Scholarly Achievements - Chemistry

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On behalf of the University, President Douglas G. Lee conferred upon Dr. Robert LaCount, professor of chemistry, the title of professor emeritus. LaCount retired from his full-time position in August 2013. He joined the University in 1965, and during his 49 years of service to the University, he eagerly incorporated the education of Waynesburg University students into his groundbreaking research. 

Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fourth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year. 

Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter was recently selected to receive the “Outstanding Chapter Award” from the American Chemical Society for the fourth consecutive year. The award is a result of the chapter’s activities conducted during the 2012-13 academic year. Waynesburg University was one of only 53 chapters selected to receive the “Outstanding Award.”

Waynesburg University’s American Chemical Society’s Student Chapter hosted its annual Haunted Lab event Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 on the campus of Waynesburg University. Participants were guided throughout the experiment and activity stations run by University students and faculty members on the third floor of Stewart Science Hall.

In 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office assigned Patent No. 8,440,015 to Robert LaCount, chemistry professor at Waynesburg University, as well as Douglas Kern, 1990 and 2006 Waynesburg University alumnus, and John Baltrus, a research chemist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), for a thermal method that retains yet passivates carbon and/or other components in fly ash.

Tiffany Onifer, a junior chemistry major from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, presented the research she completed with Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of chemistry, at the undergraduate research symposium at West Virginia University Saturday, March 16, 2013. She won second place with her research presentation titled, “The characterization of prepared immobilized β-cyclodextrin beads and their binding affinity with enkephalin neuropeptides in microdialysis sampling.”

Heidi Fletcher, assistant professor of chemistry at Waynesburg University, recently received a 2013 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant (PCMNCG) at the annual Pittsburgh Conference. Her proposal was one of 12 selected for funding from 49 proposals received for consideration.