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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Several summer courses are being taught in the School of the Sciences in chemistry, biology and math. The courses run from June 5 until July 30 which still gives students a bit of a break before returning in the fall. General Chemistry I and II are being offered, and meet Monday through Thursday for lecture and have two three-hour lab periods per week. The new Manning Academic Center provides the ample classroom and laboratory space to allow for summer classes to run in parallel with other summer programs like Science Camp and Project Lead the Way. Taking summer classes at Stevenson, either in person or online, is a great way for students to get ahead or stay on track in their major and pay their tuition by the credit hour. An added bonus is summer courses often have a class size even smaller than our normal small class size. Pictured is Dr. Ward teaching General Chemistry II. 

Chemistry faculty attended the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society last week where Drs. Burkett and Dwyer presented a pedagogical talk: "Using an Inquiry-based, research driven approach to design a cross-disciplinary laboratory course". Dr. Ivey served as a roundtable panelist on Computational Chemistry in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Present and Future, while the rest of the faculty attended sessions on innovations in undergraduate teaching or research talks in their discipline. The meeting was held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA, and the group enjoyed food and camraderie at the local Troegs Microbrewery. 

Chemistry alum Heather Drake (BS'16) is headed to the University of Maryland Pharmaceutical Sciences Program this fall where she will complete a Master's in Regulatory Science. Heather has been working with Taylor Technologies since the summer of 2015 where she completed her Senior Capstone Internship. She was hired on at Taylor Tech after her internship was completed and has been working with them full-time since graduation. Congratulations, Heather!

The Stevenson Summer Science Scholars Program (S3RP for short) has kicked off on the Owings Mills North Campus. Students complete 10-week intensive research or field internships under the direct guidance of a full-time SU Science Faculty member. These are competitive internships for which students can apply for the summer after their junior year. To be eligible for the program students: must be entering the 3rd or 4th year of their degree program, must have earned a 3.3 cumulative and major GPA, and students must complete an application package before the deadline. A selection committee then chooses the S3RP finalists. Pictured are some of the summer chemistry students with faculty mentor Dr. Will Harrell.

Two Chemistry Department Alumni and recent graduates from the Forensic Science Master's program presented at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Chemists Meeting last week. Nicole Heil (Biochem BS'16, MS'17) presented her research on the persistence of the explosive TNT on collected crime scene evidence and Malik Naanaa (Chem BS'16, MS'17) presented his work on synthetic cathinones, a type of street drug similar to amphetamines. 

 
 
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