Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Undergraduates Present Research Proposals

Several students enrolled in CHEM-301 (Introduction to Chemical Research) presented their research proposals in poster form today from 12:30-2:30 in Weyandt 236. The session, hosted by Dr. Anne Kondo, allowed faculty and students to visit with each participant and ask questions about the proposals. Many of the students will continue with their proposals and carry out research in CHEM-498 (Problems in Chemistry) in the coming semesters.

Participating in today's session were:
  • Ms. Maura Barrett with "Finding DNA-Aptamers Against IMPDH Type II Enzyme via Ligand-Binding Isoelectric Focusig Electrophoresis"

  • Ms. Jennifer Beveridge with "The Effect of Iron from Acid Mind Contamination on the Uptake Rates of Semipermeable Membrane Devices"

  • Ms. Tori Corosu with "Synthesizing and Observing the Physiochemical Properties of Quaternary Diamond-like Oxides"

  • Ms. Amy Devlin with "The Effect of pH on Uptake Rates of Nonpolar Organics by Semipermeable Membrane Devices"

Monday, December 8, 2008

Kupchella Presents at E.A.S.

On November 19, Dr. Larry Kupchella presented a paper at the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS). The paper, by Dr. Kupchella and Mr. Einstein Djabeng (MS 2008), was titled "A Study of the Reaction of Selected Higher Polythionates with the Thiosulfate Nucleophile". The annual, week-long conference was held this year at the Garden State Convention Center in Somerset, NJ.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 12/5

Our final chemistry seminar for Fall 2008 will be presented this Friday at 3:30pm in Weyandt 240. Ms. Francisca Owusu Sekyere will present "Structure and Membrane Binding Analysis of Recombinant Mouse Growth Hormone Binding Protein".

Light refreshments will be served.

Undergraduate Research Proposal Poster Session

The students in CHEM 301 will be presenting posters of their research proposals on Wednesday, December 10 from 12:30-2:30 pm in WEY 236. You are cordially invited to view the posters and ask the students questions. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Department Christmas Party

From Dr. John Woolcock

Chemistry Faculty and Staff,

The Chemistry Department Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 from 5 to 8 pm at the College Lodge. A sign-up sheet to indicate what food you plan to bring is by the faculty mailboxes. Please RSVP on this sheet by Wednesday, December 3rd. I will be providing the entrée, turkey and ham and also mashed potatoes. Set up at the College Lodge will begin at 4 PM. If you plan to bring small children, please note that Santa is scheduled to appear and distribute pre-Christmas gifts. If you want to have your child/children receive a gift from Santa, you should buy the gift, wrap it and label it clearly so Santa can read it! Bring all gifts to the Chemistry Department Office by 12 PM on December 5th. We have also invited the retired faculty that are in town to come as well so it should be fun.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Entry-Level, Full-Time, Tenure-Track Organic Chemist Wanted

The Position: The Department of Chemistry, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, seeks candidates for an entry-level, full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in Organic Chemistry, to begin in August 2009. The position will be filled pending availability of funds. This is an excellent opportunity for a recent Ph.D.

Qualifications: Applicants must have earned a doctoral degree in Organic Chemistry or other appropriate discipline before the date of appointment. Candidates should demonstrate outstanding skills and enthusiasm for teaching and research. Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during the interview(s), which will include a teaching demonstration and research seminar. All applicants must be work-eligible.

Responsibilities/Duties: The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in Organic and Introductory Chemistry (generally three to four courses per semester) including undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) lectures and lab; develop an active research program that includes the direction of undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) research; and provide professionally-related service to the department, college, university, and community.

How to Apply: Applicants should submit by mail a cover letter, detailed vitae, unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be needed prior to hiring), a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research plans (clearly indicating needs for equipment, space, and start up funds), and should arrange to have three letters of recommendation mailed to: Chair, Organic Chemistry Search Committee, Chemistry Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 975 Oakland Ave., Indiana, PA 15705. To ensure consideration, all application materials must be received by January 15, 2009.

Indiana University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is an equal opportunity employer M/F/H/V


Chemistry Seminar - 11/21

Join us this week in Weyandt 240 at 3:30pm for our weekly chemistry seminar. This week's presenter will be Mr. Marc Ferrington of IUP, who will speak on "Experimental and Computational Investigation of the Heterogeneous Catalyzed Suzuki Cross-Coupling".

Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 11/14

This week's seminar speaker will be Mr. Richard Hoff of the IUP Research Institute. His topic, "Extraction Methods and Analysis of Emerging Environmental Contaminants", will be presented at 3:30pm in Weyandt 240.

Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, November 10, 2008

CHEM-105: The Forensic Chemistry of C.S.I.




CHEM 105: The Forensic Chemistry of CSI
Prerequisites: none
TR 2-3:15 PM, Weyandt 208
Instructor: Dr. John Woolcock

The course is designed for students who would like learn about forensic chemistry and the basic science needed to understand it. Topics will include the forensic chemistry of drugs, arson, poisons, hair, fibers, glass, fingerprints and the methods used in forensic evidence collection, processing and crime scene reconstruction. Also included in this course is how forensic science is portrayed on TV, in novels, movies and computer games.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Biochem Major Participates in CalTech Grad School Preview

This year, the California Institute of Technology held a Graduate School Preview Program from October 29-31. Biochemistry major and senior Ms. Olivia McGovern was nominated by Dr. Jonathan Southard for consideration, and CalTech invited Ms. McGovern to attend.

During this program, Olivia was able to meet students and faculty from six different labs in the areas of biology, biochemistry, and biophysics, where she learned that research faculty have a wide array of interests including: conscious decision making, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Huntington's, molecular modeling, biomedical research with viruses and cancer, and cancer treatment via nanoparticle technology.

Not only were there a wide variety of research opportunities, but many in the program were surprised to find that research at CalTech almost always reached across disciplinary lines to encompass many fields. No lab seemed to contain students from only one area. Labs contained chemists, biochemists, physicists, engineers, and computer science students all working together on different aspects of the same or similar problem. Olivia was able to visit the wind tunnel lab where plane and car companies bring model cars and planes to test their aerodynamics. She also visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory sponsored by NASA, where she learned that students can help design new rovers, like ATHLETE, for space exploration on the moon and Mars.

