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Temple well-represented at meeting

The American Chemical Society's 228th National Meeting in Philadelphia, Aug. 22-26, provided Temple's chemistry department with a unique opportunity to showcase faculty and students, as well as the scope of research in all fi elds of chemistry that is being conducted at the University.

From organizing and moderating symposia and sessions to presenting papers and posters to attending meetings to an alumni reception, Temple chemistry faculty and students were a major presence throughout the five days of proce edings.

Acting Dean of the College of Science and Technology Allen Nicholson organized a symposium titled "Mechanisms of RNA Interference and Gene Silencing," which was sponsored by the ACS Division of Biological Che mistry.

Professor Daniel Strongin co-organized an all-day symposium, "Spectroscopy of Surfaces," in addition to presenting two papers along with colleagues.

Rahul Ranade, a graduate student working under professor Stephanie L. Wunder, chaired a session on polymer synthesis.

Professor Franklin A. Davis' research group, which includes postdoctoral and graduate students and one undergraduate, presented five papers that describe their continuing efforts to develop new methodologies for the synthesis of biologically and pharmacologically active nitrogen compounds.

Eric Borguet, an associate professor who, along with his research group, recently joined the chemistry faculty from the University of Pittsburgh, made five paper presentations at ACS, including "Vibrational s pectroscopy of oxygen containing functional groups and their influence on the absorption of small molecules on single-walled carbon nanotubes."

In addition to presenting a paper from his group at the Center for Advanced Photonics Research, acting chair Robert Levis also attended a meeting of the Physical Chemistry Executive Board.

Professor Robert Stanley gave an invited research talk titled "Mechanistic Insights into Light-Driven DNA Repair by Photolyase" in the Agricultural and Food Chemistry division.

Although not a member of the chemistry department, Jay Rappaport, a member of the Center for Neurovirology and Cancer Biology, gave a presentation on a chemical inventory database and software that he is developing at the "Chemical Inventory Management: Tools for Health Promotion, Regulatory Compliance and Cost Savings" session, sponsored by the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety.

Professor David Dalton and adjunct Philip Sonnet teamed with their collaborator Linda Mascavage of Arcadia University to present their work, "Computational and experimental studies of the sur face-catalyzed gas phase reaction of methylamine with pivaldehyde," at one of the evening poster sessions.

Wearing his shark cap and T-shirt, professor John Williams teamed with three of his students, doctoral candidate Hua Gong and undergraduates Nathan Hoff and Laolu Olu bodun, to present their work, "Approaches to the synthesis of the shark repelling pavoninins."

In total, 40 presentations were made by Temple's chemistry department at the ACS meeting. Others making presentations included professors Scott Sieburth, Susan Jansen-Varnum, Stephanie L. Wunder, Frank Spano and Joseph Schmuckler, assistant professor Spiridoula Matsika, and/or their students.

The ACS meeting also provided an opportunity for Temple chemistry alumni to socialize and network. The chemistry department hosted an alumni reception at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on the evening of Aug. 23, with som e 100 alumni, faculty and students attending.

According to Nicholson, the ACS national meeting, which will be held next year in San Diego, will return to Philadelphia again in August 2008.

-By Preston Moretz