Scholar in Residence
The Scholar in Residence Program in Chemistry and Biochemistry is for experts in a particular field of chemistry that contribute to that academic program, but are currently not a faculty member at Duquesne. They can provide guest lectures, research and internship opportunities, and mentorship for students, and be a resource for both students and faculty in their particular area of expertise. It is an honorary, non-paid position, but the Scholars are afforded certain privileges like use of the university library, and other campus facilities. The term of appointment is one-year and these appointments are renewable.
Dr. Antonio M. Ferreira is a Research Scientist at Chemical Computing Group. Although Chemical Computing Group is located in Montreal, Quebec Canada, Dr. Ferreira is located in Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Ferreira is an expert in quantum chemical and molecular mechanical methods applied to biomolecular systems. His expertise in these areas would greatly benefit our students and faculty. His appointment of Scholar in Residence would also further the relationship between Chemical Computing Group and Duquesne University. Chemical Computing Group has a significant tie to Duquesne University by providing $150,000 in software licenses to their software MOE. MOE is a molecular modeling tool used extensively in Chemistry & Biochemistry, Biological Sciences and in the School of Pharmacy.
Chemical Computing Group has hosted several summer workshops at Duquesne University and have plans to host additional workshops in the near future. Having Dr. Ferreira as a Scholar in Residence would facilitate these workshops and the presence of Chemical Computing Group here at Duquesne University. Additionally, there are plans for Dr. Ferreira to guest lecture in the graduate courses in Molecular Modeling, Quantum Computing and the undergraduate Quantum Mechanics course.
Dr. Scott Faber is the Director of Developmental Pediatrics at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh. He is an expert in developmental issues and their causes. He is devoted to finding the chemical and biological causes for developmental diseases. He is a long-time collaborator of Dr. Kingston and supports the medical application portion of his research group. Together they have published or presented seven scientific works. He will lecture in upcoming mass spectrometry courses and the undergraduate integrated course to discuss the real-world applications of IDMS with the students. This type of interaction between students and professionals is extremely valuable to our students. Having Dr. Faber as a Scholar in Residence would facilitate these lectures and the presence of a medical expert here at Duquesne University.