NOBCChE 41st Annual Conference | New Orleans | September 22-28, 2014

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On behalf of the Executive Board of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, (NOBCChE), I welcome you to the 41th Annual Conference. As in the past, it is my pleasure to invite you to actively participate in the technical sessions, career fair, science bold and fair, exhibits, teachers’ workshops, and other professional and social activities. I also encourage you to partake in the many historical attractions in the City of New Orleans. I especially welcome the students, professional members, academic partners and industrial supporters. This year’s theme “STEMulating Economic Growth Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship” signals NOBCChE’s commitment to enhancing the knowledge and skills of minority chemists and chemical engineers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the so called STEM fields. While the conference offers opportunities for African-Americans and others scientists in academia, government, and industry to network, NOBCChE’s core mission is, and will remain, dedicated “to build an eminent cadre of people of color in science and technology.” In during so, we support African-American scientists and engineers in developing and advancing their careers. As you look through this conference program and develop a feel for the convention, I am confident you will increase your desire to understand the multifaceted world of chemistry and chemical engineering and be inspired to pursue your future through NOBCChE. Please allow me to close by thanking you for your continued support and attendance at NOBCChE’s Annual Conferences Sincerely,

Bobby L. Wilson, Ph.D., Chairman NOBCChE Executive Board

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

NOBCChE Members, Sponsors, and Supporters, It is my privilege and honor to welcome you to the 41st NOBCChE Annual Meeting (AM41) in New Orleans, Louisiana. On behalf of the NOBCChE Executive Board and Administrative Officers, we are delighted to be hosting AM41 in New Orleans - a beautiful city with outstanding facilities for a meeting such as ours. We are happy for this opportunity to bring together such a diverse group of top scientists, educators, managers, administrators and students during theconference. We gladly welcome your participation This year’s theme, STEMulating Economic Growth Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship focuses on delivering a meeting experience that will inspire and empower participants

to be a powerhouse in every aspect of the STEM enterprise. At AM 41, you will hear from an impressive list of eminent scientists, cutting edge STEM educators, STEM-based business leaders, and government and industrial leaders. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to attend career development workshops, technology forums, distinguished lectures, and high school science fair and scholar bowl competitions. The conference will culminate with our splendid, annual Gala Awards Banquet. So come prepared to partake in all that NOBCChE AM 41 has to offer. My hope is that you will be inspired and transformed by AM41. In closing, I give my sincere thanks and appreciation to our sponsors who have provided continual support over the years to NOBCChE. Collectively, we have strengthened the enduring foundation of NOBCChE and will continue to shape the 21st Century’s scientific and technological future. Looking forward to meeting you in New Orleans! Laissez les bons temps rouler,

Judson Haynes, PhD President, NOBCChE

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

On behalf of the 2014 NOBCChE National Planning Committee and the NOBCChE Executive Board, I welcome you to the 41st Annual Conference. We are truly excited to be in New Orleans. The theme of this year’s conference is “STEMulating Economic Growth through Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” Wikipedia defines innovation as a new idea, device or process. Innovation can be viewed as the application of better solutions to meet new requirements, unexpressed needs, or more effectively address existing market needs. Innovation is the instrument by which entrepreneurs exploit change and drive our economy forward. Aligned with this year’s theme our technical and professional development sessions are centered around using STEM to enable an entrepreneurial mindset that tackles the world’s toughest problems and fuels our economy. This year we have a record number of university level scientists and engineers and seasoned professionals presenting their contributions to scholarly research. We are also providing excellent opportunities for professional development and networking that will help you think differently and advance your career. We encourage you to attend our Academic and Career Fair on Wednesday where many corporate, government, and university organizations will be exhibiting. As you engage in the conference, I encourage you to seek opportunities to use your innovation and expertise to network and connect with resources. At the NOBCChE Awards Ceremony, celebrate your colleagues and experience a network of innovators and entrepreneurs in STEM who are tackling the world’s toughest problems in research and education, government, and industry and serving as an inspiration to others. Our STEM weekend for elementary, middle and high school students and their teachers is designed to inspire tomorrow’s scientists by lighting and stoking the fire of scientific curiosity. This year you will see evidence of the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit brought to the conference by the awesome talent of NOBCChE’s emerging leaders. The ideas and l eadership of our best and brightest talent can be seen in marquee events such as the “My Brother’s Keeper Men’s Mentoring Reception”, “NCB Science Café” and the NOBCChE STEM weekend, changes to the NOBCChE Science Bowl, new committees such as the New Chems on the Block (NCB) professional development committee, and new approaches to student development and engagement through our National Student Representative. This new talent is truly the future of NOBCChE. As you navigate the conference, the NOBCChE board, National Planning Committee, and other members will be on hand to help you capitalize on the opportunities that our conference has for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. This is what makes NOBCChE a family. Please take full advantage of all our conference has to offer. So, this week I encourage you to: • Reach back and build upon our legacy; • Reach out to explore new ideas and form new networks; and • Reach up and help shape our promising future; Together we will transform today and create tomorrow.

Sincerely, National Vice-President and Conference Chair

National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

I would like to personally welcome each of you to the NOBCChE 41st Annual Meeting in New Orleans. This year’s conference marks an exciting time for the Student Programs Division as we continue to grow and evolve, remaining always innovative, motivated and responsive to address the professional and academic needs of our growing student and early career scientist membership. This year’s conference theme, “STEMulating Economic Growth through Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, will highlight some of the ways the Student Programs Division is continuously improving our ability to provide supportive academic/professional networks, cutting-edge professional development and career relevant programming. As a step toward achieving this, my vision for Student Programs involves creating a more integrated student and early professional network. Though our social media committee, we aim to bridge the communication gaps among our members and fortify NOBCChE involvement across chapter’s nation-wide. Also, our Student Programs Division, chaired by Dr. Siobhan Tarver, will feature dynamic career-readiness programming focused on resume writing, mentor-based networking sessions for men and women to learn entrepreneurial/business basics and tips on how to fund your graduate education. We are also pleased to reveal our new committee, New Chemists on the Block, chaired by Dr. Wanida Lewis, which will focus on programing geared specifically toward supporting and empowering our early career scientist. In closing, I would like to thank each of you for attending our conference and bringing your expertise to our convention. You, as our members, colleagues and collaborators, have the vision, the knowledge, and the experience to help us prepare for the future, and we could not accomplish what we do without your support and leadership. Throughout this conference, I ask you to stay engaged, inspired and willing to help us shape the future of NOBCChE Student Programs. Now, as we say in the Big Easy, lassiez les bons temps rouler!

Nyoté J. Calixte, Ph.D., National Student Representative NOBCChE Executive Board

Agenda-at-a-Glance Monday, September 22 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm St. Charles

COACh Graduate Workshop: Professional Skills Training for Minority Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Associates

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Acadia Foyer 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Salon F-H

NOBCChE’s in NOLA: Annual Student Social Sponsored by COACh

Tuesday, September 23 6:00 am -- 7:00 am Meet in Marriott Lobby

Presidential Run in the French Quarter

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Galerie 1-3

NOBCChE ConneXions: STEM Poster Session 1 and Mentor Recognition Reception Sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive, the Biophysical Society and USDA

Wednesday, September 24 6:00 am -- 7:00 am Studio 6


8:00 am -- 4:00 pm Acadia Foyer


9:00 am – 3:30 pm Acadia and Bissonet

Career and Academic Fair

10:15 am – 11:45 am Galerie 4

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Series 2: Innovate to Win!

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Galerie 4

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Series 3: Everything You Need to Know about Entrepreneurship, but were Afraid to Ask

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Galerie 1-3

NOBCChE ConneXions: STEM Poster Session 2 Sponsored by Colgate, Biophysical Society and USDA

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Salon A-B

NOBCChE on the Case: Forensics Mock Trial

Student Development 1: Big Opportunities in the Big Easy--Maximizing Your NOBCChE Conference Experience

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Salon D

9:00 am -- 11:00 am Salon E

Men's Mentoring Reception - "I am My Brother's Keeper: STEMulating Discussion on Improving the Involvement and Retention of Our Brothers" Sponsored by Merck Dollars for Doers

Student Development 2: Resumes that Rock! Crafting Resumes and Cover Letters for the Job You Want

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Salon E

Women's Networking Reception: "Are you IN? INspiring Women in STEM to INvest in Entrepreneurial INnovation that will INfluence the Economy" Sponsored by IUPUI and Merck Dollars for Doers

9:00 am -- 11:00 am Salon F-H

Student Development 3: It's All About the Benjamins--Funding Your Graduate Research

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Open

Acadia Foyer 8:30 am -- 9:00 am Salon E

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Salon E

Interactive Resume Review 1 (by appointment)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Salon F-H

Interactive Resume Review 2 (by appointment)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Balcony I-K

Interactive Resume Review 3 (by appointment)

11:30 am -- 12:00 pm Iberville

Exhibitor Session 1: Working at DuPont

12:00 pm -- 1:30 pm Salon A-D

Opening Luncheon and NOBCChE Update

1:45 pm -- 2:45 pm Salon A-D

Henry Hill Lecture Tim Williamson, Co-Founder and CEO of the Idea Village

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Salon E

Interactive Resume Review 4 (by appointment)

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Salon F-H

Interactive Resume Review 5 (by appointment)

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Balcony I-K

Interactive Resume Review 6 (by appointment)

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Iberville

Professional Development Workshop 1: Branding Yourself for Academic and Professional Success in STEM