"Everyone at CalTech was extremely personable," said Olivia, "making everything in the program very enjoyable." She recommends this program to anyone who is interested in CalTech for graduate school saying: "CalTech is a great place to be. There is a wide variety of exciting new research available to its students, and the small student-to-faculty ratio adds to the research experience rather than limiting it. It allows valuable relationships to form and gives a collaborative experience to apply to future research. You should definitely apply to this program since it was a great experience, and the trip was totally free; flight, hotel, and food. I will definitely be applying to CalTech."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 11/7

This week we welcome Dr. Nathaniel Rosi from the University of Pittsburgh as our seminar speaker. Dr. Rosi will meet with students and faculty during the day before giving his talk: "Design and Fabrication of New Materials Using Assortments of Biomolecular, Metal-Cluster, and Nanoparticle Building Blocks".

Please join us in Weyandt 240 at 3:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on Dr. Rosi's research, see his website.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Alpha Chi Sigma Holds Chemistry Week Activities

From Ms. Olivia McGovern of Alpha Chi Sigma:
During National Chemistry Week, the Gamma Tau Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma at IUP held an outreach activity in the Oak Grove. This year, 12 members gathered to celebrate National Chemistry Week by taking a split interpretation of the theme "Having A Ball With Chemistry", showing both how chemistry is related to sports and fun.

To relate to sports, the members of Alpha Chi Sigma built steroid molecules and explained to visitors what a steroid is and a little bit about its effects. Then the visitors were encouraged to build steroid molecules or any other molecules the could think of with marshmallows. Plent of fun was had with that activity, but more was to come with the addition of liquid nitrogen to the table! By smashing frozen roses, eating frozen marshmallows, and pounding nails into boards using a frozen banana they showed how liquid nitrogen changes the properties of roses to make them brittle, marshmallows to make them a cold crunchy treat, and bananas to make them extremely hard.

A pumpkin was also carved in the spirit of Halloween with a Wyvern. The pumpkin was filled with liquid nitrogen to create the effect that the dragon-like creature was blowing icy fire in the cold weather (see picture). The finale of the day followed the tradition of creating a Diet Coke explosion by adding Mentos to Diet Coke, causing the it to erupt from the bottle. Overall, the event was a great success attracting the attention of many passersby and hooking them in to try an experiment. They look forward to the opportunity to do this again next year.

Monday, October 27, 2008

ACS Club Participates Again in National Chemistry Week

For the fourth year running, members of the Student Affiliate American Chemical Society traveled to the Carnegie Science Center (CSC) to participate in ChemFest. This was the 10th year that CSC hosted such an event, and this year's theme was "Having a Ball with Chemistry".

As part of National Chemistry Week, ChemFest is held each Friday and Saturday of that week in various locations around the United States. On each day, dozens of local university clubs, chemistry-related societies, and industry groups provide hands-on demonstrations to thousands of school children, their parents, and the general public. At least 3000-4000 people visit ChemFest in Pittsburgh each year.

On Saturday, October 25, eight students from IUP traveled to Pittsburgh to present four different demonstrations related to chemistry and sports. In attendance were:
  • Ms. Maura Barrett
  • Ms. Lacie Buxton
  • Mr. Andrew Kerr
  • Ms. Beth Leverett
  • Ms. Olivia McGovern
  • Ms. Jessica Nichol
  • Mr. Peter Stonehouse
  • Ms. Cay Williamson

The students thank the Department of Chemistry for supporting their travel to and from Pittsburgh and dinner after the event.

Job and Internship Fair of Interest to Chemistry Majors

The following employers will be seeking students from your department at the WestPACS Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, Oct. 30 at the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena in Harmarville, PA from 10 am - 3 pm. On-line registration deadline is quickly approaching...those who do not pre-register on line must pay a $10 Walk-in registration at the door.

AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL)
Aquatech international
Bechtel Bettis, Inc.
Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL)
Dawood Engineering, Inc.
Delaware Workforce Connection
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
DMI Companies/Ductmate Industries
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
JH Technical Services, Inc.
Lab Support, A Division of On Assignment
Lancaster Laboratories
Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Regional Internship Center/ Coro Center for Civic Leadership
Summer Study Programs
The Academy / The Summit Academy
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars

For more information, see

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 10/24

This week, we welcome Dr. Wiley Youngs from the University of Akron. He'll be speaking on "Delivery of Silver Antitumor and Antimicrobial Therapeutics Using Biodegradable Polymeric Nanoparticles and Microspheres".

Please join us at 3:30pm in Weyandt 240. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on Dr. Youngs' research, see his webpage.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 10/17

This week's seminar speaker will be Dr. David McCamant, from the University of Rochester, who will speak on "Probing Photochemical Dynamics with Ultrafast Electronic and Vibrational Spectroscopy".

Please join us at 3:30 in Weyandt 240. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on Dr. McCamant's research, see his website.

Monday, October 13, 2008

NSF Grant Awarded to Faculty

Dr. Mike Brigss and Dr. George Long were awarded a National Science Foundation grant of $148,000 to support research into a method of evaluating teaching methods based on the theoretical concept of construction of mental models of chemical concepts.

The title of the proposed research is “Student Construction of Mental Models: A Framework for the Evaluation of Inductive Teaching Methods in Chemistry”. The grant will be used to recruit participants into the research project and to hire student workers to assist in the research work.

The investigators are pleased to be awarded this peer reviewed research grant because it confirms interest in their theoretical perspectives and the correctness of the methodological framework. The grant runs for two years and is a Phase I grant with the possibility of obtaining a Phase II grant after the current work is completed.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Alumni News - Catie (Gumm) Brewer Awarded NSF Fellowship

Ms. Catie (Gumm) Brewer, a 2007 graduate now in a Ph.D. program at Iowa State University, was recently awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship funds up to $121,500 for three years of studying in a graduate research program focusing on science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Brewer received her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and today is pursuing her doctorate in chemical and biological engineering at Iowa State.

Brewer, originally from Seattle, plans to use the fellowship to fund her research on the biochar project within the Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 10/10

This week's speaker will be Dr. Frank Bright from SUNY-Buffalo, who will discuss "Xerogels: A Platform for Chemical Sensors". For more information on Dr. Bright's research, visit

The chemistry seminar will be held in Weyandt 240 at 3:30pm on Friday, Oct. 10.

Light refreshments are provided.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Entry Level Analytical Chemist Position


LOCATION: Petrolia Plant
DEPARTMENT: Laboratory
POSITION REPORTS TO: Technical Director – Laboratory or Laboratory Supervisor

Under immediate supervision, performs all types of analyses and tests in connection with raw material evaluation, quality control, process control and process improvement in the white oil, Sulfonate, petrolatum, wax hydrogenation and environmental areas of the plant.

