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Professional Notes for May 18, 2016

Dr. Shersten Johnson, Music Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper titled “Performance Gestures and Idealized Listening in the Met’s Pasquale HD Production” at the International Conference on Music Gesture and Creative Interface in Porto, Portugal.

Dr. Kari Zimmerman, History Department, College of Arts and Sciences, wrote “As Pertaining to the Female Sex: The Legal and Social Norms of Female Entrepreneurship in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” which was published in the Hispanic American Historical Review. The article argues that women owned and operated businesses equivalent to their male colleagues, despite the social constraints of their patriarchal society.

Ten students from the University of St. Thomas’ Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences, presented their research April 29 at the 2016 Minnesota Academy of Sciences Winchell Symposium. The following students presented posters: Anna Folska,”Analyzing the Different Membrane Interactions of Cell-Penetrating Peptides,” Hannah Ganzel,”Binding Affinity of PAH-Coated Au Nanoparticles to Gram Positive Cell Walls” and Stephanie Surma, “Effect of Molecular Weight and Conjugation Ratio of PEGylated PAMAM Copolymers on DNA Affinity and Complex Aggregation” (mentored by Dr. Lisa Prevette); Evan Kalb, “Attenuation of Supramolecular G-DNA Through Fluorescent Ligands” and Jen Fitgerald, Maddy Riemenschnieder and Hailley Cound, “The Effect of a Completely Animal-Free MRS Medium on Lactobacillus Acidophilus Growth” (mentored by Dr. Thomas Marsh). The following students gave oral presentations: Francesca Ippoliti, “Synthesis and Characterization of Three Oleoyl-PEG Orthoester Micelles for Drug Delivery” (mentored by Dr. Lisa Prevette); Evan Kalb, “In vivo Tracking of Supramolecular G-DNA Through Fluorescent Ligands” (mentored by Dr. Thomas Marsh); Thomas Tuohy, “Novel Synthesis of Tetra-arylsubstituted Furan Molecules” (mentored by Dr. J. Thomas Ippoliti); and Theresa Pham, “Routes Toward Lanthanum(III) Triazolylidene Complex” (mentored by Dr. Marites Guino-o). Two of our students received special recognition for the quality of their work: Kalb won the Lee I. Smith Award for Excellence in Chemistry for his poster presentation and Ippoliti won a Top Oral Presentation award in Chemistry.