March 27, 2013
Students Take Top Research Honors at Alabama Academy of Science
Samford students Rebekah Brooks, Hannah Chappell, Jason Goebel and Christina Rickman won top research honors at the 90th annual meeting of the Alabama Academy of Science on the university's campus March 20-22. All four take part in Samford's Clark Scholars Program in Computational Biology.
Brooks won first place in the undergraduate chemistry category for "Synthesis and Computational Investigation of 2nd-Generation Beta-Secretase Inhibitors," a poster describing her research with Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry professor Andy Lampkins and department chair Morgan Ponder.
Goebel and Rickman won second place in the same category with a related project, "Exploring the Utility of Novel Amino Acid-Derived Chirons; Toward the Synthesis of (─) Galantinic Acid and "Smart" Therapeutics," also completed with Lampkins.
Chappell won first place in the industry environmental and earth science division for her talk on "Bioremediation Technology Using Fungi to Remove Trace Level Pharmaceuticals (17a-ethinylestradiol) from Wastewater." She will present the work again at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans in April.
Several Samford faculty, including Lampkins, Dennis Sansom (Philosophy) and George Keller (Biological and Environmental Sciences) presented their research in a Friday symposium. Ron Hunsinger, chair of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, serves as president of the AAS.
Approximately 300 faculty, undergraduate and graduate students took part in the AAS meeting this year.
- Clark Scholars Program in Computational Biology
- Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
- Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry