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A Newsletter of the Chemistry Department at the University of West Florida
FALL 2006
Charting a Course in the Pursuit of Science
Departmental Scholarship
Awards for 2006-2007
The Department of Chemistry has awarded $13,000 in scholarships
for the 2006-2007 academic year to ten undergraduate chemistry
students. Julia Balazh and Tyler Butler have been awarded a
Ralph K. Birdwhistell Scholarship. To be selected for this
prestigious award, a junior or senior chemistry student must show
a potential to make substantial contributions in the field of
chemistry. Dayoung “Diane” Ann has been named the first Grace
Po-Yuen Chiu Scholar, an honor that is intended for outstanding
international students in chemistry. Both scholarships are funded
by endowments which honor founding members of the UWF
Department of Chemistry.
Departmental Scholarships
continued on page 6
Julia Balazh, Birdwhistell Scholarship Awardee
Iin this issue
Departmental Scholarship
Awards for 2006 -2007
page 1
News From The Department
page 1
Chairman’s Letter
page 2
New Faculty Profile
page 2
In Memoriam Grace Chiu
page 3
Chiu Scholarship
page 3
by Pam Tanner
The 2005-2006 academic year was a very busy year. Hurricanes continued to be a problem
during the past year. Pensacola suffered a direct hit from Hurricane Dennis in mid-July (all
UWF classes were closed for a week). We received only moderate effects from Hurricane
Katrina in September (all UWF classes were closed for two days). UWF was very active in the
Katrina relief effort by raising money, supplies, etc. In addition, several faculty members from
universities affected by Hurricane Katrina temporarily relocated to UWF. The Department of
Chemistry provided office spaces and resources to Drs. Kurt and Theresa Birdwhistell for several
months while they were getting things back in order. We wish them the best as they try to get
their lives and careers back on track.
After more than 20 years, Diana Walker left the Department of Chemistry to assume the position
of office manager in the Computer Science Department. We were very fortunate to “steal” Cindy
Williams away from the Registrar’s Office. Cindy has been working at UWF for more than 20
years, and has been doing a great job in her new role.
The Department received some new instruments and upgrades on several key pieces of equipment
during the past year. A new Jasco HPLC was purchased to replace an HPLC system that was
damaged during Hurricane Ivan. With some remaining Hurricane Ivan repair money, we received
a complete upgrade to the electrochemistry equipment that included new software, computer,
probes, etc. We have worked out an agreement with the Center for Environmental Diagnostics
and Bioremediation (CEDB) for use of their GC-MS. Currently, we have assumed responsibility
for the CEDB GC-MS, and it is housed in our main instrument room giving students access to
two GC-MS’s; one with an autosampler system, and the other with a direct insertion probe. The
GC-MS units have also received upgrades that involved new hardware and software. The Jasco
J-710 was upgraded as well.
Giving T
o The Department
page 4
Summer Research
page 5
Faculty Updates
page 6
UWF Undergraduate
page 7
Alumni News
page 7
Student Events Recent
page 7
News From The Department
continued on page 6
Chemistry News
FALL 2006
Chairman’s Letter
by Michael Huggins
Wow, what a year!! My first year
as Chair of the Department has been such
a wonderful experience that I hardly know
where to begin. The University appears to
have finally recovered from the enrollment
drops due to Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis.
The Department continues to see growth
in our courses as well as in the number of
chemistry majors – both at all time highs.
Our new degree programs have increased
our ability to recruit new chemistry majors.
During the past year, we have
conducted two successful searches for
new faculty members. Dr. Sirvent departed
for a position at Vanguard University in
Southern California and we opted to fill a
void in analytical chemistry by hiring Dr.
Pam Vaughan to replace Tara. Pam was
a visiting lecturer during the previous year, but started the Fall 2006 term in a
permanent tenure track position. In addition, we hired Dr. Glenroy “Dean” Martin to
fill the visiting lecturer position vacated by Dr. Vaughan. We are very excited to
have both Pam and Dean join the department.
