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  • Confocal Microscope Advances Cadet Cardiovascular Research
    maintenance said Dawson We use the zebrafish for a few reasons They grow really fast they re transparent so we can see their blood vessels and internal anatomy and they can internalize chemical solutions through their skin very quickly Researchers at VMI are working with a type of zebrafish that has been genetically altered to optimize their usefulness in blood vessel research They have a jellyfish protein gene inserted into their DNA so that makes their developing blood vessels glow bright green when they re hit with a certain wavelength of light said Dawson When you look at them normally they just look like a normal fish but when they re hit with the laser all of a sudden you see all of their blood vessels light up Dawson worked with three groups of zebrafish a control group a group that received an estrogen supplement and a group that was treated with an aromatase inhibitor which made the fish unable to produce estrogen What we found is that when estrogen was restricted the blood vessels would all deteriorate You can see a significant difference in the normal blood vessel structure It looks like someone went in there with a weed whacker and cut all these gaps said Dawson The fish that received the estrogen supplement showed increased angiogenesis or blood vessel growth Just noticing that the blood vessels were deteriorating wasn t enough Dawson had to find a way to precisely quantify the levels of deterioration to produce a usable set of data With his creativity and imagination he was the first person to find a way to get some quantitative data on the development of blood vessels said Turner He does that so precisely that his data has already shown a significant difference in the treatment types Among the factors that Dawson considers are numbers of gaps and the thickness of blood vessels To do that he needs an image that shows all the blood vessels isolated and in focus That s what the confocal microscope makes possible We have the technology here at VMI to view the blood vessels in real time but what the equipment at W L allows us to do is take a z stack which is a stack of images taken of different focal points to produce a composite image said Dawson So by doing that you can see all the blood vessels at once and quantify the level of blood vessel development Dawson is currently working on an Institute Honors thesis on his research and a manuscript has been accepted by the refereed journal General and Comparative Endocrinology Dawson was one of 10 undergraduates contributing to the paper Estrogen Prevents Cardiac and Vascular Failure in the Listless Zebrafish Developmental Model Pete VanSteyn wanted to dig deeper into the process that s going on here said Turner We know that estrogen has a direct effect on the synthesis of a unique molecule called nitric oxide Nitric oxide has powerful influences on the cardiovascular system

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  • Cadet Bat Research to Support Preservation
    them out into the field at Sherando Lake and other sites where they crossed the paths of black bears flying squirrels and rattlesnakes The cadets Molly Western 14 Zackary Hann 13 and Micah Hosler 14 each had a separate research focus but they worked as a team to gather data and collect samples The U S Fish and Wildlife Service is studying the bats in response to a petition for classifying them as endangered If that happens a series of habitat protections and conservation efforts will be implemented The problem is we don t know much about these bats No one has done work on their ecology so they can t protect them if they don t know what makes them tick said Maj Paul Moosman 98 assistant professor of biology So that s what Molly Western s project is all about She s studying where they re roosting as well as the differences in the biology between males and females She s filling in this picture about what they re doing and what their habitat needs are Hosler s research is filling in another aspect of bat ecology He s using stable isotope analysis of bat fur to determine the diets of the eastern small footed bat and two other species This is my passion I care about the environment and I enjoy learning about it said Hosler I love going out into the field and working alongside my team Hann is studying the eastern red bat another species about which little is known The team of cadets ventured out at night to catch bats in nets set up in areas where bats hunt for insects such as over streams or across trails We go out just before dark and that gives us about half an hour of sunlight to set up the nets said Western When we do catch a bat we have to be really careful about not breaking their wings because they re so fragile Eastern small footed bats are about the weight of a nickel and about the size of a person s thumb eastern red bats are only twice that size Once the bats were netted the cadets collected fur samples and attached radio transmitters to relay information on the bat s body temperature and location The team then went out in daylight to locate the sleeping bats and collect more data It s like looking for a needle in a haystack said Western There are thousands of rocks and you re looking for one tiny little bat in a tiny little crevice Once they found the bats roosts they measured the location size and temperature of the roosts in order to figure out what kind of habitat the bats require including the roosting requirements of mother bats which congregate into maternity roosts to conserve energy All this information will be built into the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries dataset on the species which will contribute to the U S Fish and

