Chemistry and Biochemistry
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.
David Ames, graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will present "Metastable Ions in Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry"
Dr. Terry Downey, Research Chemist for PhotoBioMed Corporation, will present "Benchtop to Bedside...Not Mission Impossible." Her topic covers the science and some things you may never have thought of, behind bringing a medical device from an interesting scientific idea to reality as a novel medical therapy.
Mitch Patterson, project manager of foundry sands for HA International, will present "Chemistry in Industry: Manufacturing and Foundry Applications."
Steven Shaffer, industrial hygienist for EMC Insurance Companies, will present "The Bad and the Ugly: A Case for Chemical Management."