KSC Lyceum Sponsored Events
REU Award to Sarah Tague
Sarah Tague, a junior majoring in chemistry has been accepted into the 2008 NSF Summer Research for Undergraduates (REU) Program at the University of Utah and will be working with Professor Ilya Zharov's organic, inorganic & materials chemistry research group. Sarah will be working with Dr. Zharov on a project entitled, “Synthesis and Investigation of Molecular Wires Terminated with Metal Nanoparticles .” The award carries a stipend, housing, and travel allowance.
The summer program begins May 19 and runs for 10 weeks through July 25, 2008.
Chemistry Lyceum T-Shirts are now on sale (heather grey with Lyceum Logo) for $15. Sign up for yours in Jeudi Davis office ASAP.
The Chemistry Lyceum is soliciting interest in attending the Young Chemists Conference at Tufts University in Medford, MA on Saturday, April 19, 2008.
The Chemistry Lyceum is sponsoring a Hazardous Materials and Fire Extinguisher presentation/demonstration by the Keene Fire Department in Science-102 from 2-4 PM on Friday, April 18, 2008.
The KSC Chemistry Lyceum is sponsoring a job fair featuring the ADIMAB company, a start-up microbioligical lab in Lebanon, NH, in Science-127 from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, April 16, 2008.
Adimab is changing the discovery, maturation and production of fully human therapeutic antibodies. By integrating all aspects of antibody discovery and developing sophisticated screening methods, Adimab rapidly selects high affinity human antibodies with improved formulation and manufacturing characteristics. Their proprietary library design and presentation technologies enable the discovery of full-length human antibodies with broad epitope coverage and high affinity - faster than any known technology platform.
Conventional antibody discovery is a lengthy process that involves a myriad of different technologies that need to be assembled before a commercial antibody can be produced. The integration of: (i) library design, (ii) display methodology, (iii) reformatting between different hosts and expression constructs, and (iv) GMP cell line development is resource intensive, time consuming, and typically results in extensive royalty obligations to multiple third parties.
Adimab was founded by two of the world's leading yeast biotechnologists: Professor Tillman Gerngross (Dartmouth, Co-founder of GlycoFi, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co. since 2006) who led the humanization effort to engineer yeast for the production of human glycoproteins, and Professor Dane Wittrup (MIT, Co-founder of Biodisplay, acquired by Abbott Labs in 2001.) who pioneered yeast surface display for the discovery and maturation of antibody fragments. The partnership between Wittrup and Gerngross has been viewed by many as the "Yeast Dream Team" in therapeutic antibody discovery, maturation and production.
The KSC Chemistry Lyceum is sponsoring a talk and visit from alumnus Josh Cummings (BS, 1998) an environmental scientist with Jacobs Engineering entitled “My Career as an Environmental Chemist or How to get paid to test disgusting, smelly mud ”, Friday, March 7, 2008 at 200 PM in Science-102.
The KSC Chemistry Lyceum is sponsoring a talk and visit from Mr. Tim Pifer, New Hampshire State Forensic Scientist (The Real CSI) on “Forensic Science in Practice”, Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 6:00 PM in the Madison Street Lounge of the Keene State L.P. Young Student Center.
The KSC Chemistry Lyceum is sponsoring a trip to Smuttynose Brewery in Portsmouth, NH to investigate the chemistry of brewing beers and ales. The trip will take place on Friday, April 4 th . Special thanks to the Executive Brewer David Yarrington at Smuttynose for the coordination of the trip.
JASINSKI Elected PRESIDENT of AIC
Congratulations to Jerry P. Jasinski President-Elect of the American Institute of Chemists (AIC) beginning in 2009. The AIC ( www.theAIC.org ) , formed in 1923, is a non-profit professional organization with particular emphasis on promoting the relevance of the chemical profession and its practitioners to society. AIC national meetings include technical sessions and an awards program for its national award recipients. It has the only professional certification program for chemists and chemical engineers. AIC has eight local institutes throughout the USA. The New England (NEIC – www.neichemists.org ) , New Jersey, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. Institutes each hold an annual student award banquet. The official publication of the AIC is The Chemist , an online publication featuring news of the Institute, technical articles on a broad range of topics, and reviews of the latest products and books in the field.