Thursday, September 25 6:00 am -- 7:00 am Studio 6


8:00 am -- 4:00 pm Acadia Foyer


8:30 am -- 10:45 am Salon A

Technical Session 1: Analytical Separations

8:30 am -- 10:45 am Salon B

Technical Session 2: Organic Chemistry

8:30 am -- 10:45 am Salon C

Technical Session 3: Physical Chemistry

8:30 am -- 10:45 am Salon F-G

Technical Session 4: Polymers

9:00 am -- 12:00 pm Galerie 5

Milligan Fellowship Symposium Sponsored by NIST

10:00 am -- 12:00 pm Galerie 4

Technical Session 5: Computational Chemistry Sponsored by

10:15 am -- 12:15 pm Galerie 6

Symposium 1: Research in Renewable and Bio-Derived Materials

11:00 am -- 12:00 pm Salon B

Technical Session 6: Proteomics

12:15 pm -- 1:45 pm Acadia

Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership Luncheon

1:30 pm -- 3:45 pm Salon A

Technical Session 7: The Chemistry of Health

1:30 pm -- 3:45 pm Salon B

Techncial Session 8: Organic Chemistry II

1:30 pm -- 6:00 pm Salon C

Technical Session 9: Analytical Characterization

3:30 pm -- 6:00 pm Galerie 4

Technical Session 10: Inorganic Synthesiss

4:00 pm -- 6:00 pm Galerie 6

Symposium 2: Biomedical Career Pathways Presented by Tulane and Carnegie Mellon Universities


4:15 pm -- 5:15 pm Studio 8-9

Entrepreneurship 101: The Inside Scoop

5:30 pm -- 6:30 pm Studio 8-9

Science Cafe: STEMulate the Startup-Empowering Entrepreneurship Presented by New Chems on the Block

Friday, September 26 6:00 am -- 7:00 am Studio 6


8:30 am -- 11:00 am Salon B

Technical Session 12: Biochemistry

8:30 am -- 10:45 am Salon C

Technical Session 13: Spectroscopic Analysis

9:00 am -- 10:00 am Galerie 4

Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award Lecture

9:00 am -- 10:30 am Galerie 5

Professional Development Workshop 2: You've Got Tenure: Now What? Technical Session 11: Henry McBay STEM Education Forum

10:45 am -- 12:15 pm Galerie 6

Professional Development Workshop 3: The Bigger Picture--Business Acumen to Grow Your Career and Credibility

11:00 am -- 12:00 pm Salon A

Technical Session 14: Chemical Entrepreneurship

11:00 am -- 12:00 pm Salon B

Technical Session 15: Materials Science and Engineering Sponsored by Corning

12:00 pm -- 2:00 pm Acadia

STEM Weekend Opening Session: Real Talk--Tips for Preparing for and Navigating Through College

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Acadia

NOBCChE Awards Ceremony and Masked Ball

Saturday September 27


8:00 am -- 11:00 am Acadia Foyer

9:15 am -- 12:0 pm Salon A

6:00 pm -- 7:00 pm Studio 1-2

Percy Julian Luncheon

1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm Acadia Foyer

Science Bowl Team Check In

2:30 pm -- 5:00 pm Galerie 5

LSU: Moving Toward Diversity and STEMulation Symposium

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8:30 am -- 9:30 am Salon A-D

Student Jumpstart Breakfast and Keynote

8:30 am -- 9:30 am Salon E-H

Science Fair Check-In

9:00 am -- 3:00 pm Salon E-H

STEM Festival

9:00 am -- 10:00 am Balcony I-K

Teachers Workshop Breakfast

9:30 am -- 11:30 am Salon E-H

Science Fair

10:00 am -- 3:00 pm Regent

Teachers Workshop Middle School

10:00 am -- 3:00 pm Bacchus

Teachers Workshop High School

1:00 pm -- 6:00 pm Studio 1-10 and Galerie 1-6

NOBCChE Science Bowl Sponsored by ACS and NSF

Sunday, September 28 9:00 am -- 11:00 am Studio 1-2 1:00 pm -- 2:30 pm Salon A-D

NOBCChE Science Bowl Finals Sponsored by ACS and NSF Science Competition Awards Luncheon

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Student Development Agenda Monday, September 22, 2014 Student Social: NOBCChE in NOLA!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Career Coaching Workshops

Tuesday, September 23, 2014: ConneXions Poster Session I & Mentor Recognition Reception

The student social is a fun and exciting event to meet and greet NOBCChE student affiliates and professionals from chapters across the United States. The social allows students the opportunity to network in an informal setting with food, music, and games.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Career Coaching Workshops This series of workshops is designed to aid undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral candidates with the process of graduate school search and job hunting. The sessions will provide insightful and practical guidance on successful resume writing and navigating the interview process along with job offer negotiation strategies for positions in Academia, Government, and Private Sector Employment.

Student Development Day Big Opportunities in the Big Easy: Maximizing Your NOBCChE Conference Experience 8:30 am -- 9:00 am Salon E

As a student, you need to maximize your limited time at the conference to advance your academic and career goals. During this session seasoned NOBCChE members will share tips and tools for STEMulating your career and getting the most out of the week ahead.

Ms. Sondra Lancaster, NASA/Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

It’s All About the Benjamins: Funding your Graduate Research 9:00 am -- 11:00 am Salon F-H

This session is designed to inform graduate students about the various types of external funding available to them, and how they can make their application stand out. External funding is a terrific way to quickly complete a PhD, as the student can focus all of their attention on research instead of the headaches of a teaching assistantship or the relatively low stipend of a research assistantship. Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of the application process as well as suggested strategies for winning. After this session, you will be equipped with the skills necessary to craft a masterful application which will have even the smuggest of application reviewers eager to provide you with that prestigious fellowship. This workshop will include a panel of graduate students and recent graduates who have earned prestigious fellowships.

COAChing Strong Women Faculty in the Art of Strategic Persuasion 8:00 am -- 12:00 pm St. Charles

Ms. Paige Samuels,

Petroleum Engineer, Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company

Resumes that Rock! Crafting Resumes and Cover Letters for the Job You Want 9:00 am -- 11:00 am Salon E

What many people fail to realize is that no matter how many resumes you send out, it counts for nothing if you don’t get the call for the interview. “Selling” yourself on paper is vital in showing the employer you are the best person for the job. There are several points to consider when preparing a solid and effective resume and cover letter. In this workshop, learn the techniques necessary to ensure your resume and/or cover letter doesn’t eliminate you for consideration and increase the number of interview offers you receive.

This workshop will help professional women be more effective when leading or participating in discussions, meetings, or individual negotiations. It includes discussions on professional negotiation skills, pragmatic learning content, and case studies. It incorporates the real issues facing those attending the sessions through attendee participation and role playing. Discussion will include issues relevant to minority women that will assist in assuring a successful scientific career and a chosen leadership role.

Jane Tucker, Ph.D

NOBCChE Exemplary Student Mentorship Honoree:

Dr. Gloria Thomas 6:00 pm -- 8:00 pm Galerie 1-3

The keystone of Student Development Day, the ConneXions Poster Session and Mentor Recognition Reception, allows for students to interact with professionals and leaders in industry, government and academia. Through these interactions, students can begin to develop and cultivate the ConneXions needed to succeed in the future. The poster session allows for students to effectively communicate their research with others, as well as for professionals to identify and interact with rising talent in the field. In addition to the poster session, the ConneXions reception creates an opportunity for more dialogue and interaction between students, exhibitors, professionals, and NOBCChE leaders. At this event we, will honor an individual who has contributed significantly to the professional development of students at all levels. The NOBCChE Exemplary Student Mentorship Award is given through the Student Programs Committee to recognize and honor an individual who, through their actions, has exemplified the NOBCChE mission and purpose of student development. Through their work, the recipient has established and provided ongoing support to programs encouraging the professional development of students at the K-12, undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to being honored, recipients of this award will be recognized as a “Mentor on the Map” where those interested will be able to easily see student development work that has been conducted by the award recipient.

Ernestine Taylor, Ph.D President, ET Consulting, Adjunct Faculty to Center for Creative Leadership

Mentoring Receptions

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Men’s Mentoring Reception - “I am My Brother’s Keeper: STEMulating Discussion on Improving the Involvement and Retention of Our Brothers”

Sponsored by Merck Dollars for Doers Presented by NOBCChE and The 100 Black Men of New Orleans. Salon D

The Men’s Reception focuses on mentoring and developing the next generation of minority male scholars in STEM fields and provides a venue for students, professionals, and emeritus to engage in a discussion on the promotion and retention of minority men in STEM. Countless studies have reported the low numbers of minorities pursing and completing STEM degrees. Minority males, in particular, are far fewer in number to pursue or complete degrees in STEM fields. The 41st annual meeting Men’s Reception will incorporate President Barack Obama’s recent initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper,” which is geared to “... take a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of color”. A panel comprised of individuals active in the STEM fields, along with members of the local New Orleans chapter of the 100 Black Men of New Orleans, will engage an audience of professionals and young scholars of all ages on the benefits of obtaining a degree in STEM. This level of engagement is a great way in which NOBCChE can uphold its mission to build an eminent cadre of people of color in science and technology and address the important and meaningful initiative to encourage and mentor minority males in STEM.

Dr. Judson Haynes,

Dr. Simon Shannon,

President, NOBCChE

Senior Product Development Specialist, 3M Company

Mr. Patrick Anderson, resident, 100 Black Men of America, Inc. – Metro New Orleans Chapter

Mr. Jamal Brown,

Mr. Darrell L. Davis,

Treasurer, 100 Black Men of America,

Chairman, CAPS Analytical Training Laboratory, LLC

Dr. NaShara Mitchell,

Dr. Tiffani Bailey Lash and Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy,

Inc. – Metro New Orleans Chapter

Women’s Networking Reception: “Are you IN? INspiring Women in STEM to INvest in Entrepreneurial INnovation that will INfluence the Economy” Sponsored by IUPUI and Merck Dollars for Doers Salon E

The annual Women’s Reception aims to promote open and powerful dialogue between women of color in majority-dominated fields while shaping lifelong professional relationships. This event has been held at NOBCChE conferences the past three years as a way to inspire, educate, and honor African-American and other women of color in science and technology. Aligning with the conference theme, “STEMulating Economic Growth through Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, this year’s networking event will empower women as such. “Are you IN? INspiring Women in STEM to INvest in Entrepreneurial INnovation that will INfluence the Economy” will present thoughtful and reflective conversations of innovation, leveraging ideas, and entrepreneurship through our interactive model breakout activity, designed to teach about the components of formulating a successful business plan. Our hope is that the women will also foster mentorship and create support systems to perpetuate them through their endeavors and aspirations.

