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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

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! 

Congratulations to SU chemistry alum Brandon Smith (BS'13/MSFS'14) and biochemistry alum Ciara (Faupel) Smith (BS'16) on their marriage. Their ceremony was held on July 21, 2017 at Herrington on the Bay. Ciara is currently working as Assistant Laboratory Manager at Notre Dame of Maryland University, while Brandon is the Laboratory Manager for the Chemistry Department at SU. 

Here in the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, it is our mission to help students succeed. To reflect this, we have updated our mission statement, and you will find it hung in the science spaces as a reminder of our commitment to student success. Welcome to the Fall 2017 semester to our new and returning students!

Ian Liyayi, senior biochemistry major, spent his summer University of Michigan in the lab of Dr. George Garcia working on a drug discovery project. Specifically, he worked with the transcriptional activator, VirF, which regulates the virulence cascade of Shigella Flexneri, the causative agent of shigellosis. He conducted mutagenesis on VirF to isolate its DNA binding domain in order to develop a crystal structure to probe interactions with a known inhibitor of the VirF DNA binding domain. Ian enjoyed his experience in Michigan, saying:  "The lab work was challenging and taught me a great deal on conducting research. The experience was eye opening. I realized that I'm interested in pursuing a PhD in medicinal chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. " 

Faculty, staff, students, and family members gathered in the Greenspring quad on Monday to observe the solar eclipse. The Westminster Astronomical Society was on hand to provide viewing glasses and sun-themed snacks were provided by organizers from the School of the Sciences and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The physics department set up their telescope to view the event up close. It was a little overcast, but there was definitely enough breaks in the clouds to get a good view of the 80% sun coverage here in Maryland. 

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