Huntingdon chemistry students, faculty attend national conference
Montgomery, Ala.—Five Huntingdon College students and two faculty members will attend the 242nd national American Chemical Society meeting in Denver, Colorado, August 29 through September 1. While there, they will participate in a science volunteer outreach opportunity working with more than 100 K–12 students in hands-on science activities in celebration of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry. They will also distribute more than 100 copies of "Chemical Connections—Poetry Linking Chemistry to Life" to participants in the hands-on activities. The book is a compilation of chemistry-related poems and haiku written by Huntingdon students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and was funded by a grant from the 2011 International Year of Chemistry Committee of the American Chemical Society. Student participants will be accompanied by Dr. Jeremy Carr, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Murphy, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry.
Conference attenders are:
- Dexter Dean, a biochemistry major in the Class of 2013 from Clanton, Alabama
- Tiffany Dean, a biochemistry major in the Class of 2012 from Dothan, Alabama
- Amanda Paige Lathem, a chemistry major in the Class of 2013 from Daphne, Alabama
- Mary Elizabeth Terrell, a chemistry major in the Class of 2012 from Pike Road, Alabama
- Ginger Tyson, a chemistry major in the Class of 2012 from Robertsdale, Alabama
At the meeting, Tiffany Dean will present undergraduate research entitled, "Molecular mechanics study of the binding of Th(IV), Pa(V), U(VI), Np(V), Pu(IV), Am(III), and Ac(III) to a model peptide: A Model for Radioactive Ion Binding to Human Proteins." She received a grant from Auburn section of the American Chemical Society to defray costs of travel to the conference. The paper was co-authored by Steven Garett Claassen, Class of 2012, a biochemistry major from Ozark, Alabama; Ashlee Walters, Class of 2012, a biochemistry major from Alabaster, Alabama; Chelley Lawson, Class of 2012, a music and biochemistry major from Montgomery, Alabama; Samuel Griffin, Class of 2012, a biochemistry major from Jackson, Alabama; and Angelica Trammell, Class of 2011, a biochemistry major from Roanoke, Alabama. Trammell served as editor of the book of poetry.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Huntingdon offers 16 intercollegiate athletic teams, expanding to 18 with the addition of men's track and field and women's lacrosse in 2012; more than 20 undergraduate majors; travel-study opportunities and use of a lap-top computer for every full-time student; and specialized learning experiences such as the Huntingdon Honors Program, Staton Center for Learning Enrichment, internships, service learning, and Senior Capstone courses. Critical thinking skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum with the Art of Critical Thinking (ACT) program. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools far exceed national averages.