High School Chemistry Student Wins Gorgas Award with Distinction
As stated in an April 15, 2014 Birmingham News article top honors in the Gorgas Scholarship competition was won by a black high school student for the first time in the contest's 67 year history.
Mr. Arrix L. Ryce, an honor student at the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, won the Gorgas Scholarship Competition held on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Auburn University. Mr. Ryce presented his poster and presentation titled: Spectophotometric Steady-state Kinetic Parameters of E.coli ClpB. The award included a $4000 tuition grant plus additional monies to in state schools.
Arrix has been pursuing his interest in chemistry in Dr. Aaron Lucius’ lab at UAB’s Department of Chemistry since August of 2012. He has worked under the direct supervision of several of the department’s top-notch graduate and undergraduate students.
Michael Longmire, junior year Chemistry major, received the Sigma Xi award at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in November, 2012. Read more>>
Chemistry Major Honored,
Simone Ridgeway, a senior majoring in chemistry and minoring in Japanese and an honors student in the Science & Technology Honors Program, recently participated in Minority Access' 13th National Role Models Conference in Orlando, FL (Sept 28-30, 2012). Simone placed second winning a $1500 cash prize. She also received the 2012 National Student Role Model Award, which recognizes minority students who have excelled while maintaining an outstanding academic record. Ms. Ridgeway's research mentor is Dr. Jeonga Kim, Dept of Medicine, UAB.
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Chemical properties play a powerful role in the development of flavors.University of Alabama at Birmingham professor Tracy Hamilton, Ph.D., is applying his chemistry expertise to two popular beverages: beer and coffee. An associate professor in the UAB Department of Chemistry, Hamilton lectures for the American Chemical Society around the country about how the chemical makeup of these drinks impacts the characteristics of the products in final form. “It’s a really popular topic,” Hamilton said. The scientists “love talking about beer and, of course, drinking it.” The theoretical chemist, who typically researches quantum mechanics, discovered a passion for zymurgy, the science of fermentation....