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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Biochemistry junior Olivia Apicella is spending 10 weeks of her summer vacation in the laboratory. This is Olivia's second independent research experience with Chemistry faculty member Dr. Will Harrell. She, along with chemistry majors Joe Kittelberger and Sarah Riggin are synthesizing tripheynyl methane derivatives that can serve as anion binder and transporter molecules. These transporters, if effective, can help with the fundamental buildup of chloride in the lung cells of patients with cystic fibrosis. Olivia has chosen to continue her work with Dr. Harrell because she had a lot of fun in her first independent research experience. The summer research experience is more in depth than what can happen during the semester, and students have opportunities to not only learn new lab skills, but to practice their oral presentation skills through weekly journal club meetings with other summer research students in the School of the Sciences.

As high school graduation ceremonies are happening all over the area, we couldn't help but notice our future Mustangs standing out from the crowd. With Mustang Days quickly approaching, we invite our future students to learn more about the School of the Sciences through our blogs, our Facebook page and our Instagram. We look forward to seeing your faces on campus later this month! 

The Stevenson Summer Scholars Research Program (S3RP ) is well underway in the Fine School of the Sciences. Dr. Tim Dwyer and Dr. Will Harrell are conducting research with multiple students this summer. Dr. Dwyer pictured above with his students, biochemistry majors Kristen Snitchler and Dyana Daniyarova  are working on the expression and purification of malate dehydrogenase protein in order to study its role in cancer growth and proliferation. 

Chemistry faculty member Dr. Tim Dwyer was named the 2018 Rose Dawson full-time faculty award winner for excellence in teaching. The honor is presented annually to recognize Stevenson faculty, both full-time and part-time, who exemplify the art of teaching as mentors and as scholars. The award was announced yesterday at the faculty recognition brunch. As the recipient, Dr. Dwyer will speak at the December 2018 commencement ceremony. Congratulations, Dr. Dwyer!

At the Senior Send-Off Picnic last week, the students voted on some superlatives for our faculty. Dr. Jeremy Burkett was voted "most likely to be in the gym " and "most sarcastic";  Ms. Kaitlin Bailey was voted "most likely to be mistaken for a student"; Dr. Will Harrell was voted "most likely to be wandering the halls" and was awarded a hall pass; lastly, Dr. Tim Dwyer earned three awards with "most likely to be playing games",  "most school spirit", and "most distinctive voice".  

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