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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Keyword: biochemistry

student in lab

This summer, Biochemistry senior, Travis Ashley is working in the environmental center at Anne Arundel Community College. Here's his description of what he's doing: "Mostly what we do is microbial monitoring in the bay around the Annapolis area, which involves a lot of filtering of bay water, plating on selective media, and counting bacterial colonies. One of my tasks this summer is to help develop an enzymatic method to determine phosphate concentration in samples. In fact, in the picture I have included, I'm in the process of running that reaction. It's mostly lab work, which is great, but some weeks I get to go out on a boat around downtown Annapolis and Eastport to collect water samples which is pretty fun."  Travis is having a great summer and loves applying his biochemistry background to developing the enzymatic assays to monitor the bay

performing experiment

crowning of Miss Virginia

Each fall, our ACS Club performs the annual Chemistry Magic Show to the delight of a packed audience of students and faculty.  One of the favorite experiments is Elephant's Toothpaste.  This chemistry experiment involves the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide resulting in a colorful display of foam.  Food coloring creates fun colors and rainbows.  In Virginia, at the end of June, Camille Shrier, a 24 year old biochemist who is pursuing her Doctorate of Pharmacy Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, performed this same experiment as her talent portion of the Miss Virginia competition and won!  She will now proceed to the Miss America competition.

student picture

Biochemistry rising sophomore, Alexia Smith, is serving as an OWL (Orientation and Welcome Leader) this summer.  In this position, Alexia will give tours of SU over the summer and be an assistant at orientation.  Alexia will share her excitement of being at SU with prospective and incoming students this summer!

student working on car

4 lab techs

This summer, Biochemistry senior, Nicole Wenzel, is completing her Capstone internship with the New Jersey State Police. The first task that she worked on was a PDQ (Paint Data Query) project. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintain a worldwide database of automobile paints.  For a police lab to have access to this database, the lab must send in 60 paint samples every year. Nicole and her group went to a junkyard and collected the samples.  They then spent time in the lab analyzing and cataloging the paint samples in order to submit them to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  Nicole is having a great start to the summer!  She is looking forward to a career in forensics.

grad with son

Congratulations to Biochemistry Alum, Aaron Dixon on being honored with the The Orsia F. Young Leadership Award at the SU Graduation!  This award is conferred on a graduating student from each academic school who has performed in an outstanding manner as a leader in the university community, initiated action, motivated others to do so, and has been an agent for positive change in the university.  It was a well earned award!  

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