A group of Frostburg State University students, who are members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliate chapter at FSU, attended the 225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans, La., in March. This meeting is a major convention attracting over 14,500 chemists from the United States and many international countries that gather together to share information on research, technology, instrumentation, and teaching.
Students Crystal Beeman, Lonaconing, Benjamin Norris, Frostburg and David Schaerdel, Silver Spring, presented a poster at a session sponsored by the Division of Chemical of Chemical Education entitled “Elementary & High School Chemistry Demonstrations Promoting Chemistry at a Young Age.” This poster detailed the activities of the FSU ACS Student Affiliate Chapter, which performs many chemical demonstrations each year at local Allegheny County Schools.
Jacilynn Brant, Somerset, Pa., presented a poster entitled “Synthesis of
(5S,6R)-4-tert-butyloxycarbonyl-5,6-diphenyl-2,3,5,6-tetrahydro-1,4-oxazine-2-one” at a session sponsored by the Division of Chemical Education. Brant explored the chemistry of molecules used as precursors in the synthesis of anti-AIDS drugs. This work was conducted during the summer of 2002 at Louisiana State University as part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates program that Brant participated in.
Albert de Fusco, Cumberland, presented a poster entitled “Conformational Analysis of Histamine Tautomers” at a session sponsored by the Division of Physical Chemistry. de Fusco’s’s work involved the use of computers to calculate the quantum mechanical properties of a molecule with an important biological role. This work was conducted during the summer of 2002 at the University of Pittsburgh during a Research Experience for Undergraduates program that Albert participated in.
Heidi Frazee, Friendsville, presented a poster entitled “Towards the Design & Synthesis of Kinesin Inhibitors” at a session sponsored by the Division of Chemical Education. Heidi explored the synthesis of molecules that would prevent the function of motor proteins cellular division. This can help elucidate the mechanism of these proteins and have pharmacological uses. This work was conducted during the summer of 2002 at the University of Georgia during a Research Experience for Undergraduates programs the Heidi participated in.
Teresa Tomblin, Friendsville, presented a poster entitled “Preparation of 2-bromo-1-2-dienes” at a session sponsored by the Division of Chemical Education. Teresa explored the synthesis of a useful class of molecules. This work was conducted at West Virginia State College.
Also attending the ACS National Meeting were Brent Himmier, Cumberland; Joy Melody, Annapolis; and Brian Noury, Meyersdale, Pa.