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.
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.
Congratulations to the Chemistry winners at the UA Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference
A&S Science and Math Division, Oral Presentations
2nd Place: Megan Johnson, “Palladium-Catalyzed Direct Intramolecular Arylations Using Water-Soluble Phosphine Ligand.” Advised by Dr. Kevin Shaughnessy
4th Place: Shuwen Yue, “Computational Studies of the Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels.” Advised by Dr. David Dixon
Honorable Mention: Travis Atchley, “Donor-Acceptor Cocrystallization for Molecular Assembly.” Advised by Dr. Silas Blackstock
A&S Science and Math Division, Poster Presentations
1st Place: Morgan Whitaker, “Polymer Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles: Formation and Usage for Cancer Therapy.” Advised by Dr. David Nikles
3rd Place: Sarah McFann, “Characterization of Picolinium Quinodimethane under Electro-Optic Device Conditions.” Advised by Dr. Anthony Arduengo
Honorable Mention: Amanda Volk, “Multifunctional Gold Nanoparticles.” Advised by Dr. David Nikles
Emerging Scholars, Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering
1st Place: Erin Hein, “The Effects of Mutation on Frataxin Metal Binding and Iron-Sulfur Cluster Synthesis.” Advised by Dr. Laura Busenlehner
ThruPore Technologies, a company started by Prof. Martin Bakker and Dr. Franchessa Sayler (PhD 2013), has received a $150,000 NSF grant to help commercialize technology developed by Prof. Bakker and Dr. Sayler. The grant will fund the development of new solid-supported catalysts for industrial processes. Prof. Kevin Shaughnessy is a co-PI on the grant and will direct the catalyst testing at UA.
Dr. Arunava Gupta will receive the Chemical Research Society of India (CRSI) Medal at the CSRI meeting in February 2014. The CRSI medal is given to chemists of Indian origin working outside of India in recognition of the extensive contributions to chemical research.
Dr. David Dixon is leading an effort that has been awarded 250 million process hours at Oak Ridge National Lab and Argonne National Lab to carry out theoretical understanding of the processing and clean up of nuclear fuels.
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.