Friday, April 15, 2016

Local High School Student a Finalist in a National Superhero Contest

Emily Knight, a junior at Eastbrook High School, was selected as one of 11 semifinalists in a national NSF-sponsored comic competition. The contest is called the Generation Nano: Small Science Superhero competition. The goal of the contest was to develop a superhero who's gear utilized the latest in nanotechnology research and create a comic strip or video. Emily's character, Covalent, has a suit of armor created from carbon nanotubes, which are both lightweight and "relatively impervious." On her back, Covalent carries tanks of a molecular compound that can be shaped to form a "water balloon" like structure, but which hardens upon impact.

Emily heard about the contest from Dr. Patricia Stan, and hopes to attend Taylor when she graduates to study chemistry education.

Currently, the general populace can vote for their favorite superhero. Voting ends TODAY (April 15). To vote for Emily, go to:
To learn more about the contest, go to:

Article published in the Marion Chronicle-Tribune:

Monday, April 11, 2016

Students Present Research at Butler University URC

On April 8th, Taylor students (from left to right) Marissa Kneer, Michael Nahrstadt, Andrew Pemberton, YeChan Moon, and Angie Bittner presented their original research at the Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference.  Check out the details of each presentation.

Marissa Kneer - Geothermal Output Stream Design: Impacts on Local Water
Marissa's work how stream design features are affecting the rate of mineral deposition.  These features will ultimately affect the mineral concentration with Taylor Lake.

Michael Nahrstadt - Introducing Computational Chemistry into First-year Undergraduate Lab Curriculum

Drew Pemberton - Introducing Computational Chemistry into First-year Undergraduate Lab Curriculum

YeChan Moon - Effects of a Geothermal Stream on a Near by Lake
YeChan's work demonstrates that the use of an open-loop geothermal cooling system has dramatically increased the sulfate concentration in Taylor Lake.

Angie Bittner - A Comparative Study of Manganese Oxide Coatings in a Disturbed Landscape in Rural Kentucky

Friday, April 8, 2016

Senior Noah Cutshaw Presents at Indiana Academy Of Science

On March 26th, senior Noah Cutshaw presented his research at the Indiana Academy of Science annual meeting. Noah did research last summer with Dr. Hammond in biochemistry.
The goal of his research was to develop a method by which to use a conventional DSLR camera to visualize the faint chemiluminescent dot blots resulting from Western Blotting. Typically, detecting this chemiluminescence requires expensive specialty cameras, but with the successful results from this research, modern DSLR cameras have been shown to be a promising alternative. 

His work is titled: "Immunochemiluminescence Detection of Chicken Muscle Lactate Dehydrogenase Using a Digital SLR Camera"