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Students Present Undergraduate Research at National Meeting

ACS Meeting

CONWAY, Ark. (April 10, 2013) - Twenty five Hendrix students presented their undergraduate research this spring at the 45th annual American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting in New Orleans, La.

Approximately 12,000 professional chemists and students attended the meeting, where Hendrix had one of the largest cohorts of undergraduate attendees.

“Undergraduate students learn most of their chemistry knowledge in the classroom. Attending a professional conference allows students to learn about current directions in scientific research and see highlights of novel, transformative projects that are occurring on a national scale,” said Hendrix chemistry professor Dr. Courtney Hatch. “Additionally, the students get to see current research driving the industry across the country. As a myriad of chemical specialties are represented at the ACS conference, students may find a particular research area or topic that identifies with them, thus possibly discovering or honing in on areas of chemistry that best fit their personal interests.”

“For undergraduates, presenting their scientific research is a very enriching experience. Upon interacting with other chemists, the students gain insights into their projects and results as well as identify new directions in which they may take their projects. Additionally, they have the opportunity to obtain valuable new contacts that can increase opportunities for careers in the field,” added Hatch. “Students can also compare the quality of their research with that of students from small colleges and large universities from all over the United States. When they see that their research is just as good, or better than, that of their peers nationally, it validates the quality of their educational experience at Hendrix.”

The students, their research poster titles, and faculty mentors include:

  • Stephen Borutta of St. Louis, Mo., "Metastable Fragmentation of Photoionized Boron Tribromide Clusters" (Dr. David Hales)
  • Beth Childress of Greenwood, Ark., "Nitrate and phosphate analysis by ion chromatography" (Dr. Liz Gron)
  • Stephanie Davenport of Mountain Home, Tenn., "Urinary Chemical Signals in Immature Male African Elephants" (Dr. Tom Goodwin)
  • Brandi Gist of Paragould, Ark., and Katie Midkiff of North Little Rock, Ark., "Visible Light Photooxidation of Tertiary Amines and Anilines" (Dr. Chris Marvin)
  • Jessica Hook of Hot Springs, Ark., "Metal Ion Cofactor Requirements for Phospholipase A2" (Dr. Randy Kopper)
  • McKenzie Keller of Rogers, Ark., "Impacts of Aeolian Dust on Phytoplankton Growth Rates" (Dr. Courtney Hatch)
  • Jake Leffert of Conway, Ark., "Approaches to the Synthesis of Glucuronide Derivatives of Enantiomerically-Enriched Warfarin (Coumadin)" (Dr. Tom Goodwin)
  • Cheryl Mathis of Chesterfield, Mo., and Adam Grippo of Jonesboro, Ark., "Visible Light Photooxidation of N-alkyl Tetrahydropyridines" (Dr. Chris Marvin)
  • Michael Nollen of Conway, Ark., "Photofragmentation of Photoionized Boron Tribromide Clusters" (Dr. David Hales)
  • Robert Nshimiyimana "Adventures in green organic chemistry (with aspirin and other esters)" (Dr. Tom Goodwin)
  • Etienne Nzabarushimana of Rwanda "Oxidative Stress from Docosahexaenoic Acid Increases Antioxidant Protection in HepG2 Cells" (Dr. Andres Caro)
  • Logan Rice of Hot Springs, Ark., "CYP2E1 overexpression induces mitochondrial biogenesis in HepG2 cells" (Dr. Andres Caro)
  • Spencer Sanson of Baton Rouge, La., "The effects of ethanol on hepg2 cells" (Dr. Andres Caro)
  • Michael Tarne of Shawnee, Kan., "New dirhenium paddlewheel compounds with alternating O,O'- and N, N'- bridging ligands" (Dr. Michael Dequeant)
  • Paul Taucher of Texarkana, Ark.,"Computational Study of Photoionized Boron Trichloride Clusters" (Dr. David Hales)
  • Johnny Tran of Fort Smith, Ark.,"Docosahexaenoic Acid Induces Mitochondrial Biogenesis in HepG2 Cells" (Dr. Andres Caro)
  • Aline Umuhire-Juru of Rwanda "Bacterial Metabolism Produces Exogenous Urinary Chemical Signals of Elephant Musth" (Dr. Tom Goodwin)
  • Olivia Urbanowicz of Arvada, Colo., "Adsorption of snake venom proteins by activated charcoal" (Dr. Randy Kopper)
  • Rob Weingold of Jonesboro, Ark.,"A study of the heterogeneous chemistry of formic acid on mineral dusts by dual chamber transmission FT-IR flow reaction system" and (Dr. Courtney Hatch)
  • Alexandra Wilson of Spanish Fort, Ala.,"Volatile organic chemicals in secretions and excretions of Alaska river otters' (Dr. Tom Goodwin)
  • Lin Xu of Chengdu Sichuan, China, "Green organic chemistry experiments: glyoxylamide synthesis via ring opening of N-acetylisatins with amino acid methyl esters" (Dr. Tom Goodwin)
  • Qin Yin of WuXi City Jiangsu, China, "Identification and quantitation of fatty acids in male elephant urine that may be metabolized to produce chemical signals of must" (Dr. Tom Goodwin)
  • Sloane Zimmerman of Mountain Home, Ark., "Comparison of Coral Snake Venom Components between Individuals" (Dr. Randy Kopper)

Hendrix students were accompanied by seven faculty and staff members of the Department of Chemistry.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit