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Department of Chemistry Academic Year 2014-15 News

Graduation May 10, 2015

Congratulations to our 2015 graduates!

Myiah Simone-Yvette Davis BS BIOCHEMISTRY
Shanice Danielle Graham BS BIOCHEMISTRY
Danielle Latrice Oliver BS BIOCHEMISTRY

Myiah Davis plans to work as a research assistant and then pursue graduate studies in biochemistry. Shanice Graham plans to pursue doctoral studies in dermatology. Danielle Oliver plans to pursue doctoral studies in immunology. The Department of Chemistry wishes our 2015 graduates all of the best with their future endeavors and hopes to be hearing from them soon.




Departmental Name Change

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Chemistry at Hampton University will be officially known as the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The name change was voted on by University faculty in March 2015 and takes effect immediately. The name change reflects broader student interests in biomedicine, toxicology, nanotechnology and other related career options.

Faculty Activities and Accomplishments

Dr. Charles Bump presented at the Spring 2015 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver, Colorado. The presentation, "ACS examination in organic chemistry at Hampton University", was a part of the symposium by the Division on Chemical Education on the "Current Practice and Research Using ACS Exams".

Dr. Kesete Ghebreyessus coauthored a modified green approach to the synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The article, "Rapid synthesis of highly stable silver nanoparticles and its application for colourimetric sensing of cysteine" was published online January 2015 in the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience. The coauthors are Dr. Sainth Babu and Dr. Michelle Claville.

Dr. Peter Njoki, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry, presented a seminar for the NanoHU Seminar series on Wednesday March 25, 2015. "Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials made from various Transition Metals" discussed the wet-chemical colloidal approach and the state of the art tools used for synthesis and characterization.

Dr. Michelle Waddell attended a workshop sponsored by The National Science Foundation and Bowie State University. The workshop was part of the HBCU-UP NSF Outreach Day and highlighted grant opportunities offered under the NSF Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program. She is also serving as a Co-Investigator for the HU MARC U-Star program.

HU Water Quality Research Program: Highlights on Global Perspectives

Water Innovation Treatment & Solutions Forum

Water Innovation Treatment & Solutions Forum

Dr. Urasa in Singapore

Dr. Isai T. Urasa was invited to participate in the First Global Innovations Imperatives (GII) Symposium on Water Innovation Treatment Solutions in Singapore, December 3-5, 2014

About the GII Symposium

Water resource management is a critical global issue for both industrialized and emerging economies. This first Global Innovation Imperative (GII) symposium, jointly organized by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry (SNIC) in December 2014, brought together world practitioners to share their thoughts and work on global water. Topics ranged from educational programs and services to address the need for potable water, to specialized methods to improve water quality, to cutting-edge technology on water treatment plants, and finally, to networking and collaboration to find local solutions to global issues.

The convergence of scientists and experts from the public and private sectors, as well as academia, highlighted the significance of public private partnerships as a means to address the issues of water accessibility, quantity and quality – the three main elements comprising the world's water challenge. The key issue is how to ensure an adequate, sustainable, reliable, clean, affordable and safe water supply for growing populations.

The U.S. delegation included Professor Jean Andino of Arizona State University, Professor Ellene Tratras Contis of Eastern Michigan University, Professor Garrick Louis of the University of Virginia, and Professor Isai T. Urasa of Hampton University. In his presentation and discussions, Professor Urasa stressed the importance of deploying locally-based resources and talent to create new knowledge and materials for use in water resource management. He offered as examples his research findings and experiences on wastewater stabilization ponds used in Tanzania as an alternative to municipal wastewater treatment facilities commonly used in the U.S., and the use of beef bone char (carbonized cow bone) for water filtration and fluoride removal in drinking water.

Singapore National Institute of Chemistry - Water Innovation Treatment & Solutions Forum 2014 »