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Chemistry Professor will present research to USDA

Hobart and William Smith Professor Carol Parish to detail sugar molecule

September 18, 2000 GENEVA, NY-Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been invited to lecture on Thursday, September 21, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture office in New Orleans. Parish will visit the Southern Regional Research Center of the Agricultural Research Service, one of the Research, Education and Economics agencies. The ARS is the main in-house research arm of the USDA. Since 1996, Parish has been publishing and presenting her study of the molecular behavior of sugars and other carbohydrate molecules. Her research aids in the understanding of the nutritional value of carbohydrates, how plants and bacteria build cell walls, and how human=s taste.

Parish says USDA scientists read her published works on the topic and want to discuss with her how these carbohydrate systems behave at the molecular level. Her work on carbohydrates has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and presented at numerous scientific meetings. Parish and the USDA will explore developing models for more complex sugars and carbohydrates. For example, such research may assist in the ability to make cotton fibers stronger. Once scientists understand how the molecules behave they will be able to modify cotton fibers and improve such goods as clothing and paper.

While in New Orleans, Parish will lecture at the University of New Orleans on another topic she has been researching, understanding the molecular behavior of HIV inhibitor drugs.

Parish came to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1997. She earned the B.S. and M.S. at Indiana University-Purdue University, the Ph.D. at Purdue University and received post-doctoral training at Columbia University. Her research involves understanding molecular interactions, from drug design to pain inhibition.

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