP.

For dinner reservations, please call
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November 15

All are welcome.


  • Bylaw Changes. Details see HERE
  • Section Award
  • Talk


Stereochemistry is the study of molecules as three-dimensional objects. This talk with begin with a brief review/introduction of organic stereochemistry for the non-organic chemist, followed by an exploration of the origins of the speaker's "obsession" with this subject. The remainder of the talk will provide a tour of where this indulgence has lead in research on the development of organometallic methodology for the stereoselective formation of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds. This has been achieved by classical enantiomeric resolution (diastereoisomer formation and separation), yeast mediated resolution, and desymmetrization of achiral complexes.

This talk is dedicated to his wife, Pamela Parker, and sons Scott and Jim who have been willing to indulge him in his ongoing obsession with absolute stereochemistry and his newer obsession with mountaineering.


Bill Donaldson received his B.A. in 1977 from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. degree in Organometallic Chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1981. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brandeis University (1981-82) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan (1982-83) before joining the faculty at Marquette University in August 1983. His research interests (\u201cobsessions\u201d) center on the development of organometallic methodology to address the regio- and stereoselective formation of carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds. He has "lured" 16 Ph.Ds, 15 M.S., 12 Postdoctoral Fellows, 26 undergraduates and 5 Visiting Professors/Scientist into joining in this "obsession", and the fruits of their efforts have led to more than 100 publications and invited reviews/chapters. He was awarded the Edward D. Simmons Award for Junior Faculty Excellence (1988), the Rev. John R. Raynor Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (1995), and a Senior Award for Teaching Excellence and Developmental Guidance from the students at Marquette University (2009). Most recently he was appointed an Associate Dean in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette.

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