One of Chemistry Instructor Don Carpenetti’s students, Vy Tran, presented a poster on her honors research project from the Spring 2021 semester CHM 152 class at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society on Aug. 22. View her abstract:

Acid-base balance: Students’ reflections from general chemistry II to applications in clinical laboratory science

This research offered an analytical and reflective response to the reading from the book The Hidden Assassin: When Clinical Lab Tests Go Awry by Alan H. B. Wu, which is based on true-event stories. Through this research, critical lab values relevant to the course of General Chemistry II of acid-base equilibria were extensively analyzed with a view to practical implication in clinical laboratory science and forensic science. Concepts and stories relevant to acid-base equilibrium were examined in detail and organized into thematic content ranging from the common ion effect and blood as a buffer system, to how the human buffer system responds to acid-base imbalances, to fatal errors resulting from poor communication, and inaccurate point-of-care testing. Being a clinical lab scientist involves not only performing moderate to high complex lab testing in clinical chemistry but also developing, assessing, and interpreting lab testing. Whether one can have a reasonable chance at achieving these requirements in diagnostic laboratory procedures rests upon having the foundational knowledge and skills from the science of chemistry starting in the first two years of college. Findings of this research provided students an opportunity to enhance academic ability, practical ability, and preparedness and readiness for future health-related professions. It is also hoped that this research will inspire students to become more active, resilient, and reflective towards their chosen field of study.

Craven CC’s honors program is currently recruiting for the Fall 2021 semester. For more information on starting your own honors research project, please ask your instructors or contact Dr. Betty Hatcher. Current students can also learn more about the Honors Program on Panther Portal.

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