Chemistry Faculty & Students Present at ACS Conference in San Francisco

Chemistry faculty Mary Crawford and Helen Hoyt, along with students Alejandro Beltran ’17 and Diandra Soemardi ’17, attended the 253rd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting held April 2-6 in San Francisco.

Crawford serves as Chair of the Professional Relations Subcommittee: Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies Subdivision; the division hosted its first ever research symposium for LGBTQ graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Crawford also presented a talk at Stanford University as part of their Queer Perspective Seminar series entitled “Four Strikes or Four Medals: Queer Perspectives from a First Generation African American Lesbian Woman’s Journey through Chemistry” on Friday, April 7.

Diandra Soemardi presented on “Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity studies of iron dibromide complexes bearing para-substituted alpha-diimine ligands” and Alejandro Beltran presented on “Synthesis and characterization of thermotropic copper(II) heteroleptic metallomesogens with 2-ethylhexanoate ligands”. Both seniors presented posters in the session for Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry, and they are research students with Hoyt and Tom Clayton (Chemistry), respectively.

The student ACS Chapter (Knox Chemistry Club, advised by Diana Cermak, Chemistry) was honored with an Honorable Mention award.