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April 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Chemistry Majors Present at National Conference

Arcadia University’s Chemistry Department was represented at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, April 7-11. Two senior Chemistry majors, supported by funding from the President’s Undergraduate Student Conference Travel Fund, presented the results of their research.

Anna Gallo started working on “Investigation into the optical effects on the polarization of liquid mediums” two summers ago. Last summer, she was engaged in research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology as an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates awardee. Currently, she holds an internship position at the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA labs in Wyndmore, Pa. Gallo will be pursuing doctoral studies in inorganic chemistry at Temple University beginning in June 2013.

Jennifer Walters, the first student in Arcadia’s 3+2 Accelerated Forensic Science Program, began work on the “Isolation and purification of kanna alkaloids” last summer at the Frederic Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation laboratories. Walters is currently completing her first year of graduate studies in forensic science while also completing her undergraduate B.S. degree.

At Honors Convocation in March, both Gallo and Walters received the American Institute of Chemists Award, given in recognition of demonstrated ability, leadership and professional promise.

Dr. Chester Mikulski, Professor of Chemistry and Physics, also participated at the National Meeting, presenting the work of Taylor Berardi ’12 on “L-Theanine adducts with nickel(II) and iron (III) chlorides.”

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