4/19/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Eight Ashland University science students and seven AU science faculty members attended the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society held in New Orleans, La., earlier this month.
More than 15,500 chemists and other visitors attended the meeting in New Orleans, including almost 5,800 students and 960 exposition exhibitors. National ACS meetings attract chemists, chemical engineers, academicians, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as other professionals. Each meeting features more than 7,000 presentations organized into technical symposia that highlight important research advances.
Support for faculty and students attending the meeting included funds from Ashland University, the National Science Foundation, the ACS national organization and the ACS Local Section.
The AU students attending were Drew Adkins of Wooster, Jared Baisden of Wooster, Mallorie Boron of Strongsville, Katelyn Elliott of Wooster, Anna Falls of Mansfield, Megan Liggett of Chardon, Jennifer Pyle of Coshocton and Aaron Tipton of Wadsworth, while the faculty members were Robert Bergosh, assistant professor of chemistry; Perry Corbin, associate professor of chemistry; Rebecca Corbin, associate professor of chemistry; Brian Mohney, associate professor of chemistry; Trina Mohney, professional instructor of chemistry; Nick Regan, assistant professor of chemistry; and Jeff Weidenhamer, trustees’ professor of chemistry.
Mansfield native Anna Falls gave an oral presentation over part of the research that has been supported by the National Science Foundation as part of an Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science Symposium and she received a $250 travel award for her work.
A number of presentations were made by both AU students and faculty. These included:
- Poster Presentation in the Undergraduate Research Posters session titled “Isolation and exploration of the biological properties of natural products from the invasive plant Phragmites australis” by Drew Adkins, Robert G. Bergosh, Jeffrey D. Weidenhamer, Mei Li of New York, Kelly Sullivan of Ashland and Mason Posner.
- Poster Presentation in the Undergraduate Research Posters session titled “Synthesis and time dependent toxicity of nicotine analogs” by Jenn Pyle, Robert G. Bergosh, Kelly Mozena of Wadsworth, and Megan Liggett and Douglas A. Dawson.
- Poster Presentation in the Undergraduate Research Posters session titled “Progress towards the synthesis of resorcinarene-core polylactide/polyethylene glycol star block copolymers using click chemistry” by Aaron E. Tipton, Anna C. Falls and Perry S. Corbin.
- Poster Presentation in the Undergraduate Research Posters session titled “Measuring halogenated flame retardants by silicone tubing mictroextraction” by Megan E. Liggett, Brian K. Mohney and Jeffrey D. Weidenhamer.
- Oral Presentation in the Undergraduate Research in Polymer Science session titled “Synthesis, characterization, and degradation of multi-armed calixarene-core polylactide star polymers” by Anna C. Falls, Mei Li, and Perry S. Corbin.
- Poster Presentation in the Undergraduate Research Posters session titled “Bioavailability of cadmium in inexpensive jewelry” by Mallorie L. Boron and Jeffrey D. Weidenhamer.
- Poster Presentation in the Undergraduate Research Posters session titled “Isolation and characterization of a suspected phytoalexin from Acer rubrum L” by Jared T. Baisden, Janna Pearson of Barberton, Beth Miller-Lisy, Robert G. Bergosh and Jeffrey D. Weidenhamer.
- Poster Presentation in the Undergraduate Research Posters session titled “Synthesis of nicotine analogs using click chemistry” by Katelyn Elliot and Robert G. Bergosh.
- An invited Oral Presentation titled “Impact of the Renewable Energy Workshop on curriculum and outreach at Ashland University” in a session titled “cCWCS: Developing Scholarly Communities to Transform Undergraduate Education” by Rebecca W. Corbin.
- Poster Presentation in the Successful Student Chapters session titled “ACS activities at Ashland University” by Anna C. Falls, Marie R. Southerland of Ravenna, Cassandra E. Nix of Elyria, Mallorie L. Boron, Katelyn B. Elliot, Perry S. Corbin, Rebecca W. Corbin, Matthew L. Arthur, Brian K. Mohney, and Nicholas B. Regan.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###