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Technical Agenda Thursday, September 25

Technical Session 2: Organic Chemistry

Milligan Fellowship Symposium Sponsored by NIST 9:00 am - 9:05 am

Galerie 5

Introduction to the Milligan Fellowship Symposium Marlon Walker

9:05 am - 9:10 am

Welcome from NIST

9:10 am - 9:15 am

Welcome from UMD-CP Chemistry Janice Reutt-Robey

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Isotope Effects in the State-Resolved Collision Dynamics of Highly Excited Molecules Geraldine Escheberi

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Structural Analysis of Viunalikevirus CBA120’s Tailspike Proteins Julia Greenfield

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Bimetallic Nanoparticles for Advanced Energy Conversion Technologies Christopher Sims

10:00 am - 10:20 am

Inhibitors of bacterial quorum sensing Herman Sintim

10:40 am - 11:00 am

Mitochondrial DNA as a potential prostate cancer biomarker Samantha Maragh

11:00 am - 11:20 am

11:20 am - 11:40 am

Inhibition of DNA Repair Protein Activity by Au55 Gold Nanoclusters Bryant Nelson

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Poly(Dopamine) Modification Using Small Molecule Thiols and Dithiols Marlon Walker

Technical Session 1: Analytical Chemistry Separations 8:30 am - 8:50 am

QCM Virtual Sensor Array for Vapor Discrimination Nicholas Speller

8:50 am - 9:10 am

Surfactant-based Ionic Liquid for Extraction of Phenolic Compounds Paul Magut

9:10 am - 9:30 am

Electrochemically Modulated Extraction of Neodymium Shannon Anderson

9:45 am - 10:05 am

Reversed-phase chromatography of therapeutic monoclonal antibody aggregates using nonporous submicrometer silica particles Oyeleye Alabi

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Asymmetrical Flow field-flow fractionation-based localization of microRNA cancer biomarkers Kenneth Flack

10:25 am - 10:45 am

8:30 am - 8:50 am

Unprecedented Sterically Influenced Iridium Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Alkenes in the Presence of Alkynes Farai Kwaramba

8:50 am - 9:10 am

The Taming of the Shrew: modulating HF reactivity through hydrogen bond acceptors Otome Elisha Okoromoba

9:10 am - 9:30 am

Microwave-Assisted Alkylation of Anilines George Armstrong

Laurie Locascio

Development of a targeted metabolic LC-MS/ MS Assay to assess Nanotoxicity in Worm Model Systems Jeanita Pritchett


Salon B

9:45 am - 10:05 am

Microwave Synthesis of a Novel Asymmetric Near-Infrared Cyanine Dye for Pathogen Detection Margaret Grow

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Rhodium-catalyzed sequential allylic amination and olefin hydroacylation reactions: enantioselective synthesis of seven-membered nitrogen heterocycles. Edward Mwenda

10:25 am - 10:45 am

Synthesis of Azepino[1,2-a]indoles and Cycloheptyl-fused Heteroaromatics via Formal [5+2] Cycloadditions: Putative Donor-Acceptor Cyclobutanes as Building Blocks for 7-membered Ring Systems Raynold Shenje

Technical Session 3: Physical Chemistry 8:30 am - 8:50 am

Janus Type Molecular Rectifiers

Salon C Marcus Johnson

8:50 am - 9:10 am

Experimental and theoretical study of the rate constants for the gas phase reactions of OH radicals with propionaldehyde between 277K and 375K at low pressure Paul Carey Jr.

9:10 am - 9:30 am

Small Molecule Enhanced TPA Cross-Sections Edwin Mghanga

9:45 am - 10:05 am

Exploring the excited potential energy curves of N2 from 100,819.7 to 121,870.1 cm-1 (12.500-15.110 eV) using experiment and theory William Jackson

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Vibrational Spectroscopy of Cold Molecular Ions Ncamiso Khanyile

Technical Session 4: Polymers 8:30 am - 8:50 am

Robust Platforms: Toward Solubility Tuning and Cross-Linked Networks Mathis Hodge

8:50 am - 9:10 am

Pollen as a Renewable Reinforcing Filler for Thermosetting Polymers Oluwatimilehin Fadiran

9:10 am - 9:30 am

Self-Assembly of Hairy Nanoparticles: Organic vs. Inorganic Vernecia Person

9:45 am - 10:05 am

Synthesis and Characterization of Post-Modifiable Poly(Arylene Ether Sulfone) Hybrid Copolymers. Natalie Arnett

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Dispersion and Delamination of Graphite by Melt Mixing in PETI Resins Lionel Cross

Technical Agenda

Technical Session 5: Computational Chemistry Sponsored by

Galerie 4

10:00 am - 10:20 am

Examination of the Aggregation Behavior of Polymer Grafted Nanoparticles Using Molecular Simulation and Theory Jessica Haley

10:20 am - 10:40 am

QSPR-based Melting Point Estimation of Various Persistence Organic Pollutants Marquita Watkins

10:40 am - 11:00 am

C- and O-Sulfenylation and C- and O-Selenylation of Acyclic and Cyclic 1,3-Dicarbony Compounds Fillmore Freeman

Technical Session 5: Computational Chemistry

Technical Session 8: Organic Chemistry 2 1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Synthesis, Characterization, and Investigation of Peptidic-BODIPY Conjugates Tyrslai Williams

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

Synthesis and antimicrobial activity of phenylacetic acid derivatives on bacterial pathogens Tijesunimi Odebode

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Progress Towards the Synthesis of Marine Toxin, Azaspiracid Daniel Adu-Ampratwum

2:45 pm - 3:05 pm

Synthesis of Core-Shell Structured MicroParticles via MOCVD for Fossils Energy Applications. Department of Chemistry, Howard University, 525 College Streets, NW, Washington DC 20059 ABU KAMARA

3:05 pm - 3:24 pm

Synthesis and Characterization of a Series of Light responsive D-glucosamine Derived Molecular Gelators Ifeanyi Okafor

3:24 pm - 3:44 pm

Adding Value to Cotton Textiles: Application of a Non-Halogenated Phosphazene Derivative as a Flame Retardant for Cotton Fabric Krystal Fontenot

Sponsored by 11:15 am - 11:35 am

11:35 am -- 11:55 am

The Role of Chemical Co-Solvents on G-Quadruplex structures in the c-MYC and VEGF proto-oncogene promoters Quinea Lassiter Using DNA Computational Design to Construct and Image Nanostructures Jamrius Waller

Technical Session 6: Proteomics 11:00 am - 11:20 am

Salon B

Protein Engineering of β-Lactam Antibiotics-Producing Enzymes: α-Amino Acid Ester Hydrolase and Cocaine Esterase Marietou Paye

11:20 am - 11:50 am

Aging Proteomics Analysis of C. elegans Infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa Christina ‘King

11:50 am - 12:10 am

Cancer Stage Progression and Cellular Organelle N-­-Glycosylation Profiling Erica McJimpsey

Technical Session 7: The Chemistry of Health

Salon A

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm


2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Inhibitors of Bacterial Quorum Sensing Herman Sintim

2:45 pm - 3:05 pm


3:05 pm - 3:25 pm

Continuous Isolation, Labeling and Collection of Viable CTCs using an Integrated Microfluidic Device Rhonda Jack

3:25 pm - 3:45 pm

Directing the Physio-chemical Cues Directing Stem Cell Fate Quinton Smith

Salon B

Technical Session 9: Analytical Chemistry--Charcterization

Salon C

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Metallization of Poly (dimethylsiloxane) via Cupric Acetate Kenya Wallace

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

Copper Loaded Polymer Modified Clay - A Model for Investigating the Formation of Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals (EPFRs) in Soil Ugwumsinachi Nwosu

2:10 pm - 2:30 pm

Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric NanoGUMBOS for Enantioselective Recognition of Amino Acids Suzana Hamdan

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

Marine Microorganisms as a Source of Volatile Organic Carbons and Reactive Aldehydes Renee Williams

2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

Biophysical properties of metal binding domains three through six of human Wilson protein Ibtesam Alja’afreh

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

The Use of Nanostructured Materials for Enhanced Enzymatic Colorimetric Response in Bioenvironmental Science and Engineering Applications Biebele Abel

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

Investigation of Various Drug Delivery Methods from Sodium Deoxycholate/TRIS Hydrogels Kelsey McNeel

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm

Fluorescamine-based screening of nanoparticle-protein interactions for determining variability in nanoparticle physical parameters Jonathon Ashby

Technical Agenda

Technical Session 9: Analytical Chemistry--Charcterization 4:10 pm - 4:30 pm

4:45 pm - 5:05 pm

5:05 pm - 5:25 pm

5:25 pm - 5:45 pm

Salon C

Near- Infrared Fluorescent Heptamethine Cyanine Dyes as Labels in a Fluoroimmunoassay Designed for the Rapid Detection of Ultrasensitive Levels of Pathogen Richard Williams MECHANISTIC STUDY OF THE [Al(H2O)6]3+ CATION CATALYZED ESTERIFICATION FROM FREE FATTY ACIDS IN TRAP GREASE Solomon Simiyu Cultivar and Maturity Effects on the Economical Potential of Sweet Sorghum Starch and Fermentable Sugars in Juices Marsha Cole Detection and Imaging of Cancer Cells via Enzyme-Activated Profluorogenic Turn-on-Substrate Probes Suraj Hettiarachchi

Thursday, September 25 Technical Session 10: Inorganic Synthesis 3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

