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Please join the chemistry department and all of the SOS at the Homecoming Tailgate before the game this Saturday. It is being held on the Owings Mills North campus this year, just a short walk across the Dell Family Pathway, which can be accessed from behind the stadium. The event runs from 10-12:30, and the weather is supposed to be beautiful!   Even if you don't have tickets to the game, come and enjoy some walk around nachos while visiting with faculty and other alumni. We can't wait to see you! 


One of the highlights of Stevenson's First Year Seminar course is formulating a service project to bring to Mustangs Make a Difference Day. Held in conjunction with Day to Serve in the state of Maryland, it is a way for Stevenson students to volunteer and give back to their communities. First Year Seminar classes in the Department of Chemistry came up with several unique service projects. One class hosted a Be the Match bone marrow drive, a second class provided materials to make stress relief Galaxy Jars, and a third class promoted Pedestrian Awareness with a pledge to be safe campaign in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Transportation.   Whatever the project, students enjoyed the opportunity to get to know their classmates and instructors in a more relaxed setting. The teams used all of their materials to make jars, signed up 49 new potential marrow donors, and collected over 200 signatures.

Lab services staff member and chemistry alumna Sarah (Woods) Brush (BS'11, MS'12) celebrated the birth of her son, Cole this June with husband Joe. Sarah also received a promotion from Laboratory Specialist to Laboratory Safety Manager which she assumed this July. 

Congratulations, Sarah! 

Senior chemistry major Krystine Hill is traveling to Reno, NV this week to present her research at the SciX National Meeting. She received funding from the SU Chemistry Department student travel fund and won a grant from the Society of Applied Spectroscopy to support her travel. She will  be presenting the work she completed this summer at the Naval Medical Research Center, in Silver Spring, MD, focusing on heterotopic ossification, an affliction where combat-wounded patients experience a bony hardening of their damaged soft tissues, causing a myriad of issues, including poor prosthesis fitting. With this work, caregivers hope to provide an earlier intervention and treatment for these veterans. 

Update! Krystine won second place in the poster competition. Congratulations and great work! 

Biochemistry major Tania Rodriguez Cintora won an award from the American Society for Cell Biology Minority Affairs Committee for travel and attendance at the American Society for Cell Biology-European Molecular Biology Organization (ASCB-EMBO) joint meeting in Philadelphia this December. She was chosen out of many very qualified students nationwide, and the award supplies up to $1300 in travel funds for her participation in the 4-day meeting. Her abstract submission was titled “Determining the role of chromatin context on repair of DNA double-breaks formed by a Cas9-linked camptothecin mimic.”

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