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Wesley College STEM Students and Faculty Present Research at National Chemistry Conference

Wesley College Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) students and faculty members had the opportunity to present their research at the 253rd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, California from April 1-4, 2017.

The conference included nearly 19,000 exhibitors, presenters, speakers, and international attendees. The six undergraduate research students that attended the event were biology majors Aditya Bajaj and Kanisha Blake, and biological chemistry majors Edward Brandenburg, Austin Lonski, Lily Neff, and Jeremy Wirick.

Blake, Brandenburg, Lonski, Neff, and Wirick are Cannon Scholars. The Wesley College Cannon Scholar program is supported by the National Science Foundation S-STEM DUE grant under award number 1355554.

Also in attendance was Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary/Collaborative Sponsored Research, Dr. Malcolm J. D’Souza, and Adjunct Chemistry Professor and Laboratory Supervisor, Kristopher Roeske.

The American Chemical Society is an advocate for chemistry and science, and believes in educating the public through outreach programs to help support the future chemists of tomorrow.

Brandenburg, Lonski, Neff, and Wirick received award recognitions for their chemistry research projects. Dr. D’Souza was the principal mentor on all four projects and Roeske co-mentored the Neff project.

Brandenburg’s project described the use of linear and non-linear regression techniques to solve the solvent chemistry of benzoyl cyanide, a defensive secretion of polydesmoid millipedes. Neff’s project showcased an inventory platform that manages chemical risks, addresses chemical accountability, and measures cost-effectiveness.

Brandenburg and Neff’s projects are financially supported through the Delaware EPSCoR (Experimental Project to Stimulate Competitive Research) program funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Delaware DEDO (Delaware Economic Development Office) program under grant number IIA EPS-1301765.

Neff also received financial support from the NASA DESGC (Delaware Space Grant Consortium) program funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under grant number NNX15AI19H.

Lonski’s project explained incorporating statistics to probe analytical methods and kinetic studies of prodrugs. Wirick’s project monitored the impact of the position of the chloro-substituent in chloroformate reactivity.

Wirick and Lonski’s projects were financially supported through the Delaware INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) program funded by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences – NIGMS of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the DEDO program under grant number P20GM103446.

Bajaj’s project showcased solving mysteries through chemistry, and was mentored by Dr. D’Souza. Bajaj’s project was supported through Delaware INBRE, Delaware EPSCoR, and DEDO.

Blake’s project explained ficoll induced aggregation in bovine serum albumin and not B-phyceorythrin and was mentored by Associate Professor Dr. Hacene Boukari of Delaware State University. Blake received financial support through Delaware INBRE and Dr. Boukaris’ OSCAR program.