Chemistry faculty and students represent Murray State at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting

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Murray State faculty members Drs. Sebastian Jezowski, Bommanna Loganathan, Kevin Miller and Bikram Subedi recently attended the 254th Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Dr. Jezowski, Assistant Professor of Chemistry presented a paper entitled “Unlocking the electronic genome of halogenated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with undergraduate students” Student coauthors were Alex Thome and Jill Cao (undergraduate).

Dr. Loganathan , Professor of Chemistry chaired a scientific session entitled “Monitoring water quality and infrastructure to prevent future Flints” and presented a poster entitled “Occurrence of glyphosate and triazine residues in drainage and river waters from western Kentucky” Coauthored by Tony Polanko (graduate student), Prasanthi Yerneni (graduate student).

Dr. Miller, Associate Professor of Chemistry presented two papers: “Conductive and gas separation properties of imidazolium-containing poly(ionic liquid) network membranes prepared from thiol-ene ‘click’ photopolymerization” – Co-authors: Dr. Harry Fannin and Abby Bratton (junior CHE major) and “Exploring the potential of thermoresponsive thiol-Michael bonds in poly(ionic liquid) polyester networks” Coauthor: Samantha Daymon (Senior CHE major).

Dr. Subedi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry presented a paper entitled “Phthalate and non-phthalate plasticizers in indoor dust from childcare facilities, salons, and homes across the USA” in SciMIx and Environmental Chemistry division. This presentation was co-authored by an undergraduate student, Kenneth D. Sullivan.

Dr. Subedi also served as a Chair of the Publication and Publicity Committee of Environmental Chemistry Division of ACS and coordinated more than 20 scientists/judges from academia, government, and industries around the world for evaluating the students’ presentations that were competing for Environmental Chemistry Certificate of Merit.

In addition, the local Chapter of Kentucky Lake Section of the American Chemical Society (KLS-ACS) was finalists in four different categories and won three national level awards. Dr. Jezowski, Dr. Loganathan (Alternate Councilor- KLS) and Dr. Subedi joined with Dr. Robbie Montgomery (Councilor, KLS and Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee – Martin) to receive the following three awards:

1. Best NCW (National Chemistry Week) Event Organized by a Student Group.
2. Outstanding Public Outreach Event Organized by a Student Group
3. Outstanding Performance by a Local Section -Medium and Small Size Category.

The awards were presented during the 19th Annual ChemLuminary Awards Ceremony, 254th National Meeting and Exposition in Washington DC on August 22, 2017.

Kimberley Bosh (10th Grade, St. Mary High School, Paducah, KY) participated in the Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED) Illustrated Poem Contest conducted by KLS-ACS and won first place (9-12th grade category) at the National level. CCED Coordinator was B. Loganathan.

The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society with more than 150,000 members. ACS is a leading source of authoritative scientific information.

 

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