Chemistry and Biochemistry News

The Stevenson Summer Scholars Research Program (S3RP ) is well underway in the Fine School of the Sciences. Dr. Tim Dwyer and Dr. Will Harrell are conducting research with multiple students this summer. Dr. Dwyer pictured above with his students, biochemistry majors Kristen Snitchler and Dyana Daniyarova are working on the expression and purification of malate dehydrogenase protein in order to study its role in cancer growth and proliferation.

Chemistry faculty member Dr. Tim Dwyer was named the 2018 Rose Dawson full-time faculty award winner for excellence in teaching. The honor is presented annually to recognize Stevenson faculty, both full-time and part-time, who exemplify the art of teaching as mentors and as scholars. The award was announced yesterday at the faculty recognition brunch. As the recipient, Dr. Dwyer will speak at the December 2018 commencement ceremony. Congratulations, Dr. Dwyer!

At the Senior Send-Off Picnic last week, the students voted on some superlatives for our faculty. Dr. Jeremy Burkett was voted “most likely to be in the gym ” and “most sarcastic”; Ms. Kaitlin Bailey was voted “most likely to be mistaken for a student”; Dr. Will Harrell was voted “most likely to be wandering the halls” and was awarded a hall pass; lastly, Dr. Tim Dwyer earned three awards with “most likely to be playing games”, “most school spirit”, and “most distinctive voice”.

Congratulations to our May 2018 Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates! (front L-R: Kayla Bynion, Lindsay Most, Delaney Patterson, Kourtney Wells, Angelica Lackey, Aeninll Smith; back L-R: Alex Bull, Morgan McCluskey-Wirtz, Amber Spriggs, Stacey Wardenfelt, Tyler John, Rebecca Holcomb, Meghan Hefner, Krystine Hill, Ian Lyayi, Alissa Gore; not pictured, Carrie Brighthaupt, Elisa Castillo, Kelsey Kaier). The faculty of the chemistry department wish you the best for the future, and are proud of your accomplishments!

Biochemistry senior Stacey Wardenfelt traveled to San Diego last month to present at the 2018 National Conference in Experimental Biology. The conference is the annual meeting of five affiliated societies, and has attendees from academics, government, non-profits and industry. While at the conference, Stacey gave a poster on her work with Chemistry faculty member Dr. Tim Dwyer on expression and purification of malate dehydrogenase protein.