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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Chris and Jenn Wohn  Wedding Cake Jenn and Odin  Wedding favor

This is a strange time that we will reflect on for generations. Imagine your wedding plans were one of the casualties of quarantine? This is exactly what happened to alum Jenn Kurek (BS Chem'10). Jenn and fiancee Chris Wohn met two years ago... he is the director of Research for Baltimore City Public Schools and she is a Safety Officer for Howard County. They were planning a small ceremony at the county courthouse, but the courthouse was due to close because of Covid-19. Jenn's Aunt quickly received her online ministry license and was able to officiate the wedding in their living room with close friends and family on March 19th. Some were there in person, while others were there via Skype. Both being scientists, the reception was decked out with virus themed wedding cake and favors because as Jenn says "science and puns are the gifts that keep on giving". The couple reside in Howard county with their fur family, Abra the cat and Odin the puppy, who looked great in his tux. Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Wohn; best wishes for the future! 

Flavor Chemistry Steminar

Suzanne Johnson, Ph.D.

The Chemistry Department was happy to host a talk by Suzanne Johnson, Ph.D. of McCormick Spice Company as part of the SOS Steminar series. Dr. Johnson described the chemistry behind flavor chemistry and did small flavor sensing experiments with the participants. She will be teaching a course in the fall on this special topic which is open to any upper level science student who has completed Organic II  with a C or better. 

mustang mentors

The office of Career Connections hosted the first "Mustang Mentors" event this semester to connect alumni mentors with current students. We were please to see Andrew McGregor (BS'15/MS'16) come to the mixer to give advice to up and coming forensic science majors. Pictured above, Andrew is speaking with Meghan, who was recently admitted to the BS/MS program. 

Meghann Hefner

Biochemistry (BS'19) alum Meghann Hefner recently accepted a position as a Beverage Application Technician at McCormick Spice Company. During her summer senior capstone internship, Meghann worked as a Quality Assurance Intern at Medifast,  a nutrition and weight loss company based in Baltimore. She completed more than 300 hours at her internship and during the course the subsequent fall semester, wrote a substantive paper about the most current research on the issue of artificial sweeteners and the effects on metabolism. This paper was supported by a professional poster that she presented at the semi-annual School of the Sciences poster session. In addition to her work at Medifast, Meghann performed independent biochemistry research, synthesizing and purifying MDH protein for use in protocols to study its role in cancer chemotherapy. Before this position, Meghann has been employed elsewhere in the flavoring industry, but is excited to transition to McCormick.  She hopes to pursue a Master's in food science while an employee at McCormick. Congratulations Meghann on landing your dream job! 

Cookies with Chemists Logo


Cookies with Chemists is a popular event in the Chemistry Department where students and faculty get together and play games, eat cookies and unplug. It is so popular that the group created a logo and are offering T-shirts for sale! Follow this link to order a shirt until February 27th. Gift one to your favorite student, just let us know who it's for in the order form, and we'll make sure they get it! 

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