The Department has continued to increase our undergraduate research
activities as shown in articles elsewhere in the newsletter. In addition, we are also
taking a very close look at the mentoring opportunities provided to our students. In
general, we think we can improve the mentoring for students who will be joining the
workforce after graduation. In this light, we have initiated two programs. First, the
Student Affiliate ACS at UWF (Chemistry Club) has partnered with the Pensacola
Section of the ACS to provide opportunities for the students to interact closely with
industrial chemists. These interactions should allow students to gain a better
understanding of what life is like as an industrial chemist, what career opportunities
are available, and much more. In addition, the Student Affiliate President now has
a permanent position on the Executive Committee of the Pensacola Section to
help the two groups work closely together. Secondly, the Department will sponsor
several mentoring luncheons each semester for students to participate in a “round
table” discussion with industrial chemists. Thus far, we have had two wonderful
luncheons where students meet with a group from Solutia (many of whom were
UWF Alumni) and with Larry Manziek (BS, 1970).
Cosette Serabjit-Singh (BS, 1972) delighted us with a return visit to
Pensacola in November 2005 when she presented an outstanding seminar on
Drug Disposition that was very well attended. Cossette was also the guest of
honor at a student luncheon entitled, “Women in Science.” Female students
taking chemistry courses (chemistry and biology majors alike) were invited to
attend and participate in the discussions. Michael Summers (BS, 1980) visited to
present lectures to the University community on the phenomenal diversity programs
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as his very successful
research program. In addition, Alan Schrock (BS, 1979) presented an excellent
talk about the exciting research being conducted at Dow. As you can see, alumni
continue to give their time in order to help the Department provide students with a
quality educational experience, and I appreciate that very much.
We are slowly preparing for Peter Tanner’s and Jerry Gurst’s departure
next year into what we hope will be a long and happy retirement. We should begin
having the new faculty in place very soon. The “Founding Fathers” (Birdwhistell,
Chiu, Tanner, Chang, Gurst, and Halpern) have established a very high-level of
expectations for the current generation of faculty. I see it as my job to ensure we
maintain a quality program in Chemistry which builds upon the rich history of the
Finally, we have undertaken a complete overhaul of our website. The new
website was unveiled in May. We have added a page for alumni news, so please
drop us a note if you have something you would like to share. I am always happy
to hear from alumni. If you are in the area, make sure you stop by to see us. Good
luck in the coming year!!
Chemistry News
New Faculty Profile
Glenroy “Dean”
Visiting Lecturer
graduate of the
University of the West
Indies at the Mona
campus in Jamaica
where I completed
both my BSc in
Special Chemistry
(1996) and my PhD in
Organic Chemistry
(2003). My graduate work included the
phytochemical analysis of the plants Stemodia
maritima (Scrophulariaceae) and Salvia coccinea
(Lamiaceae); the preparation of analogues of certain
natural products; the fungal biotransformation of
these secondary metabolites and their analogues
as well as the development of an active site model
of a cytochrome P450 enzyme system within the
fungus Rhizopus oryzae ATCC 11145 (formerly
Rhizopus arrhizus). In addition to my research
activities I was granted the opportunity to teach
Organic Chemistry in the undergraduate program.
After completing my PhD work I began my
first postdoctoral position in the fall 2003 with Dr.
William Fenical at the prestigious Scripps Institution
of Oceanography (SIO), University of California, San
Diego, CA. My research examined the isolation and
characterization of novel bioactive marine natural
products from sponges as well as from
actinomycetes obtained from sediment samples.
Apart from the success in my research, the year
2004 was considered special to me because this
was the time my lovely wife Teressa gave birth to
our beautiful daughter Tahira.
My brief exposure and new found love for
the field of marine natural products led me to pursue
a second postdoctoral appointment with Professor
Russell Kerr at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in
the fall of 2005. While at FAU, I conducted research
on the isolation of bioactive natural products from
soft corals, cyanobacteria and other marine bacteria.
Having completed my research position, my
family and I moved to Pensacola where I became a
visiting faculty member in the chemistry department
at the University of West Florida in the fall 2006.
My current research interests include the fungal
biotransformation of bioactive compounds from
medicinal plants and marine sources such as sponge
and soft corals. Future work will examine the isolation
of bioactive compounds from marine bacterial
When not teaching or conducting research,
I like to engage in fun activities with my family. This
may range from occasional pillow fights to attending
musical and other theatrical performances. Spending
quality time with young people is also something
that I enjoy doing as it gives me the opportunity to
impact their lives in positive way.
FALL 2006
Dr. Grace Po-Yuen Chiu
1938 - 2006
We regret to inform you that Professor Grace PoYuen Chiu died on Saturday, March 4th, 2006 at the
age of 68. Her battle with cancer began in 2002 when
she was two years from beginning her well-deserved
retirement. When diagnosed, she went to be with her
family in Toronto, Ontario, and she received medical
treatment there. Although she did visit Pensacola a
few times during this period, she was sapped of energy
and not able to do all the things she loved to do.
