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Community Forum in Chemistry, Fall 2012


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Windward Community College
45-720 Kea'ahala Road
Kane'ohe, Hawai‘i 96744

This project is coordinated by Leticia U. Colmenares Ph.D. Associate Professor in Chemistry - 236-9120. The forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section.

picture of Frederick Perlak“Making Elephants Fly:  Biomedical Applications of MALDI and DART Mass Spectrometry”

Frank Williams, MD

1:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

Mass spectrometry has been called the “ultimate truth machine” as it represents the most sensitive analytical chemistry technique capable of revealing the molecular formula of an unknown compound and measuring minute quantities (attomole concentration) of a substance. MALDI (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization) and DART (Direct Analysis in Real Time) ionization techniques have been used in a number of important biomedical applications which will be discussed. These techniques will change the practice of medicine by enhancing our diagnostic abilities and understanding of the disease process.

As a child, Dr. Frank Williams dreamed of one day winning a Nobel Prize.  His passion for learning and love of science eventually led him to Howard University where he entered their medical school at age 21.  After receiving his M.D. degree, he completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He was later certified as a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Internal Medicine.  He has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine with the John A. Burns School of Medicine at University of Hawaii and was later elected to the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Williams was a Certified Instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support with The American Heart Association for over 20 years. 

Dr. Williams' educational focus is on the field of molecular medicine and its related disciplines.  He has a particular interest and has received special training in Mass Spectrometry and High Performance Liquid Chromatography.  Dr. Williams is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, American Association for Clinical Chemistry (CASSS) an international separation science society. Dr. Williams is the Executive Editor, Writer, Producer, and Program Director of The Hawaii Institute of Molecular Education Symposiums.

picture of Frederick PerlakAquaculture/Aquaponics Research

Clyde Tamaru, Ph.D.

1:00-2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

Dr. Tamaru will talk about aquaculture/aquaponics research and extension at the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. 

Clyde S. Tamaru was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and is a sansei (third generation American of Japanese ancestry).  He is a graduate of McKinley High and the University of Hawaii at Manoa (B.S. in Biology).  He worked at the Oceanic Institute (OI) as an aquaculture technician before pursuing his MS in Zoology from the UH-Manoa.  For five years he worked as a radiochemistry technologist at the Queen’s Medical Center and later returned to aquaculture in 1984 at the Oceanic Institute and became the finfish program manager for OI. While working at OI he completed his doctorate dissertation, entitled, “Studies on the use of chronic and acute LHRH-a treatments on controlling maturation and spawning in the milkfish (Chanos chanos Forsskal)” at the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries.  He worked in the private sector as an aquaculture consultant and formed Hawaii C’s Aquaculture Consultant Services in 1993 and continues to consult part time to this day.  He took on a position as an aquaculture specialist at the UH Sea Grant College Program, School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology in 1995 and moved to his current position as an aquaculture specialist in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in 2009.   At his current non-tenure track position he manages the Aquaculture/Aquaponic Extension Program in CTAHR which includes a variety of extension and outreach projects that interact with a variety of public and private institutional partners.  Likewise he is actively engaged in a variety of research and extension initiatives in both freshwater and marine aquaculture that include aquaponics.

picture of Frederick Perlak“Mobile Analytical Laboratory System”

CPT Sean Cripps

1:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 16, 2012
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

The Analytical Laboratory System (ALS) is a mobile analytical laboratory that provides emergency responders the capability to rapidly detect and identify chemical, biological, or radiological contamination on-site. The ALS is equipped with chemical and biological identification instruments that mirror many of the analytical methods used at state and federal laboratories.  So come on down and see the mobile laboratory and how chemistry applies to national security and emergency response.

CPT Sean Cripps graduated from J.B. Castle High School in 1997 and UH Manoa with a B.S in Chemistry in 2001.  He has since completed two semesters of graduate level classes at UH Manoa and University of Guam in Environmental Science.  His military career began in 1998 in the Army Renserves as Heavy Anti-armor infantry.  Based on his chemistry degree in 2003 he was hired into the Hawaii Army National Guard to serve as a Survey Team Member on the 93D Civil Support Team (CST).  After completion of Officer Candidate School in 2006 he was commissioned and subsequently hired by The Guam National Guard’s 94th CST as their Nuclear Medical Science Officer (NMSO).  After six years in Guam he was again hired into the 93D CST as their NMSO.




What is the Community Forum in Chemistry?  

• Its goal is to increase learning in chemistry for all students (and community members).

• A practicing professional discusses a chemistry related topic that is relevant to everyday lives.

• During the forum audience participate by asking questions, sharing views and comments.

• Serves as a bridge between classroom and real-world applications.

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Co-sponsored by the American Chemical Society
- Hawaii Section