(l. to r.) Stephany Garcia '10, Professor Serge Schreiner, April Hines '10, Nicole
Four current R-MC students and one post-baccalaureate R-MC student represented the
college at The American Chemical Society’s annual spring meeting.
The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society dedicated
to a single discipline with about 160,000 members, organizes annually two national
meetings (spring and fall) where scientists are able to present the results of their
research. Some 18,000 scientists attended the 239th spring meeting, which took place
in San Francisco, California from March 20-25, 2010.
The meeting, held at the Moscone Convention Center and several dozen hotels, included
a cross-divisional topic, Chemistry for a Sustainable World, which highlighted advances
in research hosting some 8,000 presentations.
“This meeting is a very exciting international conference that brings together chemists
from all different sub-disciplines,” said R-MC Chemistry Professor Serge Schreiner.
“The meeting not only exposes our students to many exciting areas of chemistry and
scholars in the field, but also gives them the opportunity to showcase their own
work done at Randolph-Macon College as part of their Schapiro Undergraduate Fellowship
Nate Steiner ’11, who spent this past year working with R-MC
Chemistry Professor Nora Green, presented the results of their research
in a poster session of the Chemical Education Division that was specifically organized
for undergraduate students. The title of Steiner's presentation was Stabilization
of the West Nile virus envelope glycoprotein at low pH (CHED 485).
April Hines ’10, Stephany Garcia ’10 and Nicole Klee ’10, under the direction of
Schreiner, represented the Schreiner research group at the meeting. Hines' presentation,
Activation of disilanes by platinum dimers (INOR 485), Garcia's presentation,
Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of iridium complexes containing bis(ditertiaryphosphine)
ligands (INOR 484) and Klee's presentation, Synthesis, characterization and
solution stability of Group 8 metal-arene-phosphine complexes (INOR
287), were presented to the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.
Keith Searles ’09 gave a talk in the Division of Inorganic chemistry, titled Mono-
and binuclear bis(dicyclohexylphosphino)complexes of rhodium and comparisons with
its bis (diphenylphosphino)methane analogues (INOR 1317).
Four additional R-MC alumni gave presentations at the same meeting: Kassy Mies ’02,
who earned her Ph.D. from Duke University, Heather Lucas ’02, who earned her Ph.D.
from Johns Hopkins University, Leah Eller ’98, who earned her Ph.D. from University
of Texas at Austin and Samantha Hopkins ’06, who is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia
Randolph-Macon chemistry students have been attending ACS meetings since 1992. Schreiner,
the Dudley P. and Patricia C. Jackson Professor of Chemistry, is the chair of R-MC’s
chemistry department. He is also the co-director of the Schapiro Undergraduate Research
Fellowship (SURF) program. Schreiner joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon in 1986.
Green joined the faculty at Randolph-Macon College in 2004.
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For information about R-MC’s Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship program
(SURF), visit http://www.rmc.edu/Academics/research/guidelines.aspx.