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.

Department Welcomes New Graduate Students

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

Remembering Dr. Wolfgang Bertsch and Dr. Bernard Scheiner

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. 

Dr. Busenlehner and Dr. Frantom Named A&S Distinguished Teaching Fellows

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.

OCTSA Outstanding Staff Award

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.

Spring 2014 Chemistry Graduates

The Department congratulates the chemistry students who received degrees during the spring commencement ceremony.

  • PhD
    • Dripta DeJoarder, “Total Syntheses of (-)-Curvularin and Xestodecalactone A, Formal Total Syntheses of (-)-Citreofuran, (+)-12-Oxo-Curvularin, (+)-Sporostatin, Synthetic Efforts Toward (-)-Caylobolide A.”  Advisor: Dr. Michael Jennings
    • Zongtang Fang, “Computational Studies of the Catalytic Reactions of Group IVB and VIB Transition Metal Oxide Clusters.”  Advisor: Dr. David Dixon
    • Sharifa T. Love-Rutledge, “Disproving A Fifty-Five Year Old Myth: Chromium the Essential Element.” Advisor: Dr. John Vincent
    • Parker D. McCrary, “Controlling the Properties of Energetic Ionic Liquids By Stabilizing Reactive Nanomaterials.” Advisor: Dr. Robin Rogers
    • Yu Wang, “The Development and Regulation of Adult Abdominal Segment Reduction in Drosophila.” Advisor: Dr. Laura Busenlehner
  • MS
    • Varun Debbeti
    • Edward C. Ellingsworth
    • Siqi Guan
    • Huaiyuan Hu
    • Cameron K. Miller
    • Christopher R. Redden
    • Katrina A. Staggemeier
  • ACS-Certified BS
    • Daniel E. Castillo
    • Evan L. Horner, cum laude
    • Margaret P. Johnson, summa cum laude
    • Jessica M. Jones
    • Evan W. McConnell, summa cum laude
    • Thomas F. Regan IV, magna cum laude
    • Zoe E. Stamatelos
    • Tabitha P. Sutch
    • Jason J. Wang, summa cum laude
    • Morgan E. Whitaker, magna cum laude
  • BS
    • Alexandra H. Arnold
    • Travis J. Atchley, summa cum laude
    • M. Adam Beg, summa cum laude
    • Jameson T. Bullock
    • Hillary A. Dalton, magna cum laude
    • Courtney M. Farish, cum laude
    • Jeffrey K. Kim, magna cum laude
    • David H. Kracalik
    • Nicholas M. Laskay, summa cum laude
    • Christian R. Smith
    • Mary Katherine Sweeney, summa cum laude
    • Garrett H. Taylor, summa cum laude
    • Victoria A. Vining, magna cum laude
    • Anna E. Willis, summa cum laude
    • Kristi Y. Wu, summa cum laude

Chemistry students receive Goldwater Scholarships

Chemistry major Lynda Truong is one of two UA students to receive a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.  Lynda is an undergraduate research student under the direction of Dr. Stephen Woski.  Brian Goodell is the other recipient.  Brian is a Chemical Engineering major who does undergraduate research with Dr. David Nikles.

Chemistry Honors Day Convocation

The Chemistry Department honored its student at the annual Chemistry Honors Day Convocation on April 4th.  The following students received the top chemistry student honors.  For a full list of award recipients go to the graduate and undergraduate award pages.

  • Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Student Award: Jesse Gettinger
  • Outstanding Chemistry Undergraduate Research Award: Morgan Whitaker
  • American Institute of Chemists Award:  Evan McConnell
  • Outstanding First-Year Graduate Teaching Award:  Rachael Albury
  • Outstanding Second-Year Graduate Student Award: Ian Adams
  • Outstanding Third-Year Graduate Student Award:  Archana Panikar
  • Oustanding Chemistry Graduate Student Award:  Caleb Hill and Parker McCrary