Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Chemistry and Biochemistry News


Summer 2014

1.) Josie Legure was awarded a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer position to conduct research at Yale University. You can follow Josie’s research and REU experience at http://bloomuexplore.blogspot.com/2014/06/seeking-new-uses-for-co2.html.

2.) Congratulations to BU Alum Thuy Le (1983, Analytical Chemistry) for being named an Inaugural Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellow. View the announcement at: http://woodrow.org/fellowship-page/2014-newjersey-bios/#Le.

3.) Students conducting summer research funded by the Bloomsburg University Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) Program:

Shelby Coleman (Mentor: Dr. Hallen)

Sawyer Davis (Mentor: Dr. Zimmerman)

Teresa Grimes (Mentor: Dr. Osburn)

Amanda Lacerte (Mentor: Dr. Bell)

David Perez (Mentor: Dr. Hawrelak)

Zach Rhoden (Mentor: Dr. Hawrelak)

Chris Rosengrant (Mentor: Dr. Hallen)

Eric Thompson (Mentor: Dr. Zimmerman)

Shana Wagner (Mentor: Dr. Pugh)

Spring 2014

Chemistry Awards

College of Science and Technology Awards Ceremony
Pictured (L to R): Dr. Pugh, Kristie Darrah, Thomas Malinski, Brooke Shannon, Eric Thompson, Dr. Wilcox
Student Presenters
Chemistry Students Presented Research Projects at the College of Science and Technology Research and Scholarship Day
May 2, 2014

1.) Award Winners: The following awardees were named for the 2013/2014 academic year:

Phi Lambda Upsilon, National Chemistry Honorary Society: Kristie Darrah, Conor Flynn, Brooke Shannon

POLYED Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry: Eric Thompson

American Institute for Chemists Foundation Outstanding Senior Award: Brooke Shannon

ACS Outstanding Senior Award: Kristie Darrah

ACS Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry: Thomas Malinski

David Murphy Memorial Scholarship: Amanda Pritzlaff

2.) Congratulation to Brooke Shannon being awarded a Jessica Kozloff Research Grant to conduct research with Dr. Borland

3.) Congratulations to Dr. Borland for two publications:

Borland M.G., Krishnan, P., Lee, C., Albrecht, P.P., Shan, W., Bility, M.T., Marcus, C.B., Lin, J.M., Amin, S., Gonzalez, F.J., Perdew, G.H., and Peters, J.M. Modulation of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) signaling pathways by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor β/δ (PPARβ/δ) in keratinocytes. Carcinogenesis. (2013). In Press. PMICD: 24639079.

Borland, M.G. Introducing toxicology into the biochemistry curricula: using cytochrome c (Cytc) functionalities as a model. Journal of Toxicological Education. (2013). 1: 54-65. Invited submission for the journal’s first issue.

4.) Chemistry Students Presented Research Projects at the College of Science and Technology Research and Scholarship Day (May 2, 2014)

Research Talks:

Kristie Darrah and Teresa Grimes (Mentor: Dr. Osburn): Synthesis and Reactivity Studies of Rh(I) and Ru(II) Complexes of a Thioether/NHC Pincer Ligand.

Chris Hitcho (Mentor: Dr. Hawrelak): Catalytic Studies for the Production of Trimethylsilyl-substituted Cyclic Organic Molecules via the Catalyst, [(C6F5)(C5H4)]Co(CO)2.

Amanda Lacerte (Mentor: Dr. Bell): Acet-ISPR-amide and acet-LSPR-amide: Inhibition of Clotting at High Concentrations.

Thomas Malinski (Mentor: Dr. Osburn): Synthesis of a Polymer-supported Bidentate Ligand for Recyclable Hydrogenation Catalysts.

Brooke Shannon (Mentor: Dr. Borland): Examining the Effects of PPAR Expression on Vitamin D-based Melanoma Therapeutics.

