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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Biochemistry major Tania Rodriguez Cintora won an award from the American Society for Cell Biology Minority Affairs Committee for travel and attendance at the American Society for Cell Biology-European Molecular Biology Organization (ASCB-EMBO) joint meeting in Philadelphia this December. She was chosen out of many very qualified students nationwide, and the award supplies up to $1300 in travel funds for her participation in the 4-day meeting. Her abstract submission was titled “Determining the role of chromatin context on repair of DNA double-breaks formed by a Cas9-linked camptothecin mimic.”

Biochemistry junior Joseph Acqui spent his summer conducting research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, where he studied the effects of methamphetamine on various molecular and behavioral activities and the connections between methamphetamine consumption and addiction. Last month, he submitted his work for a presentation at the 17th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix Arizona, and his abstract was accepted. Joseph also applied for and was awarded a DREAM (Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access and Mentoring) Award, supported by the US Government. This award pays for all of Joseph’s expenses for his trip, lodging and expenses in Arizona. 

Dr. Ward and Anna are working up a reaction product. 

Morgan and Kourtney came over from Biochemistry to measure a reagent. 

Dr. Harrell and Jasmin are setting up a column 

The chemistry faculty and students are hard at work most afternoons in the shared research lab. Just across the hall, the biochemistry integrative lab is running, and students are in and out, selecting chemicals to use in their self-planned  research projects in that course.  All this activity  makes the lab a busy and collaborative space. When students are waiting for steps in their experiments to run, there are eight computer workstations where other course work can be completed. 

We recently visited biochemistry graduate Janice Laforteza (center)  (BS '15), who spent the summer before her senior year as a Quality Systems Intern at the Living Legacy Foundation, the Organ and Tissue Procurement Organization for the state of Maryland and the region. Janice was hired full time at LL after her internship as a Donor Services Coordinator, and now gives back as a mentor to current Stevenson students. The generous supervisors at the Living Legacy can provide internship opportunities for many different undergraduate majors. Science and math capstone students interested in completing an internship at  the Living Legacy should contact Michelle Schwartz (right), the School of the Sciences Internship Coordinator. 

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.

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