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.
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. Kim Dunbar from Texas A&M University will present the keynote lecture.
The Department of Chemistry seeks outstanding applications for two assistant professor positions in the areas of chemical biology and materials science. More information on these positions and application instructions can be found here.
The Department is pleased to welcome a new class of graduate students to UA.
- Jack Albert, Valparaiso University
- Silas Brown, Harding University
- Dalton Burks, University of South Alabama
- Juliana Conte, Catawba College
- Alan Evans, University of Montevallo
- Lisa Fealy, Roger Williams University
- Jessica Gray, Georgia Southern University
- Xiaoli Liang, SUNY Stonebrook
- Molly Lockhart, Berry College
- Yangxiao (Wilson) Ma, Tennessee Tech
- Shanna Phillips, University of Alabama
- Savannah Reach, University of Alabama
- Louis Reisman, Mercer University
- Tabitha Sutch, University of Alabama
Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Bertsch
Wolfgang Bertsch, professor emeritus of chemistry, passed away July 28, 2014 in Boone, NC. Dr. Bertsch was born in Ludwigsburg Germany on March 17, 1940. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the Academy of Chemistry and Physics, Isny, Germany in 1968, and his Doctoral Degree from the University of Houston in 1973. Dr. Bertsch joined the faculty at The University of Alabama as an analytical chemist specializing in gas chromatography and forensic chemistry in 1974. As a specialist in chromatography and forensic chemistry, he consulted for several major companies, including Hewett Packard and NASA, where he contributed to the Skylab Project. Dr. Bertsch was author of numerous articles and books, and was an International Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow. Upon retiring from UA in 2005, Dr. Bertsch had made his home in Boone, NC.
Dr. Bernard “Bernie” Scheiner
Dr. Bernard “Bernie” Scheiner, Sr., an instructor of chemistry, passed away July 31, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Born in Atlantic City, N.J., March 12, 1938, He is a 1958 graduate of Basic High and earned a BS degree from UNLV in 1961 and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1969. At UNLV he was a member of the basketball team where he remains the 26th all-time leading scorer. Dr. Scheiner worked for the U.S. Bureau of Mines first in Reno and beginning in 1979 at the Tuscaloosa Research Center. He is the author of over 200 scientific publications, the editor of 5 books and holds 17 patents. His field of interest includes solid-liquid separation, hydrometallurgy and flotation fundamentals. In 1994, he received the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers Richard H. Richards award. In his retirement, Dr. Scheiner served as a chemistry instructor at The University of Alabama, where he was a mainstay in the nursing chemistry sequence until his death, as well as serving as the instructor for the Rural Health Scholars chemistry course during the summer.
Michele Stover, a graduate student in Dr. David Dixon’s group, received a second place prize at the Southeast Theoretical Chemistry Associate meeting graduate poster competition.
Ashley Jolly, a PhD candidate in Dr. Marco Bonizzoni’s group, is one of approximately 50 students chosen nationwide to participate in the Division of Organic Chemistry’s Graduate Research Symposium. The symposium is held annually and is open to roughly 50 students each year. Students are chosen on the basis of their research contributions in the area of organic chemistry. The symposium gives participants the opportunity to present their research at a prestigious national venue, and to network amongst themselves and with established leaders in the field, who are invited in to act as mentors. The symposium will take place at the University of California – Irvine on July 24-27, 2014.
The College of Arts & Sciences have announced that Chemistry faculty received two of the three Distinguished Teaching Fellows awards for 2014-2017. Dr. Laura Busenlehner has been named a Distinguished Teaching Fellow and Dr. Patrick Frantom has been named a Distinguished Teaching with Technology Fellows. The Distinguished Teaching Fellows are chosen on the basis of their outstanding contributions to the teaching mission of the college. Fellows serve a three year term during which they serve as mentors for college faculty on issues related to teaching. The awards will be presented during the fall A&S Faculty meeting.
The Department is pleased to congratulate Ms. April McIntosh who is the 2014 recipient of the Office, Clerical, and Technical Staff Assembly (OCTSA) Outstanding Staff Award. Ms. McIntosh in a senior office associate in the department and provides support for our endowed chair faculty.