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Albright Professors and Student Present “NanoConnections” to American Chemical Society Members

Christian Hamann, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Albright College, delivered a presentation on NanoConnections, along with six other presentations at the 256th American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting in Boston, Mass., this August, alongside student Brandon Taylor ’19 and colleague Nicholas Piro, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry.
“This presentation will serve as a call to those of us with ‘different abilities’ to make it part of our practice to leverage the power of our personal networks to cultivate access for all chemists,” said Hamann. “NanoConnections: Leveraging the power of networking to cultivate access for chemists with disabilities,” related to Hamann’s work with the blind and visually impaired students as well as his work with the ACS Committee on Chemists with Disabilities.
Together, Hamann, Piro and Taylor delivered seven presentations at the meeting. Three were presented at Sci-Mix, a special session for the top 10% of the submitted abstracts in each division of the American Chemical Society.
With over 150,000 members, the society holds two national meetings and expositions each year that attract chemists, chemical engineers, undergraduate and graduate students, and other similar professions. The meetings provide opportunities for scientists to network, present new research and learn about recent developments in their areas of professional study.
The 256th ACS meeting: “Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond,” presented the concept of nanoconnections and focused on how one-on-one interactions can be manipulated to obtain the specific goal of improving the access to the chemistry venture for chemists that have disabilities.
Hamann and Piro’s research was supported by the Professional Council and the Undergraduate Research Committee through the Albright College ACRE program, as well as Piro’s ACS Petroleum Research Foundation Grant.

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