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Chemistry and Biochemistry News


Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 AM. to 6:02 PM, Mole Day commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  The Chemistry Department is happy to celebrate this day and spread the word that Chemistry is indeed out of this world!

In celebration of National Chemistry Week, our American Chemical Society Student Club has many upcoming events. We hope you can join us as we celebrate this year’s theme:  Chemistry is Out of this World!

The chemistry and biochemistry first year students completed a day of service known at SU as Mustangs Make a Difference Day. The service projects conducted by the students were an education and donor drive for Be the Match, an organization that matches bone and stem cell donors with needy patients, and Austism Awareness in conjunction with the Trellis School, a private school that provides therapeutic interventions for children with autism. Both worthwhile causes!  

Lindsay Most (BS Chem 18) participated in our BS (Chemistry)/Master's (Forensic Science) program and is finishing her graduate program this academic year.  Lindsay reports that her undergraduate degree in Chemistry prepared her well for graduate school.  She shared a few highlights of her undergraduate years: 

  • The professors in chemistry and biochemistry are exceptional.  They care about students and are dedicated to their students' success.
  • The lab work in the chemistry curriculum is completely applicable to crime scene lab procedures. 
  • Her undergraduate Capstone at Friends Medical Lab allowed her to get real world experience in toxicology.  Lindsay works at Friends part time while she's a graduate student and will be completing her graduate thesis project there. 

All in all, Lindsay was very satisfied with her undergraduate experience in the Chemistry Department at SU!

Biochemistry alum (BS'18) Angelica Lackey recently attended the 6th Global Symposium on Ketogenic Therapies for Neurological Disorders in Jeju, Korea.  There she learned about the "individualization of ketogenic therapies (leaning toward personalized medicine), the gut-brain-microbiome relationship and influence on diet efficacy/seizure control, use of the diet for status epilepticus (a dangerous condition in which someone seizes continuously without recovering consciousness), and evidence proposing indications for the diet in other neurological disorders (largely solid tumors and autism)."

She was inspired by "the eager and gracious collaboration between diet centers and amongst countries; also the enthusiasm for basic, translation, and clinical research and application of ketogenic therapies for refractory disease types and as adjuvant therapy to enhance efficacy and overall standard of care was invigorating and inspirational (to say the least)"

Angelica adds that she will  continue to pursue this field and believes that her success "thus far largely stems from the education and support I received from SU.  She adds that her success can speak to the potential of SU SOS’s Capstone experience and independent research projects."

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