Associate Professor Wayne Bensley  of the Alfred State Physical and Health Sciences Department  was one of 18 people nationwide who was recently selected to attend the Nucleic Acid Chemistry workshop at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. This workshop is a part of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) program. The cCWCS program provides support for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education through workshops for faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities.
These workshops are designed to provide attendees with a background on various areas of the chemical sciences and with suggestions on how to introduce these topics into undergraduate coursework. The Nucleic Acid Chemistry workshop is an intensive, hands-on, five-day workshop comprised of both lecture and laboratory sessions on topics, including the chemical synthesis and modification of nucleic acids, RNA targeting compounds and RNA therapeutics, epigenetics, and the mechanistic exploration of bacterial and human DNA methyltransferases.
In addition to biochemistry, Bensley teaches all of the forensic science courses offered at Alfred State. Prior to joining the faculty, he worked as a forensic scientist with the Indianapolis-Marion County Crime Lab. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Syracuse University and a master's degree in forensic science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Bensley resides in Alfred Station, NY, with his wife and two young children.