HPU Students, Faculty Participate In Regional Meeting Of America Chemical Society

HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 23, 2009 ? High Point University students recently presented papers at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, held in November in Nashville.
Dr. B. Gray Bowman, professor of chemistry at HPU, accompanied the students and presented research as well. Students presenting were: W.H. Craig Clodfelter, Joseph W. Kennaday, Chelsea A. Betts and Claire K. Poh.
Bowman emphasized the importance of student participation in this type of event.
“A core value of chemistry education at High Point University is undergraduate research,” he explained. “By engaging in these studies, students are learning how to be researchers and preparing for their future in graduate or professional school programs. By their participation in this professional meeting, students are growing as professionals in the chemical sciences.”
Clodfelter, a senior chemistry major from Thomasville, presented “Gas-Phase Ligand Binding Preferences of Manganese Salen Catalysts.” Clodfelter’s work, which took place at Virginia Commonwealth University under the direction of Dr. Scott Gronert, a VCU chemistry professor, was part of a Research Experience for Undergraduates grant awarded by the National Science Foundation.
Kennaday, a senior chemistry major from Upper Marlboro, Md., and Bowman presented “An Investigation of the Spectroscopic and Chromatographic Behavior of Several 2,4-Dinitrophenyl Hydrazones: a Problem in Laboratory Pedagogy.”
Betts, a junior chemistry major from Berlin, Md., Poh, a junior chemistry major from Lexington, Ky., and Bowman presented “Preparation of an Expanded Porous Matrix Composed of Blended Poly(vinyl alcohol) Poly(2-acrylamido-2- methyl propane sulfonic acid) Crosslinked by Poly(oxymethylene), a Catalytic Agent for the Transesterification of Triglycerides with Methanol.”
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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