Dr. Chiu, a native of Hong Kong, received her BS
from East Texas Baptist College in 1957 and was
awarded a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the
University of Minnesota in 1962. After a postdoctoral
year at Indiana, she taught in Hong Kong before
making her home in Pensacola at the University of
West Florida. Dr. Chiu was a member of the
Department of Chemistry from 1968 until her retirement
in 2003. At UWF, she taught analytical chemistry,
instrumental analysis, and general chemistry. She
conducted research in analytical chemistry and
worked with scientists at
Monsanto (now Solutia) during
the summers. Grace received
many grants to support her
activities in teaching and
research which also resulted in
several University awards for
teaching and service to UWF.
She was active in her church and
supported cultural events at UWF
and in Pensacola.
Dr. Chiu was a wonderful teacher
who made a tremendous impact
on the lives of her students and a delightful colleague for the faculty
and staff. After taking instrumental analysis, “Read the
manual!” should be forever etched in our minds. ”She even recited
that mantra to me!” reports Dr. Gurst. She will be sorely missed. A
website has been established by the Chiu family so that friends and
former students can share their experiences and stories (http://
Chiu Scholarship Established
Professor Chiu’s family has endowed a scholarship fund at the University of West Florida with a very generous donation of
$50,000 to honor the memory of Dr. Grace Po-Yuen Chiu. Grace in many ways was an example of generosity and thrift—a
woman who lived an extremely modest and simple life. Grace was generous with her time by spending it with friends and
family, and generous with her money as she gave much of it away to charities that helped others in difficult circumstances.
The spirit of the scholarship relates to the experience that Grace went through as a single female immigrant from Hong Kong,
supporting her study entirely by herself doing side jobs. The scholarship will be awarded to help students who are serious
about studying chemistry and have financial need. The intent is to give priority to the support of international students studying
chemistry is so far as that is possible.
The first Grace Chiu Scholarship in Chemistry was awarded for the 2006-2007 academic year to Dayoung “Diane” Ann. Diane
is an outstanding student studying in our new Bachelor of Arts program for a career in chemical education.
Additional contributions to the endowment fund at the University of West Florida in memory of Dr. Chiu are welcome. If the total
amount in the endowment reaches $100,000 with the next two years, then the endowment becomes eligible for the State of
Florida matching program. At the $100,000 mark, the State will match at the 50% level. Thus, the $100K would become
$150K. Donations should be designated to the Dr. Grace Po-Yuen Chiu Scholarship Endowment.
Chemistry News
FALL 2006
Giving to the Department
We hope that you are as proud of the Chemistry Department at UWF as we are, and your continued help will enable us to move forward
to the next stage of our development. Gifts from alumni and friends help to enhance the quality of our educational programs and enable
us to constantly raise our standards of excellence. Since the Department offers only undergraduate degrees in chemistry, all resources
have a direct impact on our undergraduate students. Specifically, funds are used in one or more of three target areas and support our
teaching and research as well as offer academic enhancements for students and faculty. Every gift is significant and appreciated! In
addition, all gifts to the UWF Chemistry Department are tax deductible. The UWF alumni and friends website provides more information
on how to make a gift to UWF at http://uwf.edu/alumni/ALUMNI/giving/how_to_give.cfm. Be sure to indicate your gift is intended for the
Chemistry Department.
Areas where your donations make an impact:
Student Support – Unfortunately, many of today’s students must work to support themselves during their time at UWF. Due to rising
tuition and fees and ever increasing textbook costs, student outside workloads are getting to the levels where there are major conflicts
between school and work. Scholarships allow students to concentrate on their studies to a greater degree to get the maximum
learning experience from their time in the Department and at UWF.
Research Support – In addition to the immediate impact donations have on the department’s educational and research activities, there
is the potential for a long term impact on the success rate of faculty member’s research grants. Many of today’s research funding
agencies look at the current level of research activity in the department and the level of University and Department support for research
activities, often in the form of matching funds, as major factors that influence their decisions to fund or not to fund. Thus, having funds
to increase the department’s research activities, and in some instances to use as “departmental matching funds”, has a positive effect
on our success in acquiring future funding from outside agencies such as NSF, Research Corporation, the American Chemical
Society’s Petroleum Research Fund, etc.
Equipment & Instrumentation - An integral and unique component of the chemistry curriculum at UWF has been and remains the
students’ “hands on” experience using the many available instrumental methods for analysis of chemical samples within the department.
