Department of Chemistry

Vol 17, 2014-2015

Chair's Corner

By Rene Rodriguez: As Chair, I continue to be impressed by the fine work done by my colleagues toward the commitment of providing a high quality education for our students in both our undergraduate and master's level programs. We have been fortunate to extend our program offering in biochemistry, and Dr. Caryn Evilia (our resident biochemist) works fulltime in the chemistry department now. We continue to provide unique opportunities for students to work with faculty on interesting research projects where they hone their laboratory, investigative and reporting skills.

We continue to provide paid research assistantships in the summer. In the past this was only available if a faculty member included summer students as part of a research grant. Now, thanks to President Arthur Vailas, we have funding available for students to work with us during the school year and in the summer through the Career Path Internship Program, which provides students with a paid research internship. This year 12 chemistry research students received stipends through the Career Path Internship program. During the fall and spring, students typically were funded for about six hours per week. In the summer, students were able to work up to 19 hours per week.

Dr. Strommen with Dr. Warner Peticolas, from the
University of Oregon, on research travel in France

Internships are a great opportunity for our students, and we continue to search for ways to increase the number of stipends that can be offered. As part of this effort we have established the Dennis Strommen Memorial Endowment. Many of you will remember Dr. Strommen as the department chair for more than a decade in the 1990s until 2004. At the time of his death, Dr. Strommen was an active member of the chemistry department and a good friend to all. The endowment will provide scholarships and stipends for chemistry, biochemistry and research students.

We look forward to extending Dr. Strommen's legacy through the endowment. Please consider adding your support to the Dennis Strommen Endowment. You may contact me at 208 282-2613, rodrrene@isu.edu, or Janice Madsen at 208 282-4444 or madsjani@isu.edu.


2015 Events

Fridays during the Fall & Spring semester Chemistry Seminars from alumni, recruiting faculty, and students. 1 pm in PSC 144
February 15 - March 31 Chemistry Olympiad Local Examinations
March - May Spring ACS Speaker & General Meeting. Details will be announced.
Late April Chemistry Olympiad National Examination.
April 30 ACS-ID Awards Banquet for high school and college students.
June 1 - July 24 Project SEED for high school students (applications due March 15)
June 21 - 24 ACS NORM 2015 held on the ISU Campus in Pocatello
October 18 - 24 National Chemistry Week (Local school visits by ISU Chem Club)
October 23 - 24 ISU Chemistry Magic Show

Rhetoric from Retirees

Submitted by Alice Ronald, former organic lab coordinator, July 2014

Bruce and Alice Ronald with their daughter Lisa

ISU Chemistry Department - Then and Now

In 1968, Bruce and I arrived in Pocatello for a new job with current faculty - George Heckler, chair, Gayl Wiegand and Loren Braun, organic chemistry, Joe Thompson, physical chemistry, Myron Arcand, analytical chemistry, Jerry Bigelow, general chemistry and Phil Benson, inorganic chemistry, and Ken Faler, nuclear chemistry. John Sutter, inorganic chemistry, arrived in 1970. All were housed in Baldwin Hall.

There have been many changes since then.

Sadly some are deceased, George Heckler, Jerry Bigelow, Phil Benson, Myron Arcand, and recently Loren Braun and Dennis Strommen.

Those who have left Pocatello are Joe Thompson, for a job at Los Alamos Lab New Mexico, Ken Faler, Bruce and I, who have all retired to Portland Oregon. Gayl Wiegand and John Sutter are retired and still in Pocatello. Lenore McAlexander is teaching at the University of Louisville KT. Todd Davis left the department and is now teaching at the Air Force Academy. Pat Bakken, who guided generations of students through the mazes of general chemistry, has retired to Wisconsin. And who can forget Bonnie Root (deceased), the wonderful long time secretary who was everyone's "mother."

After George Heckler's tenure as chair, others held that position, Loren Braun, Myron Arcand, Gayl Wiegand, Dennis Strommen, Rob Holman, Karl De Jesus and currently Rene' Rodriguez. You can see their pictures in the current Chemistry Office.

The younger generation has come and are now the senior faculty - John Kalivas, analytical chemistry, Jeff Rosentreter, environmental chemistry, Karl De Jesus, organic chemistry, Lyle Castle, organic chemistry, and now Asst. Provost, Lisa Goss, physical chemistry, Josh Pak, organic chemistry, Andy Holland, inorganic chemistry.