Dr. Jasinski, Professor of Physical & Structural Chemistry, currently in his 30th year at Keene State College, is a member of the Board of Directors of the AIC and Treasurer of the New England Institute of Chemists (NEIC). He also serves as an Alternate Councilor and member of the Nominating Committee of the New England Section of the American Chemical Society (NEACS). An active crystallographer, he has co-authored over 180 peer-review research papers including 70 in 2007 ( http://academics.keene.edu/chemistry/jjasinski.htm ). A past Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Departments at Keene State, Dr. Jasinski enjoys his role as assistant coach of the Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Teams where he has provided expertise formally for the past 15 years.
Keene State College Teaching Laboratory Project Published by American Chemical Society
The March edition of The Journal of Chemical Education (a peer-reviewed journal published by the Division of Chemical Education of the American Chemical Society) includes a paper entitled “A Three-Step Laboratory Sequence To Prepare a Carbene Complex of Silver(I) Chloride” by J. P. Canal , T. Ramnial, L. D. Langlois, C. D. Abernethy, and J. A. C. Clyburne ( J. Chem. Ed. 2008 , 85, 416).
This article describes a series of new and exciting teaching experiments, together with related coursework, that Dr. Colin Abernethy has developed in collaboration with a group of Canadian chemical educators. These laboratory and classroom activities allow students to prepare and explore the properties of an important group of chemical compounds known as carbene complexes (the scientists who developed this field were awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry).
The published inquiry-based student learning project has been a central component of Dr. Abernethy's course, CHEM 363: Inorganic Chemistry, for the past two years. The American Chemical Society has now recommended these activities to chemical educators worldwide as providing particularly beneficial learning experiences for students in a conceptually difficult area of chemistry and reflects well on the quality of the chemistry program at Keene State College .
KSC Lyceum Sponsored Events
Dr. Dale Mierke, Professor of Chemistry, Dartmouth College presented a very informative seminar to the students and faculty on November 30, 2007 entitled “Structural Biology and Drug Development”.
The Keene Fire Department presented a live Fire Extinguisher Demonstration to the Lyceum and interested faculty and students on September 21, 2007. Participants learned the proper use and handling of a fire extinguisher and received hands-on experience in putting out a fire created along Apian Way outside the Science Center.
REU Award to Ben Michelson
Ben S. Michelson, a junior majoring in chemistry has been accepted into the 2007 NSF Summer Research for Undergraduates Program at Boston University and will be working with Professor James S. Panek's synthetic organic chemistry research group under the direction of post doctoral mentor Frauke Pohlki. Ben will be working with Dr. Pohlki on a project entitled, “Research Towards the Total Synthesis of (-)-dictyostatin.” The award carries a stipend, housing, and travel allowance. Admittance to the BU-CMLD(Chemical Methodolody and Library Development) Annual Symposium is included with Nobel Laureate guest speaker Barry Sharpless as well as a final undergraduate symposium where research results are presented. http://www.bu.edu/chemistry/reu/program/research.html
KSC Students, Project SEED Students Present to American Chemical Society
Project SEED students Erica Cornellier and Samantha Gallagher in the KSC lab this summer.
Assistant professor Colin Abernethy (Chemistry) attended the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Boston, August 19-23, 2007, with summer research students Carl Johnson , Andrew Metell , Jonathan Queen , Sena Tay , and Everett Kysor . Erica Cornellier and Samantha Gallagher, two Project SEED students from Keene High School who worked with Abernethy this summer, also attended.
“Biotechnology for Health and Wellness” was the central theme and more than 9,500 presentations described new discoveries in chemistry dealing with the environment, energy, nutrition, nanotechnology, and other topics.
The KSC students presented three posters describing recent work conducted at Keene State College:
• C-H….I hydrogen bonding networks in 1,3-bis-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazolium iodide (C. D. Abernethy, J. P. Jasinski, C. E. Johnson, A. S. Metell, and J. W. Queen)
• Cyclopentadienyl ring-slippage induced by strongly pi-basic ligands. (C. D. Abernethy and E. A. Kysor)
• Synthesis of [Glyoxal-bis-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imine]vanadium oxo trichloride: A Thermally Stable Adduct of V(O)Cl3. (C. D. Abernethy, Erica Cornellier, and Samantha D. Gallagher)
Summer Research for Keene High Students
Erica Cornellier and Samantha Gallagher, two students from Keene High School, worked with KSC assistant chemistry professor Colin Abernethy during the summer of 2007 as part of Project SEED, a national program designed to encourage high school students to expand their education and career opportunities in the chemical sciences.
