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Hamilton Chemists Attend National Conference


Thirteen Hamilton undergraduates and five members of the Chemistry Department attended the 253rd National Meeting of the American Chemistry Society (ACS) in San Francisco, April 2 to 6. The theme was “Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes.”

Throughout the week, students and faculty presented research conducted at Hamilton. Students gave eight poster presentations, with three receiving special recognition.

Two posters, one presented by Willa Mihalyi-Koch ’19 and Aida Shadrav ’17 and the other presented by Priti Kharel ’18, were chosen for presentation during the conference-wide “Sci-Mix” poster session.

A poster by Erin Lewis ’18 was named the winner of one of five Undergraduate Poster Awards given out by the Computers in Chemistry division.

Katie Veasey ’17 and Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Andrew Jones gave oral presentations of their work as well.

Other Hamilton students at the meeting included junior David Dacres ’18 and seniors Marta  Antoniv, Andrew Fletcher, Mia Kang, Ben Schafer, Jon Shapiro, Rich Wenner and Chris Williams.

They were joined by Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Farah Dawood, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Andrew Jones, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck and Associate Professor of Chemistry Adam Van Wynsberghe.

In addition to the conference activities, Hamilton’s Chemistry Department hosted a dinner for the student, faculty and alumni attendees as well as chemistry and biochemistry alumni in the Bay area.

Alumni attending included Jack Syage ’76, Frank Pickard III ’05, Marco Allodi ’08, Phill Milner ’10, and Liz DaBramo ’15. The dinner was funded by Hamilton’s Clare Boothe Luce program to support women interested in continuing in the physical sciences.

In all, the meeting had a higher attendance than any previous ACS meeting with 18,917 attendees, 14,639 papers presentations and 1,198 companies taking part in the technical exhibition.

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