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Clarkson Graduate Student Receives Award for HIV Research

Barun Bhhatarai, a graduate student in Clarkson University's Department of Chemistry, was awarded one of five Chemical Computing Group (CCG) Excellence Awards at the 230th American Chemical Society's (ACS) national meeting in Washington, D.C.

The CCG Excellence Awards are designed to encourage graduate student participation and interaction among computational chemists at ACS National Meetings. Winners are selected according to the excellence and relevance of their research, as well as the quality of supporting materials.

Bhhatarai received a $1,000 grant and the University received a one-year license to the CCG's Molecular Operating Environment Modeling Software. Clarkson University Research Associate Professor Rajni Garg is advising Bhhatarai on the research.

"The CCG Excellence Award is well deserved," remarked Garg. "Barun's research and thorough analysis in the laboratory has resulted in a paper that furthers the understanding and possible treatment for HIV patients."

HIV research from Clarkson University laboratories involving graduate and undergraduate students has resulted in three journal papers and 10 conference presentations over the past two years. Bhhatarai presented his research in a poster presentation at the ACS 230th National Meeting & Exposition on August 28 in Washington, DC. The poster explained the analysis of structural modifications of the Tipranavir molecule. ACS is the world's largest scientific society dedicated to a single discipline with more than 158,000 members.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

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