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Chemistry-Physics Lecture Series Begins September 22

Chemistry-Physics Lecture Series Begins September 22

Posted: September 20, 2011

This semester’s Chemistry/Physics Lecture Series combines lectures from visiting scientists with seminars presented by graduate students. All presentations take place during Bengal Pause (12:15–1:30 p.m.) in Science Building 272.

The lecture series, formerly known as the Chemistry Lecture Series, has been running for more than 20 years. This year, it is partially sponsored by the Grant Allocation Committee, the Academic Affairs Office, the Student Affairs Office, and the Faculty Student Association at Buffalo State.

“These chemistry and physics seminars enable students, faculty, and staff to hear presentations on topics in current chemistry and physics research given by speakers from industry, government, and academia,” said Jinseok Heo, assistant professor of chemistry and coordinator of the series. “It introduces undergraduates at Buffalo State to topics that go beyond the curriculum.” Heo said that the series gives students a better idea of career and graduate school options.

All the Buffalo State students who are presenting are graduate students in chemistry or forensic science who expect to receive their master’s degrees in 2012.

“Faculty members benefit from the interaction with scientists from other institutions, too,” said Heo. “Exchanging ideas is an important part of maintaining a vigorous research agenda.”

On Thursday, September 22, Sean Bennett of Thermo Scientific will present “Principles and Applications of LC-MS.” Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry is a high-tech tool used in analytical chemistry, including forensic chemistry.

On Thursday, September 29, Sheila Hagerty, a graduate student in the forensic science master’s program, will present, “Quantification of Resveratrol in Red Wines by HPLC.” HPLC is also an analytical tool; its uses include the identification of individual components of a substance.

On October 6, Christopher Nomura, associate professor of chemistry at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), will present “Designing Metabolic Pathways for Biochemical Production of Biodegradable Plastics.”

The complete schedule can be found of the Chemistry Department's website.

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