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Page Not Found
    Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Oops We can t find that page Page Not Found Oops We can t find that page Our engineers are working on it Try using the navigation or search above or the links below to get back on track Site Menu About About Us Administrative Offices Institute Report News Photos Videos VMI Archives Museums VMI Museum System The VMI Museum New Market Battlefield Stonewall Jackson House For Visitors Directions Map Employment Parents Family Conferences Chessie Nature Trail Bookstore Resources MyVMI Directories Friendly URLs Post View Health and Safety Computing Academics Areas of Study Majors Minors Arts Humanities Engineering Information Social Sciences Life Sciences Natural Sciences ROTC Enrichment Institute Honors Program International Programs Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Academic Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Academic Board

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Chemistry Curricula
    The department offers two degree tracks the B S degree and the B A degree in chemistry The B S degree provides the most comprehensive preparation for further work or study in chemistry or a related field such as Chemical Engineering Material Science Environmental Science Pharmacology The chemistry department s Bachelor of Science is approved by the American Chemical Society and cadets fulfilling the requirements for a Bachelor of Science are certified as having met the standards of professional training by the society The Bachelor of Arts degree provides cadets with an opportunity to pursue other interests in preparation for a career of their choosing while providing a solid foundation in the basic areas of chemistry This degree requires cadets to choose another focus area outside of chemistry and complete either a minor concentration or certification Faculty members work closely with Bachelor of Arts majors to design a program that best meets the cadets career goals Career choices may correspond to the following focus areas Medical or dental school Concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology Military or intelligence agencies International studies minor science and security minor Arabic minor Law enforcement or forensics Concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology Business MBA Business or economics minor Math science teacher Teacher certification program Faculty members believe close interaction with cadets in the classroom and in the chemical laboratory is critical in the development of good chemistry majors This personal mentoring occurs in many ways but especially in our small classes and during undergraduate research projects All majors are encouraged to participate in an undergraduate research experience under the guidance of a faculty member either in a 10 week summer program or during the academic year The majority of chemistry majors participate in at least one undergraduate research experience Most of these cadets will

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Chemistry Scholarships
    Programs Service Opportunities Summer Programs Institute Writing Program Research Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Natural Sciences Chemistry Home Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships Academic Career Advising Student Research Instrumentation Journal Und Chem Research Careers Faculty Staff Anita Cruze Executive Secretary P 540 464 7244 F 540 464 7261 E CruzeAF vmi edu 401 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Contact CH Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Chemistry Chemistry Scholarships Chemistry Scholarships Would 25 000 in scholarship monies help That s how much our best students receive over their four years at VMI Chemistry During your first year as a Chemistry major you will receive either 1000 2000 or 4000 depending on your academic credentials In subsequent years the amount of the award will be based on your cumulative Chemistry GPA Please refer to the two tables below for the anticipated scholarship awards Anticipated Scholarships GPA requirements for Scholarships 3rds 2nds 1sts 3rds 2nds 1sts Level 1 4 500 6 500 10 000 Level 1 3 5 3 25 3 25 Level 2 2 500 4 500 6 500 Level 2 3 0 2 75 2 75 Level 3 1 500 3 000 5 000 Level 3 2 5 2 25 2 25 susceptible to change based on available funds VMI Chemistry has received generous donations from our alumni who have succeeded in many walks of life These scholarship monies are automatically