The summer educational experience, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, provides high school students an opportunity to work with scientist mentors on real projects in industrial, academic, and federal research labs. Students received a $2,500 fellowship to participate. An important feature of the Project SEED program is its emphasis on career development, motivating students to pursue higher education in the natural sciences.
Abernethy says that Project SEED is the only program currently offered in New Hampshire. A continuing second-year summer scholarship program is also offered, and Abernethy expects to continue his mentoring work in 2008.
Project SEED has helped more than 7,500 students since it was established in 1968. Many alumni are the first in their family to pursue a college degree. Of those students who went on to college, 75% majored in science, according to a survey of students during the program's first 25 years. For more information, visit http://www.projectseed.org/ .
KSC Lyceum Sponsored Events
Dr. Gordon Gribble, Professor of Chemistry, Dartmouth College visited the KSC campus on April 21, 2006 and made a special presentation to the Lyceum and its members at Wilson Pond entitled “ Chlorine: Element from Hell or Gift from God - Nature's Amazing Role in the Organohalogen Controversy” .
Students Visit Strem Chemicals
On Sat., June 9, 2006, four Keene State student researchers and Professor Colin Abernethy visited Strem Chemicals, Inc., in Newburyport, Mass. The summer research group ( Carl Johnson , Jon Queen , Sena Tay , and Andrew Metell ) met with Dr. Michael Strem, company founder and president; Dr. Peter Chu, chemical sales and marketing manager; and KSC alumnus David Geissler .
The plant manufactures and markets specialty chemical compounds for academic, industrial, and government research, and also supplies businesses for commercial scale production.
Geissler, who graduated from Keene State in 1996 and has been employed at Strem Chemicals for 11 years, gave the students a private tour.
The students noted that much of the equipment and glassware used at Strem are used on a smaller scale at Keene State.
Carl, Jon, Sena, and Andrew are conducting research projects with Professor Abernethy and have presented their work at regional and national scientific conferences, most recently in Chicago. They will present their summer 2007 work at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston in August.
The Department of Chemistry is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Colin Abernethy as Assistant Professor of Chemistry beginning in August, 2005. Dr. Abernethy has expertise in Inorgainc Chemistry and will teach in the areas of General Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. His research is directed toward the development and synthesis of compounds that are able to catalyze the selective oxidation of hydrocarbons and will involve undergraduates in these activities. Dr. Abernethy received his Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick, Canada and engaged in post doctoral studies at the University of Cardiff, UK and the University of Texas at Austin. He comes to Keene State following a successful year at Western Kentucky University.
The Department of Chemistry at Keene State College is proud to announce the following summer 2005 research awards to its faculty and students as part of the following National Science Foundations (NSF) programs (web sites are listed below):
National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Research Program in Solid State Chemistry
Professor Jerry P. Jasinski , Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Keene State College as been accepted into the NSF Summer Research Program in Solid State Chemistry for the third consecutive summer and will be attending Brandeis University under the direction of Professor Bruce Foxman. They will be involved some Curriculum Development by producing A Handbook of PowerPoint Slides for Teaching X-ray Structure Determination and Solid-State Reactivity. This is an extension of work carried out during the summer of 2004 that is accessible on the web at http://people.brandeis.edu/~foxman1/teaching/indexpr.html. This award carries a stipend, housing and travel allowance for a 10-week program. The first and last week will be spent at Clemson University for introductory training in solid state chemistry and a powerpoint presentation of final results in an undergraduate research symposium, respectively.
The Department of Chemistry at Keene State College is proud to announce the following summer 2004 research awards to its faculty and students as part of the following National Science Foundation (NSF) programs (web sites are listed below):
National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Research Program in Solid State Chemistry
Michele Tague , a sophomore majoring in chemistry has been accepted into the NSF Summer Research Program in Solid State Chemistry and will be attending Wayne State University under the direction of Professor Stephanie L. Brock studying 1, Synthesis and Characterization of “Dimensionally Limited” Extended Solids: Infinite pnicoglen chains in the solid state (pnicogen = Group 15 element, i.e: P, As, Sb, Etc) and 2. Transition metal phosphide nanoparticles and nanostructures (when size really matters!). This award carries a stipend, housing and travel allowance for a 10-week program. The first and last week will be spent at Clemson University for introductory training in solid-state chemistry and a powerpoint presentation of final results in an undergraduate research symposium, respectively.