1. Performs routine chemical analyses, test and determinations involving the application of established laboratory methods and techniques.
2. Assists higher level chemists by performing assigned phases of work where little evaluation, originality or ingenuity is required.
3. Records results of tests and assignments and reports results to senior professional or group leader.
4. Learns and develops to become able to interpret test results and determine their technical significance.
5. Determine, verify, implement the appropriate analysis method and technique.
6. Identify method and procedures for investigation of analytical discrepancies.
7. Support Quality programs and procedures.

Travel Time: N/A

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform essential knowledge and skills.
• Solid foundation & understanding in Analytical Chemistry.
• Knowledge of appropriate method development/validation practices for the CPI.
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills required.
• Working knowledge in statistics.
• Ability to work and communicate with a broad range of Technical and Non Technical personnel.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills and presentation skills.
• Good organizational skills.

Education: BS/BA in Chemistry or equivalent
Supervision: No regular supervisory responsibilities
Experience: Entry Level Position
Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills and presentation skills required. Ability to communicate and work with a broad range of Technical and Non technical personnel.

• Experience & working knowledge with the following analytical instrumentation/methods: Wet chemistry analysis, automatic titrator, HPLC, NMR, FTIR, AA, GC, GC/MS, UV-vis.
• This position requires communication with all levels of Associates and customers, handling discrepancy issues quickly & professionally while adhering to established Quality procedures and practices. This position will require multi-tasking, making decisions/performing multiple functions under tight deadlines, prioritizing projects, meeting deadlines frequently set by another dept or customer, assuring proper documentation is completed and maintained, following up with sample analysis, project progress details.

Anita Orozco, SPHR
Director, Human Resources
100 Sonneborn Lane
Petrolia, PA 16050
724-756-9327 phone
724-756-9351 fax

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 10/3

Join us this Friday, Oct. 3 in Weyandt 240 as four of our undergraduate students present some of their summer research.

Ms. Jessica Nichol will present "Photochromatic Azobenzene Dye Synthesis".
Ms. Elizabeth Paladin will present "Mycobacteriophage Isolation, Characterization, and Bioinformatics"
Mr. Andrew Kerr will present "Summer Lovin' with Uranium"
Ms. Beth Leverett will present"Progress in the Study of Quaternary Diamond-Like Semiconductors"

Seminar begins at 3:30. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Lab Technician Position at ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, Clinton Township, NJ, has an opening for a Research Technician. Candidates applying for the position should have a Masters or Bachelors degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field and possess a strong organic chemistry background.

The Research Technician position is a synthetic organic chemist position involving the chemical synthesis and physical manipulation of small organic molecules, polymers and hydrocarbons (e.g., crude oil and its fractions) which requires a good understanding of basic chemistry and chemical engineering principles and safe handling of chemicals. Responsibilities include conducting synthesis, purification and characterization of organic compounds using modern synthetic methods. Abilities to synthesize, purify and handle air and moisture-sensitive organic compounds under inert atmosphere using Schlenk lines technique and/or to conduct experiments inside nitrogen glove box. Successful candidates will possess strong practical synthetic organic chemistry skills in a standard organic laboratory setting and have some familarity with basic polymer chemistry. Hands-on experience with thin-layer chromatography (TLC), flash chromatography, HPLC, NMR, MS, UV/vis and FTIR spectroscopic techniques is essential for this position. Some fundamental knowledge of organic reaction mechanisms, kinetics and thermodynamics principles is required. Candidates should also possess strong computing skills including knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, ChemDraw, data analysis program, online literature and database searching. This position is also required to collect, summarize, analyze, and, in some cases, interpret experimental data under the supervision of senior scientists. Administration of laboratory inventory and supplies is expected. The successful candidate will take full responsibility for maintaining a safe laboratory environment and producing high quality work. Strong analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, along with self-motivation and prompt handling of responsibilities is essential.

ExxonMobil offers an excellent working environment, competitive salary, attractive benefits and an opportunity to join a dynamic organization.

Interested candidates should send an indication of interest to:

Human Resources Recruiting – Research Technician Group MKN
ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company
PO Box 998
Annandale, NJ 08801-0998

ExxonMobil is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Chemistry Seminar - 9/26

This week's guest speaker is Ms. Selar Sulaiman from IUP. She will present the talk "Hydrophobic Interaction Chromatography of Biopolymers with Diamond as a Stationary Phase".

Please join us in Weyandt 240 on Fri. 9/26 at 3:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, September 5, 2008

IUP Chemistry Student Presents Research in Osaka, Japan

Ms. Beth Leverett presented her research findings at the 21st Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography in Osaka, Japan August 23-31, 2008. The IUCr was established in 1948 to promote international cooperation in crystallography and it organizes the largest crystallographic conference in the world. Ms. Leverett was one of nearly 300 students to attend and was one of the only attendees from a non-Ph.D.-granting institution. Close to 3,500 crystallographic professionals attended this year’s meeting.

Ms. Leverett's presentation entitled "Twinning in the Adamantine-Like Quaternary Chalcogenide Li2ZnSnS4: A Crystallographic Detective Story" was well received and attracted the interest of a number of world-class scientists. This work has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Solid State Chemistry and will be published later this year. This is Ms. Leverett's first scientific publication.

To attend the conference, Ms. Leverett earned a $1,000 Pittsburgh Diffraction Society Travel Bursary Award. She received additional funding from the Robert E. Cook Honors College Enhancement Fund, the Department of Chemistry, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Chemistry Department Picnic

The Chemistry Department will have its annual picnic for faculty, staff, and students of the department on Sept. 5 from 5-8pm at College Lodge. The usual arrangements apply, and a food sign-up sheet can be found in the mail room.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Welcome Back!

On Monday, August 25, the 2008-09 academic year began. We hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable summer and are recharged for another year.

Welcome back to students, staff, and faculty!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chemistry Major Department Orientation

We welcome all chemistry majors (BS, BA, CHEM-ED) to stop by the department orientation session at 4pm on Sunday, August 24 in Weyandt 240. Dr. Woolcock and other faculty will be on hand to provide information about the department, classes, and professional and social opportunities as related to chemistry.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Temporary Teaching Position Available

The department is accepting applications for a temporary, non-tenure track faculty member for the 2008-09 academic year.

For complete details, please see

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Best Wishes

The department gives its best wishes of luck and success to Dr. Heba Abourahma as she begins this Fall at The College of New Jersey in their chemistry department.

A farewell luncheon was held in May by the department at Benjamin's restaurant.

Monday, May 12, 2008

ACS Club Receives 2006-07 Honorable Mention

The Student Affiliate American Chemical Society of IUP (aka the ACS Club) was recognized by the National American Chemical Society for its performance and contributions during the 2006-07 academic year. The chapter was awarded the Honorable Mention Chapter Award. This is the first national award that the chapter has received.

