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February 22 , 2009
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In this issue:

  • Polymer Science and Engineering Research Experience
  • Undergraduate Summer Internships in Geological Science
  • Research Biologists Positions, Ashland, Ohio

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NSF Polymer

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering offers a competitive summer research experience for undergraduate (REU) students. Students will participate in a 12-week summer internship to investigate a fundamental question within the broad disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering including chemistry, physics, characterization, and biomaterials.

Each week, all interns will participate in research activities, a career development activity, discussions outlining their research progress, and a visit to a regional company or national laboratory. The summer will culminate with an oral or poster presentation of each intern’s research results at the Northeast Ohio NSF-REU Undergraduate Research Conference. Stipends for Summer 2010 (12 weeks) are $7,000.

The internships are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the University of Akron and the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Dates for the Internship program are May 17, 2010—August 6, 2010, unless arranged otherwise.

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is located in the Goodyear Polymer Center and the Polymer Engineering cademic Center. The college has 86 research laboratories with state-ofthe- art research instrumentation in NMR spectroscopy, hromatography, thermal analysis, rheooptics, x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and molecular biology. The research team will consist of graduate students, interns and faculty members from the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) with specific research interests that align with their role in the four cluster areas (R1) Chemistry, (R2) Physics, (R3) Engineering and (R4) Biomaterials.

Research Cluster 1 (R1): Chemistry
Carbonylative Polymerization of “Green” Polyesters and Polyamides (Prof. L. Jia)
Methods and Strategies for the Construction of Supramolecular Materials (Prof. G. Newkome)
Synthesis and Characterization of Novel arbIBS Compounds (Prof. J. Puskas)

Research Cluster 2 (R2): Physics
Surface Spectroscopy of Comb Polymers (Prof. A. Dhinojwala)
Surface Dynamics of Films of Tethered Chains (Prof. M. Foster)
Counter ion Condensation in Helical Polyelectrolytes (Prof. G. Carri)

Research Cluster 3 (R3): Engineering
Evaporative Precipitation of Polymer Nanoparticles (Prof. K. Cavicchi)
Thermal Gradient Cold Zone Annealing of Block Copolymer Films (Prof. A. Karim)
Research Methods in Mass Spectrometry (Prof. C. Wesdemeotis)

Research Cluster 4 (R4): Biomaterials
Microwave-based Polymerization of Peptide Functionalized Materials (Prof. M. Becker)
Synthesis of PLGA-Aspirin as an Anti-inflammatory Implant (Prof. C. Pugh)
Antimicrobial coatings from sulfonated polystyrene nanoparticles (Prof. R. Weiss)

Additional research projects may be available depending on the level of funding.

For more information:
Application instructions can be found at

Send questions and/or applications to Marj Riccardi (330-972-7539,

REU Summer Internships
Attn: Marj Riccardi
Institute of Polymer Science
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-3909

Please submit application materials by March 15, 2010.

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You're Invited to Hear Dr. James P. Zeigler
Thursday, March 4
11:00 a.m. in Boyd Science Center, Room 336 (Small Auditorium)


Former Muskingum alum, Dr. James P. Zeigler, from DuPont Protection Technoloties, Research and Development, will speak on the following topics:

"The Science of Chemical Protective Clothing"
"So You Have a Degree in Chemistry--No What?"

Dr. Zeigler’s presentation will start with a discussion of the evolution, composition, and performance of chemical protective apparel developed by DuPont. He will then address opportunities (and potential pitfalls to avoid!) as a career scientist. An abstract for each portion of the presentation is given below:

“The Science of Chemical Protective Clothing”
When hazardous chemical leak or spill, specially trained first responders are called in to stop the leak and stabilize the situation. Many of those first responders rely on chemical protective clothing manufactured by DuPont. The fabrics in these garments are surprisingly lightweight and strong given the high level of chemical barrier they provide. We will talk about the evolution of these materials, their composition, how we measure their performance and some of the major challenges that remain in the science of chemical protective apparel.

“So You Have a degree in Chemistry--Now What?”
The adage “If I only knew then what I know now” becomes more and more apparent, the older you get. After 32 years with DuPont, let me share with you my views of the opportunities and pitfalls that lie ahead of you whether you are chemistry major or in another science. Whether you chose academics, industry, law or medicine, many of the skills you will need are the same. But unlike school, the requirements for success in your post-graduate life are not only obscure and they are different for each person. What opportunities lie ahead? What choices will you have to make? How do you prepare?


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Research Biologists Positions at WIL Research Laboratories
Ashland, Ohio

WIL Research Laboratories, LLC is an interdisciplinary non-clinical contract research organization providing product safety and toxicological assessment research and services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, agricultural, veterinary, food and consumer products industries. WIL is located in North-central Ohio and offers a competitive compensation package and benefits.

Research Biologist positions will be responsible for the performance of in-life phases of studies in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and Good Laboratory Practice Regulations with a low level of supervision.

For more information and to download an application, go to Mail or fax application along with resume to: WIL Research Laboratories, LLC, 1407 George Road, Ashland, OH 44805. Fax: (419) 289-3650. EOE.

All the Research Biologists positions require AS or Bs in Biology, Animal Sciences or related field as well as a willingness to learn and an interest in the field of research.

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