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Lisbeth DeBramo '15, left, and Rachel Sobel '15.
Lisbeth DaBramo ’15 and Rachel Sobel ’15 Search for BPA

Because Bisphenol A, or BPA, has been identified as a factor in conditions including obesity, ADHD, reproductive complications and behavioral abnormalities, consumers and health officials have been alarmed at the presence of the chemical in food and drink products for years. In a summer research project,  Lisbeth DaBramo ’15 and Rachel Sobel ’15 are measuring BPA levels in bottles and cans to identify how this toxic compound is introduced into our systems.  More ...

Participants in the 2013 Summer Organic Research Symposium
Organic Chemistry Researchers Attend SmORS

The Kinnel research group – Sky Aulita ’15, Krystina Choinski ’15, Tara Hansen ’14, Shakil Hossain ’14, Laura McCormick’15 and Bryce Timm ’15 – participated in a symposium for undergraduate organic chemistry research students on July 2 at Hobart and William Smith (HWS) Colleges.  More ...

Ian Rosenstein
Rosenstein Presents Poster at National Organic Symposium

Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein attended the National Organic Symposium from June 25-28 at the University of Washington in Seattle.  This biennial conference, held by the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society, features invited talks on cutting edge research in all aspects of organic chemistry plus several hundred poster presentations.  More ...

Karen Brewer
Brewer Attends NSF-Funded IONiC Workshop at Penn State

Professor of Chemistry Karen S. Brewer,  along with 20 other inorganic chemistry faculty and four graduate students from across the country attended the workshop “VIPEr: Solid State Materials for Alternative Energy Needs.”  More ...

Catherine Oglevee '15 and Laura Rivera '16
Students Examine Luminescence of Rare Earth Sol-gel Metals

The world of technology is changing at a rapid pace and new materials need to be utilized to make further advancements.  Rare earth metals are in a strong position to be more widely used for various applications, ranging from small electronic devices to large television screens. Laura Rivera ’16 and Catherine Oglevee ’15 are working with terbium and europium, two rare earth metals, this summer to understand their fluorescent properties.  More ...

Ashleigh Stephan '15 and Jacob Wagner '15
Preserving Proteins with Advanced Sol-Gel Technique

Enzymes and proteins, typically when left unattended or unprotected, can easily lose their structural integrity and fall apart. Sol-Gel is an emerging material that helps encapsulate the enzymes and protect them from the dangers of degradation. The technology can be used in numerous applications, one of them being a new method for slow-release medications. These slow release medicines allow for the introduction of necessary chemicals over a period of time, avoiding any negative side effects from releasing all the medication at once.  More ...

 Bryce Timm, Christina Choinski, Professor Robin Kinnel, Sky Aulita, Laura McCormick.
Students Utilize Bacteria Derivation to Battle Cancer

Substantial improvements in cancer detection and treatment have been made over the years, and Hamilton students are concentrating in that research area as well.  Traditional cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, are relatively invasive and attack cancerous and non-cancerous cells alike.  These techniques may diminish or eliminate the cancer, but not without potentially detrimental side effects that leave the body distressed and fatigued.  New therapies are being developed to specifically target cancerous cells in order to have safer and more efficient treatments.

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Leah Krause ’14 and Alvin R. Wu ’13
Students Present at American Chemical Society National Meeting

Seven Hamilton College students presented their research at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting. The conference, held from April 7 to 11 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, attracted more than 14,000 attendees and featured research presentations and posters spanning 37 sub-divisions of chemistry.  Chemistry department faculty Karen Brewer, Saritha Nellutla and Adam Van Wynsberghe also attended.  More ...

The Taylor Science Center
Twelve Female Science Students Receive Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Award

Twelve of Hamilton’s outstanding female science students are the first recipients of the Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Award. The new annual award will fund up to 12 female scientists each summer over the course of three years as Clare Boothe Luce Scholars in the fields of computer science, physics and chemistry. The $144,600 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will be matched with funds from Hamilton.  More ...

Myriam Cotten
Cotten is Panelist at 57th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting

Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten attended the 57th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting in Philadelphia and served as a panelist for a session titled “Funding Opportunities for Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions.”  More ...

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