Public invited to Cameron Centennial Physical Sciences Symposium

Graduates of Cameron University's Department of Physical Sciences will return to campus on February 13-14 to share success stories during the Centennial Physical Sciences Symposium. The event, which will feature eight CU alumni, takes place in the Goodyear Lecture Hall, Room 100, of the Physical Sciences Building. All events are open to the public at no charge.

"Graduates from Cameron's Department of Physical Sciences have gone on to incredibly successful careers and are making a difference in the world," says Dr. E. Ann Nalley, Professor, who organized the symposium. "Holding a degree in physics or chemistry can lead to exciting careers in a variety of fields. We're pleased to present some of our outstanding graduates, including Bill Caveny, one of the first CU students to earn a B.S. in Chemistry."

Friday, November 13

1 p.m.         "The Chemistry Road to Pharmacy," Janet Trostle Seratte, Pharm.D., Clinical/Staff Pharmacist, Southwestern Medical Center

A native of Duncan, Dr. Seratte received a B.S. in Chemistry from CU in 2002 and then earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University She will discuss her collegiate journey, organization involvements and current pharmacy position.

2 p.m.         "Predicting Human Toxicity Using Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Metabolomics," Paul R. West, Ph.D., Director, BioAnalytical Chemistry, Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. West graduated from CU with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1988 and then earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry (Mass Spectrometry) from Oklahoma State University in 1994. Following a stint as a research analytical chemist and associate research investigator at Abbott Laboratories in Chicago, he joined Stemina Biomarker Discovery in 2007. Dr. West will discuss his research on predicting birth defects by identifying specific biomarkers.

3 p.m.        Break

3:15 p.m.    "Roadmap to Success," Wren Stenger, Associate Director, Superfund Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, Dallas

Stenger received her B.S. in Chemistry in 1976 and earned a Master's degree from the University of Texas-Dallas. Following stints as a wet-bench Chemist for a municipal wastewater treatment plant and a Process Chemist, she joined the staff of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Dallas, Texas. Stenger's career has included activities in the federal water, wastewater, hazardous waste, toxicology, and enforcement programs. She will discuss keys for a successful career.

4:15 p.m. "50 Years with Chemistry - War Stories," Bill Caveny, Principal Chemist/Cement Quality Advisor, Cementing, Halliburton Services, Inc., Duncan

Caveny received his B.S. in Chemistry from CU in 1970 and subsequently completed advanced studies in Forensic Science/Microscopy at Georgetown University and Emory University. He also received forensic training at the FBI Academy and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Caveny served as a forensic chemist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for seven years before joining Halliburton in 1977, where he is currently in new product development as a team leader for the cement quality program. He will discuss his lifelong interest in chemistry and share store from his nearly 40 year career as a forensic and industrial chemist.

5:30 p.m.    Dinner

7 p.m.         "Sandia Airborne and Space-based Optical Sensor Systems," Tammy Henson, Optical Engineer, Satellite Sensors Group, Sandia National Laboratories

Henson obtained a B.S. in Physics from Cameron University in 1986 and earned a Master's in Optical Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1988. She has worked at Sandia National Laboratories as an optical engineer in the satellite sensors group for the last 20 years, where she currently holds the position of Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff. She has successfully designed, built, and tested several ground-based, airborne, and space-based lens and telescope systems that are currently in use today. 

8 p.m.         Reception, Sciences Complex Lobby

Saturday, February 14

8:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast, Sciences Complex Lobby

9 a.m.         "The Increasing Role of DNA Testing in Humanitarian Assistance," Ed Huffine, Vice President, Humanitarian Services/International Development,Bode Technology Group, Washington, D.C.

Huffine received a B.S. in Chemistry from CU in 1983 and earned a Master's in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma. He has more than 18 years of experience in forensic science and human DNA identification, including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory. Huffine served as the Director of the Forensic Sciences Program for the International Commission on Missing Persons from 1999 - 2004. At Bode Technology Group, he is responsible for providing identification assistance and mass disaster response for regions that have experienced conflicts or natural disasters as well as assisting nations develop or upgrade their forensic systems, including serving as the lead DNA scientist for the identification of the missing from the World Trade Center and the Katrina Hurricane. He will discuss the role of DNA testing in humanitarian efforts.

10 a.m.       "Basic and Applied Research in Biochemistry towards Therapeutics for Infectious Diseases at USAMRIID, " Captain Jeffrey Froude, Ph.D., Research Biochemist, Integrated Toxicology Division, US Army Research Institute for Infectious Disease, Ft. Detrick, MD

Capt. Froude graduated from CU in 2002 with a B.S. in Chemistry and then earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Arkansas in 2008. Additionally, Capt. Froude was the recipient of a National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellowship in 2005-2006 and is a Distinguished Honor Graduate, U.S. Army Chemical School. He will discuss combining a career in chemistry with a career in the U.S. Army.

11 a.m.       Break

11:15 a.m.  "A Six Month Career as an Environmental Protection Specialist," Karisa Beacham Kelley, Environmental Protection Specialist, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI

Kelley graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2007. After moving to Honolulu, where her husband is in the military, she joined the staff at Tripler Army Medical Center as an Environmental Protection Specialist. She will share her experiences from her relatively new career.

This event is sponsored by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts; the Physical Sciences Department; the Chemistry Club; American Chemical Society, Student Affiliates Chapter; the Physics Club and the Environmental Club.

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February 11, 2009
PR#09-031