The department is pleased to announce the recipients of
the 2021 V.T. and Louise Jackson Summer Fellowship.
Maria-Jose Ferrer received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of
Hartford and is a member of Professor Russ Bowers’ research group.
Her research focuses on integration of ultrasonic atomization with
parahydrogen enhanced nuclear magnetic resonance as a means for
synthesizing hyperpolarized substrates for biomedical disease
detection and monitoring.
Angie Korpusik received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of
California, Berkeley and is a member of Professor Brent Sumlerin’s
research group. Her research focuses on using polymerization-induced
self-assembly to construct nanostructures for drug delivery.
In 2002, The Betty J. & J. Stanley Livingstone Charitable Foundation
established this fund as part of the V.T. and Louise Jackson Chemistry
Endowment. Vestus Twiggs “V.T.” and Louise Jackson were the
parents of Betty Livingstone. Originally from Georgia, V.T. earned his
doctorate from the University of Chicago. At the University of
Florida, he was a pioneer faculty member of the Department of
Chemistry and taught general chemistry from 1924 until his death in
1951. Specializing in physical inorganic chemistry, he did research in
Spanish moss and sodium carbonate reactions. Betty was also a chemist
and the Livingstones founded Livingstone Coating Corp. where Betty
developed successful applications of Teflon and other industrial
coatings in various industries. The Foundation was funded after her
death in 1986 and the UF endowment honors both Betty and her parents.
Congratulations Maria and Angie!