Chemistry in Cuba

Dr. Patrick Frantom, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, recently visited the Department of Biology at the University of Havana, Cuba as part of the UA Cuba Initiative . Dr. Frantom was part of a group of 12 UA faculty members from various colleges and departments that visited Cuba to establish educational and research ties with their counterparts in Havana. Dr. Frantom was hosted by Dr. Isel Pascual Alonso, the vice-dean for research in the Facultad de Biología and researcher at the Center for Protein Studies. Dr. Frantom taught courses with 3rd and 4th year biochemistry students and presented a research seminar to the faculty of the Center for Protein Studies. He also met with the vice-dean for undergraduate studies in biology and several members of the chemistry department. “It was an eye-opening experience, “ said Frantom. “The faculty and students are working very hard to make the best of the opportunities they have, something we occasionally take for granted here in the U.S.”

Building for the Facultad de Biología at the University of Havana

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Dr. Isel Pascual Alonso (left) and Dr. Patrick Frantom (right)

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Dr. Frantom with a 3rd year undergraduate biochemistry class.

 

 

 

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NOBCChE and CGSO Students Night at the Museum

On Saturday, February 7, 2015 the Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO) and the UA chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) joined forces to represent the Department of Chemistry at the 4th Annual Night at the Museum. The Graduate Student Association (GSA), The Graduate School, The Museum of Natural History, and Graduate Parent Support hold this event annually to show children what graduate students do. The event was held in Smith Hall, the home of the Museum of Natural History. More than 500 people attended the event. The CGSO/NOBCChE had an interactive demo room where various experiments where performed with children in order to engage them in the field of chemistry. Graduate students that participated were Carl St. Louis, Jessica Gray, Tabitha Sutch, Dalton Burks, Dayne Fraser, Joseph Meany and Pandora White.

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Congratulations SURC winners

The Department of Chemistry hosted the Southeastern Undergraduate Research conference.  Congratulations to the winning presentations.

  • Biochemistry/Organic talks
    • 1st Place:  Anthony Abshire (University of Southern Miss)
    • 2nd Place: Katheryn Adam (University of Alabama)
  • Organic/Inorganic talks
    • 1st Place: Megan Johnston (University of Alabama)
    • 2nd Place: Taylor Farmer (Auburn University)
  • Physical/Analytical talks
    • 1st Place: Shuwen Yue (University of Alabama)
    • 2nd Place: Keri Dowling (UNC-Charlotte)
  • Posters Winners:
    • Nicholas Boyle (UAB)
    • Anthony Curto (University of Alabama)
    • Sydney Marchi (Tennessee Tech)
    • Julia Murphy (University of Alabama)
    • Sarah Newell (Mississippi College)

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Chemistry welcomes new faculty members

The department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the hiring two new faculty members who will join the department as assistant professors in fall 2015.

Dr. Jared Allred received his PhD from Princeton University and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Argonne National Lab. Dr. Allred’s research focuses on the preparation and study of novel solid state magnetic materials.

Dr. Jack Dunkle received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Emory University.  Dr. Dunkle’s research interests focus on understanding the structure and function of RNA modification enzymes.

Congratulations December Graduates

The Department congratulates the students received degrees in the December commencement ceremony

  • PhD
    • Ashley Casey, “Functional and Regulatory Mechanisms in Alpha-Isopropylmalate Synthases.”  Advisor: Patrick Frantom
    • Changgeng Feng, “Electron Transfer Dissociation Mass Spectrometry Studies of Peptides.” Advisor: Carolyn Cassady
    • Amanda Glover, “A Magnetically Triggered, Targeted Therapeutic Drug Delivery System from Polymer Micelles.” Advisor: David Nikles
    • Caleb Hill, “Fundamental and Applied Studies of Organic Photovoltaic Systems.” Advisor: Shanlin Pan
    • Melody Kelley, “Electrochromic and Photoelectrochromic Switching Devices Based on Aryl Amine Redox Chemistry.” Advisor: Silas Blackstock
  • MS
    • Hanjiao Chen
    • Yasemin Hakat
    • Jordyn Johnson
    • Ashley Jolly
    • John Lightcap
    • Alie Mallet
    • Minli Xing
  • BS
    • Haley Burhans, summa cum laude
    • Seungmi Lee, summa cum laude

Joseph Meany Places in UA 3MT Finals

Graduate student Joseph Meany placed third in the UA Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.  His presentation was entitled, “Molecular Circuitry: The Little Things that Matter.”  Joseph’s PhD advisor is Dr. Stephen Woski.  The 3MT competition is a national event in which PhD students attempt to distill the essence of their dissertation into a 3 minute presentation designed to engage a non-specialist audience.  The competition began with department-level competitions followed by a semifinal competition at the University level.  Joseph was one of fifteen finalists.  Also competing in the semifinals was Pandora White with a presentation entitled, “Chromium (III): Potential Colorectal Cancer Treatment?”  Pandora’s research is directed by Prof. John Vincent.

47th Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference

The University of Alabama will host the 47th Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) on February 6-7th, 2015.  The Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference is a unique opportunity for students in the region to present their undergraduate research work to other students and faculty members. Both oral and poster presentations will be given. Students will also network with graduate school recruiters and meet other students and faculty members engaged in chemistry research.  Prizes are given for the best posters and oral presentations. The conference allows students to present their work in a friendly environment and obtain feedback and ideas related to their work.  Prof. Oleg Ozerov from Texas A&M University will present the keynote lecture.

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