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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

This semester, two students are working with Dr. Dawn Ward on her ongoing research project using organic chemistry techniques to synthesize inhibitors of hepatitis C. In the picture above, Dr. Ward assists biochemistry junior, Robert Chen, as he prepares for a synthetic reaction. Chemistry junior, Malik Naanaa, analyzes his technique.

As is our usual fall tradition, freshman and transfer students in the School of the Sciences SCI 100, New Student Seminar, are building reef balls. These concrete balls are placed each spring in the Stevenson Reef in the Chesapeake Bay as part of the Bay restoration project. The reef balls are used for marine habitats, creating homes for oysters, mussels, fish, and many other forms of marine flora and fauna.  

This year, all our chemistry and biochemistry majors in Mrs. Diane Payne's class really enjoyed this project. Pictured here is one of our groups with their completed reef ball. This project is a great opportunity for students to work together to give of themselves for the environment

Tracy Robles (BS CHEM 2012, MS, Forensic Science 2013) stopped by with her sister, Sarah (left), who is now a freshman at SU.  Tracy and Sarah are both excited that Sarah is attending SU.  

Tracy is currently a chemist at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  In her position, Tracy uses a lot of lab skills and instrumentation that she learned at SU.  She also credits Dr. Tracey Mason's Instrumental Analysis class with giving her the skills she needs to learn new instruments.  One recent project which she found fascinating was looking for counterfeit bills in US currency.  Tracy is engaged to Walter Vargas who also graduated from SU in 2012.

As we work with the architect at designing new labs and classrooms in our new building, faculty and staff from the Chemistry Department visited the Owings Mills North campus.  This picture is taken in our new research lab which allow for more space for additional student researchers, new faculty members, and expanded capabilities.  In general, the new School of the Sciences building will provide a great learning environment and everyone is excited as our plans for it are further developed.

Biochemistry juniors, (l-r), Robert Chen, Michele Collingsworth and Nicole Heil, work as a team in Dr. Timothy Dwyer's Integrative Laboratory in Biochemistry. In this new laboratory experience, students combine skills and concepts learned in other courses in the curriculum and apply them to a biochemistry problem. Each team of students works on a semester long independent project.  On this day, the students were preparing buffers for a chromatography column that they were going to use the next week to purify a protein.

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