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HWS Professor receives American Chemical Society Funding

Chemistry Professor Carol Parish to pursue anti-cancer research during sabbatical leave

April 10, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.— The American Chemical Society (ACS) has awarded Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a $45,000 research grant with which to pursue anti-cancer research during her 2003-2004 sabbatical.

Parish plans to work with Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann, of Cornell University, on quantum mechanical investigations of enediyne cyclization reactions. These reactions are a subcategory of the more general pericyclic reactions – a field in which Hoffmann’s laboratory has earned an international reputation and for which Hoffmann was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Parish will use the funding to further the understanding of these complex reactions and to harness that understanding to design better anti-cancer therapies.

Parish plans to involve HWS undergraduate research students in this project during the summers bracketing her leave. This summer chemistry students Gilberto Arbelaez, a rising Hobart sophomore from Stamford, Conn.; Hilda Castillo, a rising William Smith junior from New York, N.Y.; Max Macaluso, a rising Hobart sophomore from Canandaigua, N.Y.; Rebecca Splain, a rising William Smith senior from Middlebury, Vt.; Jeffrey Sullivan, a rising Hobart senior from Rochester, N.Y.; and Maxwell Zimmerley, a rising Hobart junior from Holliston, Mass. will participate in the project with funding from Merck/AAAS, the Patchett Foundation, the Perkin Fund, the Petroleum Research Fund and the National Science Foundation.

Parish’s research funding is provided through the ACS’s Undergraduate Faculty Sabbatical grant program, which enables faculty at undergraduate institutions to take full-year sabbaticals. It is anticipated that participation in the program will have long-term benefits not only for the participating faculty members but also for their students and home institutions. This year 39 UFS applications were received and 10 awards were granted.

Parish came to Hobart and William Smith in 1997. She earned the B.S. and M.S. at Indiana University-Purdue University, the Ph.D. at Purdue University, and held the Fujitsu Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Columbia University. She is the author of more than 26 invited presentations and 15 peer-reviewed publications. She has raised more than $490,000 to support undergraduate research at HWS. In addition, she is a visiting assistant professor at Cornell University.