Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Two talks by Grace Muna

A few weekends ago when others were finishing up their spring break, Professor Muna gave a presentation at PITTCON, the annual Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy.  In the oral session of the bioanalytical presentations (electrochemisty subsection) she offered recent work completed at IU South Bend with the help of undergraduate students Michael Partridge (chemistry major) and Holly Garner (biology major). The talk was titled "Amperometric Detection of Estrogenic Phenolic Compounds at a Nickel Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode" 

Just last Friday, a much less technical talk was delivered by Muna to fellow faculty on campus as one of the Dean's Seminars for this semester. She first reviewed the source and problems of the environmental estrogens and then described how she used electrochemistry and separation techniques to isolate and identify such compounds in our waters.