Ashley Wagner (Mentor: Dr. Borland): Examining the PPAR-dependent Modulation of Apoptosis and Cytokine Secretion in Human Malignant Melanoma.

Posters

Kristie Darrah and Teresa Grimes (Mentor: Dr. Osburn): Synthesis and Reactivity Studies of Rh(I) and Ru(II) Complexes of a Thioether/NHC Pincer Ligand.

Thomas Malinski (Mentor: Dr. Osburn): Synthesis of a Polymer-supported Bidentate Ligand for Recyclable Hydrogenation Catalysts.

Thomas Malinski (Mentor: Dr. Pugh): Analysis of Pb in Gunshot Residue (GSR) by X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Spectrometry.

2013 News

1.) Congratulations to Drs. Bell, Schultz (Emeritus), Borland and Pugh for their publication:

Trumbo, T.A., Schultz, E., Borland, M.G., and Pugh, M.E. Applied Spectrophotometry: Analysis of a Biochemical Mixture. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education. (2013). 41(4): 242-250. PMICD: 23625877.

2.) Chemistry Students Presented Research Projects at the College of Science and Technology Research and Scholarship Day (December 6, 2013)

Research Talks:

Kristie Darrah (Mentor: Dr. Bell): Adventures in Blood Clot Analysis by HPLC.

Sawyer Davis (Mentor: Dr. Morgan): Organometallic Synthesis of a Tryicyclic Antidepressant Core.

Chandra Dewar (Mentor: Dr. Hallen and Dr. Davis): Phytosiderophore Affinity for Iron.

Conor Flynn and Josie Legere (Mentor: Dr. Hawrelak): A Catalyst Comparison (C5H5)Co(CO)2 vs. [(C6F5)(C5H4)]Co(CO)2.

Chris Hitcho (Mentor: Dr. Zimmerman): Predicting Transport Properties at High Temperature and Pressures.

Mike Jurbala (Mentor: Dr. Zimmerman): Extraction of Equilibrium Constants and Limiting Conductivities From Conductance Measurements of Unsymmetrical Electrolytes.

Amanda Lacerte (Mentor: Dr. Bell): Spectrospopic Analysis of Blood Clot Formation.

Thomas Malinski (Mentor: Dr. Pugh): Analysis of Pb Concentration in Gunshot Residue by X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry.

Leonard Oddo (Mentor: Dr. Pugh): DNA Sequencing of Different Species of Tuna Fish.

Ashley Wagner (Mentor: Dr. Borland): Examining the Effects of PPAR Expression on Glucocorticoid-based Melanoma Therapeutics.

Ariana Winder (Mentor: Dr. Morgan) Vinylation as the First Step Toward the Total Organometallic Synthesis of the Core of Clomipramire (Anafranil).

Posters:

Kristie Darrah (Mentor: Dr. Bell): Adventures in Blood Clot Analysis by HPLC.

Thomas Malinski (Mentor: Dr. Pugh): Analysis of Pb Concentration in Gunshot Residue by X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry.

Leonard Oddo (Mentor: Dr. Pugh): DNA Sequencing of Different Species of Fish off the Coast of Mexico.

Big steps in exploring a small world

Nanotechnology Exploration Camp

BU’s Nanotechnology Exploration Camp, hosted by the College of Science and Technology, featured eight high school students spending a week (July 22 to 26) learning about nanotechnology — the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.

The students studied nanotechnology through hands-on experimentation and model building in the chemistry lab. Some of the labs included rock crystals being formed, nanobugs being built and a group brainstorming session being held on how to remove harmful gases from the atmosphere.

There are multiple majors that could lead to a career working with nanotechnology such as physics and engineering. At the end of the week Peter Stine, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Engineering Technology, gave the students an in-depth look at what it takes to become a physics or engineering major with a tour of the physics and engineering labs.


