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Biochemistry juniors, Robert Chen and Nicole Heil stopped by to visit with Department Chair, Dr. Ellen Roskes, and to have an ice cream snack during the last week of classes.  How was the semester?  It was great, they both reported.  Robert really enjoyed his Biochemistry course, atributing his love of the course material to Dr. Tim Dwyer. an amazing professor.  Nicole really enjoyed her Genetics course, as she really enjoyed learning about genetic diseases.  Both students said they're gearing up for finals and are looking forward to the winter break!


SU's chapter of the American Chemistry Society (ACS) Club has been recognized on the national level as one of the 75 "Commendable Chapters."  Shelby Litz, club president explained the club's excitement about this honor, "There are over 1000 student chapter across the US and it feels really good to be recognized as one in a thousand!  I am extremely proud of the club as a whole!"  Ten chemistry and biochemistry students will represent the chapter at the ACS National Convention in Denver in March 2015 to receive their award.  Several of these students will also be presenting research they have participated in with chemistry and biochemistry faculty members.  

As the semester comes to a close, sophomore chemistry and biochemistry majors completed their last experiment in Organic Chemistry Lab. The students tested the rates of different substitution reactions (shown in the pictures above). Many different experiments were performed during the semester; however, when asked to reflect on these experiments, students agreed that their three favorites were analyzing over the counter drugs using thin-layer chromatography, identifying compounds by infrared spectroscopy, and synthesizing Dulcin, an artificial sweetner.  

In their last class of the semester, students in Mrs. Diane Payne’s New Student Seminar course enjoyed ice cream sundaes while receiving advice from Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Mathematics mentors. The students learned study tips and relaxation methods in preparation for finals as well as tips for how to spend their winter break wisely, which included applying for internships and research opportunities.

Biochemistry students, Courtney Aceto (top picture) and Amanda Gates (bottom left), participated in a poster session for their Genetics class with Dr. Rivka Glaser. Each student created a poster based on a controversial ethical topic in modern genetics and presented it to faculty members and students. One student shared “I enjoyed working on the poster project! This was a great way to learn the procedure for creating and printing a poster.”

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