SYNTHESIS SYMPOSIUM CELEBRATES A DECADE OF HIGH IMPACT RESEARCH
August 22, 2011 – The Department of Chemistry hosted the Tenth Annual Georgetown University Synthesis Symposium on August 17, 2011. The talks featured ten students from across Georgetown’s campus. In keeping with the symposium’s tradition of inspiring influential research, the participants presented talks about their work involving molecular synthesis.
TEN YEARS OF “IDEAS AND EXPERTISE”
Chemistry professor Timothy Warren, who coordinated this year’s symposium, described the event as an “excellent opportunity for students…to share their projects and results with faculty and peers.”
The ten student presentations spanned five research labs from the university’s chemistry department and the medical center’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The annual event has expanded its reach since its initial series. The first symposium, organized in June 2002, included nine students from three research groups, all from the chemistry department and all housed in White-Gravenor Hall.
For a decade, he continued, the forum has encouraged the “exchange of ideas and expertise broadly centered around molecular synthesis that extends well beyond the symposium itself.”
TEN YEARS OF INFLUENCE
Warren opened the symposium with a slideshow that detailed the event’s historic impact. With the 2011 symposium, Warren estimates that students have presented approximately 100 talks that focus on “molecular synthesis for a variety of applications, including biochemistry, medicine, materials science, and catalysis.”
The second symposium, which featured eleven student talks, directly resulted in the publication of thirteen peer-reviewed articles, which were cited 633 times.
The fifth symposium featured Ariele Viacava Follis, a member of Professor Steven J. Metallo’s laboratory. Viacava Follis discussed his ongoing project, “Synthesis of Rhodamine Derivative Inhibitors of Oncoprotein c-Myc.” Three years later, his research had grown, and his findings resulted in high accolades. Chemical & Engineering News cited the discoveries of Metallo, Viacava Follis, and their collaborators as one of the top-twelve achievements in chemistry for 2009.
TEN YEARS OF GRILLING
After putting students on the hot seat during question-and-answer sessions, the faculty assumed their traditional, post-symposium role as grill masters. The annual synthesis symposium barbeque brought together students, faculty, and friends to conclude the day’s talks.
While not necessarily custom, the faculty won the hotly contested, student-faculty soccer match that followed the barbeque.