TASDC Research Symposium – 2021 for TN Universities and Community Colleges

TASDC Research Symposium – 2021 for TN Universities and Community Colleges

November 19, 2021

A Virtual Conference

Organized by

Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs

Walters State Community College, TN

Sponsored by

Virginia Research Institute, USA

Please submit your registration to receive our zoom link for virtual connection or directions to Walters State Community College for the on-ground portion of the conference.

Conference Proceedings


Format for Full Paper Submissions

Instructions for Contributors:

To access the journal, you need to receive permission. Please email,  registrar@virginiaresearchinstitute.org

Submission Requirements

Papers must be submitted in a suitable form for publication. This includes standard word processor formats. Of these, the preferred format is the latest version of Microsoft Word. The documents may incorporate figures or attach separate figures with clear references. Figures are required as bit-mapped images in GIF, TIFF or JPEG format, or original photographs or printed figures can be scanned for a small charge.

The suggested scan formats for different types of image are:

Color photographs and drawings – 24-bit color saved as a JPEG image

Black-and-white photographs – 8 bit grey scale saved as a JPEG image

Black-and-white drawings – 1-bit monochrome saved as a GIF image

Please note that any animation, video and sound files may take a very long time to load and a decision on the suitability of such material for publication will be made by the editorial board. There is no limit to the number of words/pages per paper. The editorial board reserves the right to request changes or reduction. Your paper should be e-mailed to the Chairman of the Editorial Board with a covering note stating your affiliations and a statement confirming that the paper has not been published elsewhere or submitted for publication in any other journals. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all permissions are received from relevant parties including co-authors before the submission.


Friday 19, November 2021

8:00 am – 8:05 am – Introduction – Dr. Eugenie de Silva FRSA – Coordinator; Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, TN

8:05 am – 8:20 am – Welcome – Dr. Donna Seagle Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Walters State Community College.

8:20 am – 8:40 am – TASDC Vision – Dr. Eugene de Silva, Ph.D. FRSA , President, Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, TN

8:40 am – 9:00 am – Our Commitment to Research – Dr. Matthew Smith B.S., Ph.D., Dean of Natural Sciences, Walters State Community College, TN

9:00 am – 9:20 am – Nanostructured Copper Electrodes for Application in Organic Photovoltaics – Guest of Honor – Dr. Jessica Pereira, Research Fellow, Organic Materials for Energy Generation and Storage, The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

9:20 am – 9:40 am – Inkjet Printing Technology – Invited Special Guest – Pramudi Abeydeera B.S., M.S., Senior Research and Development Scientist, Polymeric Ltd., Missouri, USA

Invited Post-graduate Student Speaker

9:40 am – 10:00 am – Development of New Organic Ionic Plastic Crystals – Azra Sourjah B.S., Institute of Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

Undergraduate Student Speakers

10:00 am – 10:20 am – Removal of heavy metals using biomass from polluted aqueous media – Dilhan M. Jayasinghe Department of Chemistry, College of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka.

10:20 am – 10:40 am – CRISPR Babies Experiment: A Rogue Scientist or a Lack of Education in Ethics? – Allison Dalton, Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN USA

10:40 am – 11:00 am – The utility of tRNA genes in bacteriophages – Annaleisa Matzirakis, Columbia State Community College; Columbia, Tennessee, USA

11:00 am – 11:20 am – Interactions Between Intrinsically Disordered Domains of Nuclear Receptors and DNA Studied with Single-Molecule Optical Tweezers, Computational Simulations, and Cell Assays – David P. Lohry, The University of Tennessee, Department of Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

11:20 am – 11:40 am – The presence of tRNA genes in A1 subcluster Mycobacteriophage Dussy – Adrianna Sasser, Columbia State Community College; Columbia, Tennessee, USA

11:40 am – 11:50 am – Vote of Thanks – Dr. Emmanuel Essuman Ph.D., Secretary – Tennessee Association of Science Department Chairs, TN

Judges: Ms. Elena Owen, Dr. Terry Rawlinson