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Posted: Tuesday Apr 10, 2012

April 10, 2012

Ten Saint Vincent College chemistry students made presentations of their undergraduate research at the 243rd national conference of the American Chemical Society March 25 to 29 in San Diego, California, Convention Center. All are enrolled in the senior seminar course taught by Dr. Matthew A. Fisher, associate professor and chair of the Chemistry Department in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing.

The students and their research topics included, seated from left, Crystal Sherlock, a senior chemistry major from McKeesport, Synthesis and utilization of an unsaturated adamantyl-substituted N-heterocyclic carbene in the formation of group 13 metal complexes; Travis Tokach, a senior chemistry major from Donora, Efficacy of altered triclosan derivatives; Aaron Weiss, a senior chemistry major from New Stanton, Analysis of zirconium based alloys using an internal-stat variable model; and Danielle A. Wiltrout, a senior chemistry major from Mount Pleasant, Polyphenols in wine based on the type of barrel used in aging; Standing, from left, Dr. Fisher; James R. Burns, a senior chemistry major from Gaithersburg, Maryland, Examination and characterization of an adamantyl-substituted unsaturated carbene; Taylor Guido, a senior chemistry education major from Greensburg, Verification of ingredient concentrations in herbal based vitamins using the flame AA, HPLC, and GC-MS; Julieann Heuler, a senior chemistry major from Apollo, Proteomic investigation of Thermobifida fusca growth on carbon sources; Michelle Pruchnik, a senior chemistry education major from Latrobe, Think like a chemist; Jennifer Schweinsburg, a senior biochemistry major from Latrobe, Propensity of thioredoxin to form amyloid fibrils in vitro; and Dr. Jason Vohs, associate professor of chemistry. Absent from photo is David Tiberi, a junior chemistry major from Fairbank, Saint Vincent College Chemistry Club 2011-2012. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Vohs accompanied the group.

The Saint Vincent students joined more than 12,000 chemical science and engineering undergraduate students at the meeting. In addition to their poster presentations, the students had an opportunity to attend a career fair, short courses and workshops.


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