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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

After postponement for rain, the 3rd Annual Spring Spectacular was held on the lawn of the Manning Academic Center last week with gorgeous weather.  It was a great event, with music, math puzzles and games and lots of demonstrations. Some highlights of the event were the exploding ping pong fountain, liquid nitrogen ice cream and a non-Newtonian fluid pool.  If you would like to see live video and more coverage of the event, visit the SOS Facebook page, or videos on the SU YouTube channel, here and here

Several chemistry and biochemistry students were honored at the SOS awards ceremony last week.

Academic Excellence:   Lindsay Most

Outstanding Service:  Alex Bull 

American Chemical Society Student Award:  Krystine Hill

Dr. Joseph Brusini Excellence in Science:  Angelica Lackey

Sigma Xi: Karleigh Baldwin, Krystine Hill, Marissa Hoffman, Rebecca Holcomb, Tyler John, Angelica Lackey, Ian Liyayi,  Delaney Patterson, Stacey Wardenfelt

Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society: Kayla Bynion, Carrie Brighhaupt, Angelica Lackey, Morgan McCluskeyWirtz, Kourtney Wells

Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society: Kayla Bynion, Elisa Castillo, Meghann Hefner, Krystine Hill, Rebecca Holcomb, Tyler John, Angelica Lackey, Lindsay Most, Delaney Patterson, Stacey Wardenfelt 

Congratulations to all the seniors! 


Sophomore biochemistry major Shelbie Baird (far right) appeared onstage for the Stevenson production Cabaret! which ran last weekend. 

Shelbie, a native of Richmond, Virginia, has been dancing most of her life and enjoys performing. We hope to see you on stage again in the future, Shelbie! 

Students who participated in study abroad courses were asked to submit their favorite photos for a Travel and Culture Photo Contest.  The winning photo was taken during the Chemistry Department's  Herbal Remedies and Medicines course which took place in the 2018 Winter term. Senior Akeweh Fondong was one of 23 students and four faculty that traveled to Ecuador. Akeweh studied herbal medicines and remedies, visiting the Ecuadorian Amazon as part of his travel course experience. His photo, “Enjoying Nature and the Beautiful Weather,” was taken on the Tiputini River.

The honors general chemistry students performed feats of science for onlookers this week as part of their course requirement. The students took 100% ownership of their demonstrations by researching not only the needed chemicals and equipment, but all aspects of the experiment including proper waste disposal and necessary personal protective equipment. During the demo they narrated what they were doing and afterwards explained the scientific principles being demonstrated. The full album can be viewed here. 

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