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Research in Forensics and Investigative Sciences

Semester:

The final seminar of the year with an amazing guest speaker.  Professor Jay Siegel has a Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry from George Washington University.  He worked for 3 years at Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences.  Here he analyzed drugs and fire residues and he explored trace evidence.  Following being at the Virginia Bureau he left and became a professor of chemistry and forensic science at Metropolitan State College for 3 years before he accepted a job at Michigan State University in the School of Criminal Justice from 1980 to 2004.

Synthesis Application and Commercial Development of Dendrimers

Semester:

Joseph Heinzelmann visited us from Mount Pleasant, Michigan from Dendritic Nanotechnologies, DNT.  At Dendritic Nanotechnologies Joseph Heinzelmann is a product manager.  Joseph in in his sixth year of experience experience at DNT, these experiences include production Dendrimers, Business Development and Production Management.  Joseph has played a very important role to continual development of the PAMAM and PRIOSTAR production lines at DNT.

Solving the energy crisis by splitting water!

Semester:

It was the best seminar of the school year.  Associate Professor Mu-Hyun Baik, arrived at Andrews university from The University of Indiana.  Professor Baik received his B.S. in chemistry from the Heinrich-Heine-University in Dusseldorf, Germany and his Ph.D. in theoretical inorganic chemistry form the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Cray graduate research fellow with Prof. Cynthia K Schauer in 2000.  Prior to working at Indiana University on independent academic careers in 2003 Dr.

Functional Interrogation of Genes Driving Colorectal Cancer

Semester:

Our speaker, Amanda Hummon, came a long way to give her talk about Colorectal Cancer.  Currently Amanda Hummon works in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.  A mere 25 miles away.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at Notre Dame.  She received her A.B. in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1999 and went on to get her Ph.D from the University of Illinois under the watchful care of Jonathan Sweedler.

Multivalent Antibody Aggregation

Semester:

For this seminars topic the presenter, Basar Bilgicer, allowed the audience to choose the topic that they would like to here him present on.  The topic of choice was Multivalent Antibody Aggregation.  However, before we get into his talk here is a little background on our presenter.  Basar Bilgicer was born in Istanbul and received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Bogaziki University in Turkey.  In 1999 he found himself in Boston pursuing his PhD in Chemistry at Tufts University, where he worked on peptide design using unnatural amino acids.

Lipid Natural Products

Semester:

Dr. Robert E Minto arrived at Andrews University to give his talk about Lipids.  Dr. Minto is a bioorganic Chemist at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis where he studies the synthesis and biosynthesis of lipid natural products.  Dr. Minto received his BSc degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.  Dr. Minto received his degree in 1994 from the University of Berkeley.

Porous and Bioactive Polyaryletherketone Implants for Interbody Spinal Fusion

Semester:

Ryan K. Roeder is the head of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.  Mr. Roeder is a young man who brought a lot to the table about the topic of Implants for Interbody Spinal Fusion.

Perfume Production!

Semester:

It was another fine day in chemistry seminar at Andrews University.  On Thursday November 12, 2009 Professor Jeffrey A. Turk spoke to the seminar class at Andrews University!  Professor Jeffery A. Turk came to Andrews from Alma college where he is currently the Assistant Professor of Chemistry.  He specializes in fragrance research, meaning he studies chemicals that give good smells and studies them to see how to create better ones.

Science Writing

Semester:

On November 5, 2009 the speaker came to us through a new form of chemistry seminar speaking.  The speaker was Jyllian Kemsley and she spoke to us via video conferencing, it was a very exciting event because this was the first time that Andrews University has conducted this type of a seminar.  The event went on without a hitch, Jyllian Kemsley is currently an Associate Editor at Chemical and Engineering News.  She started her career at Amherst College as a chemistry major and then spent 2 years as an analytical chemist at Merck.  From here she transitioned to Sta

Designing Asymmetric Catalysis - Cascade Reaction for Polyketide Synthesis

Semester:

On October 29, 2009 Dr. Hisashi Yamamoto, came to Andrews University from The University of Chicago where he first started working in 2002 as a Distinguished Service Professor.  In 1977 Yamamoto became an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hawaii.  Then in 1980 he moved ot Nagoya University where he became Professor in 1983.  His specific position at The University of Chicago is Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor.

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