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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Accepted scholarship students visited campus this past weekend and had the opportunity to meet with current students, faculty and visiting alumni. While their parents attended information sessions on their own, students participated in one of two hands-on workshops involving fingerprinting, hosted by faculty member Dr. Tracey Mason and FBI latent print examiner and alum Marisa Bender (Chem '10/MSFS'11), or fun with fluorescence, hosted by faculty member Dr. Tim Dwyer. Both parents and prospective students had the opportunity to hear from an SOS alumni panel, including our chemistry alums (Mandi Sheroke, Chem '14/MSFS'15 and Kathryn Merrick, Biochem '15), about the major, being a student athlete, the forensic science 4+1 program and applying to medical school and physical therapy school among many covered topics. At the meet the department session, pictured above, currents students, faculty and alumni were on hand to tell stories about their experiences. (L-R: Delaney Patterson, Biochem '18; Amanda Slonaker, Chem'10/MAT'15; Alex Bull, Chem '18; Kourtney Wells, Biochem '18; Corinna Carter, Chem '17/MSFS '18, and faculty member Dr. Jeremy Burkett.)

Following the international success of his first two apps, Dr. Jeremy Burkett has entered the world of augmented reality by releasing two new versions of his molecule visualization apps.  Using the recent advances in coding frameworks, Crystalz AR and Atomic Orbitalz AR take the same high definition 3-D models from the original apps and now, using the camera on your iPhone or iPad, place those objects right there in the room with you.  Users can now walk around and interact with the models in real time and space!

Stevenson has a very active athletic program, with 27 NCAA division III sports. Just in the School of the Sciences, more than 15% of students play a sport, and more than a third of the 2017 incoming class was an NCAA recruit! Students athletes are required to maintain a minimum GPA in order to participate in sports and receive mandatory extra help through the Office of Student Success if their GPA starts to slip.  Understandably, chemistry and biochemistry majors often have one or more laboratory sessions a week which are extremely important to attend. The department works with athletes' competition schedule so that students can attend alternate sections of their laboratory or arrange an alternate time to complete laboratory work. In chemistry, we have had students in every athletic program who have succeeded in their course work as well as on the field. Pictured is Morgan McLuskey-Wirtz, a biochemistry senior who is headed to Virginia Commonwealth University school of Pharmacy this fall. Morgan has played golf her entire SU career while maintaining high academic standards.  Follow Mustang Athletics gomustangsports.com or on their Facebook pagephoto credit: gomustangsports.

The fall section of Honors General Chemistry I (pictured above with their instructor, Dr. Jeremy Burkett) crafted and presented Original Proposals for Research. The students used current and existing technologies as the basis of their proposals of original, unique ideas for future research projects. All presentations included a description of an existing scientific issue or global, medical, or economic need and how the students proposed to address that issue with their new research initiative. Each talk was followed by a short question and answer period. This spring the students will be preparing and conducting unique chemistry demonstrations to perform for onlookers.

The Department of Chemistry is very excited to start the 2018 Spring Semester! Welcome to our new students and welcome back to our returning students.  We are showing you these beautiful summer begonias at the Stevenson sign to remind you that there are only 56 days until spring!

 
 
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