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Last week, Dr. Dawn Ward presented her research on finding compounds to target the Hepatitus C virus at the 42nd National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) Conference in Orlando, Florida.  At the conference, in addition to presenting her research, Dr. Ward was able to visit many other research presentations and exhibitors from industry, government and academia.  Dr. Ward is pictured above giving her presentation and also with NOBCChE President, Talitha Hampton-Mayo (left), a Program Manager at AstraZeneca.  

Junior Alexis Spertzel is excited about her first independent research experience.  She is working with organic chemistry faculty member, Dr. Will Harrell, synthesizing small molecules that will serve as inhibitors of botulinum neurotoxin. Although the semester has just started, Lexie is having fun and has learned a lot. She likes working one-on-one with a faculty member and learning new techniques and reactions. She looks forward to learning more throughout the semester!

The Chemistry Department is excited to welcome Dr. Will Harrell, a new organic chemistry faculty member. Dr. Harrell completed his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland and his postdoctoral training at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He is teaching Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and conducting research with students. ...Click here to read more.

Dr. Michelle Ivey was awarded an SU Faculty Development Research Grant at the recent Faculty Recognition Dinner.  Dr. Ivey plans to use the award to continue her ongoing project- writing a book, with co-author Jason Sonnenberg, on integrating computational chemistry into an undergraduate curriculum.  Dr. Ivey presented her ideas and some of the experiments at the ACS meeting in Denver in March.  During the course of this project, Dr. Ivey has included students in testing the experiments and improving them.  

Prospective students visited campus on Saturday to learn about our science and math programs at SU.  They were given the opportunity to participate in a laboratory experience, learning how potato enzymes work using spectroscopic techniques, or participating in a fingerprinting exercise; to learn about the department, the faculty, and the exciting programs and courses we offer; and to visit a fair with tables showcasing our clubs, our alumni and our majors.  Students and their parents had a chance to ask questions and see what the School of the Sciences at SU is all about!  

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