Hiram College

Chemistry students, professors, industry professionals and even curious members of the general public gathered in Hiram’s Kennedy Center last week for the November meeting of the Akron Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and its Akron section holds monthly meetings to promote education, research and public understanding of chemistry.

Lisa ACS

The meeting began with poster presentations by students on their research in the field of chemistry. Among the presenters were Hiram College students Hallie Chavez ’18 (biochemistry) of Parma; Cody Greenwalt ’18 (chemistry) of Canal Fulton; Emily Hruska ’18 (chemistry and music) of Boardman; Lisa Lazar ’17 (chemistry) of Lawndale, Calif.; Matthew Sisserson ’19 (biochemistry) of Hilo, Hawaii; and Taylor Yamamoto ’19 (biomedical humanities) of Honolulu, Hawaii. These students shared research that they completed during internships and while working on projects guided by professors.


Following the open-floor presentations, Kaitlin Zemanski ’17 (biochemistry) of Munroe Falls, was one of six students recognized for outstanding achievement in chemistry by the ACS Akron Section, which presented her with a scholarship

“Kaitlin is an academically gifted and intellectually curious student. She has done research in organic synthesis at Hiram College and at the University of Pittsburgh’s department of psychiatry on new models for studying schizophrenia,” says Colleen Fried, Ph.D., professor and chair of chemistry at Hiram College.

The annual Akron Section Award was presented to Paul Hergenrother, Ph.D. Hergenrother, who is the Kenneth Rinehart Jr. endowed chair in natural products chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, closed the meeting with his presentation, “Why is it so hard to develop drugs for cancer (and what can we do about it)?”