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Academic & Career Advising Chemistry
    FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Natural Sciences Chemistry Home Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships Academic Career Advising Student Research Instrumentation Journal Und Chem Research Careers Faculty Staff Anita Cruze Executive Secretary P 540 464 7244 F 540 464 7261 E CruzeAF vmi edu 401 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Contact CH Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Chemistry Academic Career Advising Chemistry Academic and Career Advising Academic Advising Cadets interested in majoring in chemistry are encouraged to speak with a chemistry faculty member Current Chemistry majors should meet regularly with academic advisors to ensure their curriculum satisfies institutional and departmental requirements for graduation Degree Information Chemistry BS degree requirements Chemistry BA and Concentration Requirements VMI s Academic standards and regulations Career Advising Cadets majoring in chemistry will find a wide variety of careers open to them To learn more about the nature of various careers general working conditions employment outlooks and salary information visit Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics website Graduate School in Chemistry or Biochemistry VMI chemistry majors have been accepted into some of the nation s top 20 chemistry programs To learn more about choosing a chemistry program visit Customized Graduate School Rankings Guidance on choosing a graduate research advisor as well as other advice about graduate school can be found in the Alchemist s Lair Medical and Professional Schools Students who majored in chemistry are well prepared for studies in medical school or other health related professional schools In fact in 2014 medical school acceptance rates were 46 8 for applicants who majored in a physical science like chemistry 46 5 for those that majored in math or statistics 46 1 for humanities majors 40 4 for biological science majors and 34

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Chemistry Instrumentation
    Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Natural Sciences Chemistry Home Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships Academic Career Advising Student Research Instrumentation Journal Und Chem Research Careers Faculty Staff Anita Cruze Executive Secretary P 540 464 7244 F 540 464 7261 E CruzeAF vmi edu 401 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Contact CH Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Chemistry Instrumentation You need the right tools The chemistry department maintains a wide array of modern chemical instrumentation to support both the laboratory courses and undergraduate research The following is a partial listing of the major instruments MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Varian EML360 upgraded with a Anasazi ETF 60 Pulse NMR Console Varian Mercury 400MHz NMR Spectrometer UV Visible Spectroscopy Shimadzu UV Vis NIR UV 3100 Spectrometer Varian Cary 5000 UV Vis NIR Spectrometer Thermo LabSystems Multiscan UV Visible Spectrometer with plate reader Fluorescence Spectroscopy Perkin Elmer LS 5 Fluorescence Spectrophotometer Varian Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrophotometer Turner Fluorometer Thermo LabSystems Fluoroscan Ascent Fluoremeter with incubator Infra red Spectroscopy 2 Perkin Elmer FT 1600 Infrared Spectrometers Shimadzu 8400 FT IR Spectrometer ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY GBC Avanta Atomic Absorption Spectrometer Perkin Elmer Atomic Absorption Spectrometer MASS SPECTROMETRY Shimadzu QP 5000 Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer CHROMATOGRAPHY Gas Chromatography 3 Shimadzu GC 8 Gas Chromatographs with dual columns and TCD detectors Helwett Packard 5890A Capillary Column GC with FID detector Gow Mac Series 580 GC with dual columns and TCD detector Liquid Chromatography Waters Breeze HPLC system with both UV and RI detectors ELECTROCHEMICAL ANALYSIS Pine WaveDriver 20 Bipotentiostat bundle with Rotating Ring Disk Electrode WaveDriver 20 Bipotentiostat Glavanostat system BASi

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  • Virginia Military Institute - Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research
    Support Cadet Counseling Career Services Disabilities Services Miller Academic Center Advising Math Resource Center The Writing Center Resources Registrar Financial Aid Canvas Login Dean s Office Career Services Bookstore Cadet Computing Admissions Corps Life Athletics Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Natural Sciences Chemistry Home Degrees Programs Courses Scholarships Academic Career Advising Student Research Instrumentation Journal Und Chem Research Information for Authors Subscription Information Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research Current Back Issues Careers Faculty Staff Anita Cruze Executive Secretary P 540 464 7244 F 540 464 7261 E CruzeAF vmi edu 401 Maury Brooke Hall Virginia Military Institute Lexington VA 24450 Contact CH Webmaster Home Academics Areas of Study Natural Science Mathematics Chemistry Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research As the amount of chemistry research continues to grow there has been an increasing emphasis on student investigations at the undergraduate level Now there is a journal that specifically allows publication of this research The Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research is a new peer review journal that will be published quarterly with papers of original research performed by undergraduates Authorship may be by the student or their professor Join us by submitting a paper for publication and or subscribing to the journal for its first year of publication Please pass this information on to a colleague or student today The Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research publishes papers of original research performed by undergraduates on all aspects of chemistry including analytical organic inorganic physical polymers and biochemistry Articles about laboratory experiments to be used in the teaching of chemistry are not appropriate The Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research wishes to acknowledge

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