News 2006

November 2006

Prof. Norton published a paper with Prof. Eric Blough of Biological Sciences entitled “Age-Related Dystrophin-Glycoprotein Complex Structure and Function in the Rat Extensor Digitorum Longus and Soleus Muscle” in Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences (2006, 61A, 1119-1129).  This study tested the hypothesis that age-related changes in the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex (DGC) may precede age-associated alterations in muscle morphology and function in a rat model. The data suggest that aging is associated with alterations in EDL and soleus DGC protein content and localization. These results may implicate the DGC as playing a role in age-associated skeletal muscle remodeling. First and second authors of this paper are Kevin Rice (biomedical sciences graduate student) and Deborah Preston (biological sciences undergraduate student).

Prof. Miksovska published a paper entitled “Characterization of Carbon Monoxide Photodissociation from FeIILPO with Photoacoustic Calorimetry” in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B (Volume 110, pages 24165-24170).  Former master’s student Dustin Lockney co-authored the manuscript.  Dustin is a first year graduate student at the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prof. Castellani published a paper entitled “1,1´-Diethyl-2,2´,3,3´,4,4´,5,5´-octamethylferrocenium Tetracyanoethylenide, [Fe(C5EtMe4)2]+[TCNE]-, a Charge-Transfer Salt Magnetic Solid with a Novel Structural Motif” in the journal Inorganica Chimica Acta (Volume 359, pages 4651-4654).  Molecules in this class generally crystallize so that the TCNE anions stack parallel planar to the C5 rings in the iron containing cation.  These pairs then form infinite stacks.  The title compound adopts a heretofore unknown cation-anion special arrangement.  The paper describes the salt and its magnetic properties.  Former undergraduate student T. David Harris co-authored the manuscript.  Davy is currently a 3rd year graduate student at UC Berkeley.

October 2006

We are saddened to report that Dennis Turner, our long-time stockroom manager, passed away on October 10, 2006, following a brief illness.  Dennis’ dedication to the daily operations of the stockroom was instrumental in helping maintain our teaching and research labs during the growth of the chemistry department during the past several years.  Regardless of demands on his time, Dennis was always willing to help co-workers.  He will be missed by both the chemistry faculty and staff not only as a co-worker but as a friend.In an effort to develop ties to the local business community, we have invited representatives from companies in the Ashland, Huntington, and Charleston areas that hire chemists to a poster session presented by our majors.  There was also a luncheon where company representatives, faculty, and students had a chance to get to know one another more informally.  Students working with Profs. Castellani, Frost, Miksovska, Morgan, Norton, and Price presented posters to corporate guests.

September 2006

Prof. Price presented a poster at the 232nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco entitled “Speciation and Fragmentation of Complexes Containing Poly-Propylene Imine (PPI) Dendrimers and Divalent Metals.”  Former undergraduate student Gwendolyn Harbour and current graduate student Jason Batchelor were co-authors.

Dr. Anderson presented a paper at he 232nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco entitled “Comparison of POGIL and traditional lecture in organic chemistry”

July 2006

Dr. Anderson presented a paper at the 19th Biennial Conference on Chemicical Education at Purdue University entitled  “POGIL vs Traditional Lecture in Organic I”

June 2006

Prof. Castellani and Prof. Merle Schuh (Davidson College) presented a talk entitled “How to Get Started in Research with Undergraduates” at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 11th National Conference held at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.  Prof. Castellani was co-chair of the Program and Off-Site Organizing Committee with Prof. Kerry Karukstis (Harvey Mudd College).  He also attended the annual business meeting for councilors.