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Accepted scholarship students visited campus this past weekend and had the opportunity to meet with current students, faculty and visiting alumni. While their parents attended information sessions on their own, students participated in one of two hands-on workshops involving fingerprinting, hosted by faculty member Dr. Tracey Mason and FBI latent print examiner and alum Marisa Bender (Chem '10/MSFS'11), or fun with fluorescence, hosted by faculty member Dr. Tim Dwyer. Both parents and prospective students had the opportunity to hear from an SOS alumni panel, including our chemistry alums (Mandi Sheroke, Chem '14/MSFS'15 and Kathryn Merrick, Biochem '15), about the major, being a student athlete, the forensic science 4+1 program and applying to medical school and physical therapy school among many covered topics. At the meet the department session, pictured above, currents students, faculty and alumni were on hand to tell stories about their experiences. (L-R: Delaney Patterson, Biochem '18; Amanda Slonaker, Chem'10/MAT'15; Alex Bull, Chem '18; Kourtney Wells, Biochem '18; Corinna Carter, Chem '17/MSFS '18, and faculty member Dr. Jeremy Burkett.)

Following the international success of his first two apps, Dr. Jeremy Burkett has entered the world of augmented reality by releasing two new versions of his molecule visualization apps.  Using the recent advances in coding frameworks, Crystalz AR and Atomic Orbitalz AR take the same high definition 3-D models from the original apps and now, using the camera on your iPhone or iPad, place those objects right there in the room with you.  Users can now walk around and interact with the models in real time and space!

The adventures of Dr. Lauterbach in Mexico continue, as he sent this recent photo of a beautiful tropical specimen:

"We saw this beautiful green jay the other day.  It blends in very well with the jungle foliage and is hard to spot. I was lucky it was close enough to get with my iPhone camera. It is related to the common blue jay we have at home, but is only found in southern Texas and coastal Mexico."

Chemistry and science writing faculty participated in the winter writing retreat sponsored by the OSPR (Office of Sponsored Research and Programs). Dr. Ward and Dr. Mason are collaborating on a article for submission to the Journal of Chemical Education, while Dr. Spencer worked on her own writing projects for scholarship. The  next OSPR writing retreat will be held in the spring with a four day event led by Dr. Jenny Shannahan and Dr. Herb Childress. These workshops are open to all faculty, and are a great way to make progress on writing projects, and to receive feedback and peer review of drafted work. Interested faculty should be on the lookout for announcements about the spring writing retreat coming to your inbox.

Warm Holiday Wishes from the Department of Chemistry! Our annual Holiday Letter is here.