|Smart, even if not dressed the part
RELEASED: Aug. 7, 2003
DANVILLE, KYWhen forming a mental image of a scientist, one might picture Albert Einstein in a white lab coat. But how many would envision three young men in a laboratory sporting baseball caps, t-shirts, shorts and tennis shoes?
The latter image describes Mike McClintock of Corbin, Ky., Ben Privett of Nicholasville, Ky., and Craig Stinson of Indianapolis this summer. The chemistry majors, all rising juniors at Centre, are spending their summer conducting collaborative research with their professors, Dr. Preston Miles and Dr. Joe Workman.
McClintock and Dr. Miles, Walkup Professor of Chemistry at Centre, are doing research on a method to detect PPCPs (Pharmaceutical Personal Care Products) found in water. McClintock is looking for a new way to measure the levels of selected fragrance materials. McClintock said the purpose of the research is to find an alternative measurement technique to the more time-consuming, expensive and hazardous-waste-producing method already in place.
For McClintock, summer research proved to be a good experience.
"This summer has focused me more on chemistry. I really learned what research is about and I like it," he said. "Chemistry gives you a better understanding of how things work and how you can apply it to everyday situations."
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