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July 4th wouldn't be July 4th without fireworks!  Our students learn the chemistry behind the colors of fireworks in General Chemistry.  In brief, the colors are produced by heating metal salts that emit characteristic colors. The atoms absorb energy and release it as light of specific colors. The energy absorbed by an atom rearranges its electrons from their lowest-energy (ground) state, up to a higher-energy (excited) state. The excess energy of the excited state is emitted as light. The amount of energy emitted is characteristic of the element, and the amount of energy determines the color of the light emitted.  For example, yellow fireworks are produced by sodium salts and orange fireworks are produced by calcium salts.  Purple fireworks are a mixture of copper compounds which are blue and strontium compounds which are red.  Happy July 4th- enjoy the fireworks!

Congratulations to graduating biochemistry major Chris Toth on receiving the Chemistry Department’s Service Award at the May Celebration!  Chris was recognized for his dedication to participating in department events, especially his leadership in leading Open Houses and recruiting new students to our department!

Students and faculty gathered for the last club meeting of the semester.  There was good food (Terri's Cafe and Rita's) and Chemistry Jeopardy!  A great time was had by all.  Special thanks to the outgoing officers for a phenomenal year!

Congratulations to biochemistry freshman, Sehlah Butt, who is very proud to have just become a United States citizen!  Here's her story:

I was born in Pakistan and then moved to Saudi Arabia with my parents and little sister. In 2001, my family and I moved to America for a free and great education and opportunities you won't find anywhere else. Fifteen years later, on April 8th 2016, I became a United States citizen. It was such a memorable day and it is an honor to live in such a diverse and growing nation. 

Congratulations to chemistry senior, Malik Naanaa, on receiving the Maryland Section ACS Student Award for Stevenson University. Malik was chosen for this honor because of excellence in academics and his exemplary service as president of the ACS Club.  Malik received his award at the March Maryland Section ACS meeting and faculty members, Mrs. Diane Payne, Dr. Sara Narayan and Dr. Ellen Roskes, were there in Malik's support.  

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