Congratulations to Dr. Bell for her cameo appearance in the latest BU "Alive with Opportunity" YouTube video


1) Chemistry Students Presented Research Projects at the College of Science and Technology Research and Scholarship Day (May 11, 2013)

Poster Presentations:

Scott Blackburn (Mentor: Dr. Tapsak): Studies on the Refractive Index of Copoly (Arylene-Siloxanes) Constructive with Amide, Ester, or Ether Linkage Units.

Hannah Cronk (Mentor: Dr. Osburn): Rh(I) Complexes of a Non-Innocent Pincer Ligand Bearing Thioether and N-Heterocyclic Carbene Donors.

Christopher Houser (Mentor: Dr. Hawrelak): Cobalt Catalyzed Production of Aromatics Using [(C6F5)C5H4]Co(CO)2.

Matthew Miele (Mentor: Dr. Zimmerman): Determination of Solid-Liquid and Vapor-Liquid Phase Diagrams of Organic Binary Mixtures Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry.

Owen O’Sullivan (Mentor: Dr. Tapsak): Studies on the Refractive Index of Copoly (Arylene-Siloxanes) Constructed with Amide, Ester, or Ether Linkage Units.

Jacob Powell (Mentor: Dr. Zimmerman): Determination of Equivalent Conductances of Lanthanum Chloride Solutions at 25, 50 and 75 Degree C and 0.7 MPa.

Gene Tunney (Mentor: Dr. Pugh): Analysis of Gun Shot Residue Using a Handheld X-Ray Fuorescence Spectrometer (XRF).

Jessica Viscomi (Mentor: Dr. Bell): Loss of Sigmoidality in Fibrin Clot Formation in the Presence of Inhibitors Acet-LSPR-Amide or Acet-ISPR-Amide.

Research Talks:

Wesley Addison (Mentor: Dr. Pugh): Evaluation of Atlantic Bay Scallop Microsatellite DNA with Pacific Scallop Microsatellite DNA Primers.

Louisa Andrew (Mentor: Dr. Bell): Kinetics of Blood Clot Formation in the Presence of Tetrapeptide Inhibitors.

Hannah Cronk (Mentor: Dr. Osborn): Rh(I) Complexes of a Non-Innocent Pincer Ligand Bearing Thioether and N-Heterocyclic Carbene Donors.

Christopher Houser (Mentor: Dr. Hawrelak): Cobalt Catalyzed Production of Aromatics Using [(C6F5)C5H4]Co(CO)2.

Mike Jurbala (Mentor: Dr. Zimmerman): Measurements of the Electrical Conductivity in Lanthanum Trifluoromethanesulfonate Solutions at 25 Degree C.

Elizabeth Ola (Mentor: Dr. Borland): Defining the Receptor-and Ligand-Dependent Functions of PPARβ/δ on Cell Proliferation and Metastasis in Human Malignant Melanoma.

Owen O’Sullivan (Mentor: Dr. Osborn): Synthesis and Catalytic Studies of a Polyisobutylene-Supported Bidentate Triazole/NHC Rh(I) Complex.

Erik Rahner (Mentor: Dr. Borland): Examining Palmitoleic Acid As A Natural PPAR Ligand and Melanoma Therapeutic.

Zachary Rhoden (Mentor: Dr. Morgan): Tin-Mediated Aryl Vinylation As A First Step in the Organometallic Total Synthesis of Clomipramine.

ACS 2013

2) Three Chemistry Students were inducted into Lamba Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon national mathematical honor society: Kristie Darrah, Brooke Shannon, and Gene Tuney

3) Eight BU chemistry majors and five faculty members presented their research recently at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans. In additional to presenting research and attending other scholarly seminars, the students and faculty met BU alumnus Dr. Conrad Stanitski (’60) the recipient of the George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, and attended Stanitski’s award acceptance speech.

