Past NSCRC

PAST CONFERENCES

20062012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017


2018 NORTHEAST STUDENT CHEMISTRY RESEARCH CONFERENCE


The 20th annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference was held at Northeastern University in the new Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC) on Columbus Ave on Sunday, April 15th.


The 20th Annual NSCRC was a great success! Thank you to everyone who joined us to make the conference sucessful and congratulations to the outstanding presenters who our judges recognized with awards for their excellent research presentations. 

Keep an eye out for information about our involvement at the Fall ACS National Meeting in Boston, our Fall Career Symposium, and next years NSCRC! 


ABOUT

The Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) is organized for students by students. It is devoted to the research of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral chemistry students, providing an opportunity for students to share their work in a relaxing atmosphere. The day-long event features student poster and oral research presentations, awards, and catered lunch. The conference encourages students to network and get feedback from their peers. The 1st NSCRC was held April 24, 1999 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE 2018 EVENT

Registration is now open for the 20th Annual NSCRC will be held at Northeastern University on Sunday April 15th, 2018.

The conference will be held inside the new Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex (ISEC) located at 805 Columbus Ave

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SOURCE: WARREN JAGGER PHOTOGRAPHY - WBUR


AGENDA

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Photos from the 2018 NSCRC


2017 NSCRC

2017 NORTHEAST STUDENT CHEMISTRY RESEARCH CONFERENCE

The 19th annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference was held at Harvard University on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

Below you will find photos and info from the past conference.

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ABOUT

The Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) is organized for students by students. It is devoted to the research of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral chemistry students, providing an opportunity for students to share their work in a relaxing atmosphere. The day-long event features student poster and oral research presentations, awards, and catered lunch. The conference encourages students to network and get feedback from their peers. The 1st NSCRC was held April 24, 1999 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE 2017 EVENT

Registration is now open for the 19th Annual NSCRC, which will be held at Harvard University at the Mallinckrodt Building on Saturday April 8th.

The abstract deadline is March 15th at 11:59 PM

Abstract acceptance notifications will be sent out Monday March 20th

For questions email abstracts@nsycc.org

Check back regularly for more updates and information!


Photos from the 2017 NSCRC

FINAL AGENDA

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS

“Science Policy in a Post-Fact World”

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Dr. Laura E. Pence
University of Hartford – Department of Chemistry

Degrees & Education
Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
PhD, Michigan State University
B.S. Lebanon Valley College

In 2016, Dr. Laura Pence was elected to the American Chemical Society Board of Directors from District I, encompassing all of New England and New York State.  She spends her day job as a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hartford with expertise in environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and chemical education.  In 2012-2013 Dr. Pence spent a year as an ACS/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Policy Fellow in the office of Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), where her policy portfolio featured natural resources, energy, and environmental issues, with a particular emphasis in the areas of water and forestry. Since then she has continued to explore the nexus of science and public policy, and is currently on the planning committee for a state level science policy fellowship program in Connecticut.  Dr. Pence is an outstanding educator, winning the University of Hartford’s Roy E. Larsen award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006 and ranking among the top 25 professors nationally in RateMyProfessor.com’s 2014 survey.  Prof. Pence received her B.S. in chemistry from Lebanon Valley College and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Subsequently, she was a National Institutes of Health Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2011 for her programming and leadership on environmental and sustainability issues.


Many thanks to our sponsors:

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2016 NSCRC

2016 NORTHEAST STUDENT CHEMISTRY RESEARCH CONFERENCE & CAREER SYMPOSIUM

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PICTURES FROM THE 2016 EVENT


ABOUT

The Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) is organized for students by students. It is devoted to the research of undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral chemistry students, providing an opportunity for students to share their work in a relaxing atmosphere. The day-long event features student poster and oral research presentations, awards, and catered lunch. The conference encourages students to network and get feedback from their peers. The 1st NSCRC was held April 24, 1999 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


GENERAL INFORMATION FOR 2016 EVENT

The 18th Annual Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) will be held at University of Massachusetts-Boston's Integrated Sciences Complex on Saturday, April 16th and our Career Symposium will be held Sunday, April 17th.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Dr. Mircea Dincă

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http://web.mit.edu/dincalab/

Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Department of Chemistry Functional Inorganic and Organic Materials

Degrees/Education

PhD, University of California – Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

BA, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Teaching Sponges New Tricks: Catalysis and Charge Transport in Microporous Metal-Organic Frameworks

