Past Chemistry Seminars & Poster Sessions  

Fall 2012

Annual Natural Sciences Student Research Poster Session

The Fall 2012 Natural Sciences Student Poster Session was held on the afternoon of Friday, October 19, in the courtyard area of the new Biology Building (Building 50). Lively interest was expressed in the research posters displayed there.  Student presenters from Chemistry, Biology and Physics were represented.  The Department of Biology provided some snacks and beverages for the attendees.  This year's winner for Chemistry was Joel Heisler, who is presently doing research with Dr. Radha Pyati; he received $100 from the department toward his research costs. 

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Application of Inorganic Chemistry to Semiconductor / Electronic Chip R&D and Manufacturing", Dr. Abhudaya Mishra,  SINMAT Superconductors, Gainesville, FL, 8/31/2012 
  • "Efforts Toward the Total Synthesis of Pinnatin A", Dr. Joseph Cradlebaugh, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL , 9/07/2012
  • "A New Approach to Multifunctional Molecules", Dr. Ronald Castelano;  University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 9/14/2012 
  • “Nanospace Engineering of Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks”, Dr. Shenqian Ma; University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; 09/21/2012 
  • “Biomineralization in Artificial Cytoplasm”, David Cacace, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 10/05/2012       
  • Pumping Iron in the Cell:  Biochemical Studies of Iron-Sensing Proteins”, Dr. Caryn Outten; University of South Carolina, Columbia S.C., 10/12/2012 
  • “Microscopic and Spectroscopic Studies of Bio-adhesive Interfaces”, Dr. Kathy Wahl; Naval Research Labs, Washington, D.C.,10/26/2012 
  • Cationic Aluminum and Zinc Compounds as Catalysts for the Reduction of CO2 and Other Molceules”, Dr. Rudi Wehmsschulte, Florida Institute. of Technology, 11/02/2012 
  • “DNA with Six Letters”, Dr. Roberto Laos; Foundation of Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, FL, 11/09/2012 
  • “Allosteric Response to Transition Metal Sensing: The Case of the ArsR/SmtB Family of Transcriptional Regulators”, Dr. Ken Merz, University of Florida, 11/16/2012 

  • Submolecular Biology…Toxicology…Chemistry”, Dr. Mark Novak, Florida Institute of Technology, 11/30/2012  

Spring 2012

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • “Women, Medicine, and Science: An Unwritten Heritage “, Dr. Rebecca Laroche,(University of Colorado), 01/27/2012
  • “Methylhydroxycarbene: Tunneling Control of a Chemical Reaction”, Dr. Wesley D. Allen (University of Georgia) 02/10/2012
  • “Molecular Magnetism and EPR at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory“, Dr. Stephen Hill (Florida State University) 02/17/2012
  • “Electrophilic Chemistry in Ionic Liquids as Designer Solvents and Catalysts: Chemical Synthesis &Method Development that are Better for the Environment“, Dr. Kenneth K. Laali, (University of North Florida) 02/24/2012
  • “Transition Metal Catalysts Supported by Trianionic Pincer Ligands:   Consequences of a Constrained Ligand Geometry “,Dr. Adam Veige( University of Florida) 03/02/2012
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, UNF Chemistry Majors, 3/23/2012 - 4/20/2012.

Annual Natural Sciences Student Research Poster Session

The Fall 2011 Natural Sciences Student Poster Session was held on Friday, October 14, in the first floor lobby area of the Science and Engineering Building (Building 50). Twenty-one research posters were displayed to much interest and lively discussion. The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS)held an evening presentation and dinner for the Chapter on Friday, October 14. Mr. Bob Kenworthy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation was the invited speaker who discussed "The impact of the Chemical Enterprise on Society". The buffet and presentation were held on the UNF campus in the Science & Engineering Bldg (Bldg 50) immediately following the Annual Natural Sciences Student Research Poster Session.

American Chemical Society Dinner Meeting and Presentation

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) held an evening presentation and dinner for the Chapter on Friday, October 14. Mr. Bob Kenworthy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation was the invited speaker who discussed The impact of the Chemical Enterprise on Society. The buffet and presentation were held on the UNF campus in the Science & Engineering Bldg (Bldg 50) directly after the Annual Natural Sciences Student Research Poster Session.

