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MC students have 'amazing' experience at ACS conference

06/14/2013
Pictured from left are Brett Dunn, Mitch Heuermann, Patrick Corrigan, Kortney Rupp and Laura Moore.
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Four Monmouth College students and associate professor of chemistry Laura Moore made presentations at this year’s National American Chemical Society (ACS) Conference in New Orleans.
 
Recent graduate Pat Corrigan and junior Mitch Heuermann, both of Peoria, did a joint presentation on “Diacetone Glucose Derived Polyolefins,” which stemmed from research they conducted with assistant professor chemistry Eric Todd. Corrigan also worked with Todd on research that led to his presentation “Menthone Based Polymers.”
 
Heuermann also made an individual presentation, titled “Comparison of Water Quality Along an Agricultural and an Urban Stream Draining into the Wabash River.” The presentation, which stemmed from his summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity at Purdue University, was selected for the conference’s Science-Mix session, a prestigious section, especially for an undergraduate.
 
Junior Brett Dunn of Brookfield and May graduate Kortney Rupp both presented research they conducted with associate professor of chemistry Audra Sostarecz. Dunn’s was titled “Utilizing Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Investigate the Cholesterol Induced Liquid Ordered Phase Formation in Lipsoomes,” and Rupp presented on “Interactions of DPPC and Analgesics on Langmuir Monolayers.”
 
“This is an amazing opportunity for our students,” said Sostarecz.
 
Funding for annual trips to the ACS conference, made possible by a generous gift by the late MC chemistry professor Richard “Doc” Kieft, was one of the college’s seven academic initiatives that were announced in 2010.
 
Moore gave a talk in the Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops & Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) symposium. Titled “Igniting an Interest in Chemistry: Expanding on Renewable Energy Laboratories in the Three-Week Summer Bridge Program,” her presentation focused on one of the college’s Summer Opportunities for Intellectual Activities (SOFIA) projects that she led in 2010. The project stemmed from a cCWCS workshop she had attended earlier that year.