Chemistry students attend ACS meeting in Ft. Worth

Kara Black presents poster at ACS Southwest Regional Meeting, November 2014.

Kara Black presents poster at ACS Southwest Regional Meeting, November 2014.

Chemistry Club students (Madison Daniels, Daniel Kent, Sophie Southwell, Shantel Thomas, Armen Norman, and Kara Black) attended the Southwest Regional meeting of the American Chemical Society in Fort Worth last week.  Dr. Ed Donnay and Dr. Hyunshun Shin accompanied them.

Kara Black, Bloomer Research Stipend winner, presented her research project on antibacterial activity of five plants indigenous to West Texas.

Kara has this to say about the experience:

As I prepared to present my poster at the most recent ACS Southwest Regional Meeting, I was slightly nervous. This was the first time I would present my research outside of McMurry, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, as people came by to view my poster, I began to relax. Everyone who came by would stop, read my poster, ask me questions, and then offer suggestions for my research. I had several people comment on my methods section, and even offer alternative ways to conduct this research in the future. One person who came by was about to conduct similar research with his own students and requested a copy of my poster. Overall, I really enjoyed presenting my poster. Being able to connect with professionals and students alike in this field was actually fun, and their suggestions and comments about my research will help guide my future research experiments.

We congratulate Kara on her work and have high hopes for her future!

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“Pie a Professor” a big success

Drs. Sharp and Boyle

Dr. Sharp jeers pie throwers while Dr. Boyle waits his turn.

Tri-Beta Biology Club held a “pie your professor” fundraiser in the Mabee Room today.  Faculty and staff were “pied” by students for $1 (throwing the pie from a 15 foot distance) or $5 (squishing a pie in the face).  The pies were whipped cream on paper plates.

All the supplies were donated by Sam’s Club.

The fundraiser netted $280 for the club, lots of laughs, and sticky goggles.  The results are listed below, most popular victims first:

  • Jason Feltz – 47
  • Joel Brant – 35
  • Pam Veltkamp –35
  • Vanessa Roberts Bryan – 28
  • Larry Bonds – 27
  • Larry Sharp – 27
  • TJ Boyle – 26
  • Dana Lee – 22
  • Sam Ferguson – 22
  • Richard McLamore – 21
  • Joel Whittemore – 13
  • Christopher Andrews – 12
Dean of Students, Vanessa Roberts-Bryan

Dean of Students, Vanessa Roberts-Bryan was vigorously pied.

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