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Professor Robin Kinnel, Nicholas Falcone '19 and  Abigail Tulchinsky '18.
Chemistry Students Research Potential Anticancer Substance

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world. On average one in three people suffer from some form of cancer in their lifetime. The hope of creating a molecule that could stop cancer cells from dividing is what drew Abigail Tulchinsky ’18 and Nicholas Falcone ’19 to research potential anticancer peptides related to cryptomaldamide. Their research this summer was conducted under the advisement of Silas D. Childs Professor of Chemistry Emeritus Robin Kinnel.  More ...

Matt Bleich '18 and Greg Rahn with Hamilton's new atomic absorption spectrometer.
Hamilton Receives Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

Science students returned this fall to find a significant addition to the analytical capabilities of the Chemistry Department: a PerkinElmer AAnalyst 600 Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. The instrument, donated by ICON, plc, enables users to detect and quantify trace elements in water, soil and sediments, and other matrices.  More ...

Karen Brewer
NPR's All Things Considered Interviews Brewer

Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer was interviewed by National Public Radio’s Senior Host Robert Siegel on Aug. 23 for an All Things Considered segment, “Hamilton College Introduces New Diversity Requirement.” Their conversation centered on the mandate that the requirement be fulfilled within a student’s concentration and how that might be accomplished in subject areas not normally associated with issues of inclusion and difference, identity, culture and social class. Brewer was last year’s chair of the College’s Committee on Academic Policy when the requirement was developed.  More ...

From left: Professor Adam Van Wynsberghe, David Dacres '18, Kalvin Nash '18, Erin Lewis '18, AB Abera '19 and Rich Pastor '73.
Students Present Work at Undergrad Chemistry Conference

Four Hamilton students presented their computational chemistry research during the 15th Annual Molecular Educational Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) conference. The conference was held at Bucknell University July 21-23.  More ...

New Faculty Appointed for 2016-17

Margaret Gentry, interim vice president, academic affairs and dean of faculty, announced the appointment of new faculty for the 2016-17 academic year, including nine tenure-track appointments, 17 visiting professors and instructors, five lecturers and two teaching fellows.  More ...

Aida Shadrav '17 (foreground) and Willa Mihalyi-Koch '19 wait for a plasma cleaner to do its work in Professor Farah Dawood's lab.
Chemistry Students Attempt to Improve Spectroscopy Signal

In recent years, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) has become valuable because it allows for the cost effective, rapid detection of small molecules without destroying or altering them. Particularly, in biology and chemistry fields, it allows one to identify biological samples like DNA and proteins, detect trace levels of explosives, and can be used in medical diagnostics.  More ...

New members of <em>Sigma Xi</em>, the scientific research society.
Sigma Xi Initiates New Members

The Hamilton College Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society, initiated 13 members of the Class of 2016 to associate membership before the annual dinner in the Taylor Science Center Atrium on May 20. Family members in attendance enjoyed a program of observations by mentors about the students, their research and student plans to continue in research.  More ...

Richard Wenner '17, Erin Lewis '18 and David Dacres '18 presented at the ACS National Meeting.
Students Present at ACS National Meeting

David Dacres ’18, Erin Lewis ’18, Rich Wenner ’17 and Pat Marris ’16 presented the results of their research at the 251st American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition held March 12-17 in San Diego.  More ...

Adam Van Wynsberghe
Van Wynsberghe Gives Seminar at ACS National Meeting

Associate Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe recently presented a seminar detailing the progress his research laboratory has made in understanding the ways in which small molecules bind to the influenza protein neuraminidase.  More ...

The Taylor Science Center.
10 Female Students Funded for Science Research by Luce Foundation

Ten women participating in summer research in the Hamilton College Chemistry, Computer Science and Physics departments have been recognized as Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars. Funded through a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and matching funds from Hamilton College, these awards provide stipends and funding for equipment, supplies, and travel to encourage women to either begin or continue research projects in the three disciplines.  More ...

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