We have an extensive array of scientific equipment available for use by the undergraduates in both formal coursework and research.
However, some of the instruments are rather old and in need of upgrades or complete replacement. In addition, there is some
additional instrumentation that we are lacking which would make valuable additions to our educational program.
Chemistry Foundation Accounts and Endowments
Ralph K. Birdwhistell Endowment – The endowment funds Ralph K. Birdwhistell Scholarships for full time chemistry majors in honor
of “Dr. B” and his enormous impact on his students, the Department, and the University as a whole.
Grace Po-Yuen Chiu Endowment – The endowment funds Grace Po-Yuen Chiu
Scholarships for full-time chemistry majors in honor of Dr. Chiu and her tremendous
impact on her students, the chemistry program at UWF, and the community. Preferably,
the scholarships are awarded to international students.
William D. Smart Seminar Series in Chemistry Endowment – The endowment provides
support a chemistry seminar series which features renowned scientists and serves to
expose students and faculty to cutting edge scientific research and ideas. The
endowment was started with the generous support of William and Mary Smart in 2005.
Alumni Scholarship Account – We provide departmental scholarships to deserving
chemistry students based on academic performance. Students are typically chosen
by a faculty committee based on performance in chemistry courses.
Chemistry Faculty Emeritus Account – In honor of the “founding members of the
Chemistry Department”, money contributed to this account allows Department to
support awards, fellowships, and other programs in recognition of Drs. Clifford Chang
and Bill Halpern for their service to Chemistry Department at UWF.
General Chemistry Account – Donations into this account allows the department to facilitate program growth and development,
supplement professional faculty development opportunities, enhance classroom and laboratory technology, and many other important
Department needs.
Chemistry News
FALL 2006
2005-2006 Chemistry Supporters
The Department would like to thank the following alumni and friends for their generous support during the 2005-2006
academic year. This allows us to offer undergraduate student scholarships and awards, in addition to enhancing our instructional and research activties. Thank you very much and we hope you can continue this philanthropic support.
Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.
American Chemical Society, Pensacola Section
Bergeron, Merry Jane (’00)
Birdwhistell, Miriam P.
Bradley, Daniel Evan (’03)
Calhoun, Elizabeth S. REM, CESM (’69)
Chang, Dr. Clifford W. J.
Endy, Marsha Lee (’80)
Etheridge, Dr. H. Thomas III (’88)
Galant, Joseph M. Jr. (’90)
Ging, Anthony J. (’69)
Gregg, Harold A. (’77)
Gurst, Dr. Jerome E.
Hewlett Packard Foundation
Manziek, Dr. Larry (’70)
Pombier, Rand P. (’77)
Reily, Dr. Michael D. (’82)
Ritchie, Dr. Adelia E. (’76)
Royappa, Dr. Arun T.
Skinner, Thomas L. III (’83)
Smart, Mary J.
Summers, Dr. Michael F. (’80)
Tanner, Dr. Stephen P.
Van Galen, Dr. Dean A.
Vaughan, Pamela
Summer Research
The Department of Chemistry continues to educate students through a variety of summer
programs, allowing students to conduct research experiments in the fields of analytical
chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry. The programs are funded by competitively
awarded research grants, alumni donations, local companies, and other sources.
UWF students Dayoung Ann, Tyler Butler, Guilherme Cury and Katherine Davis were
awarded Morelli-Quinteros summer research fellowships with the UWF Department of
Chemistry. Jayme Lentz received a Women in Chemistry fellowship, and Patrick Barber
and Chris Musto are working on a project sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s
Petroleum Research Foundation. Sarah Berrian, A.J. Burdette, Chad Dorsey, Jessica
Jones, Amanda Miller and Adam Syfrett are working on projects funded by the Merck/
AAAS Undergraduate Research Program, a collaborative research grant awarded to six
faculty members from Chemistry and Biology.
The selected student participants spent 25+ hours per week in the research laboratory
conducting experiments under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The students were
also encouraged to present their research results at national and regional scientific
meetings. Many of last year’s summer research participants presented posters at the 231st National American Chemical Society
meeting and the annual meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The end of a wonderful summer of research was celebrated with a poster session and barbeque dinner on Aug 10th on the UWF Main
Campus. Ten research posters were presented by UWF undergraduate and Project SEED students to an audience of ~70 people.
