Winter graduation features Professor Franklin Davis

The College of Science and Technology will hold its winter 2016 graduation ceremony on December 22 at 4:00pm inside the historic Temple Performing Arts Center on Broad Street. The ceremony will celebrate the academic success of students earning bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. More than160 students will attend the ceremony. Graduation speakers include Franklin A. Davis, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Chemistry at Temple University, Laura Baratta, a graduating senior, and Sina Adibi, president of the CST Alumni Board.

Professor Davis earned his PhD from Syracuse University in 1966.  After a Welch Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas he joined the faculty at Drexel University in 1968 where he was named the George S. Sasin Professor of Organic Chemistry in 1986. In 1995, he moved to Temple University. 

Davis is the author of more than 300 publications. His research interests are focused on the invention of new reagents and methodologies for the synthesis of biologically important molecules. These reagents, known as “Davis Reagents,” create molecules having “handedness,” left and right handed versions that have differing characteristics, thereby playing unique and vital roles in all living systems. His chemistry is used worldwide in academic and industrial laboratories. 

Davis' honors include the Temple University's Research Award in 1999, the Philadelphia Organic Chemists’ Award in 2002 and the American Chemical Society Cope Scholar Award in 2006.  In 2006 he joined such notable scientists as Thomas Edison and Marie Curie as a recipient of the prestigious John Scott Award. 

Laura Baratta is graduating with a bachelor of science in chemistry. Baratta has been a member of the Temple Honors Program, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the MARC U-STAR program for talented young researchers. Her academic accolades include the Albert B. Brown Chemistry Scholarship, John A. Poole Memorial Scholarship, and the College of Science and Technology Alumni Endowed Scholarship.

Baratta has participated in multiple advanced research experiences. With Professor Huichun Zhang in the Environmental Engineering Department, she experimented with iron-oxides and natural organic materials found in soil and aquatic environments. She participated in the University of Pennsylvania’s Student Undergraduate Internship Program, studying the deficits in autistic mouse models in performing various learned behaviors in biology professor Ted Ansel’s lab. 

After graduation, Baratta will be working as a research technician at University of Pennsylvania as she prepares for applying to MD/PhD programs.

Sina Adibi, president of the CST Alumni Board, has focused 25 years of his career in healthcare and life sciences informatics, and business process outsourcing. As CEO and founder of Adaptive Clinical systems, Adibi and his team provide support for integrating software for clinical drug trials and compliance with all regulatory bodies. Adibi has also served as a mentor to several CST students through the college’s Owl to Owl Mentor Program.