 Traditional applications of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are focused on gas storage and separation, which take advantage of the inherent porosity and high surface area of these materials. The MOFs’ use in technologies that require charge transport have lagged behind, however, because MOFs are poor conductors of electricity. We show that design principles honed from decades of previous research in molecular conductors can be employed to produce MOFs with remarkable charge mobility and conductivity values that rival or surpass those of common organic semiconductors and even graphite. We further show that these, ordered, and crystalline conductors can be used for a variety of applications in energy storage, electrocatalysis, electrochromics, and selective chemiresistive sensing. Another virtually untapped area of MOF chemistry is related to their potential to mediate redox reactivity and heterogeneous catalysis through their metal nodes. We show that MOFs can be thought of as unique macromolecular ligands that give rise to unusual molecular clusters where small molecules can react in a matrix-like environment, akin to the metal binding pockets of metalloproteins. By employing a mild, highly modular synthetic method and a suite of spectroscopic techniques, we show that redox reactivity at MOF nodes can lead to the isolation and characterization of highly unstable intermediates relevant to biological and industrial catalysis, and to industrially relevant catalytic transformations that are currently performed only by homogeneous catalysts.


ELEVATOR SPEECHES

Communicating scientific research effectively to the larger community is very important. For this reason NSYCC would like to  give attendees at the NSCRC an opportunity to present their research in an "elevator speech" .  Presenters will have a chance to promote their research prior to the poster and the seminar sessions, which could increase the attention that they get during throughout the rest of the conference. Each speaker will get 2 minutes with one powerpoint slide (no animations) sent ahead of time to treasurer@nsycc.org  by Tuesday April 12th. The best "elevator speech" will be awarded with a prize and recognition.

Those who expressed their interest to give a pitch in their abstract submission will receive more information on their presentation soon!


AWARDS

$200 Outstanding Oral Presentation Award sponsored by Strem Chemicals

$50 Excellent Elevator Pitch Award sponsored by JEOL USA, Inc.

$150 Outstanding Graduate Student Poster sponsored by Strem Chemicals

$100 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Poster sponsored by JEOL USA, Inc.

$100 Most Promising Female Scientist Award sponsored by Graduate Women in Science


CAREER SYMPOSIUM


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Panels

Careers in Industry Panelists (these lists will be continually updated as they are finalized)

  • Dr. Jeremy O'Brien - Aramco Services Company

  • Dr. Govinda Bhisetti - Biogen

  • Tim Bergeron - JEOL USA

Careers in Academia Panelist

  • Dr. Ed Brush - Bridgewater State University

  • Greg Banks - Urban Science Academy

  • Dr. Jonathan Rochford - UMass-Boston

Alternative Career in Chemistry Panelists

  • Jennifer Lanza - ThermoFischer Scientific

  • Michelle Armstrong - Interchim

  • Laura Celano - Propel Careers

Grad School Panelists

  • Jerry Gilligan - UMass-Boston

  • Whitney Hess - MIT

  • Kyle Cole - Boston College

Post Doc Panelist

  • Dr. Simon Breitler - Harvard

  • Dr. Ling-Fang Tseng - Living Proof Inc.

  • Dr. Mohammad Alaghemandi - UMass-Boston

Workshops

Workshop #1: Innovation, Chemistry, and Jobs: Entrepreneurship Shapes Our Tomorrow

Dr. Mukund Chorghade, President & CSO, Chorghade Enterprises/THINQ Pharma

Dr. Mukund Chorghade is a serial entrepreneur, President and Chief Scientific Officer, THINQ Pharma / THINQ Discovery, and of Chorghade Enterprises. He is the Chief Scientific Officer of Chicago Discovery Solutions, an adjunct research professor at Northeastern University and has appointments at Harvard, MIT and Princeton. Dr. Chorghade will be giving advice from his many years of experience with starting his own company and how chemists can take their career far.

Workshop #2: Resumes, Cover Letters, & Interviews

This essential skills workshop will cover resume basics, cover letter tips, and interview preparation. The career consultants will teach attendees how to format resumes (or C.V.’s). Basic interview questions will also be covered and tips about the “job search” process will be discussed in relation to proper social media use.

Roy Simon, Freelance Consultant, Simmons Management Services, LLC

Professor Patrick Gordon, Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Roy and Patrick are career consultants with both industrial (R&D, Manufacturing, Project Management, Divisional Staff, and Department Management) and academic (Lecturer and Adjunct) experience. They have joined forces that apply to present career programs for undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and mid-career scientists/engineers.

http://chemistryjobs.acs.org/ementor/


Get your resume reviewed by an HR professional!

