GVSU at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society

Date: May 7, 2014

Several GVSU faculty and students attended the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas, TX from March 16-20, 2014.  The contributions of the GVSU chemistry department are highlighted below:

Dr. Thomas Pentecost gave an invited talk entitled “Introduction to the Use of Analysis of Variance in Chemistry Education Research” in the “Tools of Chemistry Education Research” Symposium.  In the same session, Dr. Jessica VandenPlas co-authored a talk given by Dr. Katherine Havanki from the Catholic University of America titled “Eye Tracking Methodology for Chemical Education Research.”  Also giving an invited talk in this session was Dr. Deborah Herrington.  Dr. Herrington and collaborator Patrick Daubenmire, of Loyola University, presented the talk “Using interviews in CER projects: Options, considerations, and limitations.”

Dr. Herrington also co-authored a talk with Dr. Ellen Yezierski (Target Inquiry director at Miami University, OH), presented by GVSU post doc Dr. Tanya Gupta, titled(”Impact of Target Inquiry (TI) professional development program on teacher questioning behavior in science classroom.”  Dr. Gupta also presented a talk, co-authored by Dr. Thomas Greenbowe and Kathy Burke, of Iowa State University, entitled “Implementing student roles in general chemistry: Student-Led Instructor Facilitated Guided Inquiry-based Laboratories (SLIFGIL).

Dr. Shannon Biros and her research group gave three presentations at the meeting.  Student Julie Stoscup gave a poster presentation titled “Investigation of multidentate carbamoylphosphine oxide compounds for lanthanide and actinide chelation."  Student Justin Shady gave a poster presentation, co-authored by student Adam Boyden, "Lanthanide luminescence with a new carbamoylphosphine oxide ligand."  Finally, Dr. Biros presented a talk, co-authored by Justin Shady and Adam Boyden, entitled "Sensitizing lanthanide luminescence with CMPOs."

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The biochemistry division made three poster presentations at the meeting.  Student Vincent Baggett presented the poster “The N152T mutation in the class C beta-lactamase, AmpC, can serve as a substrate selectivity switch,” co-authored by GVSU alumna Brianne Docter, and professors David Leonard, Rachel Powers, and Bradley Wallar.  Student Hollister Swanson also presented a poster, titled “X-ray crystal structure of the extended-spectrum class C β-lactamase, ADC-7, in apo form and in complex with a boronic acid transition state analog,” along with Drs. Powers and Wallar.  Finally, student Ryan Hoogmoed presented the poster "Finding novel inhibitors for class D β-lactamase, OXA-24, using fragment based discovery," co-authored by Neil Klinger and Rachel Powers.

Dr. Randy Winchester and his research group made three poster presentations at the meeting. Matthew Bailey presented the poster “Synthesis of Chiral Silanes.”  Kelly Le presented “Synthesis of chiral vinyl substituted silanes,” and Michael Maddalena presented “Synthesis and studies of a silaallyl anion.”

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The research group of Dr. Richard Lord was also represented at the meeting.  Student Samantha Bidwell presented a poster titled “Benchmarking a computational protocol for redox-induced electron transfer.” In the session “ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry: Symposium in Honor of Kenneth G. Caulton”, the group made three presentations.  Student Talon Kosak presented the talk “Computational study into controlling azide reduction vs. dinitrogen expulsion through metal and ligand choice,” studentAdam M. Terwilliger presented “Exploring the redox states and reactivity of a vanadium bis-tetrazinylpyridine complex with DFT,” and Dr. Lord presented “Where are the electrons? How DFT can be both a research and teaching tool with metal complexes featuring redox-active ligands.”  Dr. Lord was also a co-author on the talk “Playing both sides: Comparing the redox abilities of tetrazine-based and pyrazolyl-based pincer ligands” in this session.

Three posters were presented in the Undergraduate Research Poster session by the research group of Dr. Matthew Hart.  Student Alex Zuhl presented “Progress towards the synthesis of ortho substituted derivatives of T 1 AM as potent TAAR activators.”  Student Jacqueline Williams presented “Progress towards the development of urea based modulators of the trace amine associated receptor: Meta linked ureas,” and student Alyssa Snyder presented “Novel biphenyl ureas as regulators of the trace amine associated receptor.”

Finally, the poster “Antimicrobials for Gram positive bacteria” was presented byAlexandra Bouza, Joseph Baumann, Brittany Wildgen, Uma Mishra, Roderick Morgan, William Schroeder, and Robert Smart, all of Grand Valley State University.

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