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Cara Vennari '12
Vennari ’12 Studies Molecule Orientation
When viewing our existence from a molecular level, one miniscule change can have enormous repercussions. Carbon dioxide, for example, is the natural waste product of our respiration; but carbon monoxide is toxic to us when inhaled. Similarly, a molecule’s orientation can also affect the way the body processes it. This summer, Cara Vennari ’12 is working under Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein to expand ring molecules that have three carbon atoms in them to contain five. More ...
Myriam Cotten
Cotten Participates in CUR Meeting and Conference
Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten recently participated in a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) annual business meeting that gathered councilors from diverse academic disciplines at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Cotten contributed to two workshops as part of the national meeting that followed the business meeting. More ...
Kate Otley '12
Otley ’12 Discovers the Challenges of Synthesizing Molecules
Deep in the bowels of the Science Center, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Camille Y. Jones labored away at the project that has become her White Whale: unlocking the secrets of the clathrate hydrates (molecules that form cage-like structures around various guest molecules). But as she ran the spectroscopy on the clathrates, she found the resulting spectra to be extremely complex—too complex to be interpreted. In order to facilitate Jones’ research, Kate Otley ’12, working under Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein, is spending her summer replacing some of the troublesome hydrogen atoms with its isotope, deuterium. More ...
Adam Van Wynsberghe
Van Wynsberghe and Snyder Receive Research Corporation Grants
Assistant Professors of Chemistry Nicole L. Snyder and Adam Van Wynsberghe have each received a Cottrell College Science Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. These grants each supply $35,000 for the investigators’ research programs and include funds for equipment, supplies, and faculty and student stipends. Fifty-seven of these awards were funded nationally in 2010. More ...
Anna Hagstrom (Amherst '13), Erica Losito '12 and Jeremy Adelman '13.
Simulating Unpredictable Movements of the Influenza Virus

In 1918, the global influenza pandemic struck millions of families, killing a jaw-dropping 3 percent of the world’s population at the time. Scientists since devised a treatment to stop the flu infection from spreading within the body. With the recent emergence of a particularly virulent strain of avian influenza, H5N1, and the rise of the highly transmissible but somewhat less virulent pandemic H1N1 “swine flu” in 2009, many fear a repeat of this serious and lethal world health crisis. The common drugs used for treatment of influenza are far from perfect, and they sometimes act in unexpected ways on the molecular level. Working with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe, Erica Losito ’12 and Jeremy Adelman ’13 are taking a closer look at exactly what happens when the virus and the drug interact, in two different ways.  More ...

Nevers '10 and Jones
Nevers '10 publishes with Camille Jones
Tom Nevers '10 and his senior thesis advisor, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Camille Jones, have published an article titled "Temperature-dependent distortions of the host structure of propylene oxide clathrate hydrate," published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (published in the March 11 print issue and Feb. 17 online). The article is a result of a detailed structural study they performed of clathrate hydrate, an arrangement of atoms and molecules in an ice-like compound. More ...
Myrian Cotten
Cotten is Panelist at American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference
Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten served on a panel at the 2010 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference in Anaheim, Calif. in April. The panel was part of a session titled “The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Career Spectrum.” More ...
Douglas Weldon, Nicole Snyder and Angel David Nieves
Teaching Awards Presented at Annual Class & Charter Day

Hamilton College's highest awards for teaching were presented on May 7 to three faculty members. Douglas Weldon, the Stone Professor of Psychology and director of the Neuroscience Program, was awarded the Samuel & Helen Lang Prize for Excellence in Teaching; Assistant Professor of Chemistry Nicole Snyder received the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award; and Associate Professor of Africana Studies Angel David Nieves was honored with the John R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award.  More ...

Ted Taylor '46 poses with Hamilton students at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.
Students Present Research at American Chemical Society Meeting
Nine Hamilton students attended the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society held March 21-25 in San Francisco. The theme of the meeting was “Chemistry for a Sustainable World.” Also during the meeting Hamilton students and chemistry faculty attended an award symposium in honor of Edward “Ted” Taylor ’46, who received the Alfred Burger Award in Medicinal Chemistry. More ...
Nicole Snyder
Snyder Presents Research on Carbohydrate-Porphyrin Conjugates at ACS Meeting
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Nicole L. Snyder presented research at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco in March. Her talk was titled “Synthesis of carbohydrate-porphyrins conjugates via palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling approach.”
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