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Graduate Student of the Month
The Graduate College is pleased to recognize Michael Moghadasnia as the November CEFNS graduate student of the month. Michael is genuinely a gifted student with great potential as a research scientist. Michael has been conducting an independent master’s research project in Dr. Stephanie Hurst’s laboratory since August 2018. Dr. Stephanie Hurst and Michael decided that his project would entail a challenging synthesis of a series of palladium sandwich complexes with thiol containing ligand groups.
Michael is highly intelligent (his graduate grade point average is a 4.0), inquisitive, motivated, and creative. Michael has just the right combination of assertiveness and respect to make him a joy to work with in the lab. He takes direction very well but is not timid about questioning experimental details or rationale. Even before entering the lab, he had read many articles that described recent advances with the organometallic complexes.
He has already been invited to a number of prestigious workshops including the American Chemical Society Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainability at the Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO, July 2019), the Lawrence workshop on (Tempe, Az, February 2019) and the NSF Quantum Science Summer School at Penn State (State College, PA, June 2019). Congratulations Michael!
Graduate student spotlight
Lias Hastings is a second year masters student in the Biology program. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from NAU in the fall of 2012. He spent the next seven years working for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. In 2018, he decided to continue his education and pursue a Master’s degree in Biology. His research involves looking at environmental factors that may increase the potential for rabies transmission between bats and mesocarnivores. He was invited to share his research at the 2019 RITA (rabies in the Americas) Conference, by Dave Bergman the state director for USDA APHIS, after seeing a previous presentation Lias had given at the 2019 NAFWS (Native American Fish and Wildlife Society) conference. Following his presentation at the RITA conference, Lias was notified that he had received “The Denny Constantine Award”. He was selected by a panel of judges as having the best presentation given during the session on “Bat Rabies.” Congratulations, Lias!
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