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TWU graduate student Brenna Tucker to present at national chemistry conference



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DENTON — Brenna Tucker of Gladewater, a Texas Woman’s University master’s student in chemistry, is the only student from the U.S. and one of only four students internationally to receive a William F. Giauque Travel Award to attend the 2010 North American Calorimetry Conference (CALCON) in Colorado Springs July 18-23.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a prestigious national conference, present my research to an international audience and network with scientists from around the world,” Ms. Tucker said.

During the conference, Ms. Tucker will present on her research investigating the sequences of DNA relating to cancer and cancer treating drugs, titled “A Spectroscopic and Calorimetric Investigation of the Human Telomeric DNA Sequence.”

“The selection of Ms. Tucker to attend and present at this meeting clearly demonstrates that student research at TWU is competitive and recognized nationally and beyond,” said Dr. Richard Sheardy, professor and chair of the TWU chemistry and physics department.

William F. Giauque received the 1949 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions in thermodynamics. Sponsored by the Aviv Family Foundation, the William F. Giauque Travel Awards were established to encourage student participation in the North American Calorimetry Conference. The other recipients of the award are from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay and the University of Toronto.

Established in 1946, the North American Calorimetry Conference is a collegial forum for the dissemination of current research and technological developments in calorimetry and thermodynamics. For more information, visit

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