At the end of each academic year, the club's officers submit a written report to the national organization and are evaluated on several criteria by faculty advisor volunteers from across the country. Example criteria include active members, local activities, money raised and donated, and participation in local, regional, and national meetings.

The 2006-07 Club Officers were:
  • Mr. Joe Zewe, President
  • Ms. Sara Krull, Vice-President
  • Ms. Kaycie Butler, Secretary
  • Ms. Elizabeth Paladin, Treasurer
With this award came many constructive ideas for improvement so that the chapter may improve to Commendable or the top recognition, Outstanding Chapter. The report for the 2007-08 academic year will be submitted this month.

Congratulations to the Class of 2008!!

On Saturday, May 10, the chemistry department held its own graduation ceremony in 208 Weyandt Hall. Both undergraduate and graduate students who've completed their respective degrees, their families and friends, and department faculty met at 8:45 for a small program to recognize these students and their achievements.

The faculty, staff, and students of the IUP chemistry department would like to congratulate the following students and wish them well in their future endeavors:

Bachelor of Science:
  • Ms. Amanda Davis (Dec. '07)
  • Mr. Cassidy McCurdy
  • Ms. Nicole Morozowich
Bachelor of Arts:
  • Ms. Jane Calvert
  • Mr. John Crandall
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education:
  • Ms. Amanda Davis (Dec. '07)
  • Mr. Michael Deible
  • Ms. Catherine McCue (Dec. '07)
  • Ms. Amy Trexler
  • Ms. Carly Yonish (Dec. '07)
Master of Science:
  • Mr. Einstein Djabeng (Aug. '08)
  • Mr. Jeff Rupert (Aug. '08)
  • Mr. Sean Smith
  • Ms. Dongmei Zhang

Dr. John Woolcock opened the ceremony with some general remarks, followed by a commencement speech in which he read "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss. Afterwards, he presented each of the graduates present with a diploma holder and read highlights of their achievements and future plans. During each presentation, a slide was shown with each graduate's picture and biography; this show was created by Dr. Lourdes Herold.

After each student was recognized, a 5-minute long slide show (by Dr. Herold) accompanied by music was presented to the audience. It included a montage of the graduates, their colleagues, faculty & staff, and scenes of Weyandt and chemistry activities during the past few years.

Following the ceremony, families and friends gathered for photographs and refreshments before heading to the university's graduation ceremony in Miller Stadium.

In a similar ceremony in Keith Hall, the following graduates of the Biochemistry program were also recognized:

Bachelor of Science:
  • Ms. Brittany Baird
  • Mr. Robert Bauer
  • Ms. Kaycie Butler
  • Mr. Tony Scatena

Monday, May 5, 2008

Department Graduate Coordinator Elected

The Chemistry Department has elected Dr. Keith Kyler as its Graduate Program Coordinator for a three-year term, which will expire April 30, 2011.

Congratulations Keith!

Monday, April 28, 2008

40th Annual Chemistry Department Awards

Friday, April 25 marked the 40th Annual IUP Department of Chemistry Awards Ceremony & Reception. At 3:30 in Weyandt 32, students and their families, staff, and faculty gathered to recognize students in the department for their academic achievements in the 2007-08 year.

The 2008 Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Award for Outstanding Achievement was given to Ms. Kaycie Butler. In addition, she was recognized by her peers and presented the ACS Student Affiliate Member of the Year.

The Division of Analytical Chemistry American Chemical Society 2008 Undergraduate Award was presented to Ms. Beth Leverett.

The William I. Heard Memorial Scholarship was given to Ms. Lacie Buxton.

The Edward N. Brown Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ms. Elizabeth Paladin.

Both Mr. Andrew Kerr and Ms. Tracey Baker were awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant.

The Graduate Teaching Assistant award went to Ms. Francisca Sekyere.

The Graduate Research award went to Mr. Einstein Djabeng.

The Graduate Academic Excellence award went to Mr. Sean Smith.

The Freshman CRC Handbook Award was given to Mr. Jonathan Henninger.

The following students, by year, were recipients of Academic Achievement Awards:
  • Ms. Brittany Baird
  • Mr. Robert Bauer
  • Ms. Kaycie Butler
  • Mr. John Crandall
  • Mr. Andrew Kerr
  • Mr. Jeffrey Layton
  • Ms. Nicole Morozowich
  • Mr. Antonio Scatena
  • Ms. Tracey Baker
  • Ms. Brittany Buterbaugh
  • Ms. Lacie Buxton
  • Ms. Jane Calvert
  • Mr. Andrew Friday
  • Mr. Brandon Jones
  • Ms. Beth Leverett
  • Ms. Olivia McGovern
  • Mr. Chad Meyers
  • Ms. Jessica Nichol
  • Ms. Elizabeth Paladin
  • Ms. Galit Regev
  • Ms. Aubree Webb
  • Mr. Joseph Wiley
  • Ms. Caitlin Williamson
  • Ms. Olumayowa Azeez
  • Ms. Maura Barrett
  • Ms. Jennifer Beveridge
  • Mr. Justin Williams
First Years:
  • Mr. David Ankney
  • Ms. Deanna Belsky
  • Ms. Kimberly Boonie
  • Mr. Chris Chambers
  • Mr. Stephen Christensen
  • Ms. Victoria Constant
  • Ms. Alex Daughenbaugh
  • Ms. Laura Fox
  • Mr. Jonathan Henninger
  • Ms. Samantha Leone
  • Mr. Andrew Lightner
  • Ms. Mairi Lindsay
  • Ms. Lisa McCombie
  • Mr. Joseph Reichard
  • Mr. Stephen Shiring
  • Mr. Cory Stahlman
  • Ms. Andrea Strein
  • Ms. Ashley Swiderski
  • Ms. Nadia Szymanski
  • Mr. Christopher Taylor
  • Mr. Kevin Taylor
  • Mr. Rongjin Weng
  • Mr. James Zewe

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

ACS Club Elects 2008-09 Officers

The Student Affiliate American Chemical Society (ACS Club) on Monday elected their officers for the 2008-09 academic year.

Congratulations and good luck to:
President: Ms. Olivia McGovern
Vice President: Ms. Jessica Nichol
Secretary: Ms. Maura Barrett
Treasurer: Ms. Beth Leverett

Many thanks to our 2007-08 ACS Club officers for another successful year:
President: Elizabeth Paladin
Vice-President: Catie Brunecz
Secretary: Kaycie Butler
Treasurer: Jessica Nichol

Two Chemistry Students Win Awards at College Event

Two chemistry department students won awards at last week's NSM Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology program.