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Professionals from JEOL USA will be providing 10 minute resume review session throughout the day. Find out how to make your resume stand out from someone in charge of hiring! Bring a printed copy of your resume and sign up for a time at the registration table. Spaces will be filled first-come first-serve.


NETWORKING RECEPTION

The half-day event will end with a social event at The Banshee in nearby Dorchester where participants can practice their newly developed networking skills over a drink.


LOCATION

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The conference is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry at UMass-Boston. The welcome and registration table will be in the main entrance of the Integrated Sciences Complex, University Drive S, Boston, MA 02125 (shown on the map below)


We would like to thank our generous sponsors!

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2015 NSCRC

2015 NSCRC


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PICTURES FROM THE 2015 EVENT


Location

The conference is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry at Tufts University. The welcome and registration table will be in the main entrance of the Pearson Chemistry Lab Building at 62 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155


Elevator Speeches

Communicating scientific research effectively to the larger community is very important. For this reason NSYCC would like to  give attendees at the NSCRC an opportunity to present their research in an "elevator speech" .  Presenters will have a chance to promote their research prior to the poster and the seminar sessions, which could increase the attention that they get during throughout the rest of the conference. Each speaker will get 2 minutes maximum with no additional materials. The the best "elevator speech" will be awarded with a prize and recognition.

Those who expressed their interest to give a pitch in their abstract submission will receive more information on their presentation soon!


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KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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Dr. Michael Pollastri, Northeastern University from The Laboratory for Neglected Disease Drug Discovery

Degrees/Education

PhD, Brown University, Providence, RI
MS, Duke University, Durham, NC
AB, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Research Interests

Prof. Pollastri’s primary research focus is on discovery of new therapeutics for neglected tropical diseases, using a “parachute” or “repurposing” approach. In this approach, he identifies parasitic targets of importance that have been previously biochemically validated, with a further focus on those targets with human homologs that have been pursued in human drug discovery. Prof. Pollastri’s lab then prepare known ligands previously reported against the human homolog for assessment against the parasite target, and then pursue an optimization program from that starting point. His lab’s first project is focused on trypanosomal phosphodiesterases, enzymes that have ~30% homology to human PDE4 and 5. Other projects focus on trypansomal TOR, Aurora kinases, dihydrofolate reductase, and HDACs.

Prof. Pollastrli’s secondary area of focus is on chemical technologies. Projects in this category include diversification of lead compounds using reaction screening approaches, applications of flow chemistry, and Green Chemistry.


CAREER SYMPOSIUM


GENERAL INFORMATION

The 2015 Career Symposium on Sunday, April 19th. The event will take place at Tufts University’s Department of Chemistry. Please join us as successful chemists discuss the paths which lead them to their fruitful careers. Register here for the symposium and/or the conference.

If you have questions regarding the event, please email careers@nsycc.org.

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Panels

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Academic & Teaching Careers Panelists

·         Dr. Doris Lewis, Professor Emerita, Suffolk University

·         Dr. Sergiy Kryatov, Senior Lecturer, Tufts University

·         Dr. Marietta Schwartz, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Boston

Careers in Industry Panelists

·         Dr. Phil Snyder, Senior Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

·         Dr. Michael Tarselli, Chemistry Information Systems Co-Lead, Novartis Institute of BioMedical Research

·         Cara Barnes, Research Scientist, Diagnostics For All

·         Heather Flick, Research Scientists I, Alkermes, Discovery Research & Biologics

Alternative Careers in Chemistry Panelists

·         John de la Parra, Owner of Vine Research and Consulting

·         Dr. Sara Paquette, Sr. Specialist, Medical Writing & Scientific Communications, Surgical Solutions

·         Dr. Greg Pawin, West Coast Sales Manager, Oxford Instruments Omicron NanoScience

Post-Doc Advice Panelists

·         Dr. Timothy Lawton, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Natick Research Laboratory

·         Dr. Pranoti Navare, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Alkermes, Inc, Pharmaceutical Chemistry & Formulation

Grad School Advice Panelists

·         Amanda Aldolus, PhD Candidate, Chemistry, Tufts University

·         Jessica Weaver, PhD Candidate, Biology, Northeastern University

·         Kyle Cole, PhD Candidate, Chemistry, Boston College

Workshop #1: Resume Tips, Cover Letter Strategies, and Interviewing Techniques

ACS Career Consultants will lead networking and resume building workshops focusing on the needs of the audience

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Workshop #2: Ethics in Publishing

Do you know how to properly integrate your references? Do you know the criteria for authorship? Did you know you can plagiarize yourself?! As a burgeoning scientist, one of the most important things you can do for your career is to publish as much as possible; but there are some simple errors that can lead to big consequences. This workshop will address the process of publishing and your concerns to ensure you're publishing and producing work in an ethical manner.

