School Department News

Chemistry and Physics

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:41am

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 7, 2014 - Pictured are William Carey University’s (left to right) Dr. Tyler Hodges, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Dr. Michael McNatt, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, who will present lectures at WCU’s Common Ground coffee shop for the NASA DEVELOP program Science Café on April 15 at 6 p.m. Dr. Hodges will present a lecture titled, “Marine Bacteria as a Source of New Pharmaceuticals,” and Dr. McNatt will present a lecture titled, “Finding Glomalin, Sequestering Carbon in Healthy Agricultural Soils and the Environment.” The NASA DEVELOP program is an interdisciplinary research program where applied science research projects are conducted under the guidance of NASA and partner science advisors. Students and the public are invited to attend.

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 1:58pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., February 7, 2014 - William Carey University chemistry students have been invited to present a poster on their abstract, “A Comparison of the Bradford Assay with the Bicinchoninic Acid Assay for Measuring Protein in Soil Extracts,” at the Mississippi Academy of Science 78th Annual Meeting that will be held at the Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center March 6-7. Dr. Michael McNatt, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, direct the student chemical research. The annual meeting allows students and faculty members from across the state to present addresses, symposia, workshops, scientific papers, and exhibits of interest to the Academy.

The students participating in the research and presentation are Vanessa Arnold of Ocean Springs; Ethan Burch of Richton; Sijin Cho of Busan, South Korea; Aaron Crowley of Biloxi; and Kyle Powell of Hattiesburg; Nathan Price of Richton, and Ashten Rea of Petal.

For more information on WCU’s department of chemistry, call (601) 318- 6532 or e-mail Dr. McNatt at

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 10:34am

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 9, 2013 - William Carey University senior chemistry major Tyree Ratcliff of Hattiesburg has been selected to participate in the 2013 Vanderbilt Summer Undergraduate Research in Chemical Biology program in Nashville, Tenn., May 27 - August 2. Ratcliff was one of the 10 chosen out of 500 applicants for the program. The ten-week, hands-on course is designed to introduce chemistry, biochemistry and biology students to the research processes and the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary research. The students will participate in a mini-symposium on drug discovery, attend seminars given by Vanderbilt Institute of Chemical Biology faculty and participate in weekly discussions on various topics.

Ratcliff will work directly with Dr. Jens Meiler, associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt, on a current project involving structural and chemical biology. Dr. Meiler’s laboratory develops computational methods to investigate proteins and their interactions with small molecule substrates, therapeutics, or probes.

            “I am honored that I was selected for this distinguished program,” Ratcliff said. “This will be the third summer research program I have participated in; I spent one summer working with the USDA and another at Kent State University in Ohio. I am grateful for the experience these research programs have given me, and look forward to working with Dr. Meiler this summer.”