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Twelve Iona Students Trek To Nation's Chemistry Hub to Present Their Research at the 246th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis


New Rochelle, NY (September 16, 2013) Twelve Iona Chemistry/Biochemistry majors, along with their mentor, Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., chair of the Chemistry department,  proudly presented their research at the 246th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting on Sept 8-10, held in Indianapolis, IN. Over 10,000 chemists from throughout the world attended this national meeting to share their cutting-edge research results

As a capstone to their summer of laboratory research, these twelve students attended scientific seminars presented by acclaimed chemical scientists and entertaining science-related events by celebrities including Alan Alda. The students also presented three posters summarizing their research results, on the following topics:

"Development of Droplet Interface Bilayer for Water Permeability Studies";

"Inorganic Crystallization at a Nanomembrane"; and

 "Anion Sensitivity of Monoglycerides at the Liquid-Liquid Interface".

The student attendees were Jaclyn Robustelli ('14, Biochemistry), Peter Vitale ('14, Biochemistry), Michelle Muzzio ('15, Chemistry), Omoakhe Tisor ('15, Biochemistry), Rosario Giacomini ('15, Biochemistry), Safiat Ayinde ('15 Biochemistry), Peter Milianta ('16, Biochemistry), Ricardo Oliveira ('16, Chemistry), Jacqueline Martinez ('16, Chemistry), Melissa Morales ('16, Chemistry), Geoffrey Cawley ('16, Chemistry) and Sean Campbell ('16, Computer Science).

Their trip was made possible through the generous support from the Patrick Martin Foundation, Iona College, and National Science Foundation research grant awarded to Dr. Lee.

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs.

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