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Location

The conference is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry at Tufts University. The welcome and registration table will be in the main entrance of the Pearson Chemistry Lab Building at 62 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA 02155 (shown on the map below)

Tufts is located along the Red Line, a 5-10 minute walk from Davis Square Station. Follow College Avenue and then make a left onto Talbot Ave. The Pearson Chemistry Building (pictured below) will be on the left side of the road just past the Tufts Art Gallery  and across from the Campus Bookstore.

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Parking

There will be no parking restrictions or payment required at Tufts during the weekend of April 18th & 19th. There is ample parking in front of the Pearson Chemistry Building on Talbot Avenue or in the parking lot at the corner of Talbot and College Avenue.

Networking Reception

The daylong event will end with a social event at Orleans in nearby Davis Square, where participants can practice their newly developed networking skills over a drink.

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2014 NSCRC

2014 NSCRC

Saturday, April 12th, 2014 - Boston University Department of Chemistry

AGENDA

8:30 am-9:00 am  –  Sign in & Registration (Life Science & Engineering Building)

9:00 am-9:10 am  –  Welcoming Remarks – Emily Lewis NYSCC Chair

9:10 am –  Design of Strain in Shaped Metal Nanocrystals for Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis

9:35 am  –  Dynamics of the SH3 Domains of Tec Family Tyrosine Kinases by HX MS

10 am  –  Controlling Hydrogen Dissociation, Spillover, and Storage Using the Molecular Cork Effect by Matthew Marcinkowski

10:25a m  –  Development of Small Molecule Inhibitors of the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway as Potential Cancer Chemotherapeutics by Upasana Banerjee

10:50 am  –  Electrochemical Characterization of the AdoMet Radical Enzyme BtrN from Bacillus Circulans by Stephanie Maiocco

11:15 am  –  Poster Session I (Even Numbers) and Coffee Break (Metcalf Science Center)

12:15 pm  –  Lunch Break (Life Science & Engineering Building)

12:45 pm –  An Efficient Synthesis of (+)- Discodermolide: Target Inspired Reaction Development by Zhiyong Yu

1:10 pm  –  Bimetallic Nanostructures Comprising Rhodium for Electrochemical Energy Storage by Casey Brodsky

1:35 pm  –  Creating 2D Atomic Alloys in 2D Layered Nanomaterials by Karen Chen

2:00 pm  –  Elucidating Restriction Endonuclease Reaction Mechanisms Via Dwell-Time Distribution Analysis by Petar Todorov

2:25 pm  –  Towards the Bottom-Up Organic Synthesis of Homogenous Armchair Carbon Nanotubes Utilizing the Cycloparaphenylenes by Thomas Sisto

2:50 pm  –  Poster Session II (Odd Numbers) and Coffee Break (Metcalf Science Center)

4:00 pm  –  Keynote Speaker: John Warner, PhD, Warner-Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry (Life Science & Engineering Building)

5:00 pm –  Closing Remarks and Award Ceremony

SPONSORS:

Strem Chemicals, Vertex, The Conditas Group, NESACS, & Boston University Younger Chemists Committee

AWARDS

Awards will be presented for:                      

