Staff Reports

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University chemistry students made 11 presentations related to original research recently at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Held in Atlanta at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, the four-day meeting attracted over 2,500 chemists and students. The Valdosta State University delegation was the largest undergraduate group present at the meeting.

Michael Land of Hazlehurst gave a presentation on his research related to the anti-cancer molecule bryostatin. This research was also recently published in the International Journal of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry.

Crystal Hardemen of Atlanta outlined results from her project which looked at metal nanocrystals, which are up to 1 million times smaller than a grain of sand. These were collected from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico at a point where it is over one mile deep.

Katie Olsen of Valdosta gave a presentation entitled Nanotube Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, which outlined a unique method to decrease the resistance of carbon nanotubes and track the decrease with a laser.

Justin Bennett's research focused on a project to design and build solar powered water treatment centers for remote villages in the third world nations. The Atlanta native's first unit has been designated for use in an Engineer without Borders project in Haiti.

Louis Underwood, an international student from Belize, delivered a presentation on a unique design for a quantum computer made from manganese atoms.

Lori Harden of Moultrie presented the results of her research which related to some weak but important interactions before DNA and Single Walled Nanotubes.

Emily Rhodes of Homerville, whose project was co-authored by the National Cancer Institute, discussed recently obtained data concerning marine organisms from the world's oceans that contain chemical species that have strong medicinal value.

Dr. Thomas Manning was the faculty advisor for the students' projects.

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