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Science Faculty and Students Shine at National Meeting of the American Chemical Society
Bethlehem, Pa., April 19, 2006—Several Moravian College faculty members played significant roles in the recent national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Atlanta. Professors presented lectures on a number of topics, chaired sessions, attended workshops, and represented organizations.
Two students presented posters outlining their honors and undergraduate research. Bryn Lipovsky '06 (Danville, Pa.) presented a poster “Ligand effects on DNA-binding of dirhodium compound” on honors research she conducted with assistant professors of biochemistry Shari and Steve Dunham. Lipovshy’s travel expenses were partially funded by a competitive travel grant from The ACS though the Women Chemist's Committee-Eli Lilly Grant program, with support from the Moravian SOAR program. Rebekah Sikora ’06 (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.) presented a poster, “Transitions States for the Ring Opening Reaction of Triaziridine,” outlining the undergraduate research she conducted with Carl Salter, associate professor of chemistry. Sikora also received travel support from the Moravian SOAR program.
Shari Dunham, assistant professor of biochemistry, presented a lecture, “Covalent dsDNA-interactions of dirhodium(II,II) carboxylate and amidate compounds,” in the symposium on “Cleavage Reagents and Applications to Cancer.” Dunham also attended a faculty development workshop sponsored by the Committee on the Advancement of Women in Science (COACh).
Carol Libby, adjunct professor of chemistry, represented the Lehigh Valley ACS section (LVACS) at the ACS Council meeting and participated in the meetings of the Local Section Activities Committee and the Minority Affairs Committee of the ACS.
Carl Salter, associate professor of chemistry, represented Serena Software at the Technical Exposition, helping chemists to understand how computational chemistry can solve their research problems, and providing advice to chemical educators on how to implement computational chemistry into their curriculum.
Diane Husic, professor of biology, presented “Research across academic department boundaries; professional payoffs and pitfalls,” as part of a symposium entitled “Starting a Successful Research Program at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution.” The talk was sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Younger Chemists Committee of the ACS (YCC). Husic also chaired a session of the symposium, “Designing a research-supportive undergraduate curriculum”.
As chair of the Chemistry Division of CUR, Husic participated in meetings with CUR Councilors and the new director ACS-Petroleum Research Fund to discuss joint initiatives in funding sabbaticals for faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions, the diminishing pipeline of young scientists interested in petroleum research, and enhancing diversity in science and with Research Corporation about their grant programs that support faculty-student research.
Dan Libby, professor of chemistry, presented a talk, "Twenty-eight years from Piaget to POGIL: The continuous development of active learning in organic chemistry" in a symposium "Process oriented guided inquiry learning" sponsored by the Chemical Education Division of the ACS. Libby also chaired a session of the "Process oriented guided inquiry learning" symposium and participated in the meetings or the Women Chemists' Committee of the ACS, which he serves as national meeting program chair.