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McNeese People Briefs - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dr. Kiran Boggavarapu, head of the McNeese State University Department of Chemistry and Physics and an associate professor of chemistry, is a co-editer and a co-contributor of the recently released book, "Clusters: Structure, Bonding and Reactivity,” published by Springer.

Volume 23 in the "Challenges and Advances in Computational Chemistry and Physics” series, the book is separated into two parts. First, the "Binary Clusters” section focuses on recent developments in experimental techniques, while the subsequent sections cover a variety of theoretical approaches. The book is aimed at professionals and students working in cluster science.

According to Boggavarapu, the field of atomic clusters continues to attract great interest amongst physicists and chemists alike. "This is in part due to their intrinsic properties and potential industrial applications,” he said.

The chapter he co-authored, "Growth Pattern and Size-Dependent Properties of Lead Chalcogenide Nanoclusters,” discusses the growth patterns from atoms to bulk state and the formation of baby-cystals from clusters, and most specifically, the structural evolution of lead chalcogenide nanoclusters, and how various properties of these clusters are investigated using different experimental techniques.

McNeese nursing student Kathleen McFarlain, of Lake Charles, received the Dr. Joe Ann Clark Graduate Nursing Educator Award at the recent Louisiana State Nurses Association Nightingale Gala in Baton Rouge. This $1,500 award is given annually to a graduate nursing student who is pursuing a degree as a nurse educator.

Debbie Johnson-Houston, McNeese Frazar Memorial Library director, has been named chair-elect of the LOUIS Management Board to serve a three-year term beginning July 1. LOUIS – the Louisiana Library Network - is governed by the LOUIS Management Board and the Louisiana Board of Regents.


 

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