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • “The Works at Mayo: Function of a Chemical Synthesis Core in Research”, Dr. Abdul Fauq, Mayo Clinic, 9/16/2011
  • “Mesotrypsin: An Unusual Serine Protease and Target for Cancer Therapy”, Dr. Evette Radisky, The Cancer Center at Mayo, 9/23/2011
  • “Basic Pharmaceuticals 101: Determining the Physical-Chemical Properties of a New Chemical Entity (NCE) and Resolving Problems While Supporting Dosage Form”, Dr. Frank Chrzanowski, Founder of FA Chrzanowski, Inc., 9/30/2011
  • “Localized Biomimetic Mineralization in Artificial Cytoplasm”, David Cacace, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, 10/07/2011
  • “Chemical Communication in Caenorhabditis elegans”, Dr. Rebecca Butcher, University of Florida, 10/14/2011
  • “Imaging Flow Cytometry of Fission Yeast: Cell Morphology and Effects of Toxins", Dr. Radha Pyati, University of North Florida, 10/28/2011

Spring 2011

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Information Management in the Science Lab: Blogs, Tags, Tweets, Semantics and Clouds", Dr. Stuart Chalk, University of North Florida, 1/14/2011
  • "Tales from the Disappearing Spoon", Dr. Sam Kean, American Chemical Society (ACS) Jacksonville, 1/28/2011
  • "Mechanocatalysis for the Realization of Chemicals from Biomass", Dr. Richard Blair, University of Central Florida, 2/4/2011
  • "Exploration and NASA", Dr. Tim Griffin, Materials Science Division, Kennedy Space Center, 2/18/2011
  • "Nitric oxide, its role and its detection in biological systems", Dr. Yakov Woldman, Valdosta State University, 2/25/2011, 3:30 PM, Bldg. 50, Rm. 1402
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, UNF Chemistry Majors, 3/25/2011 - 4/22/2011

Fall 2010

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Going for Gold: A Look at the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Program," Dr. Linda Wood, American Chemical Society, 9/17/2010
  • "Polymers, Medical Devices, and Mass Spectrometry," Dr. Donald E. Riederer, Vistakon/J&J, 9/24/2010
  • "Anion Binding Studies with Simply Pyrrole Analogs," Dr. Michael Huggins, UWF, 10/1/2010
  • "Marine Natural Products Initiated Chemical Biology," Dr. Hendrik Luesch,UF, 10/8/2010
  • "Cell Signaling Induced by Oxidative Stress in Pancreatic Cancer," Dr. Peter Storz, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
  • "The Value of Accurate Analytical Data for Environmental Managers: A Recent City of Jacksonville Success Story Concerning Precision of Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen Measurement," Dana Morton, City of Jacksonville

Annual Student Research Poster Session

  • The Fall 2010 poster session was held on Friday, September 17, in the first floor lobby area of the Science and Engineering Building (Building 50) from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.
  • Immediately following the poster session at 5:00 p.m., there was a barbecue dinner in front of Building 50, followed by a presentation in Room 1102. Participants and attendees attended as guests of the Jacksonville Section of the American Chemical Society.

Spring 2010

Chemistry Seminars

  • "Advanced Oxidation of Naturally Occurring Toxins: Fundamental Investigations to Potential Water Purification Applications," Dr. Kevin O'Shea, Florida International University, 1/8/2010
  • "Renewable Fuels: Can Florida Become a Leader?" Dr. George P. Philippidis, Florida International University, 1/22/2010, 
  • "Chemistry in Environmental Laboratories," Mr. Chuck Ged, Advanced Environmental Laboratories, 2/5/2010
  • "Chlorophenols in Sediments in Rice Creek and the Lower Saint Johns River," Dr. Lucy Sonnenberg, Jacksonville University, 2/12/2010
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, UNF Chemistry Majors, 3/26/2010
  • "Targeting Protein Kinase C Signaling for Lung Cancer Therapy," Dr. Alan Field, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, 3/26/2010
  • "Contact Lens Chemistry," Dr. Douglas Vanderlaan, Vistakon/J&J, 4/2/2010
  • Senior Seminar Presentations, UNF Chemistry Majors, 2:00 PM, Bldg. 50, Rm. 1406 (4/2/10 - 4/30/10)

Fall 2009

Chemistry Seminar Series

  • "Inventing is Fun and You Can Do It", Mr. Robert Black, Cleanest, Inc., 9/4/09
  • "Electrophilic Chemistry in Ionic Liquids as Designer Solvents and Catalysts: Making Important Organic Transformations Eco-Friendly", Dr. Kenneth K. Laali, University of North Florida, 9/10/09
  • "Strong Cationic Lewis Acids of Groups 13", Dr. Rudolph Wehmschulte, Florida Institute of Technology, 9/24/09
  • "Fluorescent Analogs and Fluorogenic Reactions: Developing New Probes for Studying Biomolecules", Dr. James Wilson, University of Miami, 10/01/09
  • "Energy Transfer on Nanomaterials", Dr. David Wie, University of Florida, 10/8/09
  • "From Undergraduate Work at UNF to Chemistry of Flavors and Fragrances in Industry", Dr. Neil Wheeler, UNF alumni, North American Operation Manager Aroma chemicals, IFF, Jacksonville, 10/15/09
  • "Two-Photon Absorbing Materials: From Bioimaging to 3D Data Storage", Dr. Kevin Belfield, University of Central Florida, 10/22/09
  • "Mass Spectrometric Imaging of Cocaine and its Metabolites in Post-mortem Human Brain Tissue", Dr. Richard Reich, University of Florida, 11/5/09