Ms. Beth Leverett won a $100 Co-Op Store gift certificate for her research poster "A Crystallographic Detective Story: Solving the Li2ZnSnS4 Structure"

Ms. Elizabeth Paladin won a $50 Co-Op Store gift certificate for her research poster "Modifying the Physical Properties of Indomethacin by Co-Crystallization".

Other winners were undergraduate Ms. Olivia McGovern ($75 g.c.) and graduate student Ms. Heather Meloy ($100 g.c.).


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Job Opportunity in Pittsburgh

Verichem, Inc., located on Neville Island in Pittsburgh, is seeking a Quality Assurance Technician.





ACS Club and Alpha Chi Sigma at IUP's Earth Fest

Today in the Oak Grove from 11a to 5p, the ACS Club and Alpha Chi Sigma will be hosting a Green Chemistry table for IUP's Earth Fest. Stop by to see some chemistry demonstrations on this beautiful day outside!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

IUP Represented at 235th ACS Meeting in New Orleans

Both an IUP chemistry department student and faculty presented research at the recent 235th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA (Apr 6-10).

Mr. Robert Bauer, a biochemistry major, presented a poster of his project that he completed during his R.E.U. summer research at the University of Buffalo. The poster, "DNA structure-selective interactions of Zn(II) tetraazamacrocycle with appended acridine", was authored jointly with Janet Morrow, of SUNY Buffalo.

Dr. Nate McElroy gave the invited oral presentation "QSAR at the undergraduate institution and a model of air-to-blood partition coefficients for small organic molecules". Part of this presentation was a review of the cheminformatics research completed by Mr. Sean Smith, who recently completed his Masters thesis in the department.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Chemistry seminar - 4/11

This week's chemistry seminar will be presented by IUP student Ms. Francisca Owusu Sekyere. Her talk, "Growth Hormone Receptor Antagonists" will be in Weyandt 149 starting at 3:30.

Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Undergraduate Scholars Forum Awards

Congratulations to our CHEM/BIOC students who won the following awards on April 1 at the 3rd Annual IUP Undergraduate Scholars Forum.

Ms. Beth Leverett (Chemistry) won a Best In Session Award for her oral presentation of "A Crystallographic Detective Story: Solving the Li2ZnSnS4 Structure"

Mr. Antonio Scatena (Biochemistry) won $100 and First Place in the Sigma Xi Award for his poster presentation "Polymerase Chain Reaction: Amplification of RNA from Tomato Mosaic Virus"

Ms. Caitlin Williamson (Chemistry) won $50 and Third Place in the Sigma Xi Award for her poster presentation "Homology Modeling of Influenza A Virus Polymerase Basic 2 Subunit"

Chemistry Seminar - 4/4

This week's seminar will be given by IUP graduate student Mr. Marc Ferrington. His talk, "Palladium Catalyzed Suzuki Cross-Coupling", will be given in Weyandt 149 at 3:30pm on Friday, April 4.

Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, March 31, 2008

"Bad" Molecules Seminar

Dr. John Wood will give a lecture at 8pm in Wey 127 on Mar. 31 on the chemistry and history of some "bad" molecules - those related to illicit drugs, chemical weapons, explosives, and poisons.

This is a third presentation, continued from last Fall's two seminars on "Good" molecules.

All are welcomed to attend.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Duquesne Will Host Mini ACS Undergrad Meeting

On Saturday, April 19th, the Duquesne University Chapter of the
Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society will be hosting an
ACS Undergraduate Meeting in Miniature. The meeting will give
undergraduate students an opportunity to present their research in
poster format. The day will also include a keynote presenter. In
addition, three interested students will be selected to give an oral
presentation of their research to the group.

All interested students should submit abstracts via email by Monday,
April 14th. Abstracts should include a title,as well as the names and
school/department of all authors and should not exceed 200 words.

Please email all abstracts to Lauren Matosziuk at: Please include contact information, including a
phone number and email address. If the student is interested in giving
an oral presentation, please indicate so in the email.

Registration will open at 8:45 AM, and the session will conclude at
approximately 1:30 PM. The session is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 3/28

This week's guest speaker is Dr. Lasse Jensen from Penn State. He will present the talk Surface-enhanced Vibrational Spectroscopy: Insights From Theory.

Please join us in Weyandt 149 on Fri. 3/28 at 3:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

NSM Scholarship Opportunities

Patricia Hilliard Robertson Memorial Scholarship:
This scholarship is to benefit full-time female students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics who have made a commitment to pursuing a career in the sciences. Candidates must have earned a minimum of 48 credits toward a degree in the following programs: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geoscience, and Physics with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. The amount of award for AY 2008/09 is $500.

Albert R. Pechan Scholarship:
Awarded to an outstanding science major enrolled full-time; recipient will be selected by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The amount of award for AY 2008/09 is $480.

Wienken and Associates Scholarship:
Awarded to a student enrolled in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics who has successfully completed at least 30 credit hours and achieved a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average. The amount of award for AY 2008/09 is $560.

To apply for these scholarships, please submit the following to the Office of the Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 305 Weyandt Hall:
1. application form available in room 305 Weyandt Hall, or your department office
2. personal statement addressing your career goals/objectives, involvement in extracurricular activities, service to the community/university
3. copy of transcript or academic progress sheet (you do NOT have to attach an official transcript)
4. one letter of recommendation

The deadline for applying for above listed scholarships is April 16, 2008. All above scholarships are non-renewable.

Friday, March 21, 2008

3rd Annual NSM Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Symposium

As part of IUP Research Appreciation week, April 14 - 18, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will host its third annual program to recognize the contributions of women to mathematics, science and technology. The program, which will highlight female undergraduate/graduate student and faculty projects and feature a keynote speaker, will be held from 4:45 pm to 7:00 pm, on April 14th in Weyandt Hall.

All female undergraduate and graduate students and female faculty are invited to display posters on their projects in Weyandt Hall in the planetarium area on the first floor of Weyandt Hall from 4:45 – 5:45 pm, April 14, 2008. Posters that will be presented at the April 1st Undergraduate Scholars Forum or those that will be presented on April 16th at the Research Appreciation event sponsored by the IUP Research Institute, as well as other poster presentations (such as those presented at professional meetings), are welcomed. A team of judges will recognize both the outstanding undergraduate and graduate student posters with a $100 Co-op Bookstore Gift Certificate.

