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Chemistry banquet reveals plans for graduating seniors

Beginning with the famous directive “failure is not an option,” Dr. Kay Andrews, Director of the Education Initiatives for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, addressed the 19th annual Chemistry Department Honors Banquet by telling students, parents and professors that “failure is indeed an option; it is an imperative.” She encouraged students to allow themselves to fail, and added they should be prepared to use their skills in the learning process.

Since 1969, the Department of Chemistry has grown to a faculty of twelve members and has graduated more than 915 majors. At the conclusion of this semester, senior chemistry majors will pursue these academic and professional endeavors:

  • Maikel Botros was awarded the 2007 Benjamin H. Gross Award, which honors the most outstanding senior chemistry major. Botros will attend James Quillan Medical School, East Tennessee State University.
  • Lauren DeLoach, who was awarded the UTC Alumni Achievement Award for academics and service to the campus and the community, will also attend medical school, as will Timothy Brooks, Daniel Chatham, Carissa Sherrit and Kevin Terry.
  • Matthew Gilliland will take a position in pharmaceutical sales.
  • Mallory Hacker has been accepted to Vanderbilt for graduate school.
  • Andrea Hamby will attend pharmacy school.
  • David Hays will enter the seminary.
  • Kimberly Holte has been accepted to Boston University’s graduate school.
  • Bradley McKeown has been accepted to North Carolina State for graduate school.
  • Lindsey Miller will become a research intern at Georgia Tech.

See photos of the event online.

Dr. Tom Waddell accepts the first of many gifts to celebrate his retirement
Dr. Tom Waddell accepts the first of many gifts to
celebrate his retirement.

Jane Dickerson and Gretchen Potts
Jane Dickerson, left and Dr. Gretchen Potts at the
Pittsburgh Conference.


Chemistry Department retirement

After 36 years of teaching at his first and only job, Dr. Thomas Waddell will retire. He has received the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association “Outstanding Teacher Award” twice. He has also served as one of five charter members of the UTC Council of Scholars. Waddell has authored or co-authored 86 publications that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, as well as, one book written in conjunction with co-author and colleague, Tom Rybolt. In addition to the book being printed in the United States, it has also been translated and published in France.

Potts speaks at chemistry conference

Earlier this semester, Dr. Gretchen Potts, assistant professor in the UTC Department of Chemistry, was invited to speak at the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, the premier conference for more than 20,000 attendees from 80 countries in industry, academia and government. The Pittsburgh Conference is a Pennsylvania not-for-profit, educational corporation organized by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).

The title of Potts’ talk was “It’s Never Too Early: Integrating A-Page Articles into the Environmental Analytical Classroom.” In her abstract, Potts said traditional methods of scientific lecture are quickly becoming antiquated, and professors have responded by switching to multimedia lecture formats in order to stimulate students’ minds.

“Once science majors graduate and enter a ‘real-world’ scientific research laboratory… they must be able to investigate methods of analysis and determine the appropriate course of action for a sample,” Potts said.

The chemistry department at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers a course called “Methods of Environmental Analysis,” which focuses on learning how to choose techniques for environmental analysis.

While she attended the conference, Potts saw her former research student and UTC alumna Jane Dickerson, who graduated with honors in Spring 2005. Dickerson is a second year graduate student working on her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Washington with Dr. Norm Dovichi. Dickerson also gave a talk at the conference which was titled: “An Analysis of Barrett's Esophageal Tissues Using Two-Dimensional Capillary Electrophoresis with Laser-Induced Fluorescence.”

May 1, 2007