Tanner Bakhshi (Norton), Caleb Calvary (Castellani), Derek Collins (Frost), Courtney Hatten (McCunn), Rebecca Holliday (Day), Christopher Means (Wang), Tabitha Norman (Cohenford-IST), Alisa Osborne (Day), Anthony Stephenson (Kolling), Matthew Thompson (Kolling), Brian Warner (McCunn), and Emily Wright (McCunn) presented their research in poster format at the Marshall Chapter of Sigma Xi's 23rd Annual Research Day. Chemistry majors did quite well in the undergraduate poster presentation category with Derek Collins placing first, Sumaiya Chaudhry tied for second, and Anthony Stephenson and Courtney Hatten tied for third place. Tanner Bakhshi (Biological Sciences major working with Norton) tied for second.
The Department held its annual outreach event where students presented their work to representatives of local companies that have chemistry as part of their core mission. This year representatives from Bayer CropScience, Bayer MaterialScience, Columbia Paint, Dupont, Flint Group Pigments, Marathon Petroleum, Matric, and Raybo attended. Chris Chiles (BS 2006) also attended as a representative of Sen. Joe Manchin's staff.
Chemistry majors Hannah Bott (Price), Sumaiya Chaudhry (Zill, BMS program), Brian Warner (McCunn), and Christian Warner (Day) were selected to participate in Marshall's SURE program. In addition, Tanner Bakhshi (Biological Science major) will be working with Mike Norton. The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program provides a stipend to students working in faculty reseach labs for 10 weeks each summer.
Three chemistry majors competed in a debate competition one last time this year. It was the National Forensic Association's National Tournament. Victoria Ledford (Major in Chemistry and holding the plaque), Matt Osteen (Biochemistry, behind Victoria and to the left) and Marjorie McCoy (Major in Chemistry, next to Matt) competed with Matt making it to the round of 32 in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. The team placed 10th in President's Division 1 and 22nd overall, despite being the smalled Division 1 team.
Prof. Lawrence Schmitz was one of 6 university faculty and administrators to receive a Distinguished Service Award. In his 24 years at Marshall, Prof. Schmitz has served on a wide variety of important departmental, college, and university committees and served with distinction. Notably, he served as chair of the Budget and Academic Planning committee and has worked extensively on personnel issues at all levels of university governance.
Prof. Ken O'Connor was a finalist for the Marshall & Shirley Reynolds Outstanding Teacher Award. This award was established to recognize superior teaching at Marshall University and to provide encouragement and incentive for teaching achievement. All faculty with 7 or more years of experience teaching are eligible.
The Department is very pleased to announce that Bin Wang was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Leslie Frost was promoted to the rank of Professor.
Dr. Gary Ellis (BS 1976, MS 1977) was named the 2013 College of Science "Alumnus of Distinction" at the Marshall University Alumni Association's 76th annual Alumni Awards Banquet for his contributions to the field of pigments and his work with the Department of Chemistry, both as an adjunct instructor and professional collaborator. A brief biography of Gary may be found at http://muwww-new.marshall.edu/wamnewsletter/2013/04/23/alumni-awards-to-be-given-saturday-at-annual-banquet/.
Zachary Hunter, B.S., Major in Chemistry, won the 2013 Cam Henderson Award, which was presented at the Marshall University Alumni Association's 76th annual Alumni Awards Banquet. It is given yearly to the student athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of scholarship while participating in athletics.
Prof. Michael Castellani was a member of a team that reviewed the undergraduate and graduate chemistry programs at Texas A&M University at Commerce.
Prof. Michael Castellani had a chapter entitled "Presentation of Results: Publications and Oral and Poster Presentations" published in the booklet "How to Get Started in STEM Research with Undergraduates." M.E. Schuh, Editor.
Courtney Hatten, a senior chemistry major in Prof. Laura McCunn's laboratory, presented her research at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 2013. The event was sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research and spotlights undergraduate research in an effort to encourage more students to pursue research opportunities. Her research is one of 60 projects chosen from more than 700 applications, and the only one chosen from West Virginia. While at the capital, Courtney and Dr. McCunn discussed the importance of undergraduate research with congressional staff and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito.
Prof. Michael Norton and his postdoc Masudur Rahman attended the Foundations of Nanoscience meeting held at Snowbird, Utah from April 15th to 19th. Dr. Norton presented an invited talk titled "Addressing SWCNT onto Single and One Dimensional DNA Origami." Masudur presented a poster titled "Real Time AFM Observation of Streptavidin Modification of Surface Bound One Dimensional DNA Origami Assemblies" which was authored by Masudur Rahman, Anshuman Mangalam and Michael L. Norton.
