Truman Chemistry Represented at American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting

Senior chemistry majors John Cobb and Sara Goehl, junior chemistry majors Kyle Denk and Rick Knopick and sophomore biology major Emery Brown, presented results of their research at the recent Midwest Regional meeting of the American Chemical Society in Kearney, Neb.

Cobb’s poster was entitled “Monte Carlo Simulations of the Critical Properties of An Ising-XY Hybrid Model”; Goehl’s poster was “Determination of Toxic Pesticide Residues in Local Fish”; Denk’s poster was “Nanoselective Membranes Based on 3-Dimensionally Ordered Macroporous (3DOM) Carbon”; Knopick’s oral presentation was entitled “Mercury Determination in Freshwater Fish Using Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry”; and Brown’s poster was “Crystal and 3-Dimensional Molecular Structures of Pesticides.”

The students were mentored, respectively, by Eduardo Velasco, professor of physics; Barbara Kramer, associate professor of chemistry; Andreas Stein from the University of Minnesota; and professors of chemistry David McCurdy and Russell Baughman.

Faculty in attendance at the meeting included Baughman, McCurdy and associate professors Eric Patterson and Maria Nagan, who presented “The Role of Water in Stabilizing Peptide-RNA Complexes: A Molecular Dynamics Study of HIV Rev Responsive Element Recognition.”

Brown and Cobb were sponsored by the NSF-STEP program. Goehl and Knopick were sponsored by Merck Pharmaceuticals and The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Denk was sponsored by the Landau program at the University of Minnesota.

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