2009 Conference on Undergraduate Research and Education in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance


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Note: the 2006 and 2008 Conferences were sessions at ACS Fall National Meetings (Philadelphia, PA). No conference was held in 2010.

21 November 2009
Department of Chemistry,
Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

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The Department of Chemistry at Wilkes University encourages students and faculty in Pennsylvania and surrounding regions to join in a one-day symposium on 21 November 2009. This is our 6th annual NMR conference event in eastern PA!. As with our prior conferences, this event will focus on the increasing efforts of educators at principally undergraduate institutions (PUIs) to engage in research and education that exploits modern nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

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There are no registration fees and no required memberships. We will accept on-line registrations up to 13 November 2009 and on-site registration will be available the morning of the conference. However we request a registration deadline of 6 November 2009 to best assist our efforts in planning.

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Poster Session

A poster session will be held from noon - 1:30 p.m. Submit your poster abstracts by 5:00 p.m. (ET) 6 November 2009 to be included in the conference.

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Final Programming

8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration and Refreshments
(Stark Learning Center Lobby)

Morning Session
(Stark Learning Center Rm. 101)

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.Welcome and Introduction - Dr. Terese Wignot, Chair Dept. of Chemistry, Wilkes University
9:40 - 10:00 a.m.Kathy Lewis, Expanding Technology in Chemistry at the Community College - Hands on NMR, Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, PA 18634
10:00 - 10:20 a.m.James Murray, NMR without an NMR: How Simulations Saved Sophomore Organic Chemistry, Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA. 19345
10:20 - 10:45 a.m.Laura Anna and Aimee Miller, So we have a new NMR…now what?, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.Morning Break, (set up posters now)
11:00 - 11:20 a.m. David Rovnyak, Challenges in pedagogy and visualization of quantum mechanics in NMR, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837
11:20 - 11:50 a.m. Bernie O'Hare, Ice at Room Temperature: A NMR Relaxation Analysis, recent Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
11:50 a.m. - noon Conference Photo

Lunch Break and Sessions
(Henry Student Center and Stark Learning Center)

noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch / Roundtables / Poster Break
Locations will be plainly marked and announced on site.
Round Tables
  • NMR funding – proposal strategies: Dr. Amy Bradley, Wilkes University (facilitator)
    Wilkes University received NSF funding for a new 400 MHz NMR spectrometer that will be installed within the next month. Dr. Bradley will share her insights as the PI on the proposal that was funded.
  • Regional Research Exchange: Dr. Larry Pederson, Misericordia University (facilitator)
    Dr. Pederson has travelled internationally to work on natural product chemistry and will lead an exchange between researchers in the area who wish to share their research interests. We are hopeful that this type of interaction might spawn some collaborative research efforts.

Afternoon Session
(Stark Learning Center Rm. 101)

1:30 - 1:55 p.m. James Gibson, Analysis of Silicone Resins with Solution-State 29Si NMR, Momentive Performance Materials, Waterford, NY 12188
1:55 - 2:20 p.m. C. Strepka, Aluminum-27 NMR studies of the impact of tank waste leachates on Hanford sediment samples,The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
2:20 - 2:45 p.m. Bruce A. Johnson, Computational Analysis of NMR Metabolomic Data, One Moon Scientific, Inc., Newark, NJ 07103
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:00 - 3:25 p.m. Andrea Piserchio , NMR Insights into Nick Repair by the Chlorella virus DNA Ligase, ChVLig., The City College of New York, New York, NY 10031
3:25 - 3:50 p.m. Greg Walker, Determination of Degradation Pathways and Kinetics of Acyl Glucuronides by NMR Spectroscopy, Pfizer, Inc., Groton / New London, CT
3:50 - 4:15 p.m. Robert Wenslow, Application of Solid-State NMR in Drug Substance and Drug Product Characterization, Merck and Co., Rahway, NJ 07065
4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Megan Spence, NMR Microscopy of Lipid Rafts, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Final BREAK
5:00 - 5:50 p.m.
Dr. Thomas R. Krugh, Three-dimensional structures of RNA oligomers determined by NMR spectroscopy, the Department of Chemistry at Rochester University, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627-0216
5:50 - 5:55 p.m. Closing Comments - Dr. Donald Mencer, Dept. of Chemistry, Wilkes university

Conference Ends

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner for presenters, organizers, and helpers (location - TBA)

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Travel and Accommodations

Directions to and a campus map of Wilkes University Campus. Attendees should park in Parking lot number 8 behind the Henry Student Center.

Accomodations: The schedule is intended to allow for day trips for most conference attendees. However we understand that others may feel a need to find local accomodations. We are working on plans to best assist those in need of such accomodations. Please check back for details.

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Questions and Contact

For any further questions and information please contact Donald Mencer (, 570.408-4626).

This year's steering committee:

  • Dr. Amy Bradley (Wilkes University) - registration and parking oversight
  • Dr. Henry Castjon (Wilkes University) - assistance with web forms for registration and poster abstracts
  • Dr. Ernie Trujillo (Wilkes University) - poster session organization
  • Dr. David Rovnyak (Bucknell University), Robbie Iuliucci (Washington and Jefferson College), Guillermo Moyna, (Univ. of the Sciences Philadelphia) - programming advise and general conference guidance
  • Dr. Terri Wignot (Wilkes University) - space planning and logistics


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Don Mencer