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WJC Chemistry in the News
  
  

Six seniors and two faculty members from Jewell attended the regional meeting of the American Chemical Society in Omaha during October 2012.  The students presenting posters were ...

Alex Bush, “Docking investigations of neurosteroids at a putative binding site of a GABA-mediated ion channel”
Hannah Swan, “Computational QSAR Investigation of cyclopenta[b]phenanthrenes and related compounds and their ability to modulate a GABA-mediated ion channel”
Becky Daniel, “The effects of FGF23 on calcification of MOVAS-1 mouse vascular smooth muscle cells”
Aimee Lambeth, “Effect of oleic and palmitic acid treatments on fatty acids and triglycerides in U138-MG and U87-MG cells”
Zed Yang, “Characterization of myogenesis in C2C12 mouse myoblast cells using flow cytometry”
Chris Sumner, “Modification of isatin derivatives to enhance activation of the caspase cascade in cancerous cells”

Faculty advisors for the research were Dr. Jason Morrill, Dr. Shane Price, and Dr. Lori Wetmore.

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Seven students and three faculty members from Jewell attended the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego during March 2012.
The students and the titles of their posters were ...

Tyler Allen, “Determining the Role of Adenosine Receptor A2A and AKT in Regulating Autophagy in PC12 Cells”
Meghan Braby, “Evaluation of the Crosstalk Between p75NTR and A2A Receptors in Regulating Cell Death in the Presence of Amyloid Beta (1-42) in PC12 Cells”
Cameron Evans, “Investigating the Effect of the Protein-Hormone Leptin on the Efficacy of Cytarabine Arabinoside Chemotherapy on the K562 Erythroleukemia Cell Line”
Stephanie Fogerson, “Investigation of the Nature and Timeline of the Progression of Autophagy and Apoptosis During Amino Acid Starvation or Amyloid Beta (1-42) Protein Exposure in PC12 Cells”
Julie Hancock, “Investigation of Leptin-induced Chemoresistance Mechanisms in K562 Erythroleukemia Cells;”
Cassi Johnson, “The Impact of Plumbagin and Rapamycin Exposure on the Activation of c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) in p53-mutant U138 Glioblastoma Cells”

Dr. Lori Wetmore was the faculty advisor for the students.

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Eight students and two faculty members from Jewell attended the 241st national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim during March 2011.   Students presenting posters were ...

Riley Anderson, “ Experimental investigation of the polymerization reactivity of novel acrylate monomers bearing carbamate functionality
Jason Kingsolver
, “Investigation of the role of JNK in plumbagin- and rapamycin-induced cell death in p53-mutant U138MG glioblastoma cells
Kyle Lehenbauer
, “Synthetic studies toward HDAC inhibition by an isatin-based hydroxamic acid

Dr. Jason Morrill and Dr. Lori Wetmore were the faculty advisors for these students.
 
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Dr. Anne Dema, Professor of Chemistry, has been named the college's Provost, effective January 1, 2011.   As such, she will be in charge of all academic affairs and institutional planning.

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Eleven students and two faculty members from Jewell attended the 239th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco during March 2010.   Students presenting posters were ...


Joedd Biggs, “Computational mechanistic investigation of novel fast-reacting methacrylate polymerization.”
Nicole Brown
, “Investigation of hepatitis C viral translation inhibition through docking of small-molecule inhibitors at a proposed HCV IRES binding site.”
Amber Hull
, “Design of benzoic acid derivatives as broad-spectrum influenza neuraminidase inhibitor using QSAR and docking.”
Hannah Lewis
, “Elucidation of the interaction between p75NTR and A2A receptors in response to amyloid-b (1-42) in PC12 cells.”
Kelsey Rogers
, “Investigation of the role of p75NTR and A2A receptor interaction in modulating autophagy in response to amyloid-beta (1-42) exposure in PC12 cells.”
Anna Thoma
, “ImEMA-HEMA diblock copolymer as an electrolyte membrane material for PEM fuel cells.”

Dr. Jason Morrill and Dr. Lori Wetmore were the faculty advisors for these students.
 
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Jason Morrill
will be promoted to Associate Professor and given tenure, effective Fall 2010.

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Shane Price (2002 graduate from Jewell in chemistry and physics) completed his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 2009.   He is currently an Assistant Professor at Jewell in the chemistry department.

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Lori Wetmore
will be promoted to Associate Professor and given tenure, effective Fall 2009.

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Eight students and three faculty members from Jewell attended the 237th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City during March 2009.   Students presenting posters were ...

Joedd Biggs , "Development of Quantitative Structure-activity Relationships (QSAR) for Predictive Modeling of Dental Biomaterials."
Brad Hill, "Computational Analysis of Sulfonamide Derived Inhibitors of the Hsp90 Chaperone Protein."

Dr. Jason Morrill was the faculty advisor for these students.
 

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Dr. Marvin P. Dixon passed away on January 6, 2009.   Dr. Dixon was a 1960 graduate of Jewell who returned to teach for 39 years in the department.   He was department chair for 13 years and retired from active teaching in 2004.

