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Chemistry Seminar

Sponsored by
The Department of Chemistry
and the
UPJ Chem Society
(Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society)

The monthly Chemistry Seminars feature guest speakers from Academia and Industry as well as student researchers. Faculty from Chemistry graduate programs share highlights from their research labs and the gradaute programs at their institutions. Our indutrial visitors present chemical research in industrial settings and the service sector.  Chemistry majors present the results of their summer research and internship experiences.

Seminars take place on Friday afternoons at 3 PM in room 200 Engineering and Science.

Spring 2010 Schedule

 Friday, January  22Mr. Chuck Tomljanovic and  Ms Alyssa Gormish
 Concurrent Technologies Cooperation (CTC)
100 CTC Drive
Johnstown, PA 15904
 Application of Incremental Sampling (IS) for Range Sustainability: An Overview
 Mr. Chuck Tomljanovic is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, with a B.S. in Biology and a graduate of Duquesne University with a M.S. in Environmental Science and Management.  He currently is working at CTC as a Principal Environmental Scientist while pursuing a MPH/DrPH at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School Of Public Health.
 Ms. Alyssa Gormish, a senior biology major at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, is currently working at CTC as a Senior Technical Intern.  She has submitted for peer review publication her paper entitled Sampling Methods for Assessing Department of Defense Sites: A Case Study Evaluation of Multi-increment® Sampling (Method 8330B).

Fall 2009 Schedule

 Friday, October 16Dr. Justina M. Burns
 Facilities Manager
Center for Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of South Carolina, Columbia S.C.
 Iron Oxidation in Coastal Groundwater: Interfacing the Laboratory and the Field
 Dr. Burns is a Pitt-Johnstown Chemistry Alum having received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2003. As an undergradaute, she conducted research with Dr. Bell-Loncella and presented her results at UPJ-SPACE and a national meeting of the American Chemical Society.  She left Johnstown for warmer climate and recevied her Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry with Dr. John Ferry at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Her presentation will focus on a collaboration with Joe Swanstrom, John Ferry and Tim Shaw from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Burns will be available to discuss graduate school and research pportunities
Friday, September 18 Students’ Summer Research Projects 
 Lacey Behe, Andrew Klobuka, Florentina Mayko and Jeremy Wertz
 Four students from Chemistry and Biology participated in summer research or internsip experiences. They will describe the work they did, the institutions where they worked and the the necessary steps to obtain these summer research experiences. Following the presentations, there will an opportunity for questions and answers.
  Student Summary