News 2009

December 2009

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $930,058 to Marshall University Research Corporation for support of the project entitled “Acquisition of a Confocal/Multiphoton Microscope to Advance Cellular and Physiological Research at Marshall University,” which is under the direction of  Michael L. Norton, Brian Antonsen, Marcia A. Harrison, and Patrick S. Collier.

November 2009

Prof. Laura R. McCunn has been awarded a two-year grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.  The grant will support her research group’s investigation of the vibrational spectra and structures of radicals that occur as intermediates during combustion reactions.

Prof. Derrick Kolling received a $3,000 NASA Research Enhancement Award sponsored by the West Virginia NASA Space Grant Consortium and Marshall University for his proposal titled “Investigating the light-dependent assembly of the photosystem II oxygen-evolving complex in extremophile phototrophs.”

September 2009

Prof. Kenneth O’ Connor gave a talk entitled: “A Comparison of Student Success in an Online Organic Chemistry I Course Compared to a Traditional Organic Chemistry I Course” on September 29th at the West Virginia Higher Education Technology Conference which took place in Morgantown, WV.

Ms. Katherine Bush, a forensic chemistry major, placed second in Marshall’s first John Marshall – Dan O’Hanlon Constitution Day Essay Competition. Although sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts the competition was open to students in any major. The question that applicants addressed was “Should colleges and universities be allowed to place restrictions on what is reasonable speech for faculty?” The first and second place winners receiving a cash prize resulting from an endowment in Judge O’Hanlon’s name. Information about the contest may be found at the COLA website and about this year’s winners at the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

Prof. Laura McCunn was awarded a Faculty Fellowship from MU-ADVANCE for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Prof. Michael Castellani served as a member of an external review team for the Department of Chemistry at the University of Central Oklahoma (with Prof. Merle Schuh of Davidson College).

August 2009

Prof. Kenneth O’ Connor presented a paper titled “Application of the implementation of Vernier LabQuests for the organic chemistry laboratory”, at 238th ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C. on August 17.

Prof. Gary D. Anderson attended the 238th ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C., participated in the Divisional Activities Committee, and hosted the Alpha Chi Sigma Luncheon

On Thursday and Friday, August 20 – 21 the Department held a strategic planning retreat faciliated by Kevin DiGregorio of Impact Professional Services and Excecutive Director of the WV Chemical Alliance Zone. In the meeting, members of the Department collaboratively developed a vision statement and strategic goals and subgoals. Our vision is to be known as one of the top undergraduate and MS programs in the nation by integrating teaching with research experience. Our five major strategic goal categories are the Integration of Teaching & Research, MS program, Recruitment & Outreach, Intrastructure, and Culture. Over the course of the coming two years we will be refining and implementing the goals. From time-to-time we’ll report back here on the progress we’ve made.

The paper “Sustained Water Oxidation by [Mn4O4]7+ Core Complexes Inspired by Oxygenic Photosynthesis”, authored by Robin Brimblecombe, Derrick R. J. Kolling, Alan M. Bond, G. Charles Dismukes, Gerhard F. Swiegers, and Leone Spiccia has been published in Inorganic Chemistry (Inorg. Chem., 2009, 48 (15), pp 7269–7279).

July 2009

U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall announced that he secured $1.5 million for Department of Defense(DoD) technology development by Vandalia Research, Inc. in Huntington, in the FY 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3326). Vandalia Research is a company founded by Derek Gregg, Justin Swick, Dr. Elizabeth Murray and Dr. Michael Norton. For more details click here.

June 2009

Prof. Michael L. Norton was awarded a 4 year $600,000 grant from the US Army Research Office for a project titled “Transcription as Sequencing (TAS)” for the development of alternative single molecule sequencing systems.  The eventual goal of this project is the development of fast, portable DNA identification technologies.

Prof. Michael Castellani attended the 31st annual business meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Bozeman, MT from June 18 – 20.  He continues as co-coordinator of Posters on the Hill.

The paper “NTA Directed Protein Nanopatterning on DNA Origami Nanoconstructs”, authored by Wanqiu Shen, Hong Zhong, David Neff, and Michael L. Norton, has been published in JACS (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131 (19), pp 6660–6661).

May 2009

Ms. Danielle Clark (Chemistry/IST double major) presented her research with Dr. Menashi Cohenford of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology at Posters on the Hill, an event hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research each spring.  The event brings 60 teams of students from around the United States to present the results of their original undergraduate research projects to members of Congress.  An abstract of her poster: “Identification of amino acid galactation sites in human albumin,” may be found at http://www.cur.org/poh/2009/pohprogram.pdf.

April 2009

Prof. Michael Castellani attended the statewide Science, Technology, and Research (STaR) Symposium in Charleston, WV on April 14 and 15.  The symposium was a mixture of scientific presentations from researchers across West Virginia and presentations on the major research areas West Virginia expects to be points of emphasis into the future.

Wanqiu Shen (postoctoral fellow) presented a paper titled “NTA Directed Protein Nanopatterning on DNA Origami Nanoconstructs”, co-authored by Michael Norton, at the Foundations of Nanoscience 2009: Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices conference April 20-24, 2009 at Snowbird, Utah.

On April 4, Prof. Gary D. Anderson presented an invited talk on “Alchemy in the Orient” as a part of the East Central District Conclave of Alpha Chi Sigma held on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

March 2009

Masudur Rahman (postoctoral fellow) presented a paper titled “The testbed substrates for directed sequential self-assembly”, co-authored by Hong Zhong, David Neff, and Michael Norton, at 237th ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City on March 26.

Prof. Bin Wang presented a paper titled “Development of an integrated microfluidic device for RNA structural analysis”, co-authored by Wallace Kunin, at 237th ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City on March 26.

Mr. Charles Lowe (ACS certified Chemistry/Applied Math double major) presented a poster titled “Ab initio study of OH…X (X=CO, ethylene) prereactive complexes”, co-authored by Brennon Chambers and Rudolf Burcl, at 237th ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City on March 25.

Mr. Brennon Chambers (ACS certified Chemistry major) presented a poster titled “Ab initio study of OH…X (X=methane, acetylene) van der Waals complexes”, co-authored by Charles Lowe and Rudolf Burcl, at 237th ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City on March 25.

Mr. Johannes Fahrmann (Chemistry/Biology double major) presented a poster titled “Theoretical study of structure and spectra of phthalocyanine derivatives”, co-authored by Rudolf Burcl, at 237th ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City on March 25.

Ms. Danielle Clark (Chemistry/IST double major) presented a poster titled “Determination of amino acid galactation sites in human albumin”, co-authored by Menashi A. Cohenford, at 237th ACS National Meeting in Salt Lake City on March 24.

On March 24, as a part of his duties as a Trustee of the Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation, Prof. Gary D. Anderson presented the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (sponsored by Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity and Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation) to Dr. Garnet K. L. Chan at the Awards Banquet at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Salt Lake City. Photo is on the ACS web site.

February 2009

Prof. Michael Castellani presented a seminar entitled “Electronic and Steric Effects in Phenyl Substituted Cyclopentadienyl Transition Metal Complexes” at Otterbein College on February 11.

January 2009

The paper “Reliability Analysis Of THz Characterization Of Modified And Unmodified Vector Sequences” authored by Tatiana R. Globus, Michael L. Norton, Maryna I. Lvovska, Derek A. Gregg, Tatyana B. Khromova, and Boris L. Gelmont has been accepted for publication by the IEEE Sensors Journal.

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