Union faculty, students, alumni attend American Chemical Society meeting

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Union College students, faculty and alumni participated in the 256th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, held in Boston.

Michael Hagerman, professor of chemistry, gave an oral presentation, “Morphology and Conductivity Studies of Laponite/Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Nanonetworks,” in the session on Environmental and Energy-Related Inorganic Chemistry.

Thomas Andre

Chemistry major Thomas Andre ’20 presented a poster in the Chemistry of Materials poster session on “Fabrication and Characterization of Cerium-Copper-Silica and Cerium-Copper-Alumina Catalytic Aerogels,” based on his sophomore scholars project and continued work in the Aerogel Lab under the direction of Mary Carroll, the Dwane W. Crichton Professor of Chemistry, Ann Anderson, the Agnes S. MacDonald Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Bradford Bruno, professor of mechanical engineering.

Also at the conference, Carroll participated in a number of meetings and other ACS governance activities in her roles as the vice chair of the ACS Council Policy Committee and councilor of the Eastern New York ACS section.

Chemistry majors Antonio Campedelli '20 and Anna Mahony ’20 also attended the conference.

Several Union alumni also participated in the ACS meeting, including:

  • Michelle Richter (B.S. in biochemistry ’11), Ph.D., currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, received a Robert M. Scarborough Award for Graduate/Post-Graduate Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry. Richter presented a talk in the awards session of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry, and co-authored an oral presentation in the Drug Discovery, Cheminformatic Approaches symposium of the Division of Chemical Information.
  • Michael Morris (B.S. in biochemistry ’14), currently a doctoral student in biochemistry at the University of California - Irvine, presented a poster on his graduate research, “Interaction of Fluorescent Teixobactin Analogues with Bacteria” in the Division of Biological Chemistry, and also organized a symposium in the Division of Professional Relations.
  • Michael Bono (BSME ’09), Ph.D., currently a postdoctoral researcher at MIT, co-authored two papers presented in the Division of Environmental Chemistry’s session on Advances in Sensors and Biosensors for Environmental Monitoring.
  • Stacy (Grant) Manni, Ph.D., whose undergraduate studies at Union were interrupted in 2004 when she was deployed to the Middle East with the Army National Guard (she subsequently completed her bachelors degree at the University at Buffalo), and is now employed as a Research Chemist at the Air Force Research Lab, presented a talk and co-authored a paper in sessions organized by the Division of Polymer Chemistry.