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.