Chemistry and Biochemistry News

The 4th Annual Spring Spectacular was held on the north campus last week on a beautiful spring day. This year the science and math demonstrations were joined by the psychology department who held some virtual reality activities. Among the highlights were the liquid nitrogen ice cream, cool soap bubbles, the air cannon and the ping pong ball fountain! This event was made possible with help from all the student volunteers. More more photos, visit the SOS Facebook page.

Graduating seniors in the School of the Sciences were recognized at the end of the year awards ceremony last week. Chemistry department faculty were all in attendance along with friends and family to wish the students well. Among this year’s award were:

Sara Fout, Academic Achievement

Isaac Colbert, Departmental Service Award

Sehlah Butt, the American Chemical Society Award

Sigma Xi Honor Society, Joseph Acqui, Austin Halterman

Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society, Joseph Acqui, Isaac Colbert, Ariana Engerman, Amanda Peavey, Tania Rodriguez-Cintora, Natalie Wasicko,

Gamma Sigma Epsiolon Chemistry Honor Society, Joseph Acqui, Isaac Colbert, Amanda Peavey, Natalie Wasicko

Returning for its third year, Herbal Medicines and Remedies has been confirmed for Winterim 2020. The estimated cost will be finalized this summer. Students are encouraged to begin the application process through the International and Off-Campus Study website beginning August 1st.

Dr. Dawn Ward was honored by the National Society of Leadership and Success last weekend when she was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award. The Stevenson Chapter held its Spring 2019 Induction ceremony at which Dr. Ward was presented her award by president-elect Stephanie Buttino a junior biology major/chemistry minor. The NSLS is a national leadership honor society that encourages community action, volunteerism, personal growth and strong leadership from its chapters and members.

Students and faculty traveled to Orlando Florida for the Spring 2019 National Meeting and Expo of the American Chemical Society. There, senior biochemistry major Kendall Quirk presented her work on the molecular modeling of potential anti HIV drugs that she completed with chemistry faculty member Dr. Sara Narayan.