CONGRATULATIONS to our recent graduates!
Rhecia Goodley graduated from Savannah State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics in 2012. Her excellence in academics and her desire to communicate and teach science led Ms. Goodley to further her education and obtain a Masters of Arts in Teaching Chemistry Education at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. While in graduate school, Rhecia went above and beyond and worked in a summer enrichment program for high school students and taught high school chemistry in Guilford County School District. Upon graduation, Ms. Goodley was hired to teach Chemistry and Physical Science at Banneker High School in College Park, GA where she strives everyday to deliver the academic content in a manner that her students can understand. In addition to her excellence in teaching, Ms. Goodley also serves a mentor, advocate, and leader to her students.
Rhecia is a proud member of Iota Sigma Pi and we are honored to have her as a member- we know she is making a difference in the lives of her students everyday and is inspiring them to think about a career in a STEM field!
Dr. Bohn's thesis project, under the direction of Dr. Christine Hrycyna in the Chemistry Department at Purdue University, focused on the development and characterization of inhibitors of membrane proteins associated with schizophrenia and pancreatic cancer. During her PhD work, Kelsey gained valuable experience with human, yeast, and E. coli cell culture and in vitro assays evaluating membrane protein inhibition.
Dr. Bohn has accepted a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and will start her position in September 2015 in Dr. Nima Sharifi's lab in the Department of Cancer Biology. During her postdoc, Dr. Bohn will research castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and its relationship with androgen receptor function and androgen deprivation therapy. Kelsey is excited about this new position as it is an opportunity to experience translational research in a group with varied scientific and clinical backgrounds. Congratulations Dr. Kelsey Bohn, we know you will do great things and we are looking forward to following you in your career as scientist!
As a graduate student in Purdue University’s analytical chemistry department, Tiffany focused on the development of mass spectrometry methods for the analysis of complex mixtures. She performed collaborative research in the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) to assist in the development of a one-step catalytic process for conversion of lignin as a new concept for biorefineries. During this time, Tiffany served in various executive positions within Iota Sigma Pi where she made lasting connections and gained irreplaceable leadership experience. Currently, Dr. Jarrell is a senior scientist at Merck & Co., where she notes that her experiences in both collaborative and leadership positions have had a positive influence on the way she approaches her research and states that "in the drive to develop drug products, the ability to work with a team to achieve a larger goal is essential." Her graduate research combined with ISP's influence has allowed Dr. Jarrell to be a more versatile scientist with a view of the big picture.
Miranda Paley graduated from the University of California, Irvine in December 2014. She completed her dissertation, "Expanding the bioluminescent toolkit for in vivo imaging" under Assistant Professor Dr. Jennifer Prescher where she helped develop novel imaging strategies to detect cancer and other biological processes in vivo. While in graduate school, Miranda served as Outreach Coordinator and President of the Calcium chapter. Currently, Dr. Paley serves as the Managing Editor of the new American Chemical Society open access journal ACS Central Science, where she ensures the journal is produced on time, on budget and of appropriate quality. This involves everything from strategic components, such as working with the editors to develop the scope of the journal to traveling to conferences and universities to invite submissions from scientists to operational components including budgeting, copy editing and website management. She lives in Washington DC and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @paleymir.