Chemistry Faculty Present at National Conference
Two members of the Le Moyne chemistry faculty made presentations in the chemical education portion of the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston on Sunday, Aug. 16. Joe Mullins participated in the poster session, presenting a poster entitled, "Standardizing representations of electrons and electron movement." Carmen Giunta gave a talk titled, "The periodic table: highlights from the history of an icon," in a session for high school teachers.
Club President of the Year
Paper Published in Educational Journal
Carmen Giunta, professor of chemistry, had a paper published in the Journal of Chemical Education: "The Mole and Amount of Substance in Chemistry and Education: Beyond Official Definitions."
Senior chemistry major and chemistry club president Allen Prusinowski received the 2015 Dolphin Choice award for Club President of the Year.
"Why We Do What We Do"
Two members of the chemistry faculty, Theresa Beaty and Joseph Mullins, wrote essays for the collection Why We Do What We Do: Essays by Le Moyne College Faculty, edited by Maura Brady and published in Fall 2014. Theresa Beaty's essay is titled "Why Do I Teach Biochemistry?" and Joseph Mullins's is "The Light of the Guiding Moon."
McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows
Senior Allen Prusinowski and sophomore Brian Wilson, both chemistry majors, are among the 10 students selected as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Natural Science for the 2014-15 academic year. Each McDevitt Fellow works closely with a Le Moyne faculty mentor while conducting hands-on research in one of Le Moyne's labs or in the field. In addition, the fellows and their mentors will participate in a monthly research seminar led by George Coyne S.J., McDevitt Chair in physics, at which they will present their research and discuss its progress. This prestigious fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend. Dr. Joseph Mullins and Dr. Anna O'Brien are the faculty mentors of Prusinowski and Wilson, respectively.
Le Moyne Syracuse Partnership
A partnership between Syracuse University and Le Moyne College in undergraduate chemistry research was highlighted in Syracuse University Arts and Sciences News. Among the Le Moyne chemistry people pictured or quoted are Prof. Anna O'Brien and senior chemistry majors Cody Webb and Alan Prusinowski. President Linda Le Mura, Kate Costello-Sullivan (dean of arts and sciences) and Philip George (director of major and planned gifts) are also quoted in the story.
Student Researchers Go International
Cody Webb, a senior chemistry major, spent the summer at the Graz University of Technology (Graz, Austria) carrying out research in collaboration with scientists at Graz and Syracuse University. He also spent time gathering data at the Elettra Synchrotron facility in Trieste, Italy, for a second time in 2014. Webb's work at Syracuse University with Prof. Karin Ruhlandt has been highlighted in the Syracuse University Arts and Sciences News and he is also quoted in a story on Prof. Ruhlandt.
Le Moyne REU Students
Webb and Maggio were the international contingent out of six Le Moyne chemistry students who participated in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs at research institutions near and abroad. Senior Lindsay LaPaglia was in an REU program at the University of Rochester, and senior Alan Prusinowski, junior Cara Cawley, and sophomore Brian Wilson were REU students at Syracuse University.
Beaty Presents at Chemical Education Conference
Dr. Theresa Beaty made two presentations at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education held in August 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "Shades of Grey: Just Because It Can Be Done Doesn't Mean It Should Be Done," describing how students in a course for non-science majors discuss societal implications of biotechnology and drug development, was in a session on Liberal Arts Content in Chemistry Classrooms. "Connecting Basic Concepts to Experimental Data: In-Class Journal Clubs" in a session on Biochemistry Education, related how students in her biochemistry course analyze recent primary research articles and explain the most important findings to their peers.