3:50 pm - 4:10 pm

4:10 pm - 4:30 pm

4:40 pm - 5:00 pm

Friday, September 26 Technical Session 11: Henry McBay STEM Education Forum 9:15 am - 9:45 am

Dr. Zaykia Wilson

9:45 am - 10:05 am

i-Trek: An Innovative Approach To STEM Outreach Through Research Niaja Farve

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Description of an Inaugural Research Experien ces for Undergraduates (REU) Program Aleeta Powe

10:40 am - 11:00 am

Inquiry Based Learning in the General Chemistry Laboratory Angela Winstead

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Moving Beyond A Traditional Curricular Design to Guided Inquiry Lab Experiences in Biochemistry Margaret Kanipes

11:20 am - 11:40 am

An Introduction to Green Chemistry Through A Toxics Use Reduction Education Pilot Program Maru Colbert

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Researchers, Medical Doctors, Academic Scientists and Cosmetologists . . . The Advancement of Cosmetology and Trichology through STEM and Establishing Professional Relationships Nina Turnage

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Efficient Synthetic Strategies for Designing Uranyl Frameworks, Nanotubules, and Nanospheres Pius Adelani

Henry McBay STEM Lecture

Salon A

Technical Session 12: Biochemistry

Salon B

8:30 am - 8:50 am

Ribosomal Protein S15: Bridging the A-Site and the Decoding Center of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Ribosomes Alicia Bowen

8:50 am - 9:10 am

Fixation of carbon dioxide to oxalate and carbonate by binuclear copper complexes Uttam Pokharel

High-affinity divalent cation binding in a highly-structured RNA Denise Okafor

9:10 am - 9:30 am

Effects of Substitution and Disorder in Intermetallics LaRico Treadwell

Modulating Protein Synthesis by Targeting Guanine Quadruplexes Stanley Oyaghire

9:45 am - 10:05 am

PRMT1: Mechanism and product specificity from QM and MD simulations Symon Gathiaka

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Deacetylase and Demethylase Substrate Specificity Analysis: Decoding the Histone Language Keturah Odoi

10:25 am - 10:45 am

Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of Carbohydrates from the Bacterial Pathogen Neisseria meningitidis Pumtiwitt McCarthy

10:45 am - 11:05 am

Development of Recombinant Functional Biomaterials For Neuronal Regeneration Tamina Johnson

Developing dirhodium(II,II) homogeneous catalysts with applications in solar energy conversion to produce hydrogen fuel Travis White

5:00 pm - 5:20 pm

Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of a Copper(I) Complex Supported by a Tripodal Tetraamine Ligand Felicia Fullilove

5:20 pm - 5:40 pm

Design and synthesis of organometallic photochromes based on (η5-pentalenyl)Mn(CO)3 complexes Jermaine Johnson

5:40 pm - 6:00 pm

Charge Transfer in Ferecrystalline Compounds Matti Alemayehu

Technical Agenda

Technical Session 13: Spectroscopic Analysis

Salon C

8:30 am - 8:50 am

Ionic Liquid-Based Colorimetric Sensor Array for Alcohol Discrimination Waduge Indika Galpothdeniya

8:50 am - 9:10 am

Sensing of Dissolved Oxygen with Graphene Oxide/Zinc Oxide Nanocomposites Jameel A. Hasan

9:10 am - 9:30 am

​ tereo-selective Binding of Chiral Anthracene S Enantiomers with Human Serum Albumin Taylor Davis

9:45 am - 10:05 am

Investigation of the Binding of Pesticides and Weed Control Chemicals on Human Specimen Derick Jones

10:05 am - 10:25 am

Highly Sensitive nanoscale pH-sensor using Au nanoparticles linked by a multifunctional Raman active reporter molecule Latevi Lawson

10:25 am - 10:45 am

Binding Studies by NMR and SPR for the Structural Elucidation of a Cysteine Protease and Inhibitor Complex Pamela Brady

Technical Session 14: Chemical Entrepreneurship 11:00 am - 11:20 am

Converting Academic Science to Business Innovation at an HBCU: Morgan State University and the Maryland Innovation Initiative. W. Christopher Hollinsed

11:20 am - 11:50 am

Customer Focused Advanced Materials Commercial Development Edward Yokley

Technical Session 15: Materials Science and Engineering Sponsored by Corning 10:30 am - 10:50 am

Development and Thermal Properties of Carbon Nanotube Polymer Composites Enrique Jackson

10:50 am - 11:10 am

Mechanical Abrasion of Carbon Nanomaterials on Diverse Chips for Sensory Applications Kelvin Frazier

11:10 am - 11:30 am

Galvanic Displacement of Pt on Nanoporous Copper: An Alternative Synthetic Route for Obtaining Robust and Reliable Fuel Cell Catalysts Eric Coleman

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Supramolecular Approaches Towards Functional Materials Davita Watkins

Technical Posters Ayobami Adeleke Binding of DU145 Prostate tumor cells on SiC Kevin Afeku Hydration of Terminal Alkynes with molecular Iodine: A Mechanistic Investigation Regina Akhimie New dirhodium (II,II) complex with potential dual-binding to DNA upon photoactivation Hannah Akinosho Solid residuals remaining after the consolidated bioprocessing of Populus trichocarpa indicate recalcitrance Elena Alemayehu Separation of Lanthanides from monovalent Cations via Electrodialysis Through Polyelectrolyte Multilayer-modified Membranes Denzel Alexander Observing Iron Oxide Nanoparticles’ Reaction to Magnetic Sample Modulation Incorporated With Atomic Force Microscopy Rondine Allen Inhibition of scavenger receptors using chemically modified albumin Darnel Allen Near-edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Investigation of P-type doped CVD Graphene Omniya Alomainy Microwave assisted chemical synthesis in Polydimethylsiloxane RaiAnna Arscott Novel Eumelanin-Inspired Poly(p-phenylenevinylene) Hopson s as Emissive Materials for Organic Electronics Ansonia Badgett Toward Intracellular Imaging of Particulate Matter Uptake: Lanthanide Upconversion Nanoparticles Olajide Banks Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer, RAFT Polymerization For Low Molecular Weight Polymers Petrina Boucher Probing the Redox Chemistry of Iodotyrosine Deiodinase Brittany Boykin Characterization of Agonist-Induced PPAR-γ Conformational Changes Stephen Brown Proteomic Studies of Antibacterial Peptides Nikita Burrows Students’ knowledge structures of fundamental bonding concepts: Electronegativity and polar covalent bonds IRVING CASHWELL Characterization and Optimization of HfO2 Thin Films Grown by Atomic Layer Deposition on InGaAs Harry Chanzu RNA-binding Mechanism of the Rotavirus Non-Structural Protein 3 Kudzanai Chipiso Electrochemistry-LC-ESI-MS in Mimicry of Oxidative Drug Metabolism Anthony Clay Light As a Benign Reagent: Photochemical Transformations of α-Substituted Acrylanilide Derivatives in the Presence of Alkali Metals Devin Cohen Identification of Histamine Receptor and IL-4Rα Gene Expression in Murine Fibroblasts by PCR Michelle Colbert Characterization of a novel gene interaction between Spef2 and CCDC40 Maru Colbert Green Chemistry-A Toxics Use Reduction Approach Christopher Copeland Role of low-frequency modes in hydrogen-bonded systems: A computational study Adrian Cordova Nomination for Adrian Cordova Janet Cowins β-Cyclodextrin/β-Sitosterol Inclusion Complexes as Drug Delivery Vehicles

Stephanie Curry Purification and Characterization of SMC1 from cultured human cells FranChell Davidson On the Solutions of the Difference Equation x_(n+1)=(f(x_n))/x_(n-1) Marcus Davis Effect of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) on Polylactic Acid-Polyethylene Glycol (PLA-PEG) Nanoparticle Morphology and Encapsulation Efficiency Morgan Dean The Adsorption Behavior of Black Carbon in Traffic District and Urban Forest Soils toward Heavy Metal Ions (Cu, Zn) Blessing Deeyaa Reversible DNA Alkylation by Mono-Quinone Methides Melissa Dobson Catalytic properties of two NADP-dependent glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenases of Mycobacterium smegmatis Kednerlin Dornevil Structure and Biochemical Characterization of an Extradiol Dioxygenase involved in NAD+ Biosynthesis Jahnn Drigo Microwave-Assisted Organic Synthesis of Heptamethine Cyanine Dyes Keshia Dykes Plasmid Design for an Assay to Study the Role of DNA-Mediated CT In-Vivo Rita Egekenze Title: Manganese complexes of Schiff-Base and Reduced Schiff-Base Ligands: Synthesis, Structure, Characterization and their Catalytic activity for epoxidation of Olefins with Hydrogen Peroxide. Xochina El Hilali Total Synthesis of Myriaporone 3/4 Josephine Eshon Investigation of Isotope Effects and the Mechanism of the Friedel-Crafts Acylation of Butyl Phenyl Ether IDALIA HELENA Synthesis of Tertiary Amines in Aqueous Solvents by ESTEVAM N-Alkylation with Aliphatic Halides. Ololade Fatunmbi Predicting and Probing Protein-Protein Interactions in Haptoglobin with Myoglobin and Hemoglobin through Computational Modeling and Confirmation of Binding through Mass Spectrometry Chelesa Fearce Origin of Urea Sha'La Fletcher Mechanical and Structural Properties of BTO/LSMO on STO and LAO grown using Plasma Enhanced PLD Dominique Foster Microwave-Assisted Alkylation of Anilines: Alkylation of 2,6-Dimethylaniline with 1-arylethanols Peter Frank Characterization of Single-Chain Polymer Folding Using Size Exclusion Chromatography with Multiple Modes of Detection Latisha Franklin Spectroscopic Detection of Forensic Drug Cocaine in Fingerprint Samples using Nanoparticles DeVonna Gatlin Synthesis of γ-Azido-Butyrophenone Based Photoremovable Protecting Groups (PRPGs) designed to Photorelease an Alcohol Moiety Marissa Gionet-Gon- Fabrication of Silica Nanofibers for Nucleic Acid zales Extraction Richard Gonzalez Optimization of Valuable Intermediates Synthesis By 11 alpha-Hydroxylation of Steroid DHEA By Solvent-Enhanced biocatalyst Richard D Govan Investigating Pancreatic Response of Pups Exposed to 2-Aminoanthracene in Utero

