College of Science & Mathematics
Bringing It Home
With $5 million dollars towards a venture capital fund for expansive research projects, several business partnerships, a masters program in chemistry beginning this fall and a perceived growth of 125 percent over the next five years, the College of Science and Mathematics has been establishing itself not only in the University, but to outside organizations as well.
“There is a lot of great science going on here,” said Chair of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Gregory Caputo, “we have dedicated faculty whose mentorship leads our students into a world where it is desperately needed today.”
Hosting its first ever Mid-Atlantic Regional Ceremony, the South Jersey section of the American Chemical Society came to Glassboro on April 26 to celebrate research efforts, students’ achievements and member awards. At a dinner reception at the Marriot Courtyard, located off Rowan Boulevard, students and CSM faculty discussed research projects, Rowan’s growth and the future of chemistry in the global market place.
“We’re doing great things here, and we want to grow, and want all of you to grow with us,” Caputo said.
In his Keynote Address entitled Innovation and the Entrepreneur, Dr. Pat Confalone, a member of the ACS Board of Directors, as well the Council for Chemical research and the United States National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, spoke of chemistry’s importance in future global markets.
“The United States has the best research universities in the world, yet new graduates are seeing hardships when they enter the work place,” Confalone said.
Confalone cited the steady decline of entrepreneurship in the turn of the century as a cause for the loss of approximately 300,000 chemistry jobs, but offered hope, explaining that chemistry intensive jobs are part of a growing trend.
“We’re looking for renewable energy, we’re looking recyclable materials, we’re looking to create network resources,” Confalone encouraged. “Chemistry is an innovated science and we need chemists to take risks to better our world.”
Several awards were distributed by to Claudia Angle, a high school chemistry teacher at Bridgeton High School, Georgetown’s Dr. V Ajay Mallia, Byram High School’s Steven Borneman and St. Johns University’s David Brown.
Preceding the awards ceremony was the fifth annual South Jersey ACS research symposium in Science Hall, in which students from both Richard Stockton College and Rowan presented posters of on-going projects to members of both the SJACS and fellow students.
Presenters relished in the opportunity to participate in the symposium, like senior biology major Philip Bonanno, who’s partners worked on developing a patch to alleviate peanut allergy symptoms.
“I am honored at the opportunity to share my research with members of the ACS and my classmates,”
said Philip Bonanno, senior biology major. “It’s great practice for my career in chemical research.”
*The research project discussed is entitled “Purification and Modification of Ara H2: Creating a Novel Allergoid. The project was conducted by Ryan Barnes, savan Patel, Leslie Lafferty, Michael Koverchick, Sana Fasihuddin, Rahul Tripathi