Many will remember with fondness Baldwin Hall, even watching the Red Hill fireworks from the roof. In preparation for remodeling, it was found to be unsafe and was razed in 1990. The department was housed temporarily in Graveley for 6 years, the old dorm next to the Student Union. Each faculty member had one dorm room as an office, lectures were scattered around campus, and labs were held in the basement. In 1996 after years of waiting for funding, pouring over architectural plans, etc. we moved into the new building, officially the addition to the Physical Science building with neighbors Physics, Geology and Mathematics.

Baldwin Hall 1988
The Physical Science Complex in 1995

Some things remain the same, like the wonders of teaching and watching students master difficult material and move on. It is a joy to see former students in careers in chemistry, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, wildlife biology, etc. Having met some in the reverse role as client/patron, I often comment as someone is ready to give me a shot, "Now it is your turn to stick it to me," and hope they remember me fondly.


Alumni Features

Dr. Philip D. LaFleur

Dr. LeFleur,
Ph.D. commencement

Dr. Philip D. LaFleur received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Idaho State University in 1955. During his education at ISU he served as the chemistry stockroom manager and was a research assistant on an atomic energy project. He then served the military as a radio intercept officer until 1955, at which time he became a research chemist for the National Reactor Testing Station.

Dr. LaFleur earned a Masters of Science in chemistry from the University of Idaho in 1962. He next moved to the University of Michigan where he earned a Ph.D. in Physical and Nuclear Chemistry.

Following the granting of his doctorate, Dr. LaFleur served as research chemist and as chief of the Analytical Chemistry Division and the National Bureau of Standards until 1979. That same year, he joined Eastman Kodak Co. and worked his way up to director of the Analytical Sciences Division for Imaging Research and Advanced Development. Most recently he has been an instructor at Brigham Young University.

Dr. LeFleur receiving his Gold Medal Award
from the Department of Commerce

Dr. LaFleur also earned several honors, including both a Silver and Gold Medal Award from the Department of Commerce. He was a member of the Commission for International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry from 1975-77. He has given several invited lectures both here and abroad including Plenary Lecturer for the Analytical Chemistry Division 26th Congress of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry in Tokyo, Japan in 1977.


Fred W. Dykes

Dykes giving his speech at the Seoul Museum

Fred W. Dykes received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Idaho State College in 1952. After receiving his degree he began working at the Chemical Processing Plant at the National Reactor Testing Station near Arco, starting in June 1952.

Almost 41 years later, having been amply rewarded for his studies at Idaho State, Dykes retired from chemistry and took up a second interest - history, with a focus on the emigrant trails to Oregon and California, since almost all of the northern trails passed through Idaho and Pocatello. Dykes found that a notable trail was followed by emigrant, Winfield Scott Ebey and his wagon train. Ebey's journal was published by the Oregon-California Trails Association, with Dr. Susan Badger Doyle as general editor and Dykes as an assistant editor.

Dykes reassembling the windmill

Dykes also contributed in other ways to preserving history. His photos taken in Seoul, Korea while he was in the military in 1947-1948 were later used in an exhibit in the Seoul Museum of History in an exhibit titled "Three Foreigners Reminiscences of Seoul." He gave a talk and cut the ribbon for the exhibit.

Adding to Pocatello history, Dykes restored the 1911 steam locomotive and caboose in Ross Park. He helped procure and fix a windmill now used at the Bannock County Museum. And he wrote a study on the airplane beacon system that ran from Salt Lake City to Montana. Dykes contributed to an article written about the Union Pacific Timber Treatment Plant, where he worked as a teenager, that operated on Philbin Road in Pocatello from 1922-1948. Currently, he is working on a study to document the history of irrigation efforts for the Arco Desert.


Department Updates

Financial News

  • As is likely in your own households, budgets throughout the university have been trimmed in the last few years, and for chemistry the most significant loss was in the funds allocated for instrument replacement. But thanks to proposals that faculty submitted to agencies like the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense, we have new and upgraded instrumentation. The department continues to pursue this funding to match available funds from the university.
  • Dr. Todd Davis, organic chemistry, recently left ISU and took a faculty position at the Air Force Academy.
  • The students and faculty are very thankful for the financial support we have received from donations. Thank you.

Idaho Section of the American Chemical Society

Three officers of the Idaho section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are members of the Department of Chemistry at ISU. Dr. Joshua Pak is the counselor, Dr. Rene Rodriguez is the past chair, and Dr. Caryn Evilia is the chair-elect of the section. The section also has officers from BYU-Idaho and the INL.

We recently expanded our executive committee to include a high school representative, Barbara Nelson from Idaho Falls High School. Chem Club, the student affiliate club, continues to win awards for their outreach activities in the local community. The Idaho section is a sponsor for the Chemistry Olympiad competition, held annually in the spring for high school students. They also sponsor the ACS SEED program which provides disadvantaged high school students with a summer stipend while they work with faculty on research projects at Idaho State University.

The Idaho section will host the 2015 Northwest Regional ACS Meeting in Pocatello in June 2015. There will be several symposia, talks and poster sessions. All presentations are open to the public.


Faculty and Staff Updates

Dr. Karl De Jesus

The past year has allowed Dr. De Jesus time to get back to teaching the Synthetic Methods course. The students tackled portions of the synthesis of erythromycin and the prospect was as challenging as it was exciting. Dr. De Jesus is working on improvements so that more students can see positive results earlier rather than in the mad rush at the end. Dr. De Jesus's research group of four undergraduates continues to move forward in developing prolinol based chemistry. This amazing chemical is like a little enzyme dynamo allowing us to use it to control the absolute stereochemistry at groups adjacent to aldehydes, develop enantioselective Grignard reactions, and couple two reagents intramolecularly.

This was a fulfilling year for Dr. De Jesus. He did his first marathon. Of course, this one had a preamble - a long swim and more than a century bike ride. It's called an Ironman. But Dr. De Jesus said he felt more like Jell-O than metal towards the end.

Dr. De Jesus continued as Chairman of the Board for the Compassion and Hope Pregnancy Center and was pleased at its growth. People's generosity never ceases to surprise him.

Dr. Caryn Evilia

Dr. Evilia's lab has focused on protein structure and function using the tRNA synthetases as our model protein. Currently, the lab is attempting to crystallize the halobacterial cysteinyl-tRNA in order to solve its structure. Homology modelling was applied in the past which predicted some unusual features for this protein, under high salt conditions. The structure is now necessary to confirm or refute the model. Along these lines, the lab continues to explore ways to take advantage of our recently characterized halovirus GSL1 (manuscript in preparation). This summer the lab made progress on constructing a halobacterial protein expression vector using the virus' genetic material. Besides focusing on proteins isolated from Halobacteria, the lab recently picked up a project to study "extreme" proteins from human pathogens. The current project focuses on the tRNA synthetases of Prevetolla intermedia, one of the organisms that cause the disease Noma. This project is still in its infancy, but is moving along well with the successful cloning of the P. intermedia proteins and its' tRNAs.

Recently, the lab published two papers on the subject of protein structure and stability. One paper was published in the journal Archaea and was entitled, "Protein Adaptations in Archaeal Extremophiles" (Reed, et al. (2013) Archaea, 373275.). In this article, we reviewed what is currently known about what makes extremophile proteins 'extreme' and created some homology models to illustrate what we know. The lab also published a research paper on the structure and stability of an extremely halophilic protein, cysteinyl-tRNA synthetase (Reed, et al. (2014) PLoS ONE, 9(3), e89452.). This paper is a compilation of our circular dichroism and fluorescence work on this protein as different conditions were applied. Both papers have two or more undergraduate co-authors and were well reviewed.

Dr. Lisa Goss

One of the ongoing research projects in Dr. Goss's lab is to optimize a method for the efficient separation of copper isotopes from a gallium target. The method relies on the use of a cation exchange resin and an acetone/hydrochloric acid solvent system, which utilizes the different binding affinities that copper and gallium have for the resin.

Dr. Goss is also proposing some work in collaboration with the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics that would develop and test waste forms for fluoride salt-based wastes generated by fast spectrum (breeder) molten salt reactors (FS-MSR). A number of countries in Europe, including France, Russia, and the Czech Republic, are pursuing this concept, which is based on thorium-to-uranium conversion.

Dr. Andy Holland

Dr. Andy Holland's 10th year at ISU, his group wrapped up a long and painstaking study of microwave effects in palladium-catalyzed coupling reactions. There have been many reports that these reactions proceed more rapidly when heating is performed using a microwave, but the source of this acceleration has been a subject of continuing controversy.

Over the course of four years, six undergraduates in the Holland lab (led by Kwadwo Yeboah, BS '13, biochemistry) collected data showing that in several cases, apparently huge rate increases can be traced to very subtle differences in the temperature ramping times of microwaves and more conventional equipment, and that the same effects can be achieved using a simple hot-injection approach instead of a microwave. This work earned recognition by C&E News, which highlighted the publication among its "Science and Technology Concentrates" in a June issue.

The rest of the Holland lab, including a record high of three master's students, continues to study bimetallic molecular precursors for I-III-VI semiconductors. Dr. Holland looks forward to renewing his inorganic bona fides by teaching Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 2211) for the first time in Fall 2014

Dr. Rob Holman

It is known that the extent of protein glycation in diabetic humans with persistent hyperglycemia is increased relative to non-diabetics and the resulting modified proteins have been linked to functional changes and various pathological complications. However, little is known regarding early, non-covalent binding events as they relate to overall rate of protein glycation. Dr. Holman's group is performing computational modeling and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H, 13C, and 31P) studies to assess whether ring-closed pyranose and/or the ring-opened glucose isomer and physiological anions can bind in common cavities on the β-chain of fully-oxygenated human HbA. The group found that inorganic phosphate, bicarbonate, and lactate can bind concurrently with an initially-bound glucose to HbA, form transient adducts in aqueous solution, and facilitate ring opening to the transient ringed-open isomer of glucose. These observations may explain anion-mediated enhancement of glycation rate. Students involved in these studies include Shelley Lloyd-Davies Clark, Barbara Garay-Nontal, Tyler Slade, and Margaret Bywater. This is a collaborative project with Dr. Ken Rodnick from the Department of Biological Sciences. Several conference papers have been presented including one at the American Diabetes Association Meeting in San Francisco.

Dr. John Kalivas

Dr. Kalivas continues to work on his NSF grant with five undergraduates: Jon Palmer, Alister Tencate,Oralando Carrillo, Brett Brownfield, and Bibek Karki. This summer he has a sixth student, Alex White from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana, as part the NSF REU program in the physics department. Dr. Kalivas also has an MS student, Rachel Emerson, from the Idaho National Laboratory. Most of these students are new this year and have made substantial progress on their projects. All are presenting the results of their efforts this fall at the SciX meeting in Reno, Neveda. Brett and Alister were able to present posters at the Chemometiric in Analytical Chemistry meeting this summer and Brett's poster took first place in the poster competition.

Dr. Kalivas continues to actively collaborate with Dr. Erik Andries, Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, Dr. Károly Héberger, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in Budapest, and Dr. Constantinos Georgiou, Agricultural University of Athens in Greece.

This November, Dr. Kalivas will travel to Tarragona, Spain to begin a new collaboration with Dr. Joan Ferré at Universitat Rovira I Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. In the summer of 2015, Dr. Kalivas will return with two undergraduates who will have begun working on the project in November.

Most of Dr. Kalivas's work still involves methodology development with some application work for food adulteration detection. This year, Dr. Kalivas will begin working on a new project with Rene Rodriguez, funded by the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice. The project involves infrared thermal imaging to reconstruct defaced serial numbers on items such as guns and engine blocks.

Dr. Kalivas visited China in April to present an invited lecture at Analytix 2014. In September he visits the Netherlands to present a keynote lecture at the International Chemometric Research Meeting. This last year Dr. Kalivas was asked to serve as an editor for the Journal of Chemometrics and he continues serving as an associate editor for the journal Applied Spectroscopy. He also continues to serve on the editorial board for the journals Analytical Letters and Talanta.

Dr. Josh Pak

Dr. Pak continues to work on projects related to the synthesis and control of nanoparticles, collaborating with Dr. Robert Fox at the INL. A main part of the work involves performing experiments to synthesize thiolate single-source precursors for semiconductor nanomaterials with the possibility of incorporating the nanoparticles into LEDs and Photovoltaics. This includes the preparation of I-III-VI2 Multinary Alloy Nanoparticles. The work includes characterization of precursors and thermal decomposition reactions to render precursors into nanophase materials, and characterization of nanomaterials.

A natural offshoot of the nanoparticle synthesis is developing robust methods to understand toxicity resulting from exposure to nanomaterials. This work is being done in collaboration with Drs. Pfau and Thomas from the Department of Biological Sciences. An undergraduate was supported by funding from INBRE NIH P20 RR016454 during the summer of 2013, and a new NIH grant was recently submitted.

Dr. Rene Rodriguez

The Rodriguez group is currently working on two projects. One project is funded by the Department of Justice and is a project proposed by Dr. Dennis Strommen on thermal imaging to recover obliterated serial numbers. Dr. Strommen was a co-PI on this project with Dr. Kalivas and Dr. Rodriguez, but was replaced by Dr. Andrew Sorensen (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) after Dr. Strommen passed away unexpectedly. We greatly miss him and his expertise. Undergraduate, Jason Davis, and Lisa Lau (longtime Research Associate), are working on the imaging project along with David Unobe, a Ph.D. student in Applied Science and Engineering.

Students in the Rodriguez lab are also working on a project related to a new type of memory. This work is being done, in part, in collaboration with Dr. Kris Campbell at Boise State University. During the school year, Sandra Lundell, an undergraduate BA chemistry student, was working on this project along with Quinn Davis, another undergraduate BS chemistry student. This summer, work continued on the project by Mateo Gonzalez, an ACS SEED student, and Fadil Ali, a Physics REU student from Penn State University. Jason, Mateo, and Fadil attended the ACS Northwest Regional Meeting in Missoula, Montana in late June and gave poster presentations on their work.

Dr. Jeff Rosentreter

Dr. Jeff Rosentreter continues his focus on environmental chemistry and chemical education. Last year he got a chance to teach Models of Matter, Chem 100. He has always wanted to have the opportunity to instill some environmental stewardship in these students' young and impressionable minds. Things are working out even better in research, with both undergraduate and graduate students working on familiar cyanide chemistry projects along with a new endeavor, to characterize some wacky water samples from the Great Salt Lake. Two students recently presented this work at the Northwest ACS meeting in Missoula, Montana. At home, Dr. Rosentreter enjoys caring for his 27 acre spread and taking care of their four legged kids.

Adjuncts and Lecturers

  • Matt Alexander
  • Carolina Gonzalez-Aller
  • Anne Halpenny-Weathersby
  • Sharlene Jolley
  • Gary Long
  • Rene Rosentreter
  • Todd Morris
  • Enouri Omar
  • Jennifer Teixeira

Staff

Mark Cherry, Laboratory Materials Supervisor

It's been 20 years since Mark joined the chemistry department, supervising the labs in Idaho Falls as well as in Pocatello. After many years of playing the trombone in ISU's marching band, Mark now focuses on playing with the Snake River New Horizons Band. Mark looks forward to a long future with the chemistry department and hopes to one day see a completed physical inventory, barcode labels and at least one snow day every spring semester.

Vickie Hinton, Financial Technician

As a "jack of all trades, master of none" Vickie's background includes wildly diverse roles, such as fruit vendor, published writer, event planner, preschool teacher, and wedding photographer. However, the common thread throughout is the various aspects of office management, financial record-keeping, and creatively finding solutions for the needs and wants of a wide variety of people.

When she's not frantically adding up columns on numbers with ink-stained fingers or endless obsessing over what needs to be done next, you can find her romping with her grandchildren while planning their next great adventure, trying new dessert recipes or unashamedly holding hands on the porch with her favorite guy of over 40 years. Life is sweet and short so make the best of it every day!!

Lorie Kalivas, Lab Technician

Lorie Kalivas is the laboratory technician and stock room assistant manager for the department. Her responsibilities include laboratory preparation, chemical inventory, safety and compliance. Some days this distills to cleaning and reminding other people to clean. She has been accused of being the only five feet, 100 pound person who can take down a professor. (Don't leave messes in her labs!) As an alumnus of the Department of Chemistry (1988), she found humor discovering quantitative analysis unknowns still haunting the Quant Unknowns cabinet from the days when Myron Arcand taught the course in Baldwin Hall.

She and Dr. John Kalivas continue the tradition started by Drs. Bruce and Alice Ronald of married chemists working in the department. Their daughters, Austen (15) and Rhea (11), often accuse the dinner table conversation of being something from a Big Bang Theory script. However, they do engage in many non-science activities including skiing, kayaking, fishing, biking and traveling and enjoy watching Rhea's ballet performances and Austen's volleyball games.

Janice Madsen, Administrative Assistant I

Janice joined the department eight years ago. She works as an assistant to the chair, facilitates class and room scheduling, and is the go-to person for answering and directing academic questions. When she is not at work, she is busy at home with her three little ones, ages 6, 5 and 2. She also loves to spend time gardening, cooking, reading, and teaching yoga and meditation classes.


Student Accomplishments

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Graduates!

Chemistry Graduate Dinner,
Portneuf Valley Brewery, June 2014

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry: Austin Lee Baker, Nicholas Daniel Castle, Osayande Igbineweka, Matthew Michael Jones, Sandra Jolene Lundell, Anh Hoang Tu Nguyen, Kevin Vipul Parikh, Jordan C. Reynolds, Darrah D. Ricard, Manoj Timilsina, Jason L. Wadsworth

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry: Rachel Josephine Asmus, Kayla King Brawley, Michael Thomas Haldorson, Tawnie Jill McQuary, Barbara Garay Nontol, Victoria Baluyot Olaya-Justice, Joshua M. Peterson, Sarah A. E. Pickle, Christopher J. Reed, Kent Gary Selders, Tyler Lee Slade, Eric Trejo, Pamela Louise Wiscaver

Chemistry Alumni Endowment Award Scholarship to:

  • Siddharth Agrawal 2014-2015
  • Cade Medenhall 2014-2015

Pattie Family Scholarship to:

  • Matthew Kirkham 2014-2015

2014/2015 NSF S-STEM Scholars:

  • Juan Carlos Chavez
  • Margaret Bywater
  • Peter Ferrero
  • Allia Hoisington
  • Braxten Hornsby
  • Christa Librizzi
  • Cade Mendenhall
  • Kendahl Neaves
  • Jonathon Palmer
  • Benjamin Poulter
  • Diana Rucks
  • Jacob Tennant
  • Michael Vincen-Brown
  • Douglas Walker
  • Kory Walling
  • Aurora White
  • Linda Woods
  • Shirley Xu

About the NSF S-STEM Program:

The goal of the NSF S-STEM Scholarship is to open the doors of chemistry to promising students otherwise lacking the financial resources to complete an undergraduate degree. In addition to financially supporting students in this endeavor, the program aims to help foster a chemistry community that equips students with the skills and credentials required to move forward toward a thriving chemistry career.

The NSF S-STEM Scholarship program began at ISU in the Fall semester of 2011. It has since awarded scholarships to 44 students at ISU providing around $470,000 to help pay for tuition and fees, books, housings, and other college related expenses.

2014 Project Seed Participants:

  • Christopher Brisco
  • Jordan Childs
  • Autumn Clark
  • Sarah Finch
  • Mateo Gonzalez
  • Benjamin Poulter
  • Jillyn Rushton
  • Nicholas Stubblefield
  • Kristen Stucki

About ACS Project Seed:

The American Chemical Society Project SEED Project SEED was established in 1968 to help economically disadvantaged high school students expand their education and career outlook. The program provides opportunities for students who historically lack exposure to scientific careers to spend a summer conducting hands-on research with a scientist in academic, industry, and government research laboratories. Students receive a fellowship award for their efforts and a chance to receive a SEED college scholarship, and generally participate in an eight to ten-week program.

Awards:

ACS Outstanding Senior

  • Chris Reed 2013-14

ACS Polymer Education Award (Organic)

  • Cade Mendenhall and Chris Reed 2011-12
  • Douglas Walker 2012-2013
  • Hannah Fjeld 2013-14

Physical Award

  • Aurora White 2013-14

ACS Analytical Award

  • Kevin Higgins 2011-12
  • Matt Kirkham 2012-13
  • Brett Brownfield 2013-14

Inorganic Award

  • Christopher Reed 2012-13
  • Austin Baker 2013-14

ISU Biochemistry Award

  • Kwadwo Yeboah 2011-12
  • Christopher Reed 2012-13
  • Peter Ferrero 2013-14

CRC Chemistry Freshman Award

  • Austin Baker 2011-12
  • Aurora White 2012-13
  • Annette Sprankle 2013-14

Student Ambassador Report for the 14th Annual Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry Conference

Brett Brownfield at the Analytical
Chemistry Conference in Virginia

Submitted by Brett Brownfield

The 14th Chemometrics in Analytical Chemistry conference was held in Richmond, Virginia, from June 9-13, 2014. Thanks to the student ambassador award provided by the SAS, I presented a poster at this conference entitled "Improving Outlier Detection by Fusion of Outlier Detection Merits Using Sum of Ranking Differences", and was awarded a first place prize.

I really enjoyed being an ambassador, as it encouraged me to converse with more people than I would have otherwise. I had a great time and hope to see the SAS membership grow.


The Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) National Meeting in Reno

This year the SAS held the National Meeting at SciX in Reno, Nevada, at the Grand Sierra Resort, just miles away from Virginia City and Lake Tahoe. This year the SAS awarded five travel grants, which are awarded on a competitive basis. The applications from both the student and the research adviser are evaluated on merit and financial need. Three of the five travel awards were given to ISU Chemistry students Alex White, Alister Tencate, and Orlando Carrillo.

Alex White
Alister Tencate
Orlando Carrillo

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