Professor Jerry P. Jasinski , Chairman of the Chemistry Department at Keene State College as been accepted into the NSF Summer Research Program in Solid State Chemistry for the second consecutive summer and will be attending Brandeis University under the direction of Professor Bruce Foxman. They will be involved in Studies in Solid-State Reactivity and will explore aspects of solid-state reactivity in three areas: (1) Disintegration of polymorphic hydroquinone (HQ) crystals in highly concentrated solutions of benzoquinone (BQ) ; (2) S ynthesis of uranium and silver carboxylates ; and (3) Mixed crystals of unsaturated amides . In addition, they will be involved in some Curriculum Development by producing A Handbook of PowerPoint Slides for Teaching X-ray Structure Determination and Solid-State Reactivity . This award carries a stipend, housing and travel allowance for a 10-week program. The first and last week will be spent at Clemson University for introductory training in solid state chemistry and a powerpoint presentation of final results in an undergraduate research symposium, respectively.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Science
Jennifer Taylor, a junior majoring in chemistry has been accepted into the NSF REU program in chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University. See the following URL for a description of the program. This award carries a stipend, housing and travel allowance for a 10- week program.
Sara Frawley, a junior majoring in chemistry has been accepted into the NSF REU program in chemistry at the University of Memphis. See the following URL for a description of the program. This award carries a stipend, housing and travel allowance for a 10- week program.
The Department of Chemistry also wishes to recognize and congratulate the following academic award to one of our graduating seniors, Christopher Rinaldo , who has been granted a teaching/research fellowship at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO in pursuit of a PhD in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry. The award carries with it a stipend and a waiver of tuition. Chris will begin his studies in August, 2004. Chris also is the 2004 Keene State College recipient of the American Institute of Chemists Award given annually to outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering at colleges and universities throughout the United States. He received his award at the annual New England Institute of Chemists (NEIC) awards banquet held at Boston College on April 29, 2004.
The Department of Chemistry also wishes to recognize and congratulate the following recent alumni who are currently or recently in graduate schools in pursuit of advanced degrees (Ph.D, MS) in Chemistry as follows:
Paul Beaumont, 2008 is currently in his first year in the Ph.D. graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hawaii.
Ben Michelson, 2008 is currently in his first year in the Ph.D. graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at Temple University.
Kevin Robbins, 2008 is currently in his first year in the Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Connecticut.
Caroline Dulaney, 2007 is currently in her second year in the Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Jennifer Taylor , 2006 is currently in her third year in the Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at Dartmouth College.
Michele Tague , 2006 is currently in her second year in the Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at Cornell University.
Daniel Iversen , 2006 recently completed his M.S. degree in Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghampton.
Christopher Rinaldo, 2004 is currently in his fourth year in the Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado studying "Photochemistry".
David Keene, BA, 1997 is currently in his fourth year in the Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hawaii studying “Environmental Chemistry”.
Jason Bianchani, BS, 2003 is currently in his fourth year in the Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at UMASS-Lowell studying “Green Chemistry”.
Ryan Harrington, BS, 2003 is currently in his fourth year in the Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at Washington State University, Pullman, WA studying “Nuclear Chemistry”.
Richard Woudenberg, BA, 1992 a research chemist at Markem Corporation, Keene, NH, recently completed his Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Polymer Science at UMASS at Amherst studying “Polymer Chemistry”.
Juan Cueva, BS, 2002 recently completed his Ph.D graduate program in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University, Lafayatte, Indania studying “ Medicinal Chemistry”.
Jeff Webb, BS, 1999 recently completed requirements for a Ph.D in Chemistry at the University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.
Seth Reid, BS, 2000 recently completed requirements for a M.S. in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC and is now a research associate at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA.
Yu Li, BA, 1996 recently completed requirements for a Ph.D in BioPhysics and Structural Biology at the Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2002). He is currently employed as a research scientist in Protein Crystallography at The Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
Kelly Elkins, BA, 1997 recently completed requirements for a Ph.D in Chemistry at Clark University, Worcester, MA (2003) and a Fulbright Scholarship in Heidelberg, Germany from Aug. 2001- Jul. 2002. She is now employed as a a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.
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