Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

34th Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Thursday April 9, 2009

Poster Session: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
(Ph/Ch 3348)

Oral Session I: 3:30 – 4:30 pm
(ISAT 159)

Friday April 10, 2009

Oral Session II: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
(ISAT 159)

Keynote Address: 3:45 – 4:45 pm
(ISAT 159)


Dr. Chris E. Holmes (JMU '88), MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
The University of Vermont College of Medicine

KEYNOTE ADDRESS (Friday, 4/9/09, 3:45pm, ISAT 159)

"Platelet Modulation: A New Approach to Cancer and Angiogenesis Control"


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Thursday April 9, 2009
[student abstracts]

Poster Session:  Thursday April 9th 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Ph/Ch 3348)

Marko Andric and Gina MacDonald

Purification and Characterization of Escherichia Coli RecA

Robert E. East, Courtney N. Braxton, and Victoria L.. Mariani

Characterization of N-Acylethanolamine-hydrolyzing Acid Amidase Toward a Novel Class of Anti-Inflammatory Agents

Nicholas Dugan and Daniel M. Downey

Inorganic Ions, Trace Elements and Sediment Loading in the South Fork Shenandoah River and Cub Run During Storm Runoff Events

Paris Hamilton, Marilise Hyacinth, Kevin L. Caran, Lin Pu and Michal Sabat

The Effect of Structure Modification on Low-Molecular-Weight Organogelators

Hollins Kitts, Kevin Kindley, Allyson Jones and Kathryn Layman

Characterization of Magnetic Iron Oxide Composites

Puja Mody, Amanda Hoffman, Seth Ensign and Debra L. Mohler

The Synthesis of a Chlorotricarbonylrhenium I Complex of [4, 4’- bis(aminomethyl)-2,2’-bipyridine]

Vanessa Shepperson, John W. Gilje and Donna S. Amenta

Preparation and Spectral Characterization of Ru(CO)2(PPh2CH2CH2P(O)Ph2)3

Danielle Simpson, Paul Layne, Chelsea Cockburn and Debra L. Mohler

pH Dependence of the Formal Hydrolysis of DNA Phosphodiesters and the Study of the Location of Cleavage by [CpFe(CO)2]2 and Hydrogen Peroxide

Jacob Smith and Daniel M. Downey

Analysis of Glyphosate in the South Fork Shenandoah River and Cub Run Following Storm Runoff Events

Dien Tu, Andrew Evangelista, Amanda Hoffman and Debra L. Mohler

The Synthesis of Chlororheniumtricarbonyl Complexes of Substituted and Unsubstituted 2,2’-bipyridine Ligands


Oral Session I:  Thursday April 9th (ISAT 159)

3:30 – 3:45

David Berry and Thomas C. DeVore

Interactions Between Boric Acid and Ammonia

3:45 – 4:00

Stephanie Hall and Daniel M. Downey

Analysis of Organic Pesticides in the South Fork Shenandoah River and Cub Run in Storm Runoff Events

4:00 – 4:15

Curtis White and Thomas C. DeVore

Proton Chemical Shifts for Alcohols in the Vapor Phase and Dilute Solutions

4:15 – 4:30

William Cannon and Gina MacDonald

Ion Induced Effects on RecA Structure, Activity, and Stability During Thermal Unfolding


Friday April 10, 2009
[student abstracts]

Oral Session II:  Friday April 10th (ISAT 159)

2:00 - 2:15

Adam Colbert and Gina MacDonald

Using Difference Infrared Spectroscopy to Investigate the Effects of pH on PGK-Substrate Complexes

2:15 - 2:30

Alexandra Allen, Brooke Stevens, Cameron Straughn, Nicole Carpenter and Debra L. Mohler

Progress Towards the Synthesis of Stable RNA Analogs

2:30 – 2:45

Nicole Ando, John W. Gilje, Donna S. Amenta and Glen P. Yap

Ruthenium Complexes of Phosphine/Phosphine Oxide Ligands

2:45 – 3:00

Kristina M. Hamill and Kevin L. Caran

Synthesis and Colloidal Properties of Novel Biscationic Bicephalic (Double Headed) Amphiphiles

3:00 – 3:15

Tracy Nichols and Scott Lewis

The Synthesis of 1,2-Disubstituted Cyclobutenes for Study with Difluorocarbene

3:15 – 3:30

Christian R. Schwantes, Devon C. Flaherty, Jenifer L. Banning, Matt H. Becker, Rob M. Brucker, Reid N. Harris, Kevin P. C. Minbiole, and Doug C. Woodhams

Developing a Bacterial Treatment Using Janthinobacterium lividum for Amphibians Rana muscosa and Plethodon cinereus Infected with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

3:30 – 3:45

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Keynote Address:  Friday April 10th (ISAT 159)

3:45 – 4:45

Dr. Chris E. Holmes
(Class of 1988)

“Platelet Modulation: A New Approach to Cancer and Angiogenesis Control”


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