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Students offer insight into ACS National Conference in Atlanta

Ten students from the APSU Department of Chemistry attended the American Chemical Society National Conference in Atlanta, March 25-28.

Of the 10, seven students, all seniors, presented research posters: Kenneth Robertson, Dickson; Michael Greene, Springfield; Lance Baird, Mount Juliet; William Farkas, Clarksville; Pamela Thompson, Clarksville; Amanda Johnston, Chattanooga; and Patricia Lawson, Clarksville.

Robertson teamed up with the University of Georgia Department of Chemistry to present In Search of Sub-Chemically Accurate C3H3 Thermochemical Parameters.
Ten students from the APSU Department of Chemistry attended the American Chemical Society National Conference in Atlanta, March 25-28.

Of the 10, seven students, all seniors, presented research posters: Kenneth Robertson, Dickson; Michael Greene, Springfield; Lance Baird, Mount Juliet; William Farkas, Clarksville; Pamela Thompson, Clarksville; Amanda Johnston, Chattanooga; and Patricia Lawson, Clarksville.

Robertson teamed up with the University of Georgia Department of Chemistry to present “In Search of Sub-Chemically Accurate C3H3 Thermochemical Parameters.”

Baird worked with the University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. They presented “Model Study of Chain Transfer Reactions Occurring During VOMM Polymerization.”

Farkas and Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Pharmacology together discussed their research, titled “Differential Regulation of ADP-mediated Platelet Aggregation Through the P2Y1 and P2Y12 Receptors.”

Robertson, Baird and Farkas performed their research last summer through a series of programs called Research Experience for Undergraduates at host institutions.

Thompson and Dr. Rebecca M. Jones, assistant professor of chemistry at APSU, presented “Pursuing Protein Structure Models via Synthesis and Characterization of a n-methyl Histidine Ester.”

Lawson and Dr. Carrie Brennan, assistant professor of chemistry at APSU, worked on a project, titled “Forensic Analysis of Suspicious Powder Samples: A Laboratory Sequence for Instrumental Analysis.”

Johnston, Greene and Brennan presented “Analysis of Water Samples to Investigate Copper Deficiency in Cattle of Humphreys County, Tenn.”

Copper deficiency is an areawide problem, Johnston said; however, the research extends beyond local interest.

“Several people were very interested in the research and stopped to ask questions regarding the ongoing project,” Johnston said. “It was comforting to know that I had performed research that not only was of interest to our area but to people in other states and fields of chemistry as well.”

Lawson said the conference served as a networking opportunity to meet future employers and representatives from various graduate schools.

“Attending this meeting allowed us to bond in a way the classroom does not,” Lawson said.

Two students, juniors Deanna Hensley of Harriman and Shane Peterson of Goodlettsville, performed the demonstration “Fizzy Frenzy” in a workshop called the Chemistry Demonstration Exchange, which helps K-12 teachers look for ways to integrate chemistry-related material into their classrooms.

For Hensley, the conference offered an insight into future options.

“I met many professionals in the chemical field, and I learned about the opportunities I have concerning graduate school and career options,” Hensley said. “I also learned how to make our local college chapter more environmentally friendly and how to work better on informing the surrounding community about chemistry.”

Another student, Rachel Castleberry, a senior from Cumberland Furnace, also attended the conference.

For more information, contact Brennan by telephone at (931) 221-7623 or by e-mail at brennanc@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer