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					                             2010 ETSU Chemistry Newsletter
         We’re back! It’s been a couple of years since our last Departmental Newsletter. Since
     the last Newsletter, ETSU has established the Gatton College of Pharmacy and that, along
     with a continuing overall enrollment growth has dramatically increased the enrollment in
     chemistry, with the attendant increased class sizes and numbers and associated staffing
     problems. The net result is that we are an expanded and stronger department, but there hasn’t
     been much time to do the “extras”, like publishing a newsletter. We have gotten more
     laboratory space, additional state-of-the-art instrumentation, additional graduate teaching
     assistantships, and additional teaching faculties to handle these increases.
         The current economic situation has also had its effect on the department. We have had
     to postpone a couple of faculty searches. Overall, the university’s approach to this crisis was
     very careful and responsible, and with the help of stimulus money, department operating
     budgets were generally spared, although the future is still uncertain. With the laboratory fees
     we collect and the continuing gracious support from our alumni and friends, we have been
     able to maintain our teaching and research programs. As described below, we are a new
     department in terms of faculty. We published 21 papers last year, submitted 12 grants and
     had 2 funded by external granting agencies. We are waiting approval of a new Chemical
     Physics Concentration in conjunction with the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
         Some changes are bitter-sweet. Mrs. Susan Campbell retired this past summer after 33
     years as Executive Aide in the department. She was as much a professional in the
     department as any one, and one who maintained her sense of humor through all crises. She
     was truly a joy to work with, and I wish her the best in her well-earned retirement. We have
     found an equally talented replacement, Mrs. Barbara Rasnick, who has quickly mastered the
     intricacies of our new Banner software and the many arcane workings of the department, and
     who is also our new webmaster. Watch for our new web page, coming soon.
         As part of our growth, we now have 17 graduate assistantships, double the number of a
     few years ago! These are a very talented group of students who teach many of our
     undergraduate laboratory classes and contribute to our research productivity. Eight of the
     papers published this year have graduate students as co-authors. We added two awards last
     year which recognize these students, one for the
     outstanding student with the highest grade point
     average, and the other for the outstanding
     teaching assistant. These are awarded along
     with our undergraduate awards at our annual
     Awards Banquet.
          Finally, I have announced my intention to
     retire at the end of this academic year. It seems
     only yesterday (1967) that I began my career at
     ETSU. I hope to return to teaching and
     research on a post-retirement plan. We are in
     the beginning stages of an external search for a new      Ms. Campbell at 31 Year Party, 2007

        chair, and there are a number of highly qualified candidates. This is a great department, and I
        hope to enjoy my association with it in the years to come. Thanks for your continuing
        support of the department. Please contact us and let us know of your accomplishments!

            Over the past few years, the Department of Chemistry
        has expanded its strength and increased its diversity with
        new faces joining the family. We would like to welcome
        the following new faculty and staff members.
            First congratulation goes to Dr. Scott Kirkby, who was
        awarded a tenured position and promoted to Associate
        Professor in 2009, due to his excellence in teaching,
        research and service.
           We are also very fortunate to have new associations
        with Dr. Marina Roginska and Dr. Gregory Love. Dr.
        Roginska has extensive research experience in academia
        and will help teach introductory and higher level courses as
        a Lecturer. Dr. Love received his Ph.D. in Analytical
        Chemistry from Kansas State University. He worked at
        Abbott Laboratories for 21 years before joining us as an      Ms. Rasnick at 2009 Mole Day
        Adjunct Professor, teaching introductory and general chemistry courses at ETSU Kingsport
        campus. He is also an active member of North East Tennessee Section of the American
        Chemical Society.
           Three tenure-track faculty positions were filled by Drs. Peng Sun, Aleskey Vasiliev and
        Ningfeng Zhao in Summer 2008. Dr. Sun is an analytical chemist with research interest in
                                     the electrochemical characterization of chemical process or
                                     materials in mesoscopic dimension. As an organic chemist, Dr.
                                     Vasiliev studies functionalization of organic-inorganic hybrid
                                     materials and heterogeneous catalysis in petroleum chemistry.
                                     Dr. Zhao was hired as a chemical educator to collaborate with
                                     the ETSU Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science
                                     Education. He is an inorganic chemist with extensive
                                     experience in curriculum development and teacher training.
                                           Ms. Barbara Rasnick has been our new departmental
                                        Executive Aide since July 2009. She is from Kingsport, TN
                                        and worked nearly ten years for intellectual property for
                                        Eastman Chemical Co. She sings in a mixed quartet and in her
                                        church choir, and recently made her dream trip to Alaska.
                                           With more than 30 years of great services to the
      Dr. Kopp Retirement Party, 2008     Department, Ms. Susan Campbell, our Executive Aide, and
                                          Professor Richard Kopp retired with honor this past year.

       For a long time Ms. Campbell has been recognized as the hinge of the departmental operation
       and by her motherly love for students. Professor Kopp, one of the best teachers the
       Department has even seen, has dedicated himself to chemical education and public science

           The Department of Chemistry is currently in the redesign process of General Chemistry
       course to promote learning and class retention rate. As part of this study, we chose a new text
       “Chemistry: Matter and its Changes” by Brady and Senese for CHEM 1110/1120,
       incorporated with WileyPLUS online learning system. In addition, Dr. Ray Mohseni
       developed a new on-line course, “Introduction to General Chemistry” CHEM 1040 to
       prepare students with necessary background for success in General Chemistry. The
       California Chemistry Diagnostic Test (CCDT) has also been implemented at the beginning of
       each Fall semester to assess the preparedness of students for General Chemistry. Students
       who scored below a minimum score were strongly encouraged to take the CHEM 1040
           The graduate program (Master of Science) at the department has seen dramatic changes
       and growth over the past 6 years. The main reasons for the changes are the world-wide
       socio-political changes and the establishment of the School of Pharmacy at ETSU.
           First we have witnessed a large change in the composition of the national origins of the
       graduate students in the department. We used to have graduate students from China mostly
       with a few domestic graduates. The rise of China economically resulted in changes in the
       interest of fields of studies (to business) and wider choices of universities of young aspiring
       Chinese students. Our stipends are no longer competitive and also may not be needed
       anymore as a stepping stone by those Chinese who are from affluent families. The efforts of
       the past chairman Dr. Huang, when he was a Fulbright scholar at Cameroon, to attract
       students to come to ETSU paid off. Thus we experienced the start of an increase of students
       from the nations on the African continent. We now have students besides Cameroon, from
       Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. We also have had students, aside from India, Nepal, Iran,
       Lebanon, and others, in addition to an increase in domestic graduates. So the department now
       has a much more diverse source of applicants to the graduate program. The quality of the
       applicants remains high as indicated by our graduation rate.
           The other important change is the growth of the graduate program. This growth is due to
       a large enrollment increase in our courses and the number of students who choose to major in
       chemistry. This large influx necessitates more laboratory sections in almost all required
       “service” courses for professional programs, especially for pharmacy and medicine. Thus the
       frequency of offerings and sections are increased for general chemistry, organic chemistry
       and quantitative analysis. This increase in course offerings and frequency means more
       teaching assistants are needed to help with the labs. Thus we have a doubling of teaching
       assistantships to about 17 currently. Along with students who are holding full time jobs in
       industry and education, the graduate program now enrolls about 25 students.

                                            The graduate program also had undergone a
                                        rigorous review process by the American Chemical
                                        Society this past academic year. While we received
                                        high marks in our academic offerings and
                                        achievements, we also suffer the pangs of growth,
                                        that of short of space and personnel. Even though
                                        we have been granted two new positions so that we
                                        now have four faculties in organic and one in
                                        chemistry education, we have due to retirements, 2
                                        positions in other divisions yet to be filled. When
                                        these positions are filled, we would have a much
                                        more rounded choice of master thesis for the
  Aaron and Alvis Wedding, 2008         graduate students.
    The best indicator of how our program is doing is to see how our graduates are faring in
their career goals after leaving ETSU. The majority of our international student graduates go
on to pursue doctoral degrees and the reputation of the programs they are admitted to is
another indicator of how well our MS program is regarded by other institutions. Here are
some of the recent graduates (before or by the end of summer) and where they are currently
   Summer 2009
        Aaron Apawu (Wayne State, Detroit, MI)
        Suzana Hamdan (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA)
        Sai Konda (University of Texas, Austin, TX);
        John Muchena (University of Georgia, Athens, GA)
        Charles Odame-Ankrah (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL)
        Suresh Regmi (Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA)

   December 2008
        Jenifer Ashie (University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY)
        William Ghann (University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD)

   Summer 2008
        Laude Bannerman (Miami University, Oxford, OH)
        Arrey Enyong (Georgetown University, Washington DC)
        Nadine Njoya (Purdue University, Lafayette, IN)

   Summer 2007
        Christian David Essaka (University of Washington, Seattle, WA)
        Mahmoud Al-Shaer (University of Washington, Seattle, WA)

   Other earlier graduates have also been admitted to other doctoral programs, including:
Purdue University, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins,
University of Florida, University of Tennessee, Louisville University, University of Chicago,
and Brown University.