  • Best Oral Presentations sponsored by Strem Chemicals

    • $300 Outstanding Oral Presentation Award

    • $200 Excellent Oral Presentation Award

  • Best Poster Presentations by The Conditas Group

    • $250 Outstanding Graduate Student Poster

    • $200 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Poster

  • Special Awards

    • $200 Graduate Women in Science Award

    • Phyllis A. Brauner Book Award

JUDGES

Dr. Mariam Ismail develops processes for 1366 Technologies, a Massachusetts-based solar technology company aiming at delivering solar at the cost of coal. She has 10 years of experience in analytical methods and crystal growth. In 2011, Dr. Ismail received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Throughout her work at the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing Center (NASA-sponsored Lab, Northeastern University), she developed a novel method for the hydrothermal synthesis of vanadosilicate AM-6 for enhanced visible light photocatalysis. Her work resulted in 10 technical publications, over a dozen national and international conference proceedings, and a book chapter. In 2011, she was the recipient of the American Institute of Chemists award for Outstanding Graduate Student. In 2009, she was selected amongst a large pool of applicants to partake in the YCC/NESACS-JCF/GDCh Exchange to Germany Program. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Ismail acted as Career Chair and Campus Representative for the Northeast Section of the Younger Chemists Committee. Dr. Ismail is also an adjunct faculty to the Chemistry & Physics Department Simmons College. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Christopher A. Zoto, Ph. D: As an undergraduate student at Assumption College (Worcester), Christopher Zoto studied chemistry and mathematics and was part of the Outdoors Club and St. Luke’s Medical Society Group. He graduated in May of 2006. He began his graduate studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, where he pursued his Ph. D. degree in chemistry, graduating in July of 2012. Chris’s Ph. D. dissertation work involved the syntheses of a series of conjugated organic compounds called 2-arylidene cyclopentanones and 2,5-diarylidene cyclopentanones. The spectroscopic and photophysical properties of these compounds consisted of examining their electronic absorption and fluorescence spectral properties in solvents of various polarity, ranging from nonpolar to polar, aprotic and protic solvents. Photophysical properties consisted of measuring both their fluorescence quantum yields and lifetimes in various solvents. In addition, theoretical (quantum chemical) calculations were also conducted and correlated to experimental data. Since completion of his Ph. D. degree from WPI, Chris was employed as an adjunct faculty instructor at WPI for experimental physical chemistry II lab in the Fall of 2012 and as an adjunct faculty instructor at Assumption College, where he taught two lab sections of Organic Chemistry I. He is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the United States Army Natick Soldier, Research, Development, and Engineering Center in Natick, MA. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to church, reading, and listening to music.

Penny Beuning, Ph. D Penny Beuning earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in the field of RNA-protein interactions and RNA biochemistry. She completed postdoctoral research focused on the protein-protein interactions that regulate cellular responses to DNA damage at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), funded by a fellowship from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Since 2006, she has been an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University in Boston. Her research on DNA damage tolerance is funded by a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award, a Cottrell Scholar Award and an NSF CAREER Award. Prof. Beuning has been active in efforts to enhance the recruitment and retention of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences; she is currently the President of the Boston chapter of Graduate Women in Science.

Ruth Tanner, Ph. D. Ruth Tanner earned her BS in chemistry at Purdue University and a Ph. D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In addition, she is currently a councilor for the Northeastern Section of the ACS, and served as the Chair in 2012. Her research areas include Physical Organic Chemistry and Food Chemistry. She is a founding member of the NESACS/GDCh German Exchange committee and also serves on the New Hampshire and South Eastern Massachusetts Subsection Exploratory Committee.


2012 NSCRC

2012 NSCRC

The 14th Annual NSCRC will be on April 28, 2012 at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center and Hurtig Hall

SPONSORS

NESACS, Northeastern University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Graduate Women in Science Alpha-Omega Chapter, Strem Chemicals, Inc., & The Conditas Group

SCHEDULE

Oral sessions and registration will be in 129 Hurtig Hall. Poster sessions, breaks and awards will be in the Curry Student Center’s Indoor Quad.

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration and Poster Set-up

9:00 – 9:10 am Opening Remarks – Dr. Heidi Teng, Chair, Northeast Section Younger Chemists Committee

9:10 – 9:20 am Welcoming Remarks – Dr. Graham Jones, Chair, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University

9:20 – 9:40 am Chris Theile – Boston College “Synthesis of Ring Expanded Cyclo-deoxyuridine and Deoxyadenosine” 

9:40 – 10:00 am Baofei Pan – Brandies University “Metal Complexes of a Tridentate Pincer-type Ligand Featuring a Central N- Heterocyclic Phosphenium Donor”

10:00 – 10:20 am Allen Shih – Harvard University “Supercharged Protein as a Vehicle for Therapeutic Protein Delivery” 

10:20 – 10:40 am Shanadeen Begay – Boston University “Statistical Temperature Molecular Dynamics – Chemistry at HARvard Molecular Mechanics (STMD-CHARMM) Conformational Analysis of Methionine-Enkephalin (Met-Enk)” 

10:40 – 11:40 am Poster Session I* – see information below

11:40 am – 12:10 pm Lunch Break

12:10 – 12:30 pm Emily Lewis – Tufts University “Towards a Molecular Level Understanding of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis on Cobalt Nanoparticles” 

12:30 – 12:50 pm Nicholas DeLateur – Northeastern University “Investigating Single Layer Versus Multi-Layer Active Sites with Alkaline Phosphatase”

12:50 – 1:10 pm Jason Beiger – Harvard University “Studies Toward the Synthesis of Aflastatin A”

1:10 – 1:30 pm Coffee Break

1:30 – 1:50 pm Fang Gao – Boston College “New NHC−Cu Complexes as Efficient Catalysts for Enantioselective Allylic Substitution”

1:50 – 2:10 pm Ming Li – University of Connecticut, Storrs “Hydrogen Bonding in Polymer Materials Revealed by Molecular Dynamics Simulation”

2:10 -2:30 pm Philip Nevin – Northeastern University “Selective Disruption of Replication Complexes by the umuD Gene Products”

2:30 – 3:30 pm Poster Session II* – see information below

3:30 pm Awards Presentation


2006 NSCRC

2006 NSCRC

April , 2006

MIT
The Ray and Maria Stata Center Building 3
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA

PROGRAM

8:30am – 9:00am Poster Set-Up and Registration, Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am Welcoming Remarks (room 155)

9:15am – 9:30am German Exchange Presentation

9:30am – 9:50am D.R. Killelea (Tufts University) “Energy flow in gas-surface reactions”

9:50am – 10:10am Jessica C. DeMott (Brandeis University) “Hypercoordinate main group PNP pincer complexes”

10:10am – 10:30am Laura B. Sessions (Dartmouth College) “Block Copolymers for the Formation of Multimetallic Nanocomposite and Nanoparticle Systems”

10:30am – 10:50am Coffee Break

10:50am – 11:10am Ellen M. Sletten (Stonehill College) “A Flexible Stereospecific Synthesis of Polyhydroxylated Pyrrolizidines from Commercially Available Pyranosides”

11:10am – 11:30am Andrea J. Gabert (MIT) “Synthesis and characterization of ABA triblock copolymers with smectic C* liquid crystal side chains via ring opening   metathesis polymerization using a bimetallic molybdenum initiator”

11:30am – 11:50am Alisa A. Mueller (Harvard University) “Structure and Mechanism of TadA, an Adenosine Deaminase That Acts on tRNA”

11:50am – 12:30pm Lunch

12:30pm – 1:30pm First Poster Session

1:30pm – 2:30pm Second Poster Session

2:30pm – 3:30pm Keynote Address by Professor Daniel Nocera of Massachusetts Institute of Technology:“Powering the Planet: The Challenge to Chemistry in the 21st Century”.

3:30pm – 3:50pm Awards Presentation

3:50pm – 4:00pm Closing Remarks, Poster Take-Down

SPONSORS

Strem Chemicals & Springer

AWARD PRESENTATIONS

Best oral presentation (graduate student), sponsored by Strem Chemicals:
D.R. Killelea (Tufts University) “Energy flow in gas-surface reactions”


Best graduate poster presentation, sponsored by Springer:
Vikki M. Tsefrikas (BC) “Progress Toward the First Chemical Synthesis of a Single Walled Carbon Nanotube”


The Brauner Undergraduate Book Award, sponsored by the Education Committee of NESACS, was presented by Dr. Ruth Tanner of Umass-Lowell. The award went to an undergraduate student who gave the best oral presentation at the conference:
Alisa A. Mueller (Harvard University) “Structure and Mechanism of TadA, an Adenosine Deaminase That Acts on tRNA”

Graduate Women in Science Award:
Olena Rabotyagova (Tufts) ” Relationship Between Collagen Structural Hierarchy and Susceptibility to Degradation by Ultraviolet Radiation”

ORGANISATION COMMITTEE

Chair: Ivan Korendovych, Tufts University

Vice-Chairs: Alfio Fichera, MIT William Neeley, MIT

WebMaster: Viatcheslav Azev, Tufts University

Program and Printing: Viatcheslav Azev, Tufts University Laila Dafik, Tufts University

Gifts and Journals: T. K. Subrahmanian, Tufts University Laila Dafik, Tufts University

Arrangement and Promotion: Sapna Sharma, UMass-Dartmouth Dr. LeAnn Williams, Shire

Steering Committee: Dr. Michael Strem, Strem Chemicals, Inc. Dr. Elena Rybak-akimova, Tufts University Dr. Ruth Tanner, Umass-Lowell Dr. Mohammad Movassaghi, MIT Dr. Lauren Wolf, NIST Dr. LeAnn Williams, Shire Dr. Sonia Taktak, MGH Dr. Aida Herrera, MIT