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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Biochemistry senior, Jullie Thieu, is a student in our BS/MFS Biochemistry/Forensic Science Program.  She spent time this summer completing her Capstone Internship at the Baltimore City Police Headquarters.  Jullie rotated through various units there, including Crime Scene, DNA Analysis, Firearms, and Latent Prints.  She loved every part of her internship.  In her own words: "My favorite rotation was probably either the DNA Analysis Unit or the Crime Scene Unit . DNA analysis is a hands-on type of lab that I’m already used to and the Crime Scene Unit is full of unexpected situations:  You don’t know what type of crime scene you’re going to encounter!  I also enjoy working in the Latent Print Unit because working/analyzing latent prints is like the game iSpy.”

Jullie couldn't have gotten a better internship for her future career as a Forensic Scientist!

Chemistry alum Hugh Hayes has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in chemistry at the University of Central Florida; the title of his work: "Advancements in liquid chromatography for the determination of polycyclic aromatic compounds in environmental samples".  Hugh is a 2012 graduate in chemistry and also completed his masters in forensic science at SU in 2013. Hugh plans to return to the Maryland area to complete post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (NIST)  Congratulations, Dr. Hayes!





Science camp wrapped up last week after five fun filled days. The rising 6th-8th graders participated in week long projects in robotics, neuroscience, environmental science and space science. The teams competed all week to make a Rube Goldberg machine to pop a balloon and on Friday to complete team tasks in a scavenger hunt. Also at the end of the week, they observed cool demos with liquid nitrogen and enjoyed liquid nitrogen ice cream. The day was capped off with water bottle rockets. Science camp always runs shortly  after school lets out in June.

Chemistry faculty member, Dr. Tracey Mason attended attended a one-day symposium at Virginia Commonwealth University last Friday, honoring her graduate mentor Dr. Nicholas Farrell (standing left) The title of the symposium, Role of Inorganic Chemistry in Biology and Medicine was attended by collaborators from all over the world. Dr. Farrell is known for his work in trans platinum chemotherapeutics. 

Dr. Schreck is pictured in green, Angelica third from right, Dr. Kossoff at far right, with other members of the MINDS

Since graduation in May, alumna Angelica Lackey (Biochem '18) has been working with the Metabolism in Neurologic Diseases (MINDs) group at Johns Hopkins. Comprised of specialists from pediatric and adult neurology, this "meeting of the MINDS" convenes to discuss the current and potential use of metabolic therapy for improving patient outcomes. The members of this team are world-renowned experts in clinical applications of dietary therapy for neurologic disease and use of ketogenic diets variants (e.g. classical ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diet (MAD)) especially in managing and treating refractory epilepsies. Growing interest in the adjuvant therapy is indicated as clinical trials are being conducted for brain cancers, multiple sclerosis, and psychiatric disorders. Angelica is working with her capstone mentor, Dr. Kossoff, and another member of the group, Dr. Schreck has been helping Angelica and Dr. Rebecca Burgess of the biology department work through their research started last year on the effects of the ketogenic diet on glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer. Angelica presented her research from Stevenson to the group, and will be presenting again in September. 

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