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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Keyword: in the classroom

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 fall section of Honors General Chemistry I (pictured above with their instructor, Dr. Jeremy Burkett) crafted and presented Original Proposals for Research. The students used current and existing technologies as the basis of their proposals of original, unique ideas for future research projects. All presentations included a description of an existing scientific issue or global, medical, or economic need and how the students proposed to address that issue with their new research initiative. Each talk was followed by a short question and answer period. This spring the students will be preparing and conducting unique chemistry demonstrations to perform for onlookers.

Twenty-one senior chemistry and biochemistry capstone students completed their internships this summer and fall and presented the results of their work and research at the semi-annual SOS poster session in December.  Also presenting were students that completed independent research in the fall, students that completed summer research at SU with the S3RP program, or in NSF sponsored summer REUs at outside institutions. Many students presented two posters simultaneously!  The SOS poster session is attended by faculty, families and invited guests. Often an internship mentor will come to support the students during their presentations. 

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.  

Several summer courses are being taught in the School of the Sciences in chemistry, biology and math. The courses run from June 5 until July 30 which still gives students a bit of a break before returning in the fall. General Chemistry I and II are being offered, and meet Monday through Thursday for lecture and have two three-hour lab periods per week. The new Manning Academic Center provides the ample classroom and laboratory space to allow for summer classes to run in parallel with other summer programs like Science Camp and Project Lead the Way. Taking summer classes at Stevenson, either in person or online, is a great way for students to get ahead or stay on track in their major and pay their tuition by the credit hour. An added bonus is summer courses often have a class size even smaller than our normal small class size. Pictured is Dr. Ward teaching General Chemistry II.