GVSU at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society

Date: May 16, 2013

Several GVSU faculty and students attended the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA from April 7-11, 2013.  The contributions of the GVSU chemistry department are highlighted below:


Dr. Deborah Herrington organized the symposium for the “ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry in Honor of Mary B. Nakhleh” and gave a talk in that symposium, co-authored by GVSU affiliate Sheila Ryan: “Using particulate level models to improve student understanding of difficult chemistry concepts: Applying what I learned from working with Mary Nakhleh.”  Dr. Herrington also gave an invited talk Products of the Target Inquiry project: Quality inquiry materials made for and by high school teachers that stand up to student scrutiny” along with co-author Ellen Yezierski.


Dr. Richard Lord co-organized the symposium “ACS Award for Computers in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research awarded to H. Bernhard Schlegel.”


Dr. Felix Ngassa gave a talk titled, “Opportunities and Challenges in Undergraduate Research Mentorship” at the Symposium on Developing and Maintaining a Successful Undergraduate Research Program.  Dr. Ngassa also had two student researchers in attendance at the meeting presenting posters.  Student Ibrahim Al Shaikh Dawood presented the poster “Microwave-Assisted Cu-Free Cross-Coupling of Terminal Alkynes with Aryl Sulfonates and Vinyl Sulfonates”.  Student Tyler Cooley presented the poster, “Direct Cu-Free Sonogashira Cross-Coupling Reaction of Activated Phenol Derivatives with Terminal Alkynes”.


Dr. Andrew Korich and his research group gave two poster presentations at the meeting.  Student Samantha Ellis presented the poster “Macromolecular Assemblies for Gas Storage from Dynamic Bonds.”  Students Christopher Jackson and Cody Rogers presented the poster “Preparation of Benzofuran Trifluoroborate Salts.”


Dr. Nathan Barrows and his collaborators on the NSF-funded ACELL (Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory) made four presentations at the meeting. During the undergraduate poster session, Allison Kay (GVSU) presented “Bridging the gap: A comparison of students' high school and general chemistry lab experiences,” Megan Robb (GVSU) presented “Fun and frustration: Students' perspectives of college-level laboratories,” Misha Asif (UNLV) and Akanksha Sharma (UNLV) presented “Development and preliminary analysis of the ACELL orientation to laboratory instruction survey (OLIS)”. Dr. MaryKay Orgill gave an oral presentation titled “Chemistry instructors' perceptions of the laboratory learning environment.” All ACELL personnel were credited as contributing authors on all presentations; this included Thomas Bussey (UNLV), George Bodner (Purdue), and Barbara Gonzalez (CSU-Fullerton).                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Dr. Shannon Biros and her research group made three presentations at the meeting.  Student Hope Sartain presented a poster along with co-authors Michael Peruzzi, professors Shannon Biros and Christopher Lawrence, and collaborator Eric Werner titled “Synthesis, f-element complexation, Extraction and Computational Exploration of Multidentate Carbamoylmethylphosphine-Oxide Ligands: In Relation to Nuclear Reprocessing.  This poster was also accepted for SciMix.  Student LaNora Herrema presented a poster along with co-authors Adam Boyden and Drs. Biros and Werner titled “Multidentate carbamoylmethyl phosphine oxides (CMPO’s) as chelating agents for lanthanides and actinides.  Finally, student Michael Peruzzi gave an oral presentation entitled “Synthesis of Tripodal CMPO Compounds for Heavy Metal Chelation.”

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