Truman Represented at American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meeting

MAE and chemistry graduate student, Jessica Michael, senior chemistry majors Rick Knopick and Minh Ho, junior chemistry major Laura Tvedte and sophomore chemistry major Emery Brown presented results of their research at the recent Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Iowa City, Iowa.  

Michael’s oral presentation was entitled “Teaching Chemistry to a Blind Student at Truman State University in a Liberal Arts Chemistry Laboratory Course Using Vernier Software and Probes.”

Ho’s oral presentation, with co-authors Brown and Knopick, was entitled “Atomic Absorption Determination of Mercury in Local Freshwater Fish Using a Home-Built Cold Vapor Generator.” Tvedte’s poster, co-authored with alumna ThoaiPhuong Nguyen, was entitled “Crystal and 3-Dimensional Molecular Structures of Creatinine-Based Ureas for Use as Potential Pharmaceuticals.”  

They were mentored, respectively, by professors David Wohlers, David McCurdy/Brian Lamp, and Russell Baughman/Kenneth Smith. Faculty in attendance included Dana Delaware, Baughman, Smith, McCurdy and Wohlers.

Michael was supported by an NSF-RDE grant. Brown, Ho and Knopick were sponsored by Merck Pharmaceuticals and The American Association for the Advancement of Science. Tvedte was sponsored by the NSF-STEP program.   

Truman Chemistry alumni presenters or co-authors were Ted Bryan (1990), Kurt Hoeman (2003), Scott Klasner (2004), Jeff Lange (2004), Andy Maerz (2007) and Jena Whetstine (2004).

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