Prof. Derrick Kolling presented an invited talk at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on April 19. The title of his presentation was "Mapping the Temperature Dependence of Molecular Photosynthesis: Effects on Photosystem II Water Oxidation, Oxygen-Evolving Complex Assembly, and Biofuels Production."
Prof. Derrick Kolling presented an invited talk at the University of Charleston on April 9. The title of his presentation was "Toward a Better Understanding of Molecular Photosynthesis: Using Fundamentals to Improve Biofuels."
Prof. William Price presented a poster titled, "Comparing Post Hartree-Fock Models with DFT for the Gas-Phase Dissociation of Branched Aminonitile Moieties," co-authored by H.E. Bott, C. Doerner, and K. Gemayel, in the Division of Computers in Chemistry at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans on April 9.
Prof. Bin Wang presented posters titled "COMSOL Simulation-Guided Design of Microfluidic Devices for Cell-Related Applications," (co-authored by C.M. Means, I.A. Khan, and C.J. Koontz) and "Base Composition and Genomic Distribution Characteristics of Mammalian miRNAs," at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans on April 7 and 9, respectively.
Prof. Bin Wang presented a talk titled, "RNA Degradation by Human Skin RNases Provides RNA Structural Information," in the Division of Analytical Chemistry at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans on April 7.
The Thundering Word Speech and Debate Team participated in the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament in St. Louis, MO from March 13-16. Chemistry majors Matt Osteen (National Champion in International Public Debate and an award of excellence in IPDA debate), Marjorie McCoy (top presiding officer in Legislative Debate and an award of excellence in Dramatic Duo) and Victoria Ledford (superior rating in persuasive speaking and received awards of excellence in Informative, Impromptu and Rhetorical Criticism) once again performed with distinction. More details may be found in a Huntington Herald-Dispatch article on the debate. (Marji McCoy really is one of our majors!)
In December, we reported that Cody Stover, BS, Major in Chemistry, was an author of an article in the prestigious journal Cancer Research with Piyali Dasgupta of Marshall's School of Medicine. The Huntington-Herald Dispatch published an article on the paper this month.
Several chemistry majors presented the results of their research at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol on February 28, 2013. Courtney Hatten presented a poster, "Pyrolysis Products from the Thermal Decomposition of Butyraldehyde" and Brian Warner and Emily Wright discussed "Pyrolysis Products from the Thermal Decomposition of Pivaldehyde." These students conduct their research in the laboratory of Prof. Laura McCunn. Anthony Stephenson presented his work with Prof. Derrick Kolling on "The Effect of Glycerol Availability on the Production of Triacylglycerols in Chlorella vulgaris." Rebekkah Brown presented a poster "Resveratrol Reduces Kidney Injury Induced by Hydrogen Peroxide" with biology major Derek Ramsey based on her work in Prof. Monica Valentovic's lab in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Toxicology in the Marshall University School of Medicine. In addition, Kasey and Morgan Stickler, Marshall biology majors presented a poster on "Comparison of Lipid Accumulation in Photomixotrophically and Heterotrophically Grown Chlorella vulgaris Cultures under Nitrogen and Nitrogen-Starved Conditions" from Prof. Derrick Kolling's lab. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch has an article on Research Day online.
Victoria Ledford, a junior Major in Chemistry was the overall winner in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Forensic Association's (WVIFA) state championship. Victoria, Marjorie McCoy (Major in Chemistry) and Brian Osteen (Biochemistry) each placed as one of the top three competitors in several categories in the competition. The Thundering Word debate team took top honors in the competition.
Prof. Michael Norton coauthored a paper "Site-Specific Immobilization of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes onto Single and One-Dimensional DNA Origami," with Anshuman Mangalum and Masudur Rahman in Journal of the American Chemical Society.
It is with great sadness that we report that E. Stephenson "Steve" Hanrahan, former professor and chair of Chemistry and the inaugural dean of the College of Science has passed away. His obituary may be found in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. He was a wonderful colleague and person and will be greatly missed.
Prof. Leslie Frost coauthored a paper "Non-enzymatic Glycation of Melamine with Sugars and Sugar Like Compounds ," with Weixi Liu, Menashi Cohenford, Champika Seneviratne, and Joel Dain in Bioorganic Chemistry.
Prof. Michael Castellani attended the Council on Undergraduate Research's winter executive board meeting as its secretary.
Prof. Michael Norton coauthored a paper "Observation of Terahertz Absorption Signatures in Microliter DNA Solutions," with W. Zhang, E. Brown, and M. Rahman in Applied Physics Letters.