Chemistry News Archive - 2003

November 2003: Dr. James Wolfe, President of the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine is our Fall 2003 Fisher Lecturer. Dr. Wolfe's topic is "The Emergence of Osteopathic Medicine in Rural Health Care for Virginia." The Fisher Lecture Series is made possible by an endowment established by Dr. Charles H. "Hap" Fisher, RC'28.

November 2003: Dr. Charles H. "Hap" Fisher was featured in an article published in the Roanoke Times, Sunday November 16, 2003. Dr. Fisher turns 97 this November and is still active and publishing in chemistry journals. As the newspaper headline says, "This Kid Must Love Chemistry."

June, 2003: Summer research is in full swing, with eight researchers working full time.

April, 2003: The Chemistry Department wins an award! The Council of Independent Colleges has selected our program as a 2003 winner of the Heuer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Science Education. The award includes a $10,000 prize, funded by the Russell Pearce and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer Foundation. Our program was selected as one of three winners, from among 47 nominations nationally. The portion of our program highlighted for this award was our focus on real world chemistry, including our seminar program (EPIC - Enrichment Program in Chemistry), service activities, professional level laboratory and research experiences, trips to professional meetings, and training in a wide variety of professional communication skills. This award recognizes hard work by every member of our department, over a period of years. Congratulations!
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April, 2003: The Chemistry Department welcomed back a number of alumni during Alumni Weekend, 2003. The class of 2002 was particularly well represented!

April, 2003: Five students from our Chemistry and Biochemistry programs gave poster presentations at the 2003 ACS-Blue Ridge Section Poster Meeting at Radford University. Students included Nathan Alexander, Matt Poferl, Joe Stephens, Mike Wolter, and Stacy Wood.
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April, 2003: A group of three students and two faculty members attended the Spring 2003 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, LA. The group delivered several presentations, and included Matt Poferl, Joe Stephens, Mike Wolter, Dr. Gary Hollis, and Dr. Ben Huddle. Presentations included:

"Basic Experimental Design: Capstone to First Semester Organic Lab", W. Gary Hollis and Ronald R. Oetgen.

"A Short Course in Forensic Chemistry", Benjamin P. Huddle.

"Preparation and Characterization of Ferrocenes Bearing Polyfluoroalkoxy-modified Perfluoroaryl Substituents: A Convenient Method of Introducing Fluorous "Polytail" Groups", Matthew G. Poferl, E. Gary Hollis, and Paul A. Deck.

"Theoretical Study on the Decomposition Reaction of Hydroxyalkoxy Radical Derived from Oxidation of Isoprene Initiated by OH", Jiho Park, Joseph C. Stephens, Renyi Zhang and Simon W. North.

"DNA Extraction and Analysis from Buccal Cells", Michael D. Wolter and Benjamin P. Huddle.

February, 2003: The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce that two instructional labs will be renovated during summer, 2003. Both the general chemistry lab (473) and biochemistry lab (575) will be completely renovated. The financial support of the George I. Alden Trust is gratefully acknowledged.

February, 2003: The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Adele Addington will be joining our department beginning in Fall, 2003. Dr. Addington's area of expertise is biochemistry, including research on inhibition of caspase enzymes involved in apoptosis. Welcome Dr. Addington!


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