More than 15,000 chemists, academics, students and other professionals participated in the conference, addressing the relationship between chemistry and food in our society. Representing BU were Michael Pugh, Philip Osburn, Gene Tunney, Jessica Viscomi, Hannah Cronk, Christopher House, Jacob Powell, Toni Trumbo-Bell, Matthew Miele, Mark Tapsak, Owen O’Sullivan, Scott Blackburn and Diane Hinkens. Brooke Shannon

4) Chemistry Department Junior Award Winner: Brooke Shannon. Picture is Brooke with Department Chair Dr. Pugh at the Awards Ceremony.

5) Promotions:

Promoted to Full Professor: Dr. Toni Trumbo Bell and Dr. Gregory Zimmerman

Promoted to Associate Professor: Dr. Philip Osburn

2012 News

Student researchers showcase summer work

Student Research Students of BU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recently showcased their summer research results, covering topics from blood clotting to fragrances to gun shot residue analysis.

Research Presentations

  • Brandon BrownInteraction of LSPR with Thrombun as an Inhibitor of Blood Clotting, mentored by Toni Bell.
  • Matthew MieleDetermination of Solid-Liquid and Vapor-Liquid Phase Diagrams of Organic Binary Mixtures using Differential Scanning Calorimetry, mentored by Gregory Zimmeran. Funded by URSCA.
  • Jacob PowellDetermination of the Equivalent Conductance of Lanthanum Chloride Solutions at 25, 50 and 75 degrees Celsius and 0.7 MP, mentored by Gregory Zimmerman. Funded by URSCA.
  • Amanda PritzlaffPercent Composition of Lavandula Augustifulia and the Art of Fine Fragrance, mentored by Toni Bell.
  • Franklin RodemerInfluence of the Oneida #3 Acid Mine Drainage and Passive Limestone Treatment System on Little Tomhicken Creek in Luzerne County – Department Summer Research, mentored by Christopher Hallen. Funded by Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholars Summer Program.
  • Gene TunneyAnalysis of Gun Shot Residue using a Handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), mentored by Michael Pugh. Funded by Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholars Summer Program.
  • Jessica ViscomiAnalysis of Blood Clot Inhibition by ISPR, mentored by Toni Bell. Funded by Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholars Summer Program.

Student Summer Presentations

Matt Miele

Matt Miele

Matt Miele presented at the Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Conference held at the Henry Hood Center for Health Research, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA on August 2, 2012. His poster was titled "Determination of Solid-Liquid and Vapor-Liquid Phase Diagrams of Oranic Binary Mixtures using Differential Scanning Colorimetry." Mentor: Dr. Gregory Zimmerman.

Ariana Winder

Ariana Winder

Ariana Winder presented Susquehanna Valley Undergraduate Research Conference held at the Henry Hood Center for Health Research, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA on August 2, 2012. Her poster was titled "Percutaneous Cholecystostomy in Patients with High Risk Acute Cholecystitis." Mentors: Mohanbabu Alaparthi MD, John Semian MD, Mohsen Shabahang MD, Nicole Woll PhD, Joseph Blansfield MD (Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA).


2011 News

COST 2011 Spring Honors Symposium

COST 2011 Spring Honors Symposium Pictured with BU President David Soltz, chemistry students receiving honors were (L-R):

  • Benjamin McFadden — ACS award in Inorganic Chemistry
  • Adam Miller — Junior Chemistry Achievement award and ACS award in Analytical Chemistry
  • Hannah Cronk — ACS POLYED undergraduate award in Organic Chemistry
  • Kenneth Myers — Susquehanna Valley Section ACS Outstanding Senior award, American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding BS Biochemistry Senior award, Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society inductee, and Cum Laude

Nanotechnology students making the grade

Jackie North and Andrew Sibley, seniors in the chemistry and biochemistry department, were the first BU students to complete the 18-credit Capstone Semester at Penn State University during the summer of 2010 as part of BU’s new nanotechnology track. Nanotechnology is the study of the controlling of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.