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Troy Hawkins (2003 graduate from Jewell in biochemistry) has completed his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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Dr. Lori Wetmore returns to the chemistry faculty in FA 08 after having spent the previous year on leave, during which she was teaching chemistry in Portugal.

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Kristin Roberts Price
(2003 graduate of Jewell in chemistry) has recently completed her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Kansas.  She will be working in a post-doctoral research position at Children's Mercy Hospital and KU Medical Center.

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Eight students and three faculty members from Jewell attended the 235thd national meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans during April 2008.   Students presenting posters were ...

Allyson Fry, "Phase behavior of choline halide/phenylacetic acid mixtures."
Samantha Held, "Synthesis of a novel isatin-based hydroxamic acid histone deacetylase inhibitor."
Natasha Villanueva, "Comparison of QSAR and docking studies of histone deacetylast inhibitors."

Dr. Jason Morrill and Dr. Jeremy Rush were the faculty advisors for these students.

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Jeremy Rush ('99 graduate in chemistry) successfully defended his dissertation at Kansas State University in November 2007.  Dr. Rush served from 2005 to 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Jewell.   He has moved to a post-doctoral research position at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

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Troy Hawkins (2003 graduate in biochemistry) currently is working on his Ph.D. at Purdue University.  He was selected by the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences to receive the "H.E. Umbarger Outstanding Graduate Student in Research" award on April 24, 2007.

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Eleven students and four faculty members from Jewell attended the 233rd national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago during March 2007.   Students presenting posters were ...

Allyson Fry, "Synthesis and surface-plasmon resonance spectroscopy of silver nanoparticles prepared by gas-phase condensation."
Matthew Kastner, "Effect of C-terminal tail truncation in GroEL on protein folding."
Katherine Perko, "Investigation of the cholesterol content distribution within phospholipid bilayer vesicles using fluorescent analysis."
Christopher Pennell, "Investigation of the effect of cholesterol content on phospholipid bilayer vesicle disruption by common amphipathic solvents."
Ashley Baker-Ihde Popejoy, "Investigation of abnormal cell cycle progression and cyclin expression in U138MG glioma cells."
Leah Wahl, "Investigation of hydroxyethyl acetate and hydroxyethyl methacrylate effects on membrane permeability in L929 mouse fibroblast cells."

Dr. Lori Wetmore was the faculty advisor for four of these students.

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Dr. Anne Dema,
who served as a faculty member in chemistry since 1993 and as chair since 1996, accepted a full-time position as President Sallee's Chief of Staff in November 2006.  Later, she was also named the college's Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness.    Dr. Ed Lane, who served as chair of the department from 1986 to 1996, has resumed that position.

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 Tim Perkins ('06 graduate in biochemistry) was the co-recipient of the Faculty Award in May 2006.   This honor is considered to be the most significant distinction given to a graduating senior.  Winners are chosen on the basis of academic achievement and exemplification of the highest ideals of a liberal arts education.   Tim will continue his education at the medical school of the University of Missouri.

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William Jewell sent six students to make presentations at the spring 2006 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Drs. Lane, Morrill, Rush, and Wetmore, along with many other students, also attended the meeting.)

The students and their topics were ...

Kelly Jo Easley - Identification of a Protein Responsible for the Downregulation of c-myc Expression in SW837 Colon Carcinoma Cells Upon Treatment with Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors

Lynda French
- Investigation of Cell Cycle Regulation in L1236 Burkitt's Lymphoma Cells using Cell Cycle Inhibitors
Brooke Henderson - Detection of Cyclophosphamide in Waste Water using GC/MS
Jill Jackson - Effect of C-Terminal Truncations on Negative Cooperativity in Substrate Protein Binding to GroEL
Tim Perkins
- Sodium Butyrate Causes an Increase in Antisense Transcription of the c-myc Oncogene in SW837 Colon Carcinoma Cells
Andy Wommack - Total Synthesis of the Molecular Bowl C38H14
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 Dr. Jason Morrill spent a portion of his 2005 summer consulting with the U.S. Army Research Laboratories. He presented his research on energetic materials design at the Army’s Research Lab in Aberdeen, Maryland and is continuing the research collaboration at William Jewell this fall.

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Brian Slaughter ('99 graduate in chemistry) finished his Ph.D. at the University of Kansas in physical chemistry in February 2005.  He has accepted a postdoctoral position with the Stowers Institute in Kansas City.

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Marty Teat ('91 graduate in chemistry) received the William Jewell's Distinguished Young Alumni Service Award.  Marty is Chief Architect and Director of Intellectual Property for Cerner Corporation of Kansas City.

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William Jewell sent three students to make presentations at the spring 2005 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego, California.  (Drs. Lane, Morrill, and Wetmore, along with five other students, also attended the meeting.)

The students and their topics were ...

Brian Gillenwater - Fatty Acid Transport in Vascular Smooth Muscle
Becky Snead - Modulatory Effect of Taurine on Two Neurotransmitters, Glutamate and Gamma-Amino-Butyric Acid in HCN-2 Neuronal Cells
Courtney Wilson - Low-Dose, Long-Term Cell Cycle Effects Triethyleneglycoldimethylacrylate on L929 Mouse Fibroblast Cells


 

 

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