Tanya Gallagher, Escambia H.S., David Florian, Pensacola Catholic H.S., and Eric Oliver, Pace H.S., presented the results of their
Project SEED experiences in the research laboratories of UWF faculty members Pam Vaughan, Tara Sirvent and Michael Huggins.
Seven UWF undergraduates (Jayme Lentz, Tyler Butler, Diane Ann, Katherine Davis, Patrick Barber, Josue Menard, and Amanda Miller)
also presented their research results at the session.
The event was a joint meeting between the UWF Department of Chemistry and the Pensacola Section of the American Chemical
Society. In addition, representatives from several local chemical companies were in attendance (Air Products, Solutia, Plasmine
Technologies, and Pall Corporation). High school chemistry teachers from three area school districts were also present. This collaborative
environment provided Department of Chemistry faculty and students the opportunity to interact with local professional chemists and area
science educators as they strive to meet the needs of the local scientific community.
The Department of Chemistry would like to give special thanks to Air Products and the CAS Dean’s Office for their generous support of
the Project SEED program at UWF.
Chemistry News
FALL 2006
News From The Department
Continued from page 1
We have seen an increase in enrollment in chemistry courses and
in the number of chemistry majors at UWF. This year, we also
began offering our six new Bachelor of Arts tracks in Chemistry,
with the following specializations: B.A. Chemistry with specializations
in Education, Business, and Pre-Law; B.A. Chemistry/Biochemistry
with specializations in Forensics, Environmental Science, and PreMedical. These new tracks are very popular and include a new
basic physical chemistry course designed by Drs. Royappa and ter
Participation in undergraduate research continues to be a major
priority of the department. Dr. Michael Huggins received a $35,000
grant from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund for a project entitled
“Pyrrole Amides and Their Use as Building Blocks for the Preparation
of Anion Receptors”. In addition, Dr. Tara Sirvent received a grant
from the ACS to continue our efforts in Project SEED. Three high
school students worked in the research labs of Drs. Sirvent and
Huggins during the summer and were supported by the ACS grant,
Air Products, College of Arts and Science Dean, and the Pensacola
Section of the ACS. We hope to continue growing these programs.
Departmental Scholarship
Awards for 2006-2007
Continued from page 1
The Department of Chemistry also awarded scholarships to Amanda
Miller, Patrick Barber, Kent Reagan, Rachel Chamberlain, Sarah
Genet, Guilherme Cury, and Jesica Williams. These students have
demonstrated excellent performances in their chemistry programs.
The Department of Chemistry faculty are very pleased and proud to
be able to provide financial support to students pursuing an education
in chemistry.
All scholarship awards are supported entirely from the very generous
donations of alumni, faculty and friends of the UWF Department of
with innovative ideas to improve our courses and assessment
Tim Royappa: Dr. Tim Royappa spent a fruitful sabbatical in
the spring and summer of 2006. His project was an extension
of previous theoretical research conducted at UWF with
undergraduate students James McDonough and Vivek Suri. His
current project focuses on additional mathematical functions
which might serve as diatomic interaction potentials. Together
with Vivek he tested a total of fifteen modifying functions against
experimental data for eleven molecules! Some of these
potentials performed quite well compared to previously published
functions with the same number of adjustable parameters. They
are in the process of writing another paper describing their results.
Pam Vaughan: We are delighted that Dr. Pamela P. Vaughan
accepted an appointment to a tenure-track assistant professor
position. Pam is an analytical chemist who will teach general
chemistry II, analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis and
others classes on the department’s course offerings. Her
research focuses on photochemical reactivity of natural water
components including CDOM (colored dissolved organic matter)
and quinone-containing pesticides. Analytical techniques such
as radical-trapping are used to quantify photochemically
produced reactive oxygen species (i.e. hydroxyl radical and
superoxide). Future studies will examine the relationship
between photochemical and bacterial degradation of these
Pamela Tanner: Dr. Pamela Tanner is kept very busy
coordinating the general chemistry labs and teaching one of
two large lecture courses (100+ students per section). The
general chemistry labs are running at capacity in the “new” labs
in building 58A. Her creativity continues to be challenged as
we look for novel ways to engage beginning scientists and
provide bench space for their experiments.
Tara Sirvent: Dr. Tara Sirvent resigned her appointment at
UWF and has left Pensacola to accept a position at Vanguard
University in Orange County, California. Vanguard is her alma
mater so she has returned “home”.
