Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Congratulations to Daniela Poss (BS Chemistry 2012) on receiving her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from George Washington University in May. She now works as a Public Health Analyst with a consulting firm. Here’s how she describes her job, “Most of my works consists of performing the epidemiological research for law firms. We do work for both defense and plaintiff sides, and our CEO acts as the law firm’s expert witness during deposition and trial. Cases include everything from big pharm lawsuits to environmental exposure and things of that nature. Additionally, we are contracted by pharm companies to run independent analyses on their clinical trials and meta analyses on specific issues and health outcomes and have won several federal contract awards for chronic disease epidemiology work.”

Biochemistry junior Ciara Faupel is having a great start to her semester. As she finished her online Microbiology quiz on negative staining and serial dilutions, she explained why she is now taking more chemistry and biology classes and engaging in research. She loves learning both sciences and seeing the interconnections. In her words, “I love majoring in biochemistry- it allows me to study both chemistry and biology so that I have a more complete picture of science!”

Lisa Baker Hinton (BS, Chemistry 2011) has been named to the Baltimore Sun’s 6th Annual “10 People to Watch Under 30″ list. Lisa is the winemaker at Old Westminster Winery, a company owned and operated by her family. The company’s Albariño 2013 was named the Best White wine at the 2014 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition. The growing business, which bottled and sold its first wines in 2013, is set to open its brand new tasting room on its grounds in mid-October.

Lisa decided to major in chemistry so that she would have the background knowledge that comes from understanding the sciences behind winemaking. She completed her Capstone internship at a local winery and discovered her passion for winemaking.

Lisa explained that her background in chemistry is a huge advantage during production. Elements such as knowing the optimal time to pick, recognizing the acidity and sugar levels in the grapes, and understanding the various chemical, microbial, and physical reactions during the process all play a part.

Congratulations, Lisa! The Chemistry Department is very excited to be able to follow your progress and success!

Biochemistry senior Chris Toth is very excited about his new position at SU. He has always enjoyed going to sports events and just became the PA Announcer at many home Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer, and Men’s Soccer games. “Being a PA Announcer is something I have always wanted to try. I am an avid sports fan at Stevenson so being able to support our teams in this way is a great experience and fun!”

Alum Rachel Buchanan (CHEM ’12, MS in FSCI ’13) is currently employed by the United States Department of Defense. She works for the U.S. Army Public Health Center as a Physical Science Technician. She enjoys applying her coursework from SU in her daily work.