News and Events in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

News and Events

April 11, 2014 - Grant for $75,000 from the Alden Trust - Congratulations to the School of Science for obtaining a $75,000 grant from the George I. Alden Trust to support the Siena Advanced Instrumentation and Technology (SAInT) Center. The grant will be used toward the purchase of a Scanning Electron Microscope, which uses an electron beam to obtain high resolution images. This microscope, which has wide-ranging applications across chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, materials science and engineering, will be integrated into the curriculum. In addition, several faculty research groups will utilize the microscope and involve undergraduate researchers in hands-on use of the instrument. Beyond enhancing educational and research opportunities for our students, the grant will foster job placement by helping students gain key skills that are needed in the region's growing semiconductor industry.

April 8, 2014 - Grant awarded for $618,689 from the National Science Foundation - Congratulations to Larry Medsker, Sharon Small, Jon Bannon, Michele McColgan, Jodi O’Donnell and Lucas Tucker!  Under their leadership, the National Science Foundation has awarded Siena College a "Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics" (S-STEM) grant for $618,689 to support students majoring in STEM fields.  Other program personnel include Mary Anne Egan, Robin Flatland, Darren Lim, Jim Matthews and Scott Vandenberg.  In addition to providing scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for over 40 talented students with financial need, the program will provide faculty mentoring, expanded undergraduate research opportunities and expanded advising services.  This program builds on the success of our previous S-STEM grant, which supported 45 talented undergraduates and accomplished a graduation rate of higher than 90%. To learn more or apply to Tech Valley Scholars, click here.

January 7, 2014 - New Instrumentation Center To Focus on Student Engagement and Career Prep - Siena College is developing a new scientific center that will increase high-impact practices for students, cultivate new relationships with local businesses and lay the foundation for a new minor or certificate.

The Siena Advanced Instrumentation Center (SAInT Center) will be located on the second floor of the Morrell Science Center and contain state-of-the-art lab equipment for students and professors to conduct research. It is expected to cost about $400,000, not including the cost of
 new instruments.

The benefits of the SAInT Center begin with student engagement. Undergraduates will be able to work with instruments that are used primarily in industry labs and graduate schools… (continue reading)

November 5, 2013 - High-Impact Computational Chemistry at Siena - The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department congratulates students Waleed Ijaz (Biology Major) and Zackary Gregg (dual Chemistry and Biochemistry Major) on their recent publication and ACSLive Slide presentation in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.  Only nine articles were selected for ACSLive Slide presentations within the "Kinetics and Dynamics" section in the past two years.  Their work, under the direction of George L. Barnes, Ph.D., focuses on a previously unknown mechanism for peptide fragmentation that takes place during surface induced dissociation.    (continue reading)

August 30, 2013 - Grant to Help Faculty, Students Pursue New Chemical Research - We need fast, accurate sensors to tell us precisely what chemicals are present in our environment and two Siena College professors are in the process of designing a product that will accomplish that goal.

Jodi O’Donnell, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Lucas Tucker, Ph.D. assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, have received a Multi-Investigator Cottrell College Science Award from one of America’s oldest foundations, the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA)... (continue reading)

April 24, 2013 - Research Results on Display - On April 17 Siena College hosted the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Eastern New York Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This year, 11 Siena students were selected to present their independent research projects conducted with Siena faculty over the past year. Several of the students have already presented their results work at national conferences… (continue reading)

April 9, 2013 - Science Education Programs Make the Grade - Siena College’s science teacher preparation programs in biology, chemistry and physics have been fully recognized and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The program is now accredited without conditions for the next five years and is listed on the NCATE website as a nationally recognized program. The biology, chemistry and physics education programs met all national professional standards for the preparation of science teachers… (continue reading)

February 13, 2013 - Chemistry with a Reduced Carbon Footprint - As an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Jason Hofstein, Ph.D. knows a thing or two about carbon dioxide and about a college class’ carbon footprint. He estimated that a course with 200 students produces 75,000 sheets of paper in one semester, which is costly for the environment and a college such as Siena which, a few years ago, was looking to decrease the amount of money spent annually on paper… (continue reading)

January 8, 2013 - Computer Cluster Adds Speed to Science - Siena College’s School of Science has added a High Performance Computing (HPC) Cluster that will enable faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge computational research in a variety of areas, including surface chemistry, biophysics and artificial intelligence. Purchased last month in collaboration with Siena’s Information and Technology Services, the HPC cluster has 480 GB of global memory, 20.5 TB of long-term storage and unlimited potential to provide students and faculty with opportunities to conduct important scientific research.  George Barnes, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, spearheaded the effort to bring the 16-node machine to campus… (continue reading)