Steven Kelley placed second in the UA Three-Minute Thesis competition. His talk entitled, ““A Study of Covalency in Actinides and Lanthanides using N-Donor Ionic Liquids” describes his dissertation research in Prof. Robin Rogers’s lab. Also competing in the finals were Greg Dye (Prof. Street) and Joseph Meany (Prof. Woski).
A paper co-authored by Prof. Laura Busenlehner entitled, “Escherichia coli SufE Sulfur Transfer Protein Modulates the SufS Cysteine Desulfurase through Allosteric Conformational Dynamics,” was selected as a “Paper of the Week” by the editors of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The paper describes work done in collaboration with Prof. Wayne Outten from the University of South Carolina. The Journal of Biological Chemistry is one of the top journals in the area of biochemistry and biological chemistry. Selection as a “Paper of the Week” places the paper in the top 50-100 papers of the over 6,000 published by the journal each year.
Gregory Dye, Joseph Meany, and Steven Kelley were selected as finalists in the University Three-Minute Thesis competition. They will compete in the finals on Wednesday 11/20 at 6:00 in 159 Russell Hall.
Congratulations to Dr. Mier An who was selected as one of three recipients of the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled “Inhibition of an E.coli Glycosylase, MutM, by Non-native Metals.” Dr. An’s dissertation will be considered for the University-wide Outstanding Dissertation Award.
Congratulations to Steven Kelley, Greg Dye, Joseph Meany, and Leah Block who were the top four finishers in the Chemistry Department 3 Minute Thesis Competition. They will represent the Department in the University-wide competition.
Steven Kelley (Rogers): A Study of Covalency in Actinides and Lanthanides using N-Donor Ionic Liquids
Greg Dye (Street): Nano-Crystals: Chemical Ordering at the Smallest Scale
Joseph Meany (Woski): Molecular Electronics- Beyond the Pocket Calculator
Leah Block (Rogers): Chitin Supports for Drug Release
The Department of Chemistry seeks to fill a position at the Assistant Professor rank in the area of Materials Chemistry to begin on August 16, 2014. The successful candidate is expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program and to have a strong commitment to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Commitment to excellence in both undergraduate, including Introductory Chemistry, and graduate teaching is required including mentoring both undergraduate and graduate research students. The area of research is open, but areas complementary to existing interdisciplinary programs at The University in alternative energy or sustainability are of particular interest. For more information
The University of Alabama’s impact on k-12 STEM education will grow over the next five years following the announcement of a $1.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, a national education initiative of the NSF, seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, majors and professionals to become middle and high school mathematics and science teachers.
Beginning Oct. 1, The University of Alabama Noyce Scholars Program will award 21 two-year scholarships ($16,000 per year) over the next five years to undergraduate and master’s level students who plan to major in chemistry, mathematics or physics and complete teacher certification. Freshmen and sophomores at UA will have opportunities to be among roughly 120 students who will participate in paid summer internships over the next four years. During the summer, students will participate in seminars hosted by the participating UA departments and by teacher education faculty from the department of curriculum and instruction.
Co-project investigators are Drs. Jeremy Zelkowski and Jim Gleason in mathematics education and mathematics, Cynthia Sunal in teacher education, Kevin Shaughnessy in chemistry, J. W. Harrell in physics and Sharon Vincent at Shelton State.
Emily Bloomquist, a sophomore from Tucker, Ga., was chosen by the American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 19th Conference of the Parties in Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 16-22. She is one of only six students chosen nationally to represent ACS at the conference. Students were chosen under the criteria of demonstrating academic preparedness, awareness and enthusiasm in representing ACS.
Prof. David Dixon has been named an American Chemical Society Fellow. The ACS Fellows program recognizes society members for outstanding contributions to science, the profession, and the Society. ACS is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.