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
Dr. Isel Pascual Alonso (left) and Dr. Patrick Frantom (right)
Dr. Frantom with a 3rd year undergraduate biochemistry class.
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.
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.
The Department is accepting applications for the 2015 Research Experience for Undergraduates program at UA. This NSF-funded program brings students to campus for a 10 week research program during the summer. Students work with individual faculty on research projects and participate in social and professional development activities. Students receive a stipend and free housing on campus.
The Department congratulates the students received degrees in the December commencement ceremony
- 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
- Hanjiao Chen
- Yasemin Hakat
- Jordyn Johnson
- Ashley Jolly
- John Lightcap
- Alie Mallet
- Minli Xing
- Haley Burhans, summa cum laude
- Seungmi Lee, summa cum laude
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 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.
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.