Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in Biochemistry

b2ap3_thumbnail_4-4-ACS-Conference.jpgFour Waynesburg University students presented abstracts at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Diego, Calif., in March 2016.

“The benefits of attending national conferences are both varied and extensive,” said Evonne Baldauff, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Chemistry and Forensic Science Department. “Students gain experience presenting their research thus improving their communication skills and providing them a sense of ownership of their work in the lab.”

Trenton Bromenschenkel, senior biochemistry major, presented an abstract that focused on finding easy ways to remove ethanol from small engines using molecular sieves. He studied how effective the sieves were with multiple extractions along with their saturation limits.

“I didn’t realize how many students like me are conducting research across the nation,” said Bromenschenkel. “I also learned about new developments in the biomedical research field. There are some very innovative scientists performing research.”

Cassandra Gates, senior biochemistry major, shared her abstract that focused on the chemical analysis of coffee to predict quality and balance. Her research was conducted through a variety of analytical techniques by testing both beans and coffee in brewed form.

“My coursework at Waynesburg has provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to perform my research and present,” said Gates. “I would not have been able to comprehend and think critically about the research of others without the chemistry knowledge I received from my classes.”

Brian Karns, senior forensic science major, focused on how crime scene reconstruction of shootings could benefit from data collected from trace materials on recovered bullets or the terminal ballistic pathway. In his study, full-metal jacket, soft-point and hollow-point 9 mm rounds were fired through common structural materials and their paths were terminated in ballistic gelatin.

“In addition to the lectures, I had the opportunity to meet a few people in my field and network, which will hopefully benefit me as I begin looking for a job,” said Karns.

Jelena Kyle, senior forensic science major, conducted research on the vast number of compounds in a single cup of coffee which include thirteen key aroma compounds. She used a headspace-solid phase micro-extraction technique along with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to characterize the compounds, in addition to the variable of time.

“It was really great meeting chemists from all over the world,” said Kyle. “I even received a job offer when I was presenting my poster, which was pretty cool.”

A conference such as the ACS National Meeting and Exposition also provides students with the opportunities to attend research presentations, networking seminars, graduate school recruitment events and career development workshops.

ACS is a congressionally independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

# # #

Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

Hits: 579

b2ap3_thumbnail_3-31-PITTCON.JPGChelsie Gaton, a senior forensic science major at Waynesburg University, and Trenton Bromenschenkel, a senior biochemistry major at Waynesburg University, recently served as student aides at the PITTCON Conference and Exposition for Laboratory Science in Atlanta, Ga.

Gaton and Bromenschenkel were involved with judging and managing poster sessions. They worked on the program committee and were responsible for set-up tasks such as signage and technology for presentation sessions, in addition to being greeters. Gaton also spent time serving on the registration committee.

“PITTCON is several things, but it is primarily a trade show for instrumental chemists,” said Bromenschenkel. “Those in device manufacturing are able to show off their new products and connect with new customers while those in the commercial industry are able to network and learn the latest advancements.”

Networking with scientists in the field from all over the world is a great benefit to college students who attend PITTCON.

“The people I made connections with gave me great advice about job searching that I will be able to utilize,” said Gaton. “I was also given different opportunities at the conference to utilize new science equipment being developed, such as micropipettes and pH probes.”

Both students agree that their prior coursework at Waynesburg was valuable in preparing them to participate at the conference.

“The instrumental class I took at Waynesburg helped me understand the technical side of the instrumentals at the show,” said Bromenschenkel. “I also attended a lecture by a Nobel Prize in chemistry winner and had no problem understanding the material, which is a testament to the quality of education I am receiving.”

“I learned a great deal of new information and I am able to understand the concepts,” said Gaton. “I will also encourage others at Waynesburg to attend the conference in the future.”

The conference and exposition hosts approximately 16,000 attendees from over 90 countries and hosts a wide variety of constituencies from life sciences, pharmaceutical discovery and QA, food safety, environmental, bioterrorism and other emerging markets.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

# # #

Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

Hits: 418

b2ap3_thumbnail_Bromenshenkel_Trenton_3.JPGDuring the summer of 2013, Trenton Bromenshenkel, a sophomore Biochemistry major at Waynesburg University, lived the life of a practicing physician. As part of the prestigious UC Davis Pre-Medical Surgical Internship, Mentorship and Research Program, Bromenschenkel worked next to experts in the surgical field approximately 20 hours a week from May 31 to August 24, gaining crucial hands-on experience.

As an intern, Bromenschenkel was responsible for attending conferences, covering rounds, seeing patients in the intensive care unit and working in pre-operative, post-operative and operating rooms. He also studied extensively outside of the hospital, reading medical books, researching and writing papers.

“My favorite experiences were in the OR,” said Bromenschenkel. “I had the opportunity to see some amazing operations ranging from kidney transplants to spinal surgery to laparoscopic cholecystectomies. I even saw an operation with the da Vinci machine, a minimally-invasive robot operated by a surgeon.”

The UC Davis Pre-Medical Surgical Internship, Mentorship and Research Program exposes its interns to the field of surgery in a professional medical environment. Hosted by the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif., medical students are given the opportunity to work hands-on within a 650-bed, Level 1 Trauma Center under the guidance of practicing surgical physicians.

“This was the only internship I was interested in for the summer,” said Bromenschenkel. “I realize I should have applied elsewhere, but the program offered a unique exposure to medicine and the life of a physician.”

The El Dorado, Calif., native, who chose Waynesburg for its strong science department, small classroom sizes and many scholarship opportunities, learned of the UC Davis internship program after he attended the annual UC Davis Pre-Health & Pre-Medical National Conference as a high school senior.

Bromenschenkel worked diligently to put together a strong application composed of a series of essays, letters of recommendation and a curriculum vitae. After his application was reviewed and an interview conducted, Bromenschenkel became one of the youngest pre-medical surgical interns in a group of upperclassmen and post-graduate students.

“My acceptance into the program has meant a great deal to me,” said Bromenschenkel. “Getting an internship like this is rare for a rising sophomore and has given me a huge boost for future applications.”

Surprisingly, maintaining a hectic schedule was nothing new for Bromenschenkel.

As a student at Waynesburg, Bromenschenkel is a leadership scholar, a resident assistant in Thayer Hall and is involved in ACS (American Chemical Society), AMSA (American Medical Student Association), Biology Club, Society for Analytical Chemists in Pittsburgh (SACP), swing dancing and WOE (Waynesburg Outdoor Experience).  He also tutors chemistry and math on campus.

"To me, what makes Trenton stand out as a leader among leaders is that he doesn't try to stand out but rather has a behavioral style of quiet confidence, a clear vision of his goals and an absolute commitment to achieving them," said Mary Cummings, vice president for student services at Waynesburg University.

Through this experience, Bromenschenkel has not only shown his ability to succeed, he has found his calling to become a trauma surgeon.

“This program has definitely cemented my commitment to medicine,” said Bromenschenkel. “I feel like now I know why I’m going through my undergrad and am excited to continue on to medical school.”

The knowledge Bromenschenkel gained in the medical field at UC Davis Hospital will prove to be invaluable as he progresses through his academic career, but equally important, the continual dedication of Waynesburg University students to achieve success has proven that any feat can be accomplished.

Hits: 917