Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Undergraduate Biochemistry Seminar - 4/3

Two undergraduate speakers will present in this week's biochemistry seminar.

Ms. Galit Regev will present "The Study of Double-stranded RNA in Rhizoctonia Solani".

Ms. Aubree Webb will present "The Unique Pharmacology of Scorpion Toxin Lqh3".

Please join us at 2:30pm in Weyandt 127.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Graduate Seminars on 4/1, 4/3

On Wednesday, April 1, we will hold the first of two graduate student research seminars. Mr. Daniel Adu-Ampratwum will present the talk "Clusters, Superatoms, and Building Blocks of New Materials" in Weyandt 240 at 3:30pm.

On Friday, April 3, Ms. Bernice Opoku-Agyeman will present the talk "Mechanisms and Kinetics of the Wacker Process: A Quantum Mechanical Approach" in Weyandt 240 at 3:30pm.

For both seminars, light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

CHEM 281: Food Chemistry Offered for Fall '09

A special topics course on the chemistry of food is being offered for Fall 2009 in the Chemistry Department.

CHEM 281: Food Chemistry
Food Chemistry is a 3-credit, non-lab chemistry course focusing on basic and organic chemistry as it applies to food. This class is appropriate for chemistry, biochemistry or biology majors wanting an elective chemistry course; for food & nutrition majors who plan to take FDNT 362; and other students with an interest in food chemistry who meet the prerequisite requirements. The course will include lectures on topics including but not limited to: carbohydrates, protein, fats, grains, fruits & vegetables, meat & dairy, fermentation, chemical processes in food preparation, molecular gastronomy, coffee & tea, flavor & aroma, food additives, and more. This course is not eligible as a liberal studies non-lab science course. PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of CHEM 102, CHEM 112, or CHEM 114, or completed credits that were accepted for transfer by IUP to count as one of the aforementioned courses.
For more information on the course, contact Dr. Nate McElroy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Biochemistry Seminar - 3/27

On Friday, March 27, two biochemistry seniors will present their seminar topics.

Ms. Olivia McGovern will present "Targeted siRNA Nanoparticle Drug Administration in Primates: A New Hope In Cancer Treatment".

Ms. Caitlin Williamson will present "Biocatalytic Reduction of Alpha-chloro-beta-keto Esters".

Please join us at 2:30 in Weyandt 127.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Chemistry Seminar - 3/27

Please join us on Friday, March 27 for a research seminar by Mr. Theppawut Ayudhya (University of South Carolina) at 2:30pm in Weyandt 149.

The talk is titled "Synthesis of Highly Functional Poly(thiophene)s and Progress Towards Generating Solid State Chemosensors."

Chemistry Seminar - 3/25

On Wednesday, March 25 Mr. Justin Fair from the University of Connecticut will present the research seminar "Synthetically Useful Reactions of Organolithium Compounds and Predicted Chromatograms for Flash Column Chromatography".

Please join us at 2:30pm in Weyandt 127 for the seminar. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mini-ACS Meeting at Duquesne

Duquesne University will be hosting an ACS Meeting in Miniature again this year. IUP students are invited to come and present their work. The meeting is planned for April 18, 2009 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in College Hall and Mellon Hall on the Duquesne campus.

More information and online registration can be found here: http://www.science.duq.edu/chemistry/acsmini09.html

Monday, March 16, 2009

Chemistry Seminar - 3/20

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to host Mr. Alexander Poniatowski of the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, March 20.

Mr. Poniatowski will present the research seminar "Synthesis of Natural Products: Utilizing Radical Cations Toward Apicularen, and a Proposed Route to Myrioneurinol".

Please join us at a special time, 1:15pm in Weyandt 149 (note room change also).

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Chemistry Student Awarded ACS Fellowship

Chemistry major Ms. Jennifer Beveridge has been awarded an ACS undergraduate fellowship in nuclear and radiochemistry, funded by the Department of Energy. The fellowship includes textbooks, housing, transportation, tuition, and lab supplies, and will count as six credits from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Jen will take up the fellowship at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York this June and July.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Biochemistry Seminar - 3/13

This week's biochemistry seminar (Fri. Mar. 13) features Mr. Zack Wiley a senior biochemistry major at IUP, who will present the talk "Mimivirus and the Virophage: Redefining Life". The biochemistry seminar will be held in Weyandt 127 at 2:30pm.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chemistry Seminar - 3/13

On Friday, March 13, the chemistry department will host Dr. Claire Tessier from the University of Akron. After meeting with faculty and students, Dr. Tessier will present the talk "Chlorophosphazenes, the Precursors to Polyphosphazenes. Are Superacids Undetected Participants in Their Chemistry?".

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