Technical Posters

Tuesday September 23 or Wednesday September 24 Johnathan Grayson Microwave-Assisted Alkylation of Anilines: Alkylation of 2,4-Dimethylaniline with 1-arylethanols Sarah Green In vitro comparison of estrogenic activities of popular women’s health botanicals used for menopausal symptom relief: Is red clover better than licorice and beer? LaVana Greene Flame Atomic Spectroscopic Analysis of Trace Elements in Herbals and Vegetables in North Carolina Rasheda Gros Nanopatterns prepared with organosilanes and nanoparticles characterized using contact-mode, tapping-mode and force modulation microscopy Hector H. Corzo Numerical comparison of Electron propagator methods for calculating Ionization energies. Brandon Hackett Microwave-Assisted Alkylation of Anilines: Alkylation of 2,4-Dimethylaniline with Vinylarenes john H. Hall Hyperconjugation in Fluorinated Epitaxial Graphene Martika Harper The Inhibition of Different Isolated Strains of Streptococcus Pneumoniae using Penicillin and Silver Nanoparticles Victoria Henry Characterizing Pseudomonas sp. Strain ADP Biofilm in an Atrazine Enriched Environment Deon Hines Chemoresistive Responses of Photolytic Generation of Functionalized SWNTs Daniel A Hunter Investigation of Gene Expression Changes in Adipose Tissues of Pups Exposed to 2-Aminoanthracene In Utero JaNise Jackson Synthesis and Colorimetric Sensing of Pyridine Based Tripodal Amines and their Copper (II) Complexes for Anions Walter L Jackson Role of Oxidative Stress in the Pancreas of Pups Exposed to 2-Aminoanthracene in Utero Sierra Jackson Green Fluorescent Protein as a Reporter of Notch1 EGF Repeat Folding in E.coli Arianna Jenkins Happy Healthy Mood Luis Jimenez Asymmetrical Flow Field Flow Fractionation of miRNA carriers for localization of miRNA biomarkers Dante' Johnson Characterization of Xanthine Dehydrogenase Regulator protein of Ralstonia solanacearum, a tomato infecting bacterium Corey Johnson SYNTHESIS OF HIGHLY CONJUGATED THIOUREABASED RECEPTORS FOR ANION BINDING Amanie Johnson Synthetic Redesign of a Biomimetic Receptor Stacy Jones Photochemical Synthesis of Ferritin-Gold Nanoconjugates for Cancer Therapy Kevin Kay Material Selection, Analysis, and Design in Concentrated Solar Power with an Emphasis on Thermal Energy Storage Javan Kisaka A Chimera of Human Copper Chaperone HAH1 with Metal-Binding Domain Four of Wilson Disease Protein Raju Kumal Determination of Surface Charge Density and Surface Potential of Colloidal Nanoparticles and Real-Time Monitoring of Liposomal Reactions Using Second Harmonic Generation

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Farai Kwaramba Unprecedented Sterically Influenced Iridium Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Alkenes in the Presence of Alkynes Virginia Lane Interstitial Fluid Pressure Influences Gene Expression and Invasive Phenotype of Engineered Breast Tumors Keshawn Legg Optimization of ZnO interlayers in polymer tandem solar cells Kristen Lewis One-electron Redox Properties of DNA Nucleobases and Common Tautomers George Lewis An In Vitro Assessment On The Effect Of Diruthenium- Allopurinol As a Potential Anti- Cancer Agent in Michigan Cancer Foundation -7 (MCF-7) Breast Cancer Cells Jehnae Linkins The Role of FOXM1 in Multiple Myeloma Laurenee London Application of Heterocyclic Aromatics and their Nano-composites for Molecular Probes of Explosives. Olivia Madison The Investigation of Countermeasures to Modulate and Augment the Immune System Ray Mbonu Cloning and Sequencing of a Plant GAPDH Gene Kiara McDaniel Analysis of Norgestimate and Ethinylestradiol Contraceptive Pill Medications Using Analytical Spectroscopy Davita McTush-Camp The Monoepoxidation of 1,3-Cyclohexadiene and 1,3-Cyclooctadiene by Dimethyldioxirane: Kinetics and Computational Modeling Tsdale Mehari Comparative Analysis of Trace Elements Concentrations in Fresh Fruits, Powdered and Processed Foods Krislyn Miner Synthesis of Inorganic Complexes for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Detection Isabel Monreal Synthesis of Molecular Biomarkers Amino Acid Derivatives Dezmon Monroe Down regulation of SERCA in neonatal cardiomyoRobinson cytes using gene silencing techniques Charmaine Munro Thermal and FTIR studies of poly(amino acid)s and their adsorption on silica Dominique Munson Synthesis of Preliminary Heterocyclic Salts for Cyanine Dyes Jonathan Musila Flavin-induced Oligomeric Changes in Alkanesulfonate Monooxygenase Flavin Reductase Ornella Nelson Regulation of metabolic enzymes by lysine succinylation Nadine Njoya Silica Colloidal Crystals as a Replacement for Polyacrylamide Gel Monique Noel Selective C-H Activation Borylation ortho to Fluorine on Fluoroaromatic Systems Richard North Characterizing the Safety and Efficacy of Fluoride Dental Varnish with Applications for Standards Development and Clinical Relevance Olumayokun Odukale Characterization of a near-infrared fluoroimmunoassay performed on an evanescent wave fluorescence biosensor Antony Okumu Total Synthesis of Azaspiracids Mutairu Olatinwo Application of Tomographic Phase Contrast Imaging in Flame Retarded Polymers

Technical Posters

Tuesday September 23 or Wednesday September 24 Olanrewaju Oludipe Preparation and Characterization of Thermo-sensitive Nanofibers with Neuroprotective Nanoparticles AdePeju Oshodi Determining pathways that affect Twin-Arginine Translocase secretion in Bacillus subtilis. Victoria Parker The Inhibition of Human Steroid Sulfotransferases hSULT1E1 and hSULT2A1 by Hydroxylated and Sulfated Metabolites of Polychlorinated Biphenyls Sean Patterson Investigating Thermal & Gelation Properties of Poly(N-vinyl caprolactam) Crosslinked Hydrogels Amid Paudyal Structural studies of the mouse Notch1 EGF27 using NMR Spectroscopy Alexis Payne Altered metabolite-related gene expression profiles in an nsdC knockout mutant of Aspergillus flavus. Olivia Penrose-Sadique An Electrochemical Investigation of Quantum Phenomena and Density of States of Hyperbolic Metamaterials Bijeta Prasai Characterization of an hNQO1-activatable fluorescent probe and its use for visualization of human cancer cells Eboni Pullen Biochemical Study of Potential Photodynamic Therapy Agents Doris Ramírez-Herrera Ternary Quantum Dots-Cy5 dye Assemblies as FRET Probes: A New Arginine Nanosensor Mariah Redmond Release Potential and Mobility of Sediment Phosphorus in a Periodically Oxygenated Reservoir Kemar Reid Novel benzyl phoshonic acid/sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone) composite material for high temperature fuel cell applications Kristopher Richardson Delivery of Hemoglobin Complexes to Accelerate Wound Healing Kristi Riley Characterization of the Energetics of Hydrogen Bonds Kayla Robinson Rapid Method for Carbohydrate Analysis in Fermentation Media Using High-Performance Anion-Exchange Chromoatography (HPAE) Coupled With Pulsed Amperometrice Detection (PAD). Jendai Robinson The Fabrication and Characterization of Patterned Carbon Nanofiber Arrays Using Hole-Mask Colloidal Lithography Towards Biosensing Applications Keilon Robinson Purification and Remodeling of Bovine Colostrum Oligosaccharides to Schistosome type Oligosaccharide by Chemienzymatic Synthesis. Selisa Rollins Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide with Water Using A Titania/Carbon Nanocomposite: An In-Situ FTIR Study Shailise Ross A Simple and Informative Methodology to Introduce Nanophytotoxicity in Undergraduate Laboratories Evangeline Rukundo Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Complexes of 2-Oximino-3,3-Dimethylbutanoate Kristina Rush Investigation of Laser Assisted Biosynthesis of Noble Nanoparticles Sandy Santiago SYNTHESIS AND EVALUATION OF PIPERIDIN-SPIROHYDANTOINS AS ANTICONVULSIVE AGENTS Tiana Shaw Functionalized Polyaniline for Biosensing Applications

