Daman’s first-author paper entitled “Theoretical Studies of the Gas-Phase Reactions of S-Methyl Methanesulfinothioate (Dimethyl Thiosulfinate) with OH and Cl Radicals: Reaction Mechanisms, Energetics and Kinetics” was accepted by the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. This paper was also accepted to be featured on the cover of the journal. Congratulations Daman!
Dr. Musah, Samira, Kristen, Cameron and Meghan traveled to Atlanta, GA to present at the 67th Annual Meeting for the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. Dr. Musah and Kristen presented talks titled “Carrion Insect Species Identification from Multi-species Mixtures of Larvae Using Multi-label Classification of DART-HRMS Data for Postmortem Interval Determination” and “LADI of All Trades: Imaging of Small-Molecule Spatial Distributions in Complex Matrices by a Novel Ambient Ionization Imaging Technique” respectively. Samira, Cameron and Meghan presented posters titled “A Novel Approach to Simultaneous Quantification of Tropane Alkaloids in Plant Tissue (Datura spp.) Using DART-HRMS and PLS Linear Regression”, “A Validated Method for Quantification of Mescaline in Recreationally-abused Echinopsis Cacti by Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry” and “A High Profile: Detection and Identification of Synthetically-derived Psychoactive Material through Sorbent-facilitated Headspace Mass Spectral Analysis and Chemometrics” respectively.
Samira and Nana-Hawwa’s paper entitled “Call it a ‘Nightshade’ - A Hierarchical Classification Approach to Identification of Hallucinogenic Solanaceae spp. Using DART-HRMS-derived Chemical Signatures” was accepted by Talanta.
Dr. Tianyu He graduated with his Ph.D. He will be working as a post-doc at the University at Minnesota. Congratulations Dr. He!
Professor Musah was interviewed by Professor Janell Hobson of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Department at UAlbany. The article, titled “Black Feminists in Public: How Rabi Musah Uses Chemistry to Advance Social Justice”, was published in Ms. Online. This featured the lab’s work on sexual assault trace evidence. The article can be found here.
Nana-Hawwa received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Congratulations Nana-Hawwa!
Allix received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention for her research on the application of mass spectrometric techniques to the study disease progression, and how mass spectrometry can be used in disease diagnostics. This accolade recognizes outstanding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate students who have demonstrated significant achievements and are expected to have a substantial impact in the STEM field. The NSF press release can be found here. Congratulations Allix!
Kristen’s first-author paper entitled “A Validated Method for the Quantification of Mitragynine in Sixteen Commercially Available Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) Products” was accepted by Forensic Science International.
The Musah Lab has been fortunate enough to acquire several new instruments through NIJ funding and generous donations from the NYS Food Laboratory. We now have a GC-MS equipped with a thermal desorption unit, an NWR 213 laser that can be used for mass spectral imaging, a FT-IR, an ICP-MS, a HPLC and microwave reactors. We are looking forward to the great work that will come from using these instruments!
Kristen received the President’s Academic Leadership Award, Nana-Hawwa received the President’s Outstanding Senior Award and the Dr. Seth Spellman NIA ALANA Award, and Mark received the Christine A. Bouchard School Spirit Award. Congratulations to all!
Professor Musah was invited to present at the Women, Race and Class seminar series hosted by the University at Albany’s Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. Her talk was entitled “Addressing Rape Kit Backlogs and New Paradigms in Sexual Assault: Feminist Interventions Through Scientific Methods”.
Professor Musah traveled to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada to present at the Canadian Forest Service Workshop. Her talk was entitled “DART-MS and LADI-MS—Versatile Tools for Tree Species Identification, Within-tissue Small-molecule Profiling, and Tree Ring Interrogation”.
Professor Musah and Meghan each received a Women in Research Travel Grant from Cayman Chemicals. This award is designed to offset the costs of presenting at conferences. Congratulations to both!
Professor Musah, Kristen, Cameron and Meghan traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to present at the 2019 PITTCON Conference and Expo. Professor Musah presented a talk entitled “Chemometric Processing of Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) Mass Spectrometric Data for the Identification and Classification of New Psychoactive Substances”. Kristen, Cameron and Meghan all presented posters entitled “Forensic Applications of the Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging – Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS) Technique”, “Establishing Exposure to Organic Explosive Compounds by Mass Spectrometric Means”, and “Detection and Identification of Illegally-Traded Woods by Mass Spectral Techniques” respectively.
Nana-Hawwa participated in the University at Albany’s Human Library Exhibit. She shared her experience as an immigrant from Ghana.
Kristen and Meghan were awarded travel awards by the American Society of Mass Spectrometry. Kristen received the Graduate Student Travel Award and Meghan received the Graduate Student Stipend. Both awards will offset costs to this year’s ASMS Meeting in Atlanta, GA. Kristen will also be recognized at the ASMS Business Meeting. Congratulations to both!
Tianyu’s first-author paper entitled “Multidimensional High-resolution NMR Structural Characterization of a Carborane Cluster Derivative: The Case of 2-Amino-3-(1,7-dicarba-closo-dodecaboranyl-1-thio)propanoic Acid” was accepted by Polyhedron.
Professor Musah, Kristen, Cameron and Meghan traveled to Baltimore, MD to attend the 71st American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Scientific Meeting. Professor Musah and Kristen both presented talks entitled “The Identification of Necrophagous Insect Species by Ambient Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Chemometrics for Postmortem Interval Estimations” and “The Forensically Relevant Applications of Laser Ablation Direct Analysis in Real Time Imaging-Mass Spectrometry (LADI-MS)” respectively. Cameron presented a poster entitled “Bomb Biometrics: Detection and Imaging of Markers Indicative of Explosive Compounds in Fingerprints” and Meghan was able to attend due to being awarded a Forensic Sciences Foundation Travel Award.