At 6:00 pm, immediately following the poster session, we invite you and your students to Room 32 Weyandt Hall to hear a keynote lecture given by Rebecca Bace. Ms. Bace is widely recognized as one of the most influential people in information security today. Her career includes roles in research, development, operational management, and strategy, in settings ranging from the U.S. Intelligence Community (NSA) to a national laboratory (Los Alamos National Laboratory) to her current role as a strategic consultant in Silicon Valley. Ms. Bace is currently President and CEO of Infidel, Inc., a strategic consulting firm focusing on information security and risk management, and a venture consultant for Trident Capital, where she oversees Trident’s security-related investment portfolio. Although Ms. Bace is acknowledged most often for her work in intrusion detection (she is credited with successfully funding and transferring the first generation of intrusion detection technology to the commercial market,) she is also considered an key influencer in other security technology areas. Her publication credits include the books Intrusion Detection (Macmillan, 2000) and (with Fred Chris Smith) A Guide to Forensic Testimony: The Art and Practice of Presenting Testimony as An Expert Technical Witness, (Addison-Wesley, October, 2002) She is also author of NIST Special Publication SP 800-31 Intrusion Detection and the chapters on intrusion detection, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment for the Computer Security Handbook, 4 Ed., (Wiley, 2003) and 5 Ed. (Wiley, 2006), considered the definitive practice handbooks for information security professionals. Ms. Bace was named one of the top ten security professionals in the industry (Information Security Magazine, 2008), one of the five most influential women in security (Information Security Magazine, 2005) , and received a Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Security Agency (1995) in recognition of her work leading the intrusion detection research program.

Immediately following the keynote lecture, we will hold the ceremony recognizing student posters, as well as award special honors and door prizes.

We will be awarding door prizes ($15 Co-op Gift Certificate) to students who attend the symposium. These will be awarded by a random drawing. Also as part of the Awards Ceremony at the symposium, the Patricia Hilliard-Robertson Scholarship for an Outstanding Female Science Student will be presented.

Refreshments will be provided).

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 3/21

This week's chemistry seminar will be given by IUP undergraduate Ms. Brittany Baird in Weyandt 149 at 3:30. Her talk is "Microarray Analysis of Alternative Splicing in Breast Cancer".

Light refreshments will be served.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Scholarships for Women Lab Science Majors

The Business & Professional Women’s Association of Indiana, PA will be awarding two (2) Scholarship’s to qualifying female students in higher education. To be eligible applicants must meet all criteria noted in the attached document and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Enclosed are an application form and a copy of the guidelines. The interested applicant must return the completed application by March 26, 2008 via email listed below. Students may apply for both scholarships.

Please send applications* to:

*For applications, please email Dr. McElroy.

NAAMLP Scholarship Available

NAAMLP is a non-profit, professional organization that promotes the reclamation and restoration of lands affected by abandoned mining throughout the nation. Title IV of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA) established the national Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Reclamation Program under the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), U.S. Department of the Interior. SMCRA’s purpose is to reclaim land and water resources adversely affected by past coal mining and left abandoned or inadequately restored. SMCRA levies fees on active coal mining to pay the reclamation costs. Collected fees are deposited in the AML Fund and redistributed to authorized states and tribes to implement their own programs. NAAMLP is the professional association of States and Tribes who work under the auspices of Title IV of SMCRA, as amended.

The $1,500 NAAMLP Scholarship is intended to assist in the education of students who intend to work as scientists or technicians in the field of mine land reclamation.

Letters of application for this scholarship must be received by May 30, 2008.

Scholarship monies will be awarded in the form of a tuition check made out to the accredited educational institution of your choice to be received at the annual NAAMLP conference. Two scholarships will be given: 1) to a student enrolled in a school in the Midwest or Eastern United States (generally east of the Mississippi); and 2) to a student enrolled in a school in the Western United States. The scholarship holders are expected to attend the 2008 NAAMLP Annual Conference in Durango, Colorado on October 26-29, 2008. Costs (travel, lodging, per diem up to a total of $1000) and Conference registration fees will be covered in addition to the scholarship. Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in all Conference activities. Tuition may be used at any accredited institution of higher education. The NAAMLP Scholarship must be utilized during the 2008-2009 school year.

For an application form, please go to:

Friday, March 7, 2008

Chemistry Professor Recognized for Teaching

Dr. Jonathan Southard, a biochemistry faculty member, has been recognized for his teaching by IUP's Center for Teaching Excellence.

Each year, the CTE Advisory Board accepts nominations of faculty by their peers for their contribution to teaching in several areas. These areas are: General Practice, Expository Instruction, Content Pedagogy, and Innovation.

Dr. Southard was selected as the 2007-2008 Faculty Recognition Award winner in General Practice.

The faculty, staff, and students of the chemistry department and biochemistry program congratulate Dr. Southard on this achievement.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Clinical Research Training Program

Are you currently a college student or recent college graduate looking for a paid internship to help you get that hard to find clinical research experience?

If so, then Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services’ Clinical Research Training Program is for you. Learn from one of the leading CRO’s in the business.

We are recruiting recent grads to begin our training program in June 2008. This is a paid internship. After completion of the program the majority of the interns will be offered a position. We are looking for individuals that are available to travel 80% of the time. Must be willing to be based out of Pittsburgh, PA.

The intern will receive classroom and on-the-job clinical research training.
Here are some examples of the training you will receive.
  • Informed Consent
  • ICH Guidelines
  • Site Selection
  • Study Initiation
  • Site monitoring procedures
  • Study Close Out
  • Database Lock and Final Reporting

General responsibilities for monitoring multi-site assignments for Clinical Studies include; ensuring adherence to Good Clinical Practices, investigator integrity and compliance with protocol and study procedures, at Investigator sites in accordance with Novum SOP’s.

Job Requirements A four year degree in Biology, Chemistry, Nursing or a health related field.

This is an exceptional opportunity to gain experience in Clinical Research doing meaningful work that makes a difference!

Contact Dr. McElroy or Dr. Villemain for more details (including an attached PowerPoint presentation on the company, the program, and their benefits).

Chemistry Seminar - 2/29

This week's seminar speakers will be Dr. Michael Hendrich and Mr. William Gunderson from Carnegie Mellon University. Their talk is titled "New Intermediates in the Catalytic Cycle of Manganese Dioxygenase".

Please join us in Weyandt 149 at 3:30. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Study Abroad Opportunity

This information just arrived today, but unfortunately there is a Feb. 29 deadline - so act quickly if interested!

2008 "Junior Summer Abroad" Research Program in Europe for Undergraduate U.S. Students

Come and experience one of the best research experiences of your life! During this 8-week study abroad program, you will be exposed to international research, education and culture. In addition, you will be working in an experienced, collaborative research team to develop and apply algorithms and software for simulating reactions with organic materials that involve transitions between electronic states. Applicants should have at least two years of undergraduate study, preferably majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or computer science; or a related discipline such as chemical engineering or materials science, with an interest in chemistry. If you have an enthusiasm for learning new science, we will help you to become familiar with this exciting area of complex systems research that is becoming more important in the global environment.

