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).

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