Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Welcome Our New Chemistry & Biochemistry Majors!

Please help me in welcoming the following students to the chemistry & biochemistry programs this Fall!

Chemistry Majors:
*Kimberly Boonie1
*Anthony Buccilli
*Chris Chambers
*Allison Cowles1
*Alex Daughenbaugh1
*Molly Dunn
*Laura Fox2
*Jonathan Gomola1
*Nafeesah Johnson3
*Andrew Lightner1
*Brian Litzinger3
*Terrance Martin
*Lisa McCombie3
*Mattie McKines3
*Jacob Pude
*Stephen Shiring2,3
*Ashley Snyder1
*Nadia Szymanski2
*Christopher Taylor2
*Paul Traina3

Biochemistry Majors
*Joseph Beidle
*Deanna Belsky2
*Stephen Christensen2
*Victoria Constant2
*Karyn Egbert2
*Chenoa Gillette
*Jonathan Henninger2
*Samantha Leone
*Elliot Lesser
*Carrie Lingle
*Erron Littlejohn
*Nicole Peart
*Alisa Phillips
*Andrea Strein
*Kevin Taylor
*James Zewe2

(1chemistry education; 2Honors College; 3pre-medicine)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Welcome & Welcome Back!

It's that time again! Another summer has passed (quickly!) and we find ourselves back together in Weyandt Hall.

To all of our incoming freshmen chemistry and biochemistry students: Welcome to IUP and welcome to the department! We all look forward to working with you during the next four years to prepare you in your chosen fields.

To all of our returning students: Welcome back! We hope you had a safe and productive summer and are looking forward to continuing your academic journey with us.

Check back here frequently for news & announcements.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Department Represented at 234th National ACS Meeting in Boston

The 234th American Chemical Society National Meeting was held in Boston from August 19-23. As usual, IUP's chemistry department had members & alumni present.

Dr. George Long helped organize and preside over the Computers in Chemical Education, Past, Present and Future: Symposium in Honor of Professor Donald Rosenthal. Dr. Long also presented a talk on the work which he did with IUP BS Chem Ed student Ms. Catherine McCue, entitled "Independent Student Use of Internet Resources to Solve Chemistry Problems. In the same symposium, a paper with Dr. Long as co-author was presented by symposium co-organizer Theresa Zielinski of Monmouth University entitled Evolution of Computer Use in Physical Chemistry: An Enriching Odyssey.

Mr. Thomas Baker (BS Chem, '05), who is presently a graduate student at Harvard University presented his work entitled "Using Web 2.0 in a Student-centered Approach to Teach Quantum Mechanics to Graduate Students at the same symposium. Tom also did an oral presentation of his research work at Harvard University entitled "Release of Gold Atoms from Au(111) Upon the Adsorption of Electronegative Atoms: A Density Functional Theory Study in the Colloid and Surface Chemistry Division Section of the ACS meeting.

Ms. Wendy Heiserman (BS Chem, '02), currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland, gave a talk entitled "Communication for the 21st Century: Podcasting in the Chemistry Lab

Dr. Lourdes Herold and her husband Dr. Bob Herold (PPG) also attended the meeting. Both enjoyed many presentations, and Lourdes brought back several photos of the conference and herself with "chem celebrities", including Dr. E. J. Corey (Nobel Laureate and former adviser to Dr. Keith Kyler), Dr. Roald Hoffman (Nobel Laureate), and Dr. Oliver Sacks (author of several books).

Monday, August 20, 2007

Department Welcomes Melanie Lynn

Today, the chemistry department welcomes the arrival of Ms. Melanie Lynn, our new secretary. Melanie earned an Associate in Specialized Business degree with a major in Medical Office Administration in 2002 from Cambria-Rowe Business College in Johnstown. She has previous work experience from Windber Medical Center and Sargent's Medical Transcription Services. At Windber, she was the assistant to the Director of Credentials and she also provided support for their Chief Medical Officer.

Welcome, Melanie!

NSM Faculty Receive $369K Grant

Several faculty in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, including chemistry faculty Dr. Heba Abourahma and Dr. Charles Lake, have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to purchase a Quantum Design Physical Properties Measurement System.

For the complete IUP press release, click here.