Chemistry and Biochemistry
Richard Barajas, director of admissions at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, will present "Pharmacy: Careers and Navigating the Admissions Process."
UNI Alumus Nate Adams, applications developer at Integrated DNA Technologies, will present "My Life as a Corporate Shill: STEM Careers in the Private Sector."
UNI alumnus Dr. Brian Gruver, lab manager at Koch Nitrogen Company, will present "Hydrogen Transfer - Large and Small."
Kathryn Mauger-Sonnek, master's degree candidate in chemistry, will present "Structure and Sorption Properties of Metal Organic Frameworks."
UNI student affiliates of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will host a “Halloween House”. There will be a variety of Halloween-themed demonstrations in rooms such as the “Devil’s Den," “Frankenstein’s Lab,” “Mummy’s Yummies” and “Grossology Lab." The event is free and invites children of all ages. UNI students in costume will help children with hands-on chemistry activities, such as making liquid-nitrogen ice cream and gak. Halloween House is held in conjunction with National Chemistry Week and is a program of the ACS designed to reach the public with a positive message about chemistry.
Dr. John Talley will present "The Search for Celebrex". Talley is one of the world’s most accomplished medicinal chemists and a co-inventor of Celebrex® and seven other drugs that have reached the marketplace. He currently serves as chief scientific officer at St. Louis based SARmont. He received a B.A. in Science from the University of Northern Iowa in 1974 and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1979.
David Ames, Master of Science candidate, will present his thesis defense seminar, "A Novel Method of Studying Ion Formation and Fragmentation Using a Modified Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometer".
Dr. Melanie Sanford, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry at the University of Michigan, will present "Tackling Global Challenges in Sustainable Chemistry Using Transition Metal Catalysis". Dr. Sanford is a 2011 MacArthur Fellow (The "Genius Award") for her research on activating carbon-hydrogen bonds in her palladium catalyst system.
Dr. Miles Koppang, Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Dakota, will present "Undergraduate Chemistry Program and Student Assessment with the DUCK (Diagnostic Undergraduate Chemical Knowledge) Exam.
Patrick Willoughby, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, will present "The Hexadehydro-Diels-Alder Reaction". He is a 2007 graduate of UNI and recipient of a Goldwater scholarship.