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Chemistry Students Present Research at Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week Poster Session:

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The Science Division held its annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week in April, during which students presented their research findings in poster presentations. Each worked with the faculty at Muskingum, as well as with experts and organizations from outside the campus.

Chemistry Department students participating in the Poster Session were:

Ming Cai
SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION ON COBALT(II) COMPLEX OF
MALEONITRILEDITHIOLATE (MNT) AND 2,2’-BIPYRIDINE

Zachary Conley
DEVELOPMENT OF A UNIT PLAN TO INSTRUCT HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY
USING MOLECULAR MODELING AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY SOFTWARE

Zac Conley, Troy Gessner, and Trevor Lutz
TRANSESTERIFICATION OF SPENT COFFEE GROUNDS: A COMPARISON
OF BRANDS AND TYPES

Mai Dang and Dr. Raymond Rataiczak
SYNTHESIS OF A CHARGE-TRANSFER COMPLEX CONTAINING HAT(CN)6
AND PYRENE

TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE OF THE DIFFUSION COEFFICIENTS OF
M(BPY)X IN NAFION
Melissa Mull and Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau

SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF METAL COMPLEXES
Melissa Mull and Katie Stewart

Seniors Present Their Research at the James A. Bradford Colloquium:
Chemistry Student Receives Awards

Six Muskingum College students made their research presentations at the annual James Bradford Colloquium on April 20, 2009. Three presenters were selected as prize winners. Winners were selected by science division faculty members, and the prizes were funded by The Carolyn and Glenn Hodges Student Research Awards Fund.

The Colloquium is a presentation of senior research from the biology, chemistry, geology, physics and engineering, mathematics, computer science and psychology departments, as well as interdisciplinary programs in molecular biology, environmental science, neuroscience and conservation science.

Senior from the Chemistry Department that received an award:

Third place was awarded to Mai Dang, who presented Dystrophin and Utrophin Transcripts in Human Epidermis.

New Adjunct Lecturer Joining the Chemistry Department

Sara Ray will be joining the department for the 2009-2010 academic year as an adjunct lecturer. Sara is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at The Ohio State University. Sara will be defending her Ph.D thesis titled "Theoretical Studies of Hydrogen Transfer Reaction Dynamics in the F + HCI Reactions & of the B X Transitions in He-Di-halogens" in July, and then joining the Chemistry Department in August of 2009.

Summer Muskie Fellows

Dr. Lois Zook-Gerdau and Summer Muskie Fellow, Kenny Poland (sophomore Chemistry/Environmental Science major) are currently working with the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District to study the water quality of the Salt Creek Watershed.  This research is a continuation of water quality assessments conducted during the summers of 2003-2005.  In 2006 the Muskingum Soil and Water Conservation District was awarded an Ohio EPA 319 implementation grant to fund side-stream cattle exclusion fencing, off-stream livestock watering systems, and planting of riparian zone vegetation.  The EPA funded project is on-going through June of 2009.  As these agricultural best management practices are implemented, continued chemical water quality monitoring will assess their impacts on the watershed. 

Summer Muskie Fellow, Seth Barrett, a sophomore art and chemistry major, is working with Dr. Ray Rataiczak in the Chemistry Department and Ken McCullum in the Art Department to create a lithium-based clay body which would be vitrified at cone 06-04 or approximately 1,850 degrees F to create this low-co-efficient of expansion clay body he will need to test the relationship of spodumene and other lithium feldspars with Red Art Clay, local Fire Clay, and Ball Clays.  Seth's campus leadership has been demonstrated through being co-president of Art Club, and his excellent pursuit of glaze chemistry. Seth has also made a presentation to the Muskingum College Board of Trustees regarding his study of variable of fluxes, refractories, metallic oxides, and glass formers to a glaze base.

Grant Proposal

Dr. Paul Szalay was part of a funded grant proposal (in collaboration with faculty at OSU) to enhance STEM initiatives for undergraduate students, through the Choose Ohio First Program.

Nursing Program Update

Both the Ohio Board of Nursing and the Ohio Board of Regents have approved our proposals to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN). The BSN Program is designed to have two tracks to meet the needs of the lifelong learner.

The first class of Nursing students completed their freshmen year of coursework this year, including newly developed courses in both the Chemistry and Biology Departments. In Chemistry, the first year General Chemistry sequence was completely revamped to include a first semester survey course for all science majors, and a brand new Organic/Biochemistry course for Nursing majors.

Supplemental Instruction Workshops

In addition to PLTL (Peer-Led Team Learning) workshops traditionally offered to General Chemistry students, starting in the Fall of 2009, first-year chemistry students will also hve the opportunity to attend SI (Supplemental Instruction) workshops. Two sections of General Chemistry will utilize the PLTL format while the remaining three sections will offer SI to the students.

New Chemistry Major Tracks

Two new tracks have been introduced to the Chemistry major: a "Pre-Health Track" and an ACS certified "Biochemistry Track." These two tracks will be detailed in the 2009-2010 course catalog, and are analogous to the currently offered "Pre-Pharmacy Track" and "Forensic Chemistry Track" that are already being offered by the department.

Faculty Development Grant

Dr. Deepa Perera, Associate Professor of Chemistry, will study bioinformatics with Dr. Sandra Porter in Seattle and at Ohio State University.