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Virginia Smith Viral RNA dynamics probed by resonance energy transfer in distributed multichromophore systems SIERRA SOSSAMON Effects of antioxidants supplementation and/or exercise on catalase activity in liver and muscles of GFAP-APOE mice Eboney Stallworth Re-engineering DNA to Control Protein Folding Pathways Emma Stavropoulos The Death Galaxy: An Evolution Reactor of Connected Heterogeneous Microenvironments Cory Stiner Development of a New Method to Quantify Rubidium in Biological Samples to Measure Activity of the Na+, K+ ATPase Using ICP-MS QQQ Shana Stoddard Synthesis, characterization, and in vivo evaluation of novel GD2 targeting PET radiotracer for patient stratification in osteosarcoma, melanoma, and neuroblastoma Tracey Taylor Novel biomarkers for HIV-1 disease progression Dana-Marie Telesford Interfacial Behavior of Cholesterol, 7-Ketocholesterol and 5β,6β-Epoxycholesterol in DPPC Monolayers Studied by Brewster Angle Microscopy Donovan Thomas THE EFFECTS OF VARIOUS SURFACE TREATMENTS ON ATOMIC LAYER-DEPOSITED HAFNIUM OXIDE THIN FILMS ON III-V SEMICONDUCTORS Xien Thomas Mission: Clip, Zip and Ship. Brittany Turner Uptake of Alkylamines on Dicarboxylic Acids Relevant to Secondary Organic Aerosol Growth Victoria Ubanyionwu Effect of Curcumin on Endothelin-1 Mediated c-Jun Expression in Hippocampal Neurons Innocent Udom Shape Memory Polymer: Fabrication, Properties and Application Ophelia Ukaegbu Isolation and Characterization of a Sugar-Producing Enzyme From the Pathogenic Bacteria Camplyobacter jejuni Brigitte Vanle "Cellular consequence of reactive dopamine metabolites and aldehyde dehydrogenase inhibition in dopaminergic neurons” Brandy Vincent A Computational Investigation of Mg2+, Ca2+, and Zn2+ Ionic Interaction with both Neutral and Zwitterionic Tetracycline. Ophelia Wadsworth Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Polyamide-polyetheramide (PAPEA) Thin-Film Composite Reverse Osmosis Membranes Sharnek Walker Theoretical Study of Metal Interactions with Stacks DNA Base Ashley Wallace pH Triggered Self-Assembly of PEGylated Peptide Amphiphiles Ayzha Ward Climatology and cluster analysis: self-organizing maps (SOMs) Pilanda Watkins-Curry Crystal Growth of LnCo2AL8 (Ln = La-Nd, Sm, Yb) Takia Wheat Chemistry of Copper and Nickel Pyridyltriazole Complexes Shamaya L Whitby Examining the Effect of 2-Aminoanthracene Exposure in Sprague Dawley Dams from Gestation through Postnatal Period Pandora White Potential of chromium(III) to inhibit colorectal cancer in FVB/NJ mice

Technical Posters

Zachary Whitfield Comparison of Quantum Dot Langmuir Films and Spin-Cast Films Taryn Willett Mobile Conversion of Wood Waste to Dimethyl Ether Fuel Danielle Williams Nuclear and Cytosolic Calcium Transient Variations within Neonatal Cardiomyocytes Rodayne Williams Synthesis and Characterization of Polyamide-Polyetheramide Thin Film Composite Reverse Osmosis Membrane Domonique Winder A Click Chemistry Approach to 1,2,3 Triazoles for the detection of Heavy Metal Ions Vivian Wong Novel Cyclic Peptoids Targeting HIV TAR RNA to Block Tat Binding Imani Wood Analysis of a Silica Surface Grafted Cobalt Dimethyl Phenanthronline Complex and Analogous Tetrahedral Electronic Analogs within a Spectrochemical Series by FTIR and Raman Spectroscopy Shawnta D. Woods THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PURINES AND DNA BASE PAIRS

Professional Development Agenda Tuesday, September 23 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 24 Iberville Branding Yourself for Academic and Professional Success in STEM

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Kenneth Polk, ACS

Talitha Hampton-Mayo, Merck Being perceived as one of many isn’t a good thing in today’s highly competitive academic and business environment. Whether you want an internship, an academic opportunity, a new job, a promotion or a raise, start a business, or you want greater buy-in from your target audience, your ability to make an impactful first impression and be memorable long after an encounter helps you stand out from the crowd and win. The demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is high and closely linked to global competitiveness. But with so many people pursuing STEM careers, it is not enough to work hard, do great work and hope to get noticed. You have to be both seen and heard, relevant and engaging. “ Branding Yourself for Academic and Professional Success in STEM” reveals the secrets and principles of how to market yourself as a brand, harness your potential and take charge of your academic and professional career, your business and your life, while harnessing the competitive advantage that a career in STEM provides. Whether you are in the classroom or the corner office, this workshop has something for you.

Everything You Need to Know about Entrepreneurship, but were Afraid to Ask Interested in entrepreneurship? Learn about the necessary information and resources that will allow you to capitalize on your innovations from the bench and how inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs can work together to get next-level technology to the market. Explore the steps to starting a technology based business and raising startup capital. This workshop will also cover preparation for venture capitalist and other investment firms. If you are interested in STEMulating innovation, this workshop and the ACS Entrepreneurial Resource Center is the perfect resource for you.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

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Kemal Catalan, 4inno

Entrepreneurship & Innovation 2: Open Innovation

It is widely accepted that technically driven companies that do not innovate lose their position as technical leaders, lose market share, and potentially have a bleak financial future. It is not just important to innovate, but also recruit talent that with the potential to innovate. Just having scientific and technical skill sets is not enough to be competitive in the work force. Open Innovation is the application of external inventions and solutions that truly leverages the ideas and talents of the world to solve tough technology challenges. A company that practices Open Innovation at any level, includes the research and development efforts of the world. To implement Open Innovation as a business strategy, R&D organizations must develop skills within their technologists to become Serial Innovators and Entrepreneurs.

Professional Development Agenda

Friday, September 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am

10:45 am -- 12:15 pm

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Dr. Isiah Warner, LSU

You’ve Got Tenure: Now What? This workshop is designed for persons already in academia, who are either up for tenure or have survived the tenure process. Although the session will be largely driven by questions from the audience, we expect to cover topics of a) the overall balance of research, teaching, and service in gaining tenure; b) experiences that make for success in achieving tenure; and c) what to expect post tenure and promotion. Where appropriate, we will discuss challenges faced in these areas by scientists from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This workshop will also address how this process varies with type of institution. PhD-granting institutions are more similar in environments than they are like other types of institutions, and therefore tenure track faculty should consider variations in options at these different kinds of institutions. In this workshop, a representative from a research institution and a liberal arts college will talk about issues of diversity of career options within academia, emphasizing the tenure and post-tenure process.

Dr. Daniela Kohen, Carleton College

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Victor McCrary, Morgan State

The Bigger Picture—Business Acumen to Grow Your Career and Credibility Business and Financial Acumen – defined as the ability to understand and intelligently apply economic, financial, and industry data to make business decisions that drive value for your institution and customers – is a critical competency for professional success and advancement. This workshop will help you appreciate how your day-to-day activities can contribute to the big picture of your organization’s success. Discover the skills and competencies you need to deliver passion and quantifiable value to your work.

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Symposium and Special Sessions Wednesday, September 24

Thursday, September 25

Thursday, September 25

NOBCChE on the Case: Mock Forensics Trial

Symposium 2: Biomedical Career Pathways

NCB Science Cafe

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Salon A-B

Forensic science is the scientific method of gathering and examining information from crime scene cases. This is especially important in law enforcement where forensics is done in relation to criminal or civil law. Today’s forensic scientist must be prepared to defend their work using industry accepted standards for drug forensic chemistry analysis. In the continuance of introducing forensic science to attendees at the NOBCChE National Conference, students from the University of Mississippi (OLE Miss) under the leadership of Dr. Murrell Godfrey will undergo a cross examination of drug exhibits that were analyzed by the students. In partnership with the Drug Enforcement and Laboratory Director Rashida M. Weathers, the students will provide expert testimony to practicing forensic chemists to illustrate the “real life experience” of being an expert witness in forensic analysis. The testimonies will focus on chain of custody, analytical methodologies, and the instrumental analysis.

Thursday, September 25 Symposium 1 Research in Renewable and Bio-Derived Materials 10:15 am – 12:15 pm

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The innovation to create advances in genetics, biotechnology, process chemistry and pharmaceuticals to address several socio-economical needs is being address by biomass. In this session renewable and bio-derive materials are explored to meet the paradigm shift from nonrenewable carbon resources to renewable bio-resources.

Roderquita K. Moore, PhD


4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Panel discussion to explain medical school vs. medicinal chemistry vs. biomedical engineering. The idea is to give students a sense of their options, ranging from medical school to biomedical engineering to medicinal chemistry, and how they can guide their careers along a particular path. Professional, faculty and scientist will give their expertise on how to distinguish between these majors.

Newell R. Washburn, PhD


Entrepreneurship 101 – The Inside Scoop 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Studio 1-2

The NCB will be hosting a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship101 – The Inside Scoop at the annual conference. The panel will fall under the professional development umbrella .The panel discussion will be focusing on the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, and providing the audience with resources to gain success in the world of science and technology. Panelist are asked to give a brief synopsis of their experiences on the state of running a business with considerable insight on initiative, risks, and resources, as well as cover popular topics that affect young professionals and minorities in society. We would like for your contributions to include starting a business, business law & regulation, and financing a small business. Our moderator will guide the panelists through a series of questions, as well as take questions from the audience. The goal of the entrepreneurship panel is to provide insight for young scientists who are making an impact in society as well as expose young professionals in NOBCChE to alternative career choices. Featured panelists: • Dr. Joseph Grant, SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive, NASA HQ Space Technology Mission Directorate • Victoria Vick, Owner of Crème and Coco Hair care • Drs. Tashni Dubroy and Tiffani Bailey Lash, Owner of Tea and Honey Hair Blends

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Studio 1-2

The New Chemists on the Block committee (NCB) will be hosting its first Science Café at this year’s annual conference on Thursday, September 25th. The café will be focusing on up and coming young minority scientists making contributions to the world of science and technology. Speakers are asked to give a dynamic and interactive 30-45 minute talk to discuss their research as well as cover popular topics that affect young professionals and minorities in society. Their talk may include media and hands-on activities. The focus of the talk should be on their research or work but geared towards a public audience. The goal of the Science Café is to provide a platform for young scientists who are making an impact in society as well as expose young professionals in NOBCChE to alternative career choices. The science café will be recorded as a podcast and uploaded to the NCB website. Featured Science Café speakers: • Drs. Tashni Dubroy and Tiffani Bailey Lash, Owner of Tea and Honey Hair Blends

Friday, September 26 LSU: Moving Toward Diversity and STEMulation Symposium Galerie 5