We offer:
  • 8 weeks in Europe: June 30 - August 22
  • $2,000 stipend
  • housing, food and transportation costs paid
  • extensive contact with graduate student mentors and professors
  • training in cyberinfrastructure
  • arranged tours and outings
  • participation in a concluding workshop
To qualify, the candidate:
  • must be a United States citizen
  • have at least two years of undergraduate study, preferably majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or computer science; or a related discipline such as chemical engineering or materials science, with an interest in chemistry.
  • must complete application and submit by February 29, 2008
For more information or to apply for this opportunity, contact Bill Hase (, John Tully ( or Theresa Windus ( or visit our website at

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 2/22

This week's guest speaker is Dr. Michael Trakselis of the University of Pittsburgh. He will present the seminar "DNA Replication Mechanisms: Using Archaea as a Model System".

Please join us in Weyandt 149 at 3:30 for the seminar and light refreshments.

Dr. Trakselis will also be available starting at 3:10 in the same room to discuss graduate study opportunities at Pitt with any interested upperclassmen or graduate students.

Opportunities at Lancaster Laboratories

The faculty have all received literature from Lancaster Laboratories announcing that they are seeking candidates for employment in the areas of chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and environmental science.

You will most likely see several posters presented around the halls in Weyandt.

Current job openings can be found on their website.

Interested candidates should contact or phone (717) 656-2300.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Summer Job & Internship Fair Announced

The fair is open to all majors and will be held on Wednesday, February 27 from 11am-2pm in the HUB Ohio and Susquehanna rooms.

For more complete information, see

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 2/15

This week's guest speaker will be Dr. Chris Cahill from George Washington University. His seminar "Synthesis, Structural Chemistry and Luminescence of f-Metal Containing Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials" will be held in Weyandt 149 at 3:35pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Reminder: Call For Presentations

A reminder that the submission deadline for the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Scholars Forum presentations is Feb. 17.

For more information, see the website.

Summer Employment at Johns Hopkins

Who: Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) seeks outstanding science teachers, professors, graduate students, and undergraduate students to work in our summer programs

What: CTY offers challenging 3-week academic programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students from across the US and around the world.

Where: Residential sites in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. As well as in China, Mexico and Spain.
Day Site locations in the Baltimore-Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas.

When: Session 1: June 26 – July 19
Session 2: July 19 – August 9
Instructors and teaching assistants may work one or two sessions.

Why: Teach what you love, work with exceptional students in small classes, learn from talented colleagues, and enjoy a generous lab budget.

Salary: Instructors: $2100 – $3000 per 3-week session, based on experience.
Teaching assistants: $1100 per 3-week session.
Plus room and board at our residential sites.

Classes: 12 – 18 students
Each course has an instructor and teaching assistant.

Courses Available:

Crystals and Polymers
Students examine the structural and chemical features of crystals and polymers to better understand their properties. Students learn about metals, ionic solids, and composite materials such as orthodontic memory metal, discovering their features by building models ranging from simple cubic unit cells to network solids.

Examining the Evidence
By taking on the role of forensic scientists investigating different types of crime scenes, students develop their laboratory techniques and build knowledge of biology and chemistry.

Medical Sciences: Pharmacology & Toxicology
Students begin with a study of basic biochemistry, cell biology, and some human physiology. The course then moves into pharmacology and the effects of drugs and toxins.

The Edible World
Students take a closer look at the common products on grocery shelves, and use these items as a springboard to learn about chemistry and biotechnology.

Fast-Paced High School Chemistry
This course covers material ordinarily included in a year-long introductory course in high school chemistry (the usual prerequisite for honors or AP Chemistry).

Chemistry in Society
Designed for those who have not yet taken a chemistry course, this course gives students an introduction to the field of chemistry and its uses in the world around us.

Nuclear Science
This course covers the principles governing atomic and nuclear structure, radioactivity, and nuclear processes. Students employ these principles to understand technologies such as carbon-14 dating, treatments for cancer, nuclear reactors, and the effects of radiation exposure.

For additional information please visit our website at:

If you have questions, feel free to contact us by sending an e-mail to or by calling 410-735-6185. Also, if you could take a moment and forward this opportunity to a friend or colleague who you think would be a good fit for our program, we would greatly appreciate it.

Vince Bonina
Program Manager - Summer Programs
Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth
Phone: (410)735-6185
Fax: (410)735-6187

REU Summer Program at University of Connecticut

We are seeking participants for our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program!

Our principal objective is the exposure of undergraduates from primarily non-Ph.D. granting institutions to a stimulating research environment. We especially encourage women to apply to our program. Taking advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities including wheel chair accessible fume hoods in our new Chemistry building and the extensive infrastructure at the UConn supporting students with disabilities, we also welcome applications from this group.

Participants will spend 10 weeks (from Monday, June 2 to Friday, August 8, 2008) working with UConn faculty and graduate students on a research project at the cutting-edge of chemistry. The research program is accompanied by a series of seminars and a varied social program.

Participants will gain knowledge of the fundamentals of scientific research, experience the intellectual delights of discovery, practice both verbal and written communication of research results, and secure a foundation for making informed decisions regarding future careers.

Our program support includes stipends of $4000, a travel allowance, and room and partial board in our modern University Dormitories. More information about our program, eligibility rules, and application forms are available from this website (see links on the side bar) or can be obtained by contacting the address below.


For more information:

Undergraduate/REU Site Coordinator: Osker Dahabsu

REU Program
Department of Chemistry, Unit 3060
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3060

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Journal Club to Meet Friday 2/8

The first journal club discussion for this semester will be this Friday, February 8, at 2:30 pm in 236 127 Weyandt. Ms. Kaycie Butler will lead the discussion of some new methods for drug delivery. Copies of the article she has chosen are available outside Dr. Southard's office (239D Weyandt). Everyone is welcome.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Environmental Intern Needed

Environmental Intern needed to assist with watershed assessment and protection work. Background in biology, chemistry, environmental science or related disciplines required, along with strong computer, communication and organizational skills. Field work and overnight travel will be required. Experience with GIS/digital-mapping technology a plus. Paid six month temporary position. Send cover letter and resume by February 22 to Andrew Gavin , Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 1721 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. SRBC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

ACS Scholars Program Now Receiving Applications

The American Chemical Society Scholars Program is now taking applications for the 2008-09 academic year. The program is designed to encourage African-American, Hispanic, and Native American students to pursue chemistry and biochemistry degrees.

