Ashley Jolly selected for Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium

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. 

Chemistry students win awards at UA Undergraduate Research Conference

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

UA company receives NSF small business grant

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. Gupta to receive CRSI Medal

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.

Prof. Busenlehner has “Paper of the Week” in JBC

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.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholars Grant

The University of Alabama’s impact on k-12 STEM education will grow over the next five years following the announcement of a $1.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, a national education initiative of the NSF, seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, majors and professionals to become middle and high school mathematics and science teachers.

Beginning Oct. 1, The University of Alabama Noyce Scholars Program will award 21 two-year scholarships ($16,000 per year) over the next five years to undergraduate and master’s level students who plan to major in chemistry, mathematics or physics and complete teacher certification.  Freshmen and sophomores at UA will have opportunities to be among roughly 120 students who will participate in paid summer internships over the next four years. During the summer, students will participate in seminars hosted by the participating UA departments and by teacher education faculty from the department of curriculum and instruction.

Co-project investigators are Drs. Jeremy Zelkowski and Jim Gleason in mathematics education and mathematics, Cynthia Sunal in teacher education, Kevin Shaughnessy in chemistry, J. W. Harrell in physics and Sharon Vincent at Shelton State.

UA press release