2:30 pm Introductory Remarks, Dr. Ashleigh R. Wright, LSU OSI 2:35 pm “LSU chemistry: Diversity in

Gender and Under-represented Minorities,” Dr. Luigi Marzilli, LSU Chemistry

3:10 pm “Two Undergraduate Programs

for Enhancing STEM Diversity,” Dr. Isiah Warner, LSU Chemistry & OSI; Melissa Crawford, LSU OSI

3:45 pm “Catalyzing Diversity across the LSU Campus,” Dr. Gloria Thomas, Ashleigh R. Wright, LSU OSI 4:20 pm “STEMulating Diversity: Models

and Approaches in Higher Education,” Dr. Zakiya Wilson,

North Carolina A&T State University 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks, Dr. Isiah Warner

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Carnegie Mellon University, Dept. of Chemistry

Center for Aerosol Impacts on the Climate and Environment Chevron

Colgate-Palmolive Company Cornell University Corning

Drug Enforcement Administration Corning DEA



Federal Bureau of Investigation

Georgia Institute of Technology GlaxoSmithKline Hope College

Indiana University IUPUI

Jackson State University

Johns Hopkins University L’Oreal

LSU Chemistry

Michigan State University Morgan State University MWV

National Science Foundation NIST

Norfolk State University

NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation Ole Miss ORAU P&G

Princeton University Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering Rice University

SC Johnson Texas A&M University Texas Southern University The Graduate School, Northwestern University

The Ohio State University

The Scripps Research Institute The University of Memphis U.S. Coast Guard UMCP

University of California, Davis University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Massachusetts, MassNanoTech Institute University of Notre Dame Graduate School

University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh

University of South Florida

University of Wisconsin-Madison

CHEMISTRY Faculty Positions Chemical Education

The Department of Chemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level in chemical education. This individual would contribute to and complement the research activities of the chemical education division in an outstanding chemistry department that strongly supports efforts in chemical education. Successful candidates should have a Ph.D. degree, a strong background in chemistry, and exceptional promise and/or achievements in research in chemical education. Successful candidates are expected to develop an externally funded and nationally prominent research program. The successful candidate will also be expected to teach chemistry at the undergraduate level and either chemistry or science education at the graduate level, and supervise graduate students doing research toward M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical education and/or science education. The position carries the possibility of a courtesy appointment in the College of Education. Applicants should submit a letter of application with curriculum vita, a summary of planned research and a statement on teaching philosophy electronically at: Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2014, and will remain in consideration until the position is filled.

Inorganic Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in inorganic chemistry. Successful candidates may have interests in any research area of inorganic chemistry, broadly defined. Purdue has a tradition of excellence in inorganic chemistry and the Department is looking to integrate a creative scientist into the cutting edge interdisciplinary environment provided by Purdue University. Successful candidates must have a doctorate degree in chemistry or related field, have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching, and are expected to establish a vibrant research program supported by extramural funding and teach courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. Applicants should submit a letter of application with curriculum vita, a summary of planned research and a statement on teaching philosophy electronically at: PURDUE UNIVERSITY Department of Chemistry 560 Oval Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907-2084

Applicants should also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2014, and will remain in consideration until the position is filled. See for further details.

Phone: 765-494-5200 Fax: 765-494-0239 e-mail:

A background check will be required for employment in these positions. Purdue University is an ADVANCE institution. Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Awards Ceremony & Masked Ball

Friday, September 26 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Acadis Ballroom


Join us for appetizers (enough for a meal!) 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Awards Ceremony

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Remarks by:

Dr. F. King Alexander,

President and Chancellor of Louisiana State University Dr. F. King Alexander is the President and Chancellor of Louisiana State University, which has an annual budget of $3.3 billion, more than 43,000 students and includes institutions across Louisiana. He began at LSU on June 24, 2013. The Ceremony will honor the work and achievements of our scientific colleagues.

Masked Ball 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Visit your favorite New Orleans shop for a mask and come dance the night away to the music of Crescent City Soul!!

2014 Award Winners Cato Thomas Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. 2014 Percy Julian Award Winner

Ferguson Young Scientist Award

Dr. Renã A. S. Robinson

Henry McBay Outstanding Educator Award

Dr. Zakiya Wilson

Dr. Emmanuel Dada

Dr. Sharon Kennedy

Dr. Isaiah Warner

Dr. Saundra McGuire

Dr. Renee T. Williams

Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry NOBCChE She-Innovates Award

“Mentor on the Map”NOBCChE Student Mentoring Excellence Award

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd

Dr. Carolyn Meyers

Dr. Norman Christopher Francis

Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership Award

NOBCChE Presidential Award

NOBCChE Lifetime Achievement Award

Joseph N. Cannon Award in Chemical Engineering

NOBCChE Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Gloria Thomas

President’s Award for Excellence in STEM President’s Award for Excellence in STEM President’s Award for Excellence in STEM

Alicia Bowen

Winifred Burks-Houck Student Leadership Award

Keturah Odoi

Texas A&M University E.I. DuPont Graduate Fellowship Award

Moses Adenaike

Vana Greene

NOBCChE Bayer Undergraduate Fellowship

University of Pennsylvania NOBCChE Bayer Undergraduate Fellowship

Distinguished Lectures & Symposiums

Henry Hill Distinguished Lecture Dr. Henry Aaron Hill (1915 – 1979), the renowned African American chemist in whose memory this award was established, was a former Chairman of the ACS Northeastern Section (1963) and President of the American Chemical Society in 1977. Dr. Hill’s outstanding contributions to chemistry, particularly industrial chemistry, and to the professional welfare of chemists are legion. Dr. Hill’s first concern and interest was in his fellow humans, and this was the driving force behind all that he did both in the chemical community and the world at large. Henry Hill was a native of St. Joseph, Missouri. He was a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina and received the doctorate degree from M.I.T. in 1942, after getting the highest grades in his class. He began a professional career in industrial chemistry in that year, with North Atlantic Research Corporation of Newtonville, Massachusetts. He eventually rose to be vice president while doing research on and development of water-based paints, fire-fighting foam, and several types of synthetic rubber. After leaving North Atlantic Research, he worked as a group leader in the research laboratories of Dewey and Almy Chemical Company before starting his own entrepreneurial venture—National Polychemicals in 1952. Ten years later he founded Riverside Research Laboratories in Cambridge, Mass. The firm offered research, development and consulting services in resins, rubbers, textiles and in polymer production.

The 2014 Henry Hill Lecturer is Tim Williamson, Co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to growing a dynamic network of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and professionals committed to helping startups launch in New Orleans.

Riverside Research Laboratory introduced four successful commercial enterprises, including its own manufacturing affiliate. Dr. Hill, particularly after having been appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the National Commission on Product Safety, became active in research and testing programs in the field of product flammability and product safety. The American Chemical Society was always very close to Henry Hill’s heart. His active career with the ACS began in the middle 1950s in the Northeastern Section. Dr. Hill served on Northeastern Section committees, became a councilor in 1961 and was Chairman of the Section in 1963. He served the ACS in important National positions including secretary and chairman of the Professional Relations Committee, the ACS Council; Policy Committee, the Board of Directors, and ultimately president in 1977. He made an especially significant impact in professionalism by pioneering establishment of a set of guidelines defining acceptable behavior for employers in their professional relations with chemists and chemical engineers. This effort resulted in the ACS landmark document entitled “Professional Employment Guidelines.” Dr. Henry Hill was the first African American to become President of the American Chemical Society. In recognition of his many outstanding achievements, NOBCChE identifies an outstanding thought leader to deliver the Henry A. Hill Lecture each year

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Distinguished Lectures & Symposiums

Percy Julian Award Lecture & Luncheon The Percy L. Julian Award for significantcontributions in pure and/or applied research in science or engineering is our most prestigious award. Dr. Julian was an African-American who obtained his BS in Chemistry from DePauw University in 1920. Although he entered DePauw as a “substandard freshman,” he graduated as the class valedictorian with Phi Beta Kappa honors. His first job was as an instructor at Fisk University. Julian left Fisk and obtained a master’s degree in chemistry from Harvard in 1928, and his Ph.D. in 1931 from the University of Vienna, Austria. It was after his return to DePauw in 1933 that Julian conducted the research that led to the synthesis of physostigmine, a drug used in the treatment of glaucoma2. Julian left DePauw in 1936 to become director of research of the Soya Products Division of the Glidden Company in Chicago. This position at Glidden made Julian the world’s first African – American to lead a research group in a major corporation. Dr. Julian rewarded Gliden’s faith in him by producing many new commercial products from soy beans. An entrepreneur as well as a scientist, in 1953 he founded Julian Laboratories and later Julian Associates, Inc. and the Julian Research Institute. Over the course of his career he acquired over 115 patents, including one for a fire-extinguishing foam that was used on oil and gasoline fires during World War II2. Though he had over 100 patents and 200 scientific publications, his most notable contribution was in the synthesis of steroids from soy and sweet potato products. Dr. Julian’s life and contributions were the subject of a recent biopic by NOVA/PBS entitled, “Forgotten Genius.”3 The film was broadcast nationally on February 6, 2007 on PBS TV stations. In the spirit of Percy L. Julian’s legacy, Dr. Cato Laurencin is the 2014 Percy Julian lecturer. He is selected for his work as demonstrated by his educational achievements and contributions, his industrial leadership as Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, his recognition by former President Bill Clinton, and the strong and passionate recommendation of his colleagues.

Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership Symposium, Lecture, & Luncheon Winifred Burks-Houck earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dillard University New Orleans, and a master’s degree in organic chemistry from Atlanta University. She spent most of her career as an organic chemist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working on environmental protection projects. For NOBCChE, Burks-Houck was recognized for her efforts to actively establish the organization on the West Coast. She was the first chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter from 1984 to 1990, and organized numerous educational and professional development activities for the local community. In 1991, Burks-Houck was elected national vice president of NOBCChE, a position she held until becoming president in 1993. She served for four consecutive terms until stepping down in 2001. During her tenure as president, Burks-Houck expanded the organization to include many new professional and student chapters. She also developed a strong relationship between NOBCChE and ACS that has enhanced both organizations’ outreach programs for minority chemists. The Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership Symposium aims to honor Winifred A. Burks-Houck, the first female president of NOBCChE, by highlighting the scientific achievements, creativity, leadership, and community service of two NOBCChE-affiliated professional women and a NOBCChE undergraduate and graduate student working towards a degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a related field. In the legacy of Winifred Burks Houck, Dr. Khan Mayberry is the invited keynote for the 5th annual symposium because of her strong advocacy for sustainable nutrition, leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship.




Fisk University Assistant Professor of Chemistry. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research at both the undergraduate and graduate (M.A.) levels, and will have had post-doctoral research experience. Responsibilities include establishing a vigorous, externally funded research program as a venue for undergraduate and graduate research mentoring and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Analytical or Organic Chemistry and new interdisciplinary courses embedding authentic research into course-associated labs.

This individual will also serve as a mentor in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-PhD

Bridge program with an adjunct appointment at Vanderbilt University. Application materials should include the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, Research Plan, and Teaching Philosophy as well as three letters of recommendation. All materials should be provided electronically to Dr Lee E Limbird, PhD, Dean. Fisk University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Science Scholarships and Fellowships The UNCF•Merck Science Initiative is an innovative approach that creates opportunities in the biological, chemical and biomedical engineering sciences for African American students throughout the country.

Apply on-line Submit by December 2, 2014 T 202 810 0331 • F 202 234 0225 • E

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Must be African American and a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

Grants for Minority Serving Ins�tu�ons

h�p://‐nrc/grants/minority‐serving‐ins�tu�ons‐ program.pdf

What does the NRC do?

NRC licenses and regulates: Nuclear Reactors — commercial power reactors, research and test reactors, license renewal, and new reactor designs

Nuclear Materials — nuclear reactor fuel, radioac�ve materials for medical, industrial and academic use

Our Minority Serving Ins�tu�ons Program (MSIP) provides assistance for minority serving programs and ac�vi�es to include, but not limited to mentoring, leadership development, training, instruc�on, developmental learning, research and development, program evalua�on, and technical assistance. MSIP also provides assistance to include direct ins�tu�onal subsidies, facili�es and equipment acquisi�on, internships, fellowships, scholarships, and tui�on and housing assistance. What career opportuni�es are available for recent graduates?

Nuclear Safety Professional Development Nuclear Waste — transporta�on, storage and Program (NSPDP) disposal of nuclear material and waste, NSPDP is one of the top professional development decommission of nuclear facili�es programs in the Federal Government. NSPDP is for recent graduates with a bachelor’s, masters, or doctoral degree and Nuclear Security — physical security of strong academic records in Engineering, Nuclear or Health Physics, earth nuclear facili�es and materials or Materials Science, or another technical academic discipline that supports the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) mission. Par�cipants are selected based on academic standing and poten�al for future achievement. If chosen, you will be given a compe��ve salary with the poten�al for a signing bonus and yearly promo�on up to the GG‐13 level. Visit and go to “About NRC” then click on “Career Opportuni�es” to nd out more! Or use the direct URL: h�p://www/nrc/gov/about‐nrc/employment/students.html Es�mated four year salary progression for Engineer/Scien�st Educa�onal Qualica�ons Present (2014) At 1 year (2015) At 2 years (2016) At 3 years (2017) At 4 years (2018)


GG‐7 $61,954

GG‐9 $65,268

GG‐11 $69,782

GG‐12 $75,621

GG‐13 $89,924


GG‐9 $66,784

GG‐11 $71,620

GG‐12 $78,142

GG‐13 $89,924

GG‐13 $92,922*


GG‐11 $80,810

GG‐12 $85,703

GG‐13 $92,922

GG‐13 $95,919 *

GG‐13 $98,916*

*Eligible to compete for GG‐14 posi�ons. NOTE: Promo�ons are not guaranteed and are dependent upon sa�sfactory performance in the posi�on. Projected salaries are based on service in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, with Career Ladder promo�on to the GG‐13 grade level, including step increases as warranted. Salaries DO NOT include a cost‐of‐living allowance each year. Projec�ons are made based on current informa�on as of January 12, 2014.

NOBCChE 2014 Conference National Planning Committee Our heartfelt thanks go out to the members of the National Planning Committee who gave so generously of their time, talent and treasure to ensure the success of this year’s conference. Ms. Talitha Hampton, Chair

Awards and Special Programs Ms. Chandra Harrington, Chair

STEM Weekend Planning Committee

Dr. Rebecca Tinsley

Mrs. Linda Davis, Teachers Workshop Chair

Business Development

Mr. Steven Thomas, Science Bowl Chair

Dr. Judson Haynes, Chair Dr. Victor McCrary Dr. Kemal Catalan Dr. Renee T. Williams Dr. Alicia Clay-Jones

New Chems on the Block Dr. Wanida Lewis, Chair Dr. Mike Cato Dr. Felicia Fullilove Dr. Tova Samuels Ms. Jessica Simpson Dr. Brandi Toliver

Professional Development Committee Dr. Michael Cato, Chair Dr. Alecia McCall Dr. Tova Samuels

Registration & Logistics Ms. Felicia Barnes-Beard, Chair Mr. Henry Barnes Ms. Brenda Brown Ms. Bernice Green

Dr. Ayanna Jackson, STEM Co-Chair Dr. Racquel Jemison, Science Fair/SUTS Chair Dr. Iris R. Wagstaff, STEM Chair Ms. Jennifer Stimpson, Teaches workshop Dr. Marsha Cole, SW Regional Chair Dr. Nyote Calixte – National Student Rep Dr. Siobhan Tarver – Student Programs

STEM Weekend Advisory Board

Technical Committee

Dr. Roderquita Moore, Co-Chair Dr. Emanuel Waddell, Chair Dr. Newell Washburn, Dr. Dedun

Conference Communications and Social Media Brittany Allison Eric Coleman Nyote’ Calixte

NOBCChE Board of Directors Dr. Bobby Wilson, Chair Dr. Judson Haynes, President Mrs. Talitha Hampton, Vice President Ms. Bernice Green, Vice Chair

Ms. Lynette Perrault, M.Ed

Dr. Sharon Barnes, Secretary

Dr. Florastina Payton-Stewart

Mrs. Ella Davis, Treasurer

Dr. Michael R. Adams

Dr. Nyote’ Calixte, National Student Representative

Dr. Jeffrey Wickliffe Dr. Monica Sylvain

Dr. Victor Atiemo-Obeng

Student Development Committee

Dr. Malinda Gilmore

Dr. Siobhan Tarver, Chair Dr. Garry Brown Dr. Nyote Calixte Dr. Jonathan Ashby Dr. LaRico Treadwell Mr. Eric Coleman

Ms. Trishelle Copeland-Johnson

Mr. Perry Catchings Mr. Isom Harrison Dr. Alvin Kennedy Dr. Victor McCrary Mr. Mel Poulson Dr. Paul Ardayfo, Midwest Regional Chair Dr. Marsha Cole, Southwest Regional Chair Dr. Ron Lewis, West Regional Chair Dr. Tommie Royster, Northeast Regional Chair



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STEM Weekend Join us from September 26-28 for our STEM Weekend featuring an array of activities for elementary, middle and high school students and their teachers. Teachers workshop

9:00 am -- 10:00 Breakfast for all Participants 10:00 am -- 3:00 pm Middle Schools Regent 10:00 am -- 3:00 pm High School Bacchus

Saturday, September 27 STEM Festival

Balcony L-K

The Science Teachers Workshop is an interactive and hands-on session with tracks for middle and high school teachers. Participants will learn new teaching strategies, experiments, activities and receive teaching materials as well as continuing education credits for participating.

9:00 am -- 3:00 pm

Dr. Rolanda Johnson Wilkerson Procter and Gamble – keynote awards luncheon Saturday, September 27 NOBCChE Science Bowl 1:00 pm -- 5:00 pm

Ms. Jennifer Stimpson The Hockaday School

Mr. William Katzman LIGO Science Center

Studio and Galerie Rooms

Sunday, September 28 Finals 9:00 am -- 11:00 am

Salon 1-2

Teams of middle and high schools students from around the nation will compete in the annual Science Bowl. In the NOBCChE Science Bowl Competition 4-player teams of students compete in a double elimination quiz bowl. What makes this competition unique is that at least 20 percent of the questions are about African-American inventors, scientists and engineers. The competition is divided into Junior (6th – 8th grades) and Senior (9th 12th grades) divisions. First, second, and third place trophies are awarded in each division and winners will be recognized and honored at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Saturday, September 27 NOBCChE Science Fair 9:30 am -- 11:30 am

Dr. Colleen M. Taylor Virginia State University

Dr. Meiko Thompson ORAU

Salon E-H

The NOBCChE Science Fair is a poster competition in which students (Grades 6-12) present an individual completed research project. Students in Grades 6 – 8 will compete in the Junior Division while students in Grades 9 – 12 will compete in the Senior Division. First, second, and third place trophies are awarded at each level and winners will be honored at the Awards Luncheon held on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Salon E-H

This all day event will feature hands-on activities focused on the applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), as well as demonstrations and presentations to engage students, parents and the general public. Presentations are invited by scientists, science centers, planetariums, science museums, and any individual or organization that does STEM outreach. Middle school and high school students, parents, and the general public are invited to explore science and learn about local STEM resources in the community.

Boy Scout Merit Badge 9:00 am -- 12:00 pm

Sunday, September 28 1:00 pm -- 2:30 pm

Salon E-H

Salon A-D

Join us for the Science Competition Awards Luncheon Featuring a Keynote Address by

Rolanda Johnson Wilkerson, PhD Procter and Gamble Hair Care

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