Dr. Mier An receives A&S Outstanding Dissertation Award

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.

3-Minute Thesis Winners

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

Faculty Position Available in Materials Chemistry

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

Student attends UN Climate Change Conference

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.


Chem Student Interns at HudsonAlpha

Chemistry-Biology Major One of Five UA Undergraduates to Earn Prestigious Biotech Internships

Three students from the College are getting hands-on experience in sophisticated biotechnology as part of the BioTran internship program at the HudsonAlpha Institute in Huntsville. Anna Willis, a senior from Powder Springs, Ga., studying biology and chemistry at UA, is working with Serina Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that develops treatments for Parkinson’s disease, cancer, inflammation, pain, and metabolic disorders.

Only 10 percent of those that apply for the BioTran internship are selected annually for the opportunity. Since the inception of the BioTran internship in 2009, more than 1,500 students have applied and only 115 have been accepted to participate.

This article originally appeared in the July 2013 Desktop NewsView complete article.

Chemistry Grad Students Visit Nobel Laureates

Two graduate students participate in Lindau Meetings in Germany

In July, 35 Nobel Laureates congregated at Lake Constance in Germany to meet the next generation of leading scientists and researchers, including two UA graduate students from the Department of Chemistry. Steven Kelley, a native of Olive Branch, Miss., and Michele Stover, a native of Moselle, Miss., attended the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting along with more than 600 young researchers from nearly 80 countries.

Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University in 2009 and subsequently enrolled in the doctoral program in the Department of Chemistry. Kelley, who earned a $150,000 fellowship from the Department of Energy, works with Dr. Robin Rogers, professor and holder of the Robert Ramsay Chair in the Department of Chemistry and director of UA’s Center for Green Manufacturing.

Stover earned an Associate of Arts degree from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss. in 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from William Carey University before enrolling in UA’s doctoral chemistry program in 2010. At UA, Stover works with Dr. David Dixon, professor and holder of the Robert Ramsay Chair of in the Department of Chemistry.

This article originally appeared in the July 2013 Desktop NewsView complete article.