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PROGRAM

The following symposia are tentative and subject to change. Please check back frequently, as this information is continuously updated as new information becomes available. For more information or questions concerning the NORM 2012 programming, contact Don Warner (Program Chair) at dwarner@boisestate.edu or (208) 426-3030.


Symposia:

•Advances in Functional Organic Materials
• Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Nano-Biomaterials
• Chemistry of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
•Non-Linear Optical Spectroscopy
• Semiconductor Materials
• Bioorganic Chemistry
• Progress in Disease Therapeutics
• New Strategies in Cancer Research
• Teaching for Critical Thinking and
Problem Solving in STEM Courses
• Chemical Education
• Graduate School Recruitment Symposium
• Poster Sessions

General Sessions:

• Chemical Education
Organic
• Inorganic
• Analytical
• Biochemistry
• Physical
• Medicinal Chemistry
• Materials/Materials Chemistry

Special Events: (details)

• Opening Night Dessert Reception
• Basque Cultural Dinner Reception
• 2012 ACS Awards Banquet
• Whitewater Rafting – Payette River
• Fly Fishing Clinic/Fishing Trip
• Micron Technology Plant Tours
• Basque Museum Tours
• ACS Career Services Workshops
• POGIL Workshop
• High School Teacher Program


Symposia Descriptions:

(1) Title: ACS-Cope Scholar Symposium—Advances in Functional Organic Materials
Organizer: Dr. Jeunghoon Lee, Boise State University, jeunghoonlee@boisestate.edu
Length: Half-Day

Description: This symposium will focus on advances in organic materials for electronics, optics, biological, and energy applications. The emphasis will be placed on emerging materials, novel synthetic methods, supramolecular assemblies, structure-property relationship, and functional device fabrication of organic materials and polymers. Topics of interest include electronic and optical materials, biomimetics and bio-inspired materials, drug delivery vehicles, and materials for energy-related applications.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Milan Balaz (University of Wyoming)
Dr. Thomas Bell (University of Nevada-Reno)
Dr. Ana Bettencourt-Dias (University of Nevada-Reno)
Dr. Michael Haley (University of Oregon)
Dr. Fenton Heirtzler (University of Alaska Fairbanks)
Dr. Samson Jenekhe (University of Washington)
Dr. Benjamin T. King (University of Nevada, Reno)
Dr. Seth Marder (Georgia Institute of Technology) – COPE Scholar


(2) Title: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
Organizer: Dr. Joshua Pak, Idaho State University, pakjosh@isu.edu
Length: Half-Day

Description: Materials Science and Nanotechnology have become an important part of modern scientific endeavor. The objective of this symposium is to provide a forum for the discussion of new developments, recent progress, and innovations in the design and implementation of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. The symposium will address aspects of theory, preparation, characterization, and application.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Darren Johnson (University of Oregon)
Dr. Susan Kauzlarich (University of California Davis)
Dr. Janelle Leger (Western Washington University)
Dr. Mark MacLachlan (University of British Columbia)
Dr. Jeanne McHale (Washington State University)
Dr. Joshua Pak (Idaho State University)
Dr. Alex Punnoose (Boise State University)
Dr. Chien Wai (University of Idaho)
Dr. Kenton Whitmire (Rice University)


(3) Title: Nano-Biomaterials
Organizer: Dr. Jeunghoon Lee, Boise State University, jeunghoonlee@boisestate.edu
Length: Half-Day

Description: This symposium will be focused on various synthetic methods, new and improved hierarchical assemblies, and applications of nano- and biomaterials. Topics of interest include polymers, organic-inorganic hybrid materials, nanoparticles, DNA nanostructures, and biomaterials.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Milan Balaz (University of Wyoming)
Dr. Elton Graugnard (Boise State University)
Dr. Jennifer Heemstra (University of Utah)
Dr. Byung Kim (Boise State University)
Dr. Jeunghoon Lee (Boise State University)
Dr. Paul Rothemund (California Institute of Technology)
Dr. Amarchand Sathyapalan (University of Utah)
Dr. Kenneth Woycechowsky (University of Utah)


(4) Title: Non-Linear Optical Spectroscopy
Organizer: James Patterson, BYU, jepatterson@chem.byu.edu

Length: Half-Day

Description: This symposium will focus on recent advances and remaining challenges in non-linear optical spectroscopy. These techniques, such as sum-frequency and second harmonic generation, are particularly useful for investigating the structure of interfaces. However, some challenges in acquisition and proper interpretation of data remain.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. John Conboy (University of Utah)
Dr. Paul Davis (Boise Technology)
Dr. Aaron Massari (University of Minnesota)
Dr. James Patterson (BYU)
Dr. Hongfei Wang (PNNL)


(5) Title: Chemistry of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
Organizer: Dean R. Peterman and Jack Law, Idaho National Laboratory,
Dean.Peterman@inl.gov and Jack.Law@inl.gov
Length: Full Day

Description: This symposium will be focused on the chemistry of the nuclear fuel cycle. Topics for the symposium include solvent extraction, ion exchange, pyrochemical processing, processing of unique materials, and analytical techniques.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Stephen Agnew (Columbia Energy and Environmental Services, Inc.)
Dr. Ken Nash (Washington State University)
Dr. Dean Peterman (INL)
Dr. You Qiang (University of Idaho)
Dr. Terry Todd (Idaho National Lab)


(6) Title: Semiconductor Materials
Organizer: Dan Millward, Micron Technology, dmillward@micron.com
Length: Half-Day

