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Students have been working on a semester-long project in Dr. Timothy Dwyer's Biochemistry Lab studying a green fluorescent protein. First, they used modern DNA and protein techniques to purify the protein. They then compared a mutant protein to their protein to see if there's a difference in flouresence between the two. This project has been particularly exciting because students have designed their own experiments from the biochemical literature and are writing a scientific paper of their findings.  

As part of the department's New Student Mentoring Program, biochemistry and chemistry freshmen and mentors got together to visit a local corn maze over the weekend. From one of the participants, "We enjoyed wandering around the maze in circles, getting scared by a giant turkey, racing on a children's bouncy ball racing track, and examining oddly-shaped pumpkins! It was a great time to get to know each other, share some laughs, and get a little break from all of our school work!"


Each year, SU students, faculty and staff enjoy Homecoming.  This year, American Chemistry Society officers and club members filled and handed out bags of popcorn at the Homecoming Bonfire.

The ACS Club set up a candy buffet with 12 different types of candy to celebrate National Chemistry Week to go along with this year’s theme “The Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy”.  All students from the university were able to come to the table and make a custom bag of candy with items from the table.  As they were filling their candy bags, officers were giving students some fun facts about candy as well as explained the chemistry behind candy making. 

Students in Mrs. Diane Payne's Honors General Chemistry course made posters along the 2014 theme of National Chemistry Week, "The Sweet Side of Chemistry."  Each student chose a type of candy- chocolate, cotton candy, pop rocks, etc. and explained the chemistry behind it.  The posters are displayed outside the General Chemistry Lab for everyone to enjoy!

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