          The majority of the “domestic” graduates prefer to seek employment. For example,
      Daniel Dixon (TN) and Sarah Sawyer (VA) are both high school teachers in the areas.
      Danessa Sexton, Randy Jasmine Sluss, Teresa Lloyd, T. Annette Lockhart, and Enni
      Fomumbod, are graduates who are employed by the local (TN, VA) industries. Many other
      earlier graduates (those from China especially) are working elsewhere, particularly in
      pharmaceutical companies in the east coast such as New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
         A few graduates decided to change to chemistry related career. Recent graduate Mark
      Henry Kamga is now enrolled in the chemical engineering program at University of
      Connecticut. Christian Muenyi, who is now working as a research technician at the Quillen
      School of Medicine at ETSU, has decided to pursue pharmacy program. Abisake Feleki,
      who is working in the DC area is also considering going into pharmacy.
          Our graduate program has been expanding and getting to be recognized as exemplified by
      the number of applications for admission we have received and also by the success of our
      graduates, current and past. The rigorous courses and independent research requirements
      coupled with helpful, congenial, and cooperative atmosphere of the department have been
      conducive to the success and our growing reputation.

         Over the past few years, the Department of Chemistry has been active and fruitful in
      academic research. Below are some selected publications and invited presentations.
      Selected Publications:
          Jiang, Y.L., “Design, synthesis and spectroscopic studies of resveratrol aliphatic acid
      ligands of human serum albumin” Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry, 2008, 16(12), 6406.
          Chen, L.; Sun, X.; Li, H.; Zhao, B.; Zhang, Y.; Javer, A.; Zhang, X.; Jiang, Y.L.; Yin,
      D., “Synthetic Resveratrol Aliphatic Acid Inhibits TLR2-mediated Apoptosis and An
      Involvement of Akt/GSK3- Pathway” Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry, 2009, 17, 4378.
          Xiao, M.; Zhu, B.-K; Jiang, Y.L., “Inhibition of human melonoma cell proliferation
      using small molecule uracil-DNA glycosylase inhibitors” Letters in Drug Design &
      Discovery, 2008, 5, 108.
         Xiao, M.; Yang, H.; Klein, S.M.; Muenyi, C.M.; Stone, W.L.; Jiang, Y.L., “ Facile
      synthesis of anticancer drug NCX 4040 in mild conditions” Letters in Organic Chemistry,
      2008, 5, 510.
          Klein, S.M.; Zhang, C.; Jiang, Y.L., “Simple synthesis of fresh alkyl iodides using
      alcohols and hydriodic acid” Tetrahedron Letters, 2008, 49, 2638.
         Lamale, B.; Henry, W.P.; Daniels, L.M.; Zhang, C.; Klein, S.M.; Jiang, Y.L.,
      “Synthesis and crystal structures of fluorescent receptors for 9-butyladenine” Tetrahedron,
      2009, 65, 62.

    Jiang, Y.L.; Liu, Y.S., “Simple and convenient determination of perylene preserved in the
late Neogene wood from Northeastern Tennessee using fluorescence spectroscopy” Organic
Geochemistry, 2008, 39, 1462.
   Daniel P. Sheng, Ismail O. Kady, “Catalysis by supported Lewis acids: An efficient
method for transesterification of phosphotriesters” Applied Catalysis A: General, 2009, 365,
   Ismail O. Kady, “Transesterification of Phosphotriesters Paraoxon Catalyzed by
ZnCl2/SiO2” Chem. Lett. 2008, 37, 744.
   E. Collnot, C. Baldes, M. Wempe, R. Kappl, J. Huttermann, John A. Hyatt, K. Edgar, U.
Schafer, and C. Lehr, "Mechanism of Inhibition of P-Glycoprotein Mediated Efflux by
Vitamin E TPGS: Influence on ATPase Activity and Membrane Fulidity" Molecular
Pharmaceutics, 2007, 4(3), 465.
   E. Couladouros, V. Moutsos, M. Lampropoulou, J. Little, and John A. Hyatt, "A Short
and Convenient Chemical Route to Optically Pure 2-Methyl Chromanmethanols. Total
Asymmetric Synthesis of beta-, gamma-, and delta-Tocotrienols” Journal of Organic
Chemistry, 2007, 72, 6735.
    John A. Hyatt, "Convenient Preparation of 2,7,8-Trimethyl-6-hydroxychroman-2-
carboxylic Acid (gamma-Trolox)" Synthetic Communications, 2008, 38, 8.
    Chenxi Yang, Peng Sun, “Fabrication and characterization of dual submicrometer-sized
electrode” Anal. Chem. 2009, 81, 7496.
   Zhao, N., “WileyPLUS with CATALYST”, J. Chem. Educ. 2009, 86, 692.
    Hamid S. Kasmai, Xiaodong Wanga, Hanh-Nhon Doan, Josef F. Femia, Thad M.
Yablonsky, Mary E. Read, and David T. Dotten, “The Adverse Effect of Benzannelation on
the Aromaticity of Oxocinyl Anion; a Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study”
Helvetica Chimica Acta (in press).
Selected Presentations:
   Ismail O. Kady, “Hydrolysis of Phosphoesters by Supported Lewis Acids” The 60th ACS
Southeast Regional Meeting. Nashville, TN. November 2008.
   Ismail O. Kady, “ZnCl2/SiO2 as a Catalyst for Transestrification of Organophosphates”
The 236th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Philadelphia, PA. August
    John A. Hyatt, "Synthesis of Optical Molecular Probes for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
and Colorectal Cancer" Symposium of “Fluorescent Conjugates in Cancer Diagnosis”, Univ.
of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus. October 2008.
   C. Constantinou, John A. Hyatt, P. Vraka, V. Hadjivassiloi, A. Papas, C. Neophytou, and
A. Constantinou, "Evaluation of the Pro-apoptotic Properties of Vitamin E Isomers and

