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CHEMICAL & PHYSICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT

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SALTANAT ALDABAYEVA '21

MAJOR: CHEMISTRY 

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR KARSTEN THEIS, CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Is it possible to determine accurate fluoride concentration in water samples using standard concentration?

Water fluoridation is an essential source that can help many communities to sustain a healthier lifestyle and save money both for families and for the US healthcare system. Drinking fluoridated water reduces the chance of developing dental caries, cavities and provides rigidity for our teeth. It is the most efficient and cost effective way to deliver fluoride to communities regardless of their demographics, social statues, age group etc… One of the main issues with water fluoridation is that not every community will receive fluoridated water. This raises the issue because lack of fluoridated water in communities can lead to many disparities (CDC 2020). Water samples were tested for different regions in the USA, primarily it was tested in the Arizona and New Mexico regions. It is said that children were less likely to have dental caries if they received fluoridated water, had mouthwash in their homes and their parents had education on fluoride. Children that come from low-income Latino families are put at disadvantage due to the fact that they live in areas that do not receive fluoridated water. The results showed that this particular area of the country does not receive the adequate amount of fluoride in their water. Following, it was concluded that fluoride is much more likely to be detected in tap water than any other source of water in this region of the country in order to sustain good oral health (Victory et al., 2017).

NICHOLAS FAILLACE '22

MAJOR: CHEMISTRY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR RODERICO ACEVEDO, CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

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JULIA HONG '21

MAJOR: BIOLOGY

FACULTY SPONSOR: PROFESSOR RODERICO ACEVEDO, CHEMICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

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Dr. Roderico Acevedo - Course Project

Using Molecular Visualization Software, Pymol

to Understand Metabolic Enzymes

Biochemistry can be a fairly abstract course. Cells are not something that we can inspect visually, making it difficult to grasp key concepts. If cells are small, the thousands of 3-D molecular machines called enzymes (blue-ish blobs), which carry out the chemical reactions are even smaller. Here, students from Biochemistry II used Pymol, a molecular visualization software, that allow for enzymes to be rendered in 3-D. Pymol allows for a truly interactive way to visualize biomolecules and study their function. Each student will showcase one of enzymes shown below, along with their corresponding reactions. These short, student led videos demonstrate how the 3-D structure of enzymes are exquisitely suited to take-up the molecules and position them in the right place for the appropriate chemistry to take place.