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Chemistry Students Present at National Meeting, March 25-29

March 05, 2012

Dr. Joan Esson, associate professor of chemistry, along with six chemistry majors will travel to the 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego, CA, March 25-29.

"This is an amazing opportunity for our students to present the results of work they have been doing to a national audience, and receive feedback from leading scientists in the field," Esson said.

In addition to presenting at the meeting, students will also have the opportunity to attend presentations about cutting-edge chemical research.

The students presenting at the meeting, as well as their presentation title and advisor, include (Funding from Otterbein's Student Research Fund is being used to support student travel unless otherwise noted):

  • Ike Agho, "Solvated ammonium salts of molybdenum halide clusters" (Advisor: Dr. Dean Johnston)
  • Katelin Aisenbrey, "Development of a high throughput, colorimetric gold nanoparticle assay for heparin" (Advisor: Dr. Joan Esson)
  • Mary Evert, "Biological effects on serpentinite weathering" (Mary completed this research during Summer 2011 at the University of Nevada - Las Vegas through the National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates program)
  • Rebecca Fremer, "Development of an interdisciplinary course exploring the overlap between chemistry and arts" (Advisor: Dr. Carrigan Hayes)
  • Melissa Lucius, "Otterbein University Chapter of the American Chemical Society" ("Melissa's presentation will discuss what the ACS student group on campus has been doing. This is a great opportunity to network with ACS chapters at other colleges and universities in order to strengthen our student organization," Esson said. Melissa's travel is funded by the American Chemical Society.)
  • Colin Taylor, "Computational explorations of monocyclic oxygenates with implications for lignocellulosic biofuel chemistry" (Advisor: Dr. Carrigan Hayes) (In addition to funding from Otterbein's Student Research Fund, Colin also received funding from the Horn Fund, and endowed award for students conducting research in chemistry and biology.)
In addition to her research with Aisenbrey, Dr. Joan Esson will also be sharing information about Otterbein's Cardinal Science Scholar program through a presentation entitled, "Cardinal Science Scholar program at Otterbein University: A program to increase student retention."

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