• courtesy of Dr. David J. Leaver •

A group of Sul Ross State University students and faculty attended the 74th Annual American Chemical Society (ACS) Southwest Regional Meeting (SWRM) in Arkansas from Nov. 7-10.  The event took place inside the Little Rock Marriott and Convention Center.

Juan C. Mora, a dual chemistry/biology major and a 2018 McNair Scholar, was successfully nominated by the ACS Permian Basin Local Section to receive one of the ACS SWRM Travel Scholarships ($500).  The award helped Mora attend SWRM and present a poster detailing his research entitled “Development of synthetic carbohydrate biomimetics as Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) prophylactics.”

Mora’s trip to SWRM was co-funded by the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

Also at SWRM, Dr. Yanfeng Yue orally presented his research entitled “CuO nanoparticles trapped in metal-​organic frameworks: synthesis and catalysis for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution,” while Dr. David J. Leaver orally presented his research entitled “Inducing cellular senescence and arresting tumor growth with KAT6A/B inhibitors.”

The plenary speaker for this meeting was Dr. John C. Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison) who spoke passionately about “The Emerging Family of Coherent Multidimensional Schrodinger Cat State Spectroscopies and Their March to Dominance in the Chemical Sciences.”