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06-08-2012

Potsdam High School Grads are Summer Chemistry Interns at Clarkson University

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Three recent Potsdam High School graduates are interns for the summer in the chemistry laboratory of Senior University Professor Richard E. Partch at Clarkson University.

Three recent Potsdam High School graduates are interning for the summer in the chemistry laboratory of Senior University Professor Richard E. Partch at Clarkson University. Left to right: Partch, Martin LaFleur, Elizabeth Waters, and Maya HolsenMaya Holsen and Beth Waters, who have completed their freshman year at University at Buffalo and Syracuse University, respectively, and Martin LaFleur, a senior Honors Program student at Clarkson, are preparing and using chemicals having potential for medical applications.

Holsen, along with a Clarkson senior honors student, is evaluating the efficiency of binding and deactivating several harmful chemicals, such as commonly overdosed narcotics and the poison ivy skin irritant.

Waters and LaFleur are preparing gold nanoparticles, which are themselves useful as photothermal therapy agents for cancer treatment, with attached cancer chemotherapeutic molecules, so that once the modified particles enter tumor cells, both chemical and hyperthermic effects occur to kill the cells.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Three recent Potsdam High School graduates are interning for the summer in the chemistry laboratory of Senior University Professor Richard E. Partch at Clarkson University. Left to right: Partch, Martin LaFleur, Elizabeth Waters, and Maya Holsen.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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