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Dr. Ward and Anna are working up a reaction product. 

Morgan and Kourtney came over from Biochemistry to measure a reagent. 

Dr. Harrell and Jasmin are setting up a column 

The chemistry faculty and students are hard at work most afternoons in the shared research lab. Just across the hall, the biochemistry integrative lab is running, and students are in and out, selecting chemicals to use in their self-planned  research projects in that course.  All this activity  makes the lab a busy and collaborative space. When students are waiting for steps in their experiments to run, there are eight computer workstations where other course work can be completed. 

The chemistry department kicked off the school year with games and cookies last week to bring students and faculty together. There was fun and laughter as majors from all years came for a little down time. It's a great opportunity to meet and get to know your faculty on a more personal level. Cookies with Chemists meets every other Wednesday at 2 PM in Solve Center D. The next event is on September 13th. Hope to see you there! 

Faculty, staff, students, and family members gathered in the Greenspring quad on Monday to observe the solar eclipse. The Westminster Astronomical Society was on hand to provide viewing glasses and sun-themed snacks were provided by organizers from the School of the Sciences and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The physics department set up their telescope to view the event up close. It was a little overcast, but there was definitely enough breaks in the clouds to get a good view of the 80% sun coverage here in Maryland. 

Dr. Jeremy Burkett has created a new mobile chemistry app to supplement topics in general chemistry courses. It's called "Crystalz" and is currently available in the iTunes App Store. It is an app to help students visualize crystal lattice structure and packing, in high definition space-filling form or simple wire frames. The models can be moved and rotated in the app to see the crystals from any viewpoint and provides structural information about bond angles and sizes.  

The Fine School of the Sciences welcomes Lindsey Jones in her new role as the SoLVE Program Coordinator. She started out in Baltimore County Public Schools as a high school physics teacher where she taught for 11 years, and served for part of that time as director for the Maryland Summer Center for Space Science. Her passion for space was piqued, so she attended the Educators in Space Academy in 2011, which led to her most recent work at Goddard Space Flight Center, with NASA's digital Learning network. In this role, she "beamed in" to classrooms around the country to talk with students about NASA programs and unique content.  She did this in addition to serving the chemistry department as an adjunct instructor, and realized she missed working with students over the long term. This is why is she is excited to work as the SoLVE coordinator, where she will meet science majors as freshman, can follow them through their Stevenson careers, and help them to be academically successful. The School of the Sciences is happy to have Lindsey join our team!

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