Current students and high school seniors are eligible to apply, with awards ranging from $2500 per year for freshmen up to $5000 per year for juniors and seniors.

For more information, including the application and instruction materials, visit this ACS site.

Deadline is March 1, 2008

Chemistry Seminar - 2/1

On Friday, February 1, Dr. Heba Abourahma of the IUP Chemistry Department will present "Crystal Engineering of Supramolecular Assemblies".

Join us at 3:30pm in Weyandt 149. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dr. John Woolcock Selected as Chair

Dr. John Woolcock, the current chair of the chemistry department, was chosen unanimously (18-0) to serve as the department chair for a second three-year term, starting May 1, 2008.

The vote was held in 236 Weyandt this morning at 11am, with an APSCUF observer.

Congratulations, John!

Chemistry Department Featured in "Working Beyond Expectations"

The Chemistry Department, a current student, and an alumna were all featured in January's edition of the IUP Career Development Centers Working Beyond Expectations! online newsletter.

Ms. Nicole Morozowich was a featured current IUP chemistry student, and her article can be found here.

Ms. Chrysa Malosh was a featured IUP chemistry alumna, and her article can be found here.

Finally, the chemistry department was highlighted, and that information can be found here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

SACP Summer 2008 Internship: PPG

PPG Industries is a world-leader in coating technologies. The Analytical department plays a key role in developing new products and supporting existing technologies.

In the past, PPG's Analytical Group has hired summer interns to provide a hands-on learning experience in an industrial analytical lab environment. They worked with trained professionals who are experts in enabling innovation and developing new methodologies to support R&D efforts and solve plant problems. The individuals were exposed to a variety of analytical techniques including spectroscopy, chromatography, microscopy, and wet chemical. Under the supervision of a degreed analyst, they also worked on method development projects.

The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) will sponsor two internships during the summer of 2008. Chemistry, chemistry education or biochemistry majors who are currently juniors are eligible for the program. Senior chemistry majors who plan to pursue graduate studies in the fall of 2008 may also apply. Internships are tentatively available at the following company and institution:
* Carnegie Science Center (see previous post)
* PPG Industries (this post) at the Coatings Innovation Center

Both internships are for approximately three months, with a monthly stipend of $1000.

Pleas submit:
1. a letter expressing your interests in chemistry
2. your first and second preferences for the location of your internship (Carnegie Science Center or PPG)
3. a letter of recommendation from your chemistry professor and/or chemistry advisor
4. a current transcript (does not have to be official)
5. current school and home addresses and telephone numbers

Send to:
Summer Internship Program
Suite 332
300 Penn Center Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5503

DEADLINE: March 1, 2008

SACP Summer 2008 Internship: Carnegie Science Center

When: Summer 2008
Hours: 30 hours/week, incl. one weekend day and occasional evenings
Eligibility: senior chem/chem ed majors
Where: Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh (next to Heinz Field)

What: This chemistry internship at Carnegie Science Center is a truly unique experience. It provides the basic opportunity for students of chemistry to demonstrate their excitement for science while honing interpersonal and public speaking skills. This internship is ideal for a student of chemistry who may be considering science education as a career. You'll be responsible for the following:
* presenting science demonstrations to visitors of various ages in the Science Theaters; preparing the materials, conducting the activities, etc.
* supervising and maintaining the chemistry prep room; maintaining chemical inventory
* assisting theater presenters in prepping chemicals, props, equipment, and supplies for science demonstration programs
* conducting research in preparation for future science demonstration programs; must prepare a final report and submit to the Carnegie Science Center and Internship Advisor
* mastering the presentation of three or more large-audience science demonstration programs
* upholding our commitment to customer service, our mission to provide science education and inspiration, and our commitment to respecting diversity

* not responsible for administering first aid or CPR
* must attend all staff trainings as scheduled
* must demonstrate proficiency in all areas before working independently, including cryogenics and flammables

Contact (Intern Supervisor):
* Aimee Kampbell (412) 237-1645
* Mike Hennessy (412) 237-3307

The Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) will sponsor two internships during the summer of 2008. Chemistry, chemistry education or biochemistry majors who are currently juniors are eligible for the program. Senior chemistry majors who plan to pursue graduate studies in the fall of 2008 may also apply. Internships are tentatively available at the following company and institution:
* Carnegie Science Center (this post)
* PPG Industries (next posting) at the Coatings Innovation Center

Both internships are for approximately three months, with a monthly stipend of $1000.

Pleas submit:
1. a letter expressing your interests in chemistry
2. your first and second preferences for the location of your internship (Carnegie Science Center or PPG)
3. a letter of recommendation from your chemistry professor and/or chemistry advisor
4. a current transcript (does not have to be official)
5. current school and home addresses and telephone numbers

Send to:
Summer Internship Program
Suite 332
300 Penn Center Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5503

DEADLINE: March 1, 2008

Joint Pitt-Carnegie Mellon Computational Biology PhD Program

For those searching out graduate programs for 2008 or beyond, you may wish to look at the joint Pitt-CMU computational biology program.

"The goal of the program is to provide intensive interdisciplinary education to enable outstanding students to become leaders in identifying and solving tomorrow's biological problems using computational methods."

They're looking for students with backgrounds in computational biology, bioinformatics, cheminformatics, biology, biochemistry, physics, chemistry, math, stats, engineering, or comp sci.

check out either of the websites for more information:

Thursday, January 24, 2008

First Journal Club Meeting for Spring 2008

The first journal club meeting will be Friday, January 25 at 2:30pm in Weyandt 236. For more information, contact Dr. Jon Southard.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

NSF-Funded Science & Engineering Opportunities for 2008 (GRAD STUDENTS ONLY)

Program Overview
The Central Europe Summer Research Institute (CESRI) is designed to provide U.S. graduate students in the sciences and engineering with a high-quality international summer research experience in Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the CESRI program sends enrolled U.S. graduate students in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, or mathematics for 8 weeks to receive a relevant laboratory experience in Central Europe in the sciences.

In the past two years, grantees have travelled to Central Europe to work on a wide range of projects, from studying the properties of Roman concrete, studying genes that confer disease resistance and working on improved data transmission on wireless networks.

For Summer 2008, CESRI will support up to 14 qualified grantees.

New Online Application
The 2008 competition is now open with a February 4th deadline. Program details, including the new online application, are available online:

Additional Information
If you would have any questions or would like to receive brochures for the program, please feel free to contact CESRI program manager, Vijay Renganathan at the email or telephone number below

NSF Central Europe Summer Research Institute
U.S. Student Programs
Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
P: 212 984 5442
F: 212 984 5325