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SCHOLARSHIPS.  Some of our funds are reserved for incoming freshman chemistry majors.  Click here for more information, including all four years.

DEGREES.  Click on your choice to see degree requirments and a sample 4-year course schedule. BA in chemistry. BA in chemistry with teacher LIcensure. BS in chemistry.   BS in biochemistry.    Catalog course descriptions for chemistry are here; go to page 110 .

CHEMISTRY CLUB.  Kappa Epsilon Mu is a student affilitate of the American Chemical Society. Its activities and programs earned an Honorable Mention in a recent national ACS meeting. Click here for details.

FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT.    This content is being updated, but you can see the items used for biochemistry here.

RESEARCH. Research is required for BS chemistry and BS biochemistry students. As of spring 2012,  approximately 10 chemistry and biochemistry students ranging from freshmen to seniors to a post-baccalaureate student are involved in undergraduate research on campus with CN faculty. 

Dr. Christine Dalton  cdalton@cn.edu

I have an active research group with both honors and non-honors students involved in undergraduate research projects ranging from analytical to environmental to inorganic. These students have had the opportunity to present their research findings at local (ACA-Summit), regional (SERMACS), and national chemistry conferences (ACS, Gordon Conference, and ASMS).

Dr. Paul Martino  pmartino@cn.edu

My research area involves biological mass spectrometry- a field that has greatly magnified over the past twenty years and since my work as a member of one of biological mass spectrometry’s pioneering research groups out of the University of Virginia. I am currently working on developing a new tool for structural biology that involves fast covalent labeling (or “painting”) biological molecules followed by mass spectrometry analysis. Imagine spray-painting a crumpled piece of paper, and then unfolding it and analyzing the pattern of paint… in many cases you can discern how the paper was folded. We are employing a similar strategy to study how biological molecules fold, misfold, bind to targets, and/or change shape.

Dr. Ken Morton  kmorton@cn.edu

Before  my teaching career I had 15 peer-reviewed papers in the field of chemical carcinogenesis.  Since joining Carson Newman, I have had several research students who pursued diverse topics:  metabolism of the carcinogen methylene-bis(2-chloroaniline),  poison ivy prevention, and the  thermodynamics of sublimation of naphthalene.  I have other ideas waiting in the wings for the right students and timing; one of these is analysis of heavy metal content in the sediment in our local creek (Mossy Creek).

Dr. Steve Wright. swright@cn.edu   (Holds a joint appointment in Chemistry and Biology)

Cellular communication is a rapidly evolving area of study. It is now recognized that most drugs act by modulating signaling pathways. We have an ongoing project in collaboration with scientists at the University of Tennessee where we study the structure and function of a specific receptor on the surface of yeast which is a model for hundreds of similar receptors in humans. The development and testing of anti-cancer and anti-fungal drugs is another area of research... We have facilities and equipment for organic synthesis and purification and analysis of these compounds. We also evaluate their biological effects alone or in combination with other drugs against cells in culture including leukemia, brain, and breast cancer lines. We also evaluate these agents as well as antifungal drugs in yeast and thousands of yeast mutant strains.

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