July 24, 2002
Professor of Chemistry George Shields hosted the 1st MERCURY Conference in Computational Chemistry (http://mars.chem.hamilton.edu/conference/
) at Hamilton College. This national conference featured seven talks by invited speakers and 28 poster presentations by undergraduates, and was organized by Shields and Jennifer Sturm, system administrator and research support specialist. Each undergraduate had two minutes to advertise his or her work in front of the entire audience of 70 attendees, followed by a two-hour period where they explained their work in more detail at the poster session. Shields and Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow Steve Feldgus had 13 of their summer research students present the results of their collaborative research projects at the conference:
- Amber Gillis '06 and Becky Shepherd '06, "Energetics of the Hydrogen Atom Abstraction by Diradicals;"
- JunChan Hong '05, "Conformational Analysis and Docking Studies on Phosphatase Cdc25B Inhibitors;"
- Christy House '06 and Meghan Dunn, "pKa Calculations on Amino Acids;" David Kelland '05, "Substituent Effects on Hydrogen Atom Abstraction by Diradicals;"
- Katrina Lexa '05, "Conformational Analysis of the alpha-fetoprotein Active Site;"
- Matthew Liptak '03, "Absolute pKa Determinations for Protonated Nitrogen Compounds;"
- Abby Markeson '04, "Investigating the Stereoselectivity of Radical Additions" (joint computational/synthetic project with the synthetic part supervised by Ian Rosenstein, associate professor of chemistry;)
- Brent Matteson '04, "Conformational Analysis for Absolute pKa Determinations of Amino Acids;"
- Emma Pokon '04, "Hydrogen Bonded Clusters;"
- Chantelle Rein '03, "The Enediyne Anticancer Antibiotics: A Study of the Bergman Cyclization Barriers of Experamicin A1 using the ONIOM Hybrid Method;" and
- Sarah Taylor '03, "Computational Approaches to Anti-cancer Drug Design."