Description: Materials Science and nanotechnology play a critical role in state of the art semiconductor fabrication. The objective of this symposium is to provide a forum for the discussion of new developments, recent progress, and innovations in the design and implementation of advanced materials and nanotechnology techniques, with an emphasis on their application in semiconductor fabrication. The symposium will address aspects of theory, preparation, characterization, and application.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Mario A Alpuche (University of Nevada-Reno)
Dr. Sean M. Casey (University of Nevada-Reno)
Dr. Andrew (Jack) Eckles (Chief Scientist, National Thermodynamics Laboratory)
Dr. Dan Millward (Micron Technology)
Dr. Rene Rodriguez (Idaho State University)
Dr. Vishal Sipani (Micron Technology)
Ming-Chuan Yang (Micron Technology)


(7) Title: Bioorganic Chemistry
Organizer: Dr. Nicholas Natale, University of Montana, nicholas.natale@umontana.edu
Length: Full-Day

Description: Bioorganic chemistry is a central endeavor in modern drug discovery. Several groups in the Northwest Region are actively engaged in applying bioorganic principles in the understanding of drug action, elucidation of Structure activity relationships, and development of new and novel theranostic agents. The symposium will highlight recent developments in hypothesis-driven structure-based bioorganic chemisty.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Levente Fabry-Asztalos (Central Washington University)
Dr. Patrick Hrdlicka (University of Idaho)
Dr. Nicholas Natale (University of Montana)
Dr. Michael Mosher (University of Northern Colorado)
Dr. Matt Peterson (BYU)
Dr. Stacia Rink (Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound)


(8) Title: Progress in Disease Therapeutics
Organizer: Dr. Ken Cornell, Boise State University, kencornell@boisestate.edu
Length: Full-Day

Description: The symposium “Progress in Therapeutics” will focus on research presentations that describe advances in identifying novel targets for drug development, inhibitor design and testing in infectious and non-infectious disease models. A session of the symposium will focus on protein therapeutics, novel vaccines, and the development of sensor technologies to assess immune responses and disease status.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Michael Aldape (Boise VA Medical Center)
Dr. Ken Cornell (Boise State University)
Dr. Jeff Habig (Boise State University)
Dr. Will Hughes (Boise State University)
Dr. Jon Jacobs (Pacific Northwest National Lab)
Dr. Rajesh Nagarajan (Boise State University)
Dr. Michael Riscoe (Portland VA Medical Center)
Dr. JB Roullet (Oregon Health Sciences University)
Dr. Vern Schramm (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Dr. Haiqing Sheng (University of Idaho)
Dr. Juliette Tinker (Boise State University)
Dr. Rolf Winter (Portland VA Medical Center)
Dr. Dong (Danny) Xu (Boise State University)
Mr. Raino Zoller (pSiFlow Technology)


(9) Title: New Strategies in Cancer Research
Organizer: Dr. Henry Charlier Jr., Boise State University, hcharlie@boisestate.edu
Length: Full-Day

Description: This symposium will focus on new pharmaceutical targets for cancer treatment, mechanisms of tumor progression and efforts to control unwanted toxicities of commonly used cancer treatments.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Byron Bennet (Idaho State University)
Dr. Henry Charlier, Jr. (Boise State University)
Dr. Barry Cusack, MD (Boise VA Medical Center)
Nicole Frank (Idaho State University)
Dr. James Lai (Idaho State University)
Dr. Jakob Magolan (University of Idaho)


(10) Title: Teaching for Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in STEM Courses
Organizer: Dr. Susan Shadle, Boise State University, sshadle@boisestate.edu
Length: Half-Day

Description: The development of students' critical thinking and problem solving skills is an important goal for teachers of STEM students. This symposium will focus on pedagogical ideas to support the various aspects of critical thinking and problem solving, as well as strategies for assessing students' skills in these areas.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Megan Frary (Boise State University)
Dr. Tom Greenbowe (Iowa State University)
Dr. Laura Levine (Washington State University)
Dr. Vicky Minderhout (Seattle University)
Dr. Kimberly Tanner (San Francisco State University)
Dr. Marcy Towns (Purdue University)


(11) Title: Chemical Education
Organizer: Dr. Tom Greenbowe, Iowa State University, tgreenbo@iastate.edu
Length: Half-Day

Description: Students have a hard time understanding, retaining, retrieving and applying information in any chemistry course. Submissions to address these issues are welcome. Presentations describing activities in the classroom, the use of technology, practical solutions to problems, unique laboratory experiments, demonstrations, practical applications, pedagogy, assessment, scholarly work and education research at the secondary and tertiary levels are appropriate. Possible topics might include misconceptions, challenges, failures, and successes observed in chemistry courses, as well as the experiences gained during the implementation of different teaching methods and materials in those courses, the characteristics of effective teaching methods, and methods to help students efficiently transfer knowledge from lab to lecture. If you have something you are doing in your classroom that works, please share it with us.

Confirmed Speakers:
Dr. Charles (Butch) Atwood (University of Utah)
Dr. Scott Donnelly (Arizona Western College)
Dr. Deborah Exton (University of Oregon)
Dr. Tyson Miller (Heritage University)
Dr. MaryKay Orgill (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Dr. Jimmy Reeves (University of North Carolina - Wilmington)


(12) Title: Graduate School Recruitment Symposium
Organizer: Undergraduate Programming, to participate contact dwarner@boisestate.edu
Length: Half-Day

Description: This symposium will be for graduate school recruiters who would like to give an oral presentation highlighting their graduate school program and institutional research.

Confirmed Speakers:


General Sessions:

Analytical Chemistry (Oral and Poster)
Biochemistry (Oral and Poster)
Chemical Education (Oral and Poster)
Inorganic Chemistry (Oral and Poster)
Medicinal Chemistry (Oral and Poster)
Organic Chemistry (Oral and Poster)
Physical Chemistry (Oral and Poster)


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