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HIV Research Presented on The Hill

A William Smith sophomore has been selected as one of 68 students in the nation to present her science research on Capitol Hill.

March 15, 2002 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Julia A. James, a William Smith sophomore, is going to Capitol Hill to present her research on HIV drug inhibitors at the annual Council on Undergraduate Research conference on April 18. James’ research is geared toward discovering future potent HIV protease inhibitors. Her research and studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges are sponsored by the American Chemical Society and the Merck Foundation.

James, of Brooklyn, will present her findings titled “Molecular Simulations of Novel HIV Protease Inhibitors” at about 4:30 p.m. in the Gold Room of the Rayburn House Office Building. The event will be attended by representatives from funding agencies, scientific societies, the press, and all members of Congress.

She will present her chemistry research findings along with 68 other college students who will be presenting the results of their independent research in the natural and social sciences, engineering, and mathematics. She was competitively chosen from more than 170 applicants. Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith, oversees James’ work. Parish noted James is the third HWS student in four years to receive such an honor.

A graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, James is a leader of the HWS chapter of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and has volunteered at the Center of Concern in Geneva. James previously presented her findings at a poster presentation at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Chicago in August.

CUR is a national professional association representing more than 850 academic institutions—their faculty, administrators, and students.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions, located in Geneva, N.Y., the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean's offices, athletics programs, student governments, and traditions.