MolSSI School on Stochastic Approaches to Electronic Structure Calculations

Stochastic approaches to electronic structure calculations, due to their low scaling with the number of electrons and high degree of parallelization, hold considerable promise for the modeling of complex molecules and materials. This school will involve lectures about and hands-on experience with various stochastic electronic structure methods including diffusion Monte Carlo, variational Monte Carlo, full configuration interaction QMC, and Auxiliary Field QMC. The school is targeted for graduate students doing research in electronic theory as well as postdoctoral fellows and faculty at undergraduate institutions interested in learning about stochastic electronic structure methods. The exercises will be done using Python. Social events and discussions to foster collaboration and poster sessions are planned. We expect to be able to cover the costs of registration and housing for the participants.

Time and Venue:

The school will be held on the University of Pittsburgh’s Oakland campus with the planned dates of July 29 – August 2, 2019.


  • Cyrus J. Umrigar, Cornell University
  • Luke Shulenburger, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Lucas K. Wagner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • George H. Booth, King’s College London
  • Brenda M. Rubenstein, Brown University

Electron-Molecule & Molecule-Molecule Interactions

You are all invited to the Electron-Molecule & Molecule-Molecule Interactions Symposium in honor of Professor Kenneth D. Jordan for his contributions to Computational and Theoretical Chemistry.

Time and Venue:

The symposium is co-sponsored by the COMP and PHYS divisions of ACS and will be held during the Spring 2019 ACS meeting in Ordando, FL. The symposium will be for two full days from March 31st to April. 1st, 2019. The abstracts should be submitted through the COMP division at this webpage.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Anouar Benali, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Ksenia Bravaya, Boston University
  • Mike Falcetta, Grove City College
  • Mark Gordon, Iowa State University
  • Mark Johnson, Yale University
  • Daniel Lambrecht, University of Pittsburgh
  • Fred Manby, University of Bristol
  • Anne McCoy, University of Washington
  • Martin Head-Gordon, University of California, Berkeley
  • Teresa Head-Gordon, University of California, Berkeley
  • Vince Ortiz, Auburn University
  • Peter Pulay, University of Arkansas
  • Jean-Philip Piquemal, Sorbonne Universite
  • Brenda Rubenstein, Brown University
  • George Shields, Furman University
  • David Sherrill, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jack Simons, University of Utah
  • Thomas Sommerfeld, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • John Stanton, University of Florida
  • Janice Steckel, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • Krzysztof Szalewicz, University of Delaware
  • Jan Verlet, Durham University
  • Vamsee Voora, University of California, Riverside
  • David Wales, University of Cambridge
  • Tim Zwier, Purdue University

Financial Support:

The Department of Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh


  • Revati Kumar, Louisanna State University
  • Jack Simons, University of Utah
  • Feng Wang, University of Arkansas