Professor of Chemistry, Christopher Bailey, reviewed for the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) a submission entitled “A Case of Schizophrenia,” which looks at the chemistry of drug design, for possible inclusion in the NCCSTS collection of science-based case studies.
Professor of Chemistry; Chair, Biological and Chemical Sciences
In December, Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bailey acted as a reviewer for several student abstract submissions to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, attended the 54th Annual Meeting of the Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers (MAALACT), held November 11-12 at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He participated in sessions on “Student expectations, experiences and beliefs about the undergraduate chemistry laboratory,” “Using specifications-based grading in the lower-level chemistry and biochemistry curriculum at a PUI,” “Using literature assignments in an Inorganic Chemistry lecture course to enhance technical reading skills,” and “2D NMR:A scaffolded approach to teaching NMR spectroscopy in the Organic lab.” There was also time devoted to simply talking with colleagues, comparing notes and sharing ideas.
Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bailey has reviewed for the National Center for Case Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) a submission entitled, “The Name’s Bond…Chemical Bond: (Agent Forever Chemical)” for possible inclusion in the NCCSTS collection of science-based case studies.
In August 2019, science faculty and arts faculty teamed to deliver a two-day pilot STEAM (STEM+A) camp for high school girls from Cayuga County schools. The STEAM team was comprised of professor of chemistry Chris Bailey, assistant professor of biology Leah Elliott, Victor Hammer Fellow Leah Mackin and associate professor of studio art Katie Waugh. Marian Brown, director of the Center for Sustainability and the Environment, provided camp coordination. The faculty offered a number of interesting interactive activities that guided students through intersections between science and art. Faculty from area junior and senior high schools were invited to nominate their best and brightest for this unique experience; the participants were enthusiastic in their evaluation feedback. This pilot STEAM Camp was underwritten by a grant from the CNY Women’s Fund.
Professor of chemistry Christopher Bailey organized the participation of, and traveled with, three Wells College students to the 33rd National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held April 11–13, 2019, at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. This was the 31st NCUR conference in which Wells students have participated! The students who presented their work at NCUR this year—including their research area, the title of their work, and their Wells faculty sponsor—were:
- Bellina Mushala ’19, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, “Preparation of Small Laccase (SLAC) for Immobilization via Click Chemistry and Bioremediation Applications” (faculty member: Lindsay Burwell)
- Mackenzie Porter ’19, Psychology, “Improving Treatment Protocols for Suicidal Patients in the Hospital Emergency Department: A Meta-Analysis” (faculty member: Deborah Gagnon)
- John Tolley ’19, History, “The Mai Mai Militias in the Second Congo War” (faculty member: Michael Groth)
Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, accompanied three Wells College students to the 32nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held at the University of Central Oklahoma, April 4-8, 2018. This was the 30th conference in which Wells has participated! The students who presented their work at NCUR (including their research area, the title of their work, and their Wells faculty sponsor) were:
- Alissa Bell, Art History, “Staging the Rococo: Intermediality, Theatricality and Spectacle in the Work of Jean-Honore′ Fragonard” (Demerdash-Fatemi)
- Courtney Brindisi, Sociology, “I Keep It To Myself Because It Is Weird: Managing The Stigma Of Seeing A Ghost” (Renfrow)
- Aaliyah Grandy, Biochemistry, “Effects of S-nitrosation on Peroxidase Pathways in Brassica rapa” (Burwell)
A team of Wells science and math faculty attended a conference workshop hosted by Project Kaleidoscope in February. The conference title was “Strategies for Helping Students Succeed: Group Share among STEM Instructors for Majors and Non-Majors Courses”. The Wells team was comprised of Niamh O’Leary, Professor of Environmental Science, M.E. Hogan, Visiting Lecturer of Math, Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Leah Elliott, Lecturer in Biology, and Chris Bailey Professor of Chemistry.
On Feb 3rd Chris Bailey, Professor of Chemistry, Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Niamh O’Leary, Professor of Environmental Science, Leah Elliott, Lecturer in Biology, and Matthew Hogan, Lecturer in Math, all attended the 2018 PKAL Upstate New York Regional Network Meeting at SUNY Oneonta. The meeting focused on discussing and developing strategies to help both major and non-major students succeed in the STEM fields.
On October 23, 2017, Christopher Bailey, Professor of Chemistry and Lindsay Burwell, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, welcomed the students from the Peachtown School to the chemistry labs in Stratton Hall. The students had just completed a unit on chemistry and wanted to visit real labs. Professor Burwell worked with the younger students and had them investigate chromatography by separating the colors found in markers. Professor Bailey worked with the older students to explore nanochemisty, culminating with each student synthesizing a sample of ferrofluid.