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05-08-2009

Clarkson University Students Win Awards at Chemistry Research Symposium

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Jessica L. Terrell of Rochester, N.Y., a Clarkson University senior honors student majoring in biomolecular science, and Guinevere M. Strack of Parishville, N.Y., a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, both won awards for their research presentations at a symposium organized by the Northern New York local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS).NNYACS

The event showcased research by undergraduate and graduate students from northern New York. Professor Egon Matijevic, the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science at Clarkson University, delivered the plenary lecture "Fine particles: The Good, the bad and the ugly."

Terrell won the best undergraduate oral presentation award for her talk titled "Block, gradient and statistical amphiphilic copolymers: The effect of molecular structure on solution properties." She worked with Prof. Devon Shipp of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science on the project, which forms the basis of her honors thesis.

Strack won the best graduate oral presentation award for her paper, which was titled "Biocomputing logic systems based on immunoreactions: Approaching immuno-controlled bioelectronic devices." She and co-authors graduate student Soujanya Chinnapareddy, and researchers Jan Halamek and Marcos Pita work in the laboratory of Prof. Evgeny Katz.

Several other Clarkson students presented oral or posters at the symposium, including Mary A. Arugula, a graduate environmental engineering student, who won second prize for her poster titled "Analysis and optimization of enzymatic logic gates and their networks: Scaling up complexity of biocomputing systems." Co-authors of the poster included Strack, Halamek, Pita, and Prof. Vladimir Privman and Evgeny Katz.

Other Clarkson University presenters and their papers included:

Enzyme Logic Gates for Assessing Physiological Conditions During an Injury: Towards "Smart" Digital Sensors and Actuators. Graduate students Jian Zhou and Tsz Kin Tam, researchers Pita, Halamek and Joseph Wang, and Prof. Evgeny Katz.

Enzyme-Based Biochemical Elements Mimicking Electronic Devices. Graduate students Chinnapareddy and Strack, researchers Pita and Halamek, and Professors Vladimir Privman and Katz.

"Smart" Electrochemical Interfaces with Built-in Boolean Logic for Bioelectronic Devices. Graduate students Tsz Kin Tam and Jian Zhou, researcher Marcos Pita, and Prof. Katz.

Synthesis of Silver Colloids: Experiment, Computational Model and applications of thereof. Researcher Ionel Halaciuga, and Prof. Dan. V. Goia.

Novel Precipitation Method for Producing Dispersed Crystalline Copper Powders for Electronic Applications. Graduate student Sylas LaPlante, and Prof. Goia,

Implantable Biosensor for Real-time Monitoring of Dopamine. Graduate students John Njagi and Cristina R. Ispas, and Prof. Silvana Andreescu.

Multifunctional Biomagnetic Capsules for Environmental Remediation of Bisphenol A. Graduate students Matthew T. Ravalli and Ispas, and Prof. Andreescu.

Drug Frequency in Alcohol Related Driving Arrests. Graduate student Aaron D. Tandy, researchers Jennifer F. Limoges and Heather M. Brown, and Prof. James Peploski.

Inquiry based bio-nanotechnology experiments for K12 and introductory levels chemistry laboratories. Senior Daniel Vandorn, graduate student Ravalli, researcher Mary Margaret Small, and Prof. Andreescu.

Synthesis and Characterization of Copolymers for Photolithography by Reversible Addition Fragmentation Chain Transfer (RAFT) Polymerization. Graduate student Qin Lou, Matthew A. Kishpaugh, and Prof. Shipp.

Clarkson’s Honors Program is an intensive four-year curriculum for exceptionally talented students. The University admits only 30 new students to the Honors Program each year.

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Photo caption: Clarkson University students recently won awards for their research presentations at a symposium organized by the Northern New York local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Left to right: Clarkson Prof. Devon A. Shipp, ACS NNY Section Chair; Jessica L. Terrell, first place, undergraduate oral presentation; Guinevere Strack, first place, graduate oral presentation; Michael Trembley (St. Lawrence University), first place, poster presentation, Mary A. Arugula, second place, poster presentation); and Banu Kandemir (SUNY Potsdam), third place, poster presentation.

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