Faculty Updates
The 2005-2006 academic year was exciting and included many
changes. Dr. Michael Huggins was appointed Chair of the Department
of Chemistry when Dr. Peter Tanner stepped down after 25 years of
service. Dr. Leo ter Haar was appointed Chair of the Computer
Sciences Department while retaining his position as Professor in
Peter Tanner: As you might imagine, Peter is still very active even
though he is no longer chair. He has just returned from a sabbatical
leave where he was conducting research in the assessment of student
learning at the University of Monash in Melbourne, Australia. Peter
held discussions with faculty members in several departments at
both Monash and the University of Melbourne. In addition, he attended
seminars in the College of Education and presented a paper coauthored by Mike Huggins at the Australasian Science Education
Research Association in Canberra. Needless to say, Peter is bursting
Chemistry News
Faculty Updates continued...
Jerry Gurst: Dr. Jerry Gurst continues to serve as co-chair of
the 28th Gulf Coast Chemistry Conference which was held on
Pensacola Beach last August. Jerry has finally finished repairing
his beach house from damages received during Hurricanes Ivan
and Dennis, but he has put the beach house on the market and
currently lives in Dr. Chiu’s old townhouse which he bought
after Ivan as a “temporary” solution to the problem. Jerry is
continuing to do spectroscopic measurements for a workbook
on spectroscopy and serving on the Faculty Senate as he slowly
prepares for his retirement after the Fall semester 2007 (along
with Peter Tanner).
FALL 2006
UWF Undergraduate Researchers
at 2006 Spring ACS Meeting
Eight undergraduate research students and two faculty
members from the UWF Chemistry Department attended
the 231st National American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting
in Atlanta, GA March 26-30th. The students, seniors Chris
Musto, Nikki Paschen, Patrick Barber, and Jason Blaney;
and juniors Jayme Lentz, Kristen Richards, Lindsay Munro,
and Wesley Schonborn traveled together to Atlanta. On their
way, they stopped at several Universities to visit the chemistry
departments where they were introduced to current graduate
students and advisors and given much information concerning
graduate study. On Monday, March 27th the students
presented posters of their research results from their
experiences in the research labs of Drs. Tara M. Sirvent and Michael Huggins.
In addition to presenting their own research results, the students had the opportunity to
hear cutting edge science talks on a diverse array of topics (forensic chemistry, food
chemistry, space and planetary chemistry, organic chemistry and many others) from
some of the world’s best scientists. This list included several Nobel Laureates in Chemistry
who were also presenting at the meeting. The students also attended many of the functions
social functions that are designed to allow undergraduate students to meet students and
faculty from graduate schools and the chemical industry.
Wesley Schonborn and Jayme Lentz were participants in Biological Chemistry Summer
Research Program sponsored by the Merck/AAAS Undergraduate Science Research
Program. Patrick Barber, Jason Blaney and Lindsay Munro were participants in the 2005
Morelli-Quinteros Summer Research Fellowship Program in the Chemistry Department.
Jayme Lentz was one out of 14 recipients that received a travel grant from the Women’s
Chemist Committee of the ACS sponsored by Eli Lilly Co. The students would like to
thank the Pensacola Section of the ACS, the CAS Dean’s Office, and the Undergraduate
Research Awards program for their financial support.
Alumni News
From time to time, we get updates and news from many of our alumni, unfortunately not
as many as we would like. Please drop us a line with any announcements that you would
like to share with the department or other alumni. You can send us an email at
[email protected], [email protected] or [email protected], and we will include your
news in the next installment of the newsletter and post it on the Department’s website.
Here are the most recent tidbits from alumni.
Chris Culbertson (1991), assistant professor of chemistry at Kansas State University
- Chris is the recipient of the 2006 Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science.
The award is given by the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry
and is sponsored by Agilent Technologies. It recognizes young scientists who have made
unique and outstanding contributions to the field of separation science. The award
symposium will be next year in Chicago. It’s the second honor Culbertson has received for
his work this year. He also earned a $530,000 National Science Foundation grant to
develop “lab-on-a-chip” technology.
Tracy Marks (2002) - I have been working in Tallahassee with the FL. Dept. of Agriculture
as a chemist since right after I graduated. I’ve done very well with them, and have been
promoted twice in 3 years to where I am a chemist III presently. I have most definitely
become a very valued employee to them. (Excerpt from email)
Allison Swilley (2004) – Recently moved to Tennessee where she will be teaching honors
chemistry at Central High School in Memphis this fall.
Chemistry News
FALL 2006
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