2014 Conference on Research and Education in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectrometry


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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 or 2012. In 2013 a nice regional NMR conference was held at Penn State.

28 May 2014
Department of Chemistry
Wilkes University
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

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Through their generous sponsorships, the following have made this conference possible.



The Department of Chemistry at Wilkes University encourages students and faculty in Pennsylvania and surrounding regions to join in a one-day symposium on 28 May 2014. This is a continuation of our semi-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. This year we are also a concurrent sessions on Mass Spectrometry in an effort to promote the use of this technique in curricular and research applications.

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There are no registration fees and no required memberships. We will accept on-line registrations up to 23 May 2014 and on-site registration will be available the morning of the conference. However we request a registration deadline of 16 May 2014 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) 23 May 2014 to be included in the conference.

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8:45 - 9:30 a.m.Registration and Refreshments (Breiseth Hall Lobby)

Morning Session(s)
(Breiseth Hall Room 107)

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.Welcome and Introduction - Dr. Donald Mencer, Dept. of Chemistry, Wilkes University
9:45 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. The use of diffusion ordered spectroscopy (DOSY) on polymers, Prof. Mark Tapsak, Bloomsburg University.
10:10 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. NMR structure elucidation of spirocyclic acylphloroglucinol derivatives from Hypericum pyramidatum, Prof. Geneive Henry, Susquehanna University.
10:35 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Studying Parallel-Stranded G-Quadruplex Structures of promoter DNA using NMR Spectroscopy, Emmanuel Hatzakis, Pennsylvania State University.
11:00 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Deciphering structural features of intrinsically disordered proteins using carbon-detect NMR, Dr. Debashish Sahu, Penn State University.

Mid-Day Activities
(Breiseth Hall Lobby Area)

11:25 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Conference Photo
11:35 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break and Poster Session

A project-based laboratory using LC-MS that introduces students to drug discovery, Peelen, T.J.;* Kontra, J. M.; Parks, B. W. Lebanon Valley College, Department of Chemistry, Annville, PA 17003

NMR and MS investigations of the sodium borohydride reduction of benzil, Lloyd, C.T.; Shoffler, C.A.; Denny, R.R.; Nguyen, T.V.; Peelen, T.J.* Lebanon Valley College, Department of Chemistry, Annville, PA 17003

Diastereomeric Interactions of Chiral Alcohols, Maple, M.; Stoltzfus, A.; Denny, R.R.; Peelen, T.J.* Lebanon Valley College, Department of Chemistry, Annville, PA 17003

NMR Studies on the Conformational Changes in the Poliovirus RNA Dependent RNA Polymerase, Yang, X.; Liu, X.; Musser, D.M.; Boehr, D.D.* The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemistry, University Park, PA 16802

Synthesis and Characterization of Fluorinated Unnatural Amino Acids, Zack, L.; Dudeck, B.; Henkels, C.* Wilkes University, Department of Chemistry, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

The Recovery and Characterization of Type II Polyketides from Soil Metagenomes, Low-Beinart, L.; Iqbal, H.; Brady, S.; Jain, S.* Bard College, Chemistry Department, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504

Afternoon Session
(Breiseth Hall Room 107)

1:00 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. Use of Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy to Perform Extractables and Leachables Studies for Use in Undergraduate Research Programs, Michael J. Shifflet, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company.
1:25 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Deprotonated Dipeptides in Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry: Teaching Applications and Research Studies, Prof. James Swan, Bucknell University.
1:50 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Bringing Mass Spectrometry to a Variety of Chromatographic Techniques, Rob McDonough, Advion, Inc.
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Quantitative Analysis of Mixtures from Alcoholic Fermentation and Distillation by NMR., Prof. Toni Trumbo-Bell, Bloomsburg University.
2:55 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Use of NMR in a Research Program Teaching Drug Discovery Techniques in an Undergraduate Environment, Prof. C. Anderson Evans, Drew University.
3:20 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Enabling NMR to investigate heparin structural biology, Prof. Scott McCallum, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Final Break

Plenary Lecture

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Combining Solution NMR and X-ray Crystallography for Analysis of Structure-Function Relationships in Proteins and Protein-Protein Complexes, Prof. Gaetano T. Montelione, Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Chair & Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Member, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
5:00 - 5:10 p.m. Closing Comments - Dr. Donald Mencer, Dept. of Chemistry, Wilkes university

Conference Ends

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner for presenters, organizers, and helpers (location - TBD)

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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 conference committee:

  • Dr. Donald Mencer (Wilkes University), Co-Organizer
  • Dr. David Rovnyak (Bucknell University), Co-Organizer
  • Dr. Mark Tapsak (Bloomsburg University), Co-Organizer
  • Dr. Ernie Trujillo (Wilkes University), Print Program Editor
  • Dr. Amy Bradley (Wilkes University), Local Arrangements (Food and Facilities)


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