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Next Science Café to address oil spills

“The Nature of Oil and Spills” will be the topic of Thomas University’s next Science Café on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Dr. Amy McKenna, an Analytical Chemist with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. Her research includes studying oil samples taken from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and determining the final location of more than 5 million barrels of crude oil that were released into the Gulf of Mexico.

McKenna received the Glenn Award from the Energy and Fuels Division of the American Chemical Society in 2013; the Richard A. Glenn Award for the best paper presented before the Division of Fuel Chemistry at the 237th American Chemical Society National Meeting in 2010; and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Chemistry Student Award in 2009.

She is one of the authors of “Adsorptive Fractionation of Dissolved Organic Matter by Mineral Soil: Macroscale Approach and Molecular Insight,” which appeared in the journal “Organic Chemistry,” and “4 Years after the Deepwater Horizon Spill: Molecular Transformation of Macondo Well Oil in Louisiana Salt March Sediments Revealed by FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry,” which appeared in the journal “Environmental Science & Technology.”

The Science Café will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU's Forbes Campus. A reception with the speaker will be held in the lobby of Smith-Bonvillian Hall starting at 6 p.m.

Presented by the TU Division of Education, there is no admission charge for the Science Café. For more information, contact April Penton at


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