Chemistry Department Announcements

Marletta and Kelly visit with students, department

Drs. Michael Marletta (A.B. in Chemistry and Biology, 1973) and Jeffrey Kelly (B.S. Chemistry, 1982) were on campus in October for a meeting of the Fredonia College Foundation board. They also interacted with the Natural Sciences Advisory Committee, and took part in an alumni panel discussing Careers in the Sciences during a special lunch time event. Toward the end of their very busy day, they also presented talks on two areas, ”Small Molecule Adaptation of Protein Homeostasis for a Disease-free Lifespan” (Kelly) and “Using Chemistry to Expose New Functions in Biology” (Marletta).

Kelly Marletta Roth

Greg Roth (B.S./M.S. Chemistry, 1979/84) talks with Michael Marletta and Jeff Kelly



Greg Roth (BS/MS Chemistry 1979/84) has just moved into his new laboratory space in the Burnhan Institute for Medical Research. This $85 Million facility is the flagship for a planned "medical city" in Lake Nona outside of Orlando Fl. Greg is currently an Associate professor and Director of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology at Burnham is continuing his work on novel synthetic techniques and screening technologies for anti-cancer drugs. Please read more at Greg's web site,, and the press releases from the Orlando Sentinel and the Florida Trend about the building.






Kumler Conference Group Picture
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On Thursday, May 31 2007 the department sponsored the Kumler Conference. This conference, which may become a regular event, was initiated as a scientific tribute to the teaching and research contributions of Professor Kumler, who recently retired. The day-long event included a variety of presentations (oral talks and poster presentations) by department alumni. In addition to the alumni shown on the scheduleas presenters, posters were presented by Dr. Dave Palmer (BS 1968), Dr. Tim Braun (BS 1991), Bryan Kroon (BS 2007), and Nick Presutti (current undergrad).





Fredonia – Case Western Reserve Partnership

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has established a prestigious multimillion-dollar research center at Case Western Reserve University, effective August 1. The new NSF Science and Technology Center at Case, named the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLIPS) at the Case School of Engineering, will be a powerful national presence for research at the crossroads of polymer science and engineering with the physical sciences, and for education of a diverse American work force that can meet the challenges of emerging multidisciplinary polymer-based technologies.
CLIPS will receive approximately $19 million from NSF over the first five years. The lifetime of an STC is usually 10 years with a funding of around $40 million.
Case has a number of partners in the center. PhD granting institutions affiliated include the University of Texas at Austin, and Fisk University; the University of Southern Mississippi is also affiliated. Also included as full partners are four primarily undergraduate institutions: Ohio Northern University, SUNY-Fredonia, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Other partners include the Cleveland Municipal School District and the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. The director of the center is Anne Hiltner, the Herbert Henry Dow Professor of Science and Engineering in Case’s department of macromolecular science and engineering.
At the present time the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department is the only participating Fredonia department, but it is expected that other departments may become involved in the future. For the first year of the center (2006-2007) Fredonia will receive $20,000; for the next four years Fredonia will receive $25,000 per year. Thus the total funds available to Fredonia will total $120,000.
During the first year of the center Fredonia will be represented by Dr. Philip Kumler (Professor Emeritus of Chemistry) and Dr. Cheryl Campo (Assistant Professor of Chemistry).

Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Office

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State University of New York at Fredonia
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