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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

The American Chemical Society Club challenged Faculty in sand volleyball last Friday afternoon. The students were beaten soundly, but will host a rematch later this fall. The games were played on the university's beach volleyball courts just across the Dell Family Pathway from the Fine School of the Sciences.

We recently visited biochemistry graduate Mandie Combs-Bosse (left)  (BS '15), who spent the summer before her senior year in an internship at AthenaES, under the supervision of Dr. Sheldon Broedel (right). Her project involved optimization of media formulations for protein expression in bacterial systems. Results of her research helped to refine the manufactured formulations that Athena provides to researchers. She made such an impression during her time there that she was hired full time after graduation and is still employed there, and now serves as a mentor to Stevenson students. Dr. Broedel has given generously of his time to mentor many Stevenson science students at his company and continues to do so. Capstone students interested in completing an internship at Athena should contact Michelle Schwartz (middle), the SOS internship coordinator. 

The American Chemical Society Student Club held their first meeting of the academic year last Friday in the Manning Academic Center. The student club, which is open to students of any major, has been the top club at Stevenson for the past two years. The club has also been recognized by the national American Chemical Society organization, having most recently been honored for the 4th year in a row with a Commendable Award for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Club meets bi-weekly for fun activities, food and even some events with faculty.  Look meeting information on the School of the Sciences Facebook page under "Events". 

Junior biochemistry major Amber Spriggs spent her summer at an internship with DC Water, the water and sewer utility for the District of Columbia as well as wastewater treatment for several Maryland and Virginia counties. During her internship, she was responsible for many different assays: total suspended solids, total volatile solids, chemical oxygen demand, phosphorus, sulfur, nitrates, nitrites and ammonia. In the photo, Amber is completing a chemical oxygen demand assay on influent samples from East and West DC. 

The chemistry department kicked off the school year with games and cookies last week to bring students and faculty together. There was fun and laughter as majors from all years came for a little down time. It's a great opportunity to meet and get to know your faculty on a more personal level. Cookies with Chemists meets every other Wednesday at 2 PM in Solve Center D. The next event is on September 13th. Hope to see you there! 

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