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The faculty and staff of the Chemistry department are happy to welcome all the Mustangs back for the Spring 2022 semester! We hope you have a fun and successful semester!

We would love to see you at Cookies with Chemists for some fun and games! Be on the lookout for the spring schedule, coming soon.

Biochemistry senior Alexia Smith is both a Resident Assistant and a Student Ambassador. (Center front) If you are thinking about coming to Stevenson and would like a tour of the School of the Sciences, she’s your guide! In preparation for the upcoming semester, the student ambassadors participated in the Collegiate Information and Visitor Services Association’s (CIVSA) convention for the Student Development Institute (SDI). The convention is about the college visit world and campus tours at other schools and Stevenson. She and a coworker gave a presentation about the ambassador program to other students and faculty across America. Alexia won an award for students who attended the convention that made a positive impact on others or the convention itself, and it was voted on by other attendees. Way to go Alexia!

Senior Chemistry major Leah Hlubb has been published as a first author in the American Chemical Society Journal Organic Process Research and Development. This paper is a result of the Capstone work she completed at the DEVCOM US Army Research Laboratory, Energetics Synthesis and Formulation Branch at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. Leah is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in organic synthesis, and is busy applying to graduate programs. Congratulations Leah!

Honors Chemistry Student Justin Nova

Three students from Honors General Chemistry have had their work from their Spring 2021 course successfully published in Illuminate: The Undergraduate Journal of the Northeast Regional Honors Council. Alyss Rollins and Justin Nova coauthored “Detection of Metal Ions Using Pinto Bean Synthesis of Carbon Quantum Dots” and Matthew Dougherty authored “A New Application to Purifying Drinking Water Using Carbon Quantum Dots“. All three students worked with their course instructor, Dr. Jeremy Burkett to review their writing, on navigating the submission process and to address reviewers comments and suggestions. Congratulations to all three students and to Dr. Burkett on these publications.

Erika Harden is a CSI with Baltimore Police, but she’s also an alumnae from Chemistry ’14 and Forensic Science ’15. She also teaches as an adjunct instructor of Forensic Science in SUO. Erika, and her director, Rana DellaRocco, also an adjunct FSCI instructor, were featured in a recent publication “Becoming a Crime Scene Investigator” by Jacqueline Detwiler George. The author shadowed Erika on her shift as a Crime Scene Technician at BPD and described in the book what a day in the life on a crime scene team really looks like.

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