       Novel Derivatives in Prostate Cancer Cell Lines" Symposium of "Molecular Targets for
       Cancer Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment”, Limassol, Cyprus. October 2007.
          V. Srinivasan, John A. Hyatt, and M. Whitnall, "Delta Tocotrienol as a Countermeasure
       Agent against Ionizing Radiation" The 54th meeting of the Radiation Research Society.
       Boston, MA. September 2008.
          Zhao, N., “Achievable Classroom Inquiry” The Tennessee Science Teacher Association
       2009 Professional Development Institute and Conference. Franklin, TN. November 2009.

                                                 Mrs. Bettylene Franzus, wife of the late Dr. Boris
                                             Franzus of the Department of Chemistry, was
                                             honored by ETSU alumni association as a 2009
                                             Alumni Award winner. Mr. Doug Davis, a chemist
                                             working for Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. and one of
                                             the graduates from ETSU chemistry department, was
                                             invited as a guest speaker for the Alumni Return to
                                             the Classroom Program in November 2009.
                                                  As now traditions of the Department of Chemistry,
                                              the Mole Day barbeque event and Honors Banquet
                                              are sponsored annually. Integrated with the National
     Joshua Whaley, 2009 Boris Franzus        Chemistry Week, the Mole Day barbeque on October
     Award, with Mrs. Bettylene Franzus       23rd each year allows a good opportunity for
                                              communication between students and chemistry
       faculty members. It is aimed to motivate student career path into chemistry and help realize
       the importance of science. The 20th Chemistry Department Honors Banquet was also held on
       October 23, 2009. It was a good gathering to congratulate the awardees along with their
       parents and friends. The award recipients are:

             William Carothers, Thomas Whitehead
              Award as an outstanding chemistry
              major who has completed general
             Daniel Armentrout, Clifford C. Boyd
              Award as an outstanding chemistry
              major who has completed organic
              chemistry and quantitative analysis.
             Sarah Himmelreich, D. G. Nicholson
              Award as an outstanding chemistry
              major who has completed physical
                                                                       2009 Mole Day
             Joshua Whaley, Boris Franzus

       Memorial Scholarship Award as an outstanding student in undergraduate organic
      Ian Ross, Outstanding Student Award as an outstanding senior chemistry major;
       NETS-ACS Award, as an outstanding senior by Northeast Tennessee Section of the
       American Chemical Society.
      Caddy Hobbs, Thomas T. –S. Huang Chemistry Endowed Scholarship as an entering
       freshman chemistry major.
      Barnabas Otoo, Outstanding Graduate Student Award for most outstanding
       academic performance.
      Travis Heath, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for proven to be an
       outstanding teacher.
    The Department of Chemistry continuously
contributes to the community science learning
by providing services to professional
organizations. Dr. Gregory Love served as
Chair-elect, Chair, and Past Chair in 2007 –
2009 for Northeast Tennessee Section of the
American Chemical Society, respectively. In
2010, he will be serving as Member-At-Large.
On April 22nd, 2009, Drs. Kasmai, Wardeska
and Zhao joined the Girl Scout celebration of
the Earth Day by providing “magic” chemistry
shows. Dr. Zhao was also appointed as the            Daniel Armentrout, 2009 Clifford Boyd
coordinator for the US National Chemistry            Award, with Dr. Wardeska
Olympiad at Northeast Tennessee Section of the
American Chemical Society. Over 200 high school students from seven local high schools
participated in the competition to promote the learning of chemistry.

   Department of Chemistry
   P.O. Box 70695
   East Tennessee State University
   Johnson City, TN 37614


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