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January 28, 2008
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In this issue:

  • Microwaves in Chemistry Conference: Call for Posters
  • Chemistry Department Seminar
  • The Chester Summers Scholars Program

Science Quotes

  • The quantum is that embarrassing little piece of thread that always hangs from the sweater of space-time.  Pull it and the whole thing unravels.  ~Fred Alan Wolfe, Star Wave: Mind Consciousness of Quantum Physics, 1984
  • I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. - Thomas Alva Edison
  • Science has promised us truth. It has never promised us either peace or happiness. - Gustave Le Bon

  • Please check the bulletin board outside of Dr. Perera'w office (SC 320, Boyd Science Center) for internship opportunities.

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    Microwaves in Chemistry Conference: Call for Posters
    Deadline for Posters: April 16, 2008

    The 6th International Microwaves in Chemistry Conference will be held on May 13-16, 2008 at the Cambridge Marriott and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Poster Session has become a highlight of the International Microwaves in Chemistry Conference. CEM Corporation will present a $750 cash prize for the Best Poster and $250 each to the 2nd and 3rd place runners up. The deadline for abstracts is April 16, 2008. Authors will be notified of their acceptance and the requirements for posting via e-mail. At least one author must be registered for and in attendance at the conference. Please submit your title and abstract to

    To encourage academic participation, the Conference Committee has agreed to waive the registration fee(s) for all students and their professor whose poster has been accepted and is presented during the Conference. Please contact Heather Plyer for more information about this special offer.

    Please visit our website at to learn more about the International Microwaves in Chemistry Conference!

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    Chemistry Department Seminar

    Everyone is invited to the Chemistry Department Seminar on Monday, February 4th at 3:00 p.m., SC 336. Eric Fossum from the Department of Chemistry at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, will present "Having Fun with Kinetics: Tailoring Polymer Properties Through the Use of Reactivity Ratio Controlled Synthesis:"


    The overall theme of this project was to gain some level of control over a typical step-growth, polycondensation-type reaction via the judicious use of kinetic parameters, a process termed reactivity ratio controlled polycondensation, RRCP. The resulting data provided a comprehensive picture that allowed RRCP to be applied for the synthesis of well-defined hyperbranced and linear-co-indices, and controlled placements and degrees of branching.

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    The Chester Summer Scholars Program


    • The student must have completed second year of undergraduate studies in premedical or scientific studies.
    • The student must be a resident of Ohio or attend an Ohio college or university.


    Each recipient will receive a stipend award of $2,000. Supplies and equipment are provided by MetroHealth Medical Center. Parking is provided. If housing is required for the summer, the Foundation will assist students in finding low cost off-site housing at Case Western Reserve University. Housing will be at each student's expense, but is generally no more than $10.00 per night.

    Application Package:

    A completed application that consists of the following should be postmarked no later than Friday, February 15, 2008. Applications can be obtained at the Science Office, SC 318, in the Boyd Science Center. The program runs from Monday, June 2, 2008 through Thursday, August 7, 2008.

    • A typed Chester Summer Scholoars Program application and one copy (including additional sheets) must be submitted.
    • A copy of official school transcripts.
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals with academic or previous scientific work connections.

    Students will be notified of results on March 23, 2008.

    Application Mailing Address:

    Edward M. Chester, M.D. Summer Scholars Program
    Division of Neonatology
    Research Building, 2nd Floor
    Attention: Kathy Doyle
    2500 MetroHealth Drive

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