NJCU welcomes seasoned organic/medicinal chemist, Dr. Robert Aslanian, as the new assistant professor of the Chemistry Department and congratulates him for the release of the book entitled “ Case Studies in Modern Drug Discovery and Development” (Wiley), which he co-edited with Dr. Xianhai Huang. Written by experts in the field, Case Studies in Modern Drug Discovery and Development captures in detail drug discovery and development stories for some of the most successful therapeutic agents of the last twenty years.Congratulations Dr. Aylen Wargniez for Passing the Chemical Hygiene Officer Certification ExamThe NJCU Chemistry Department Faculty and Staff are pleased to announce that Dr. Aylen Wargniez passed the Chemical Hygiene Officer credential requirements and certification exam by the National Registry of Certified Chemists in August 2012. Dr. Wargniez has been the Chemical Hygiene/Lab Safety Officer of the Department since April 2003. Her environmental, chemical and lab safety expertise helps formulate strategies and programs necessary in providing both staff and students a safe chemical learning experience and maintaining a PEOSHA/EPA compliant institution. Dr. Kenneth Yamaguchi Received NJCU’s Distinguished Faculty Award and Thirteen Chemistry Students Recognized at the 2012 Arts and Science Showcase New Jersey City University recognized student, faculty, and alumni excellence at its William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences Showcase in the Michael Gilligan Student Union Building on April 18, 2012. The showcase program featured the student research seminar and the awards reception. Thirteen of the chemistry research students participated in the poster presentation and three joined the oral presentation. At the awards reception, Professor Kenneth Yamaguchi, together with Associate Professor Dennis Dittrich and Professor Edvige Giunta, received the Distinguished Faculty Awards. Dr. Yamaguchi’s distinguished teaching ability stemmed from his customized advanced chemistry instructions and laboratory courses, and active research mentoring and outreach programs to more than 50 chemical undergraduate research and high school students. He has been the Chair of the Chemistry Department since 2005 and has been actively participating in both regional and national chemical conferences. He has also been an active member of the Hudson-Bergen Subsection (HBS) of the New York American Chemical Society Section and had served as one of the Directors of the HBS.
The Chair of the Chemistry Department is serving on an assessment committee (2010-2011) to examine the Department of Defense (DoD) research and educational programs for Historically Black Colleges (HBCU) and Minority-Serving Institutions. The first meeting was held in Arlington, Virginia on December 7th. The committee will convene again in March 2011. NJCU Receives $476,441 Grant from US Department of Defense (DoD) to Enhance Scientific Research Opportunities for Students
NJCU professor of chemistry and chair of the Chemistry Department, Dr. Kenneth Yamaguchi, is the principal investigator (PI) of the $476,441 grant from DoD's Infrastructure Support Program. This grant will be used to enhance programs, research capabilities, and academic opportunities in scientific discipline critical to the national security functions of the Department of Defense. It is also aimed at increasing the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in the field of science. NJCU students directly involve in the project also get rigorous research opportunities and training benefits. Dr. Alberto Pinkas, NJCU associate professor and Chair of Physics Department, and Dr. Mark Richter, professor of chemistry at Missouri State University, are co-PIs of the research project.
NJCU PROJECT SEED Student Named as ACS College Scholar 2008
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has awarded Amed Logrono of Union City, New Jersey the Bader Project SEED College Scholarship 2008 for his outstanding achievement in high school chemistry through excellence in the laboratory and academics.
The scholarship program aims to encourage economically disadvantaged students to pursue careers in the sciences by giving the awardee a one-year nonrenewable scholarship of up to $5,000 to help cover tuition and fees during his or her freshman year of college.
The Project SEED scholarship eligibility includes completion of a chemistry course in high school, meeting of income requirements, and obtaining a recommendation from a high school teacher. Students must also successfully work at least one summer at a science institute under the auspices of Project SEED.
Amed successfully completed a Summer Research Program on Microwave Synthesis of Substituted Pyrroles under the supervision of Project SEED mentor Dr. Kenneth Yamaguchi of New Jersey City University. He plans to pursue a degree in science at Brown University starting Fall 2008. He is also one of the recipients of Nordstrom Scholarship Award in New Jersey.