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Chemistry and science writing faculty participated in the winter writing retreat sponsored by the OSPR (Office of Sponsored Research and Programs). Dr. Ward and Dr. Mason are collaborating on a article for submission to the Journal of Chemical Education, while Dr. Spencer worked on her own writing projects for scholarship. The  next OSPR writing retreat will be held in the spring with a four day event led by Dr. Jenny Shannahan and Dr. Herb Childress. These workshops are open to all faculty, and are a great way to make progress on writing projects, and to receive feedback and peer review of drafted work. Interested faculty should be on the lookout for announcements about the spring writing retreat coming to your inbox.

Dr. George Lauterbach, adjunct professor is an avid bird watcher. He and his wife traveled to Mexico this winter in hopes to spot new bird species they haven't seen. Dr. Lauterbach decided to "count" this iguana among his spotted birds when it wandered nearby the pool where he was lounging. These iguanas are "everywhere...fierce looking but non-aggressive and actually quite beautiful!" Enjoy the warm weather Dr. L! 

For the first time, the Chemistry department is offering a winter term travel course. It is open to all majors and is a study of herbal medicines and remedies. This winter 13 students and two professors traveled to Quito, Ecuador. The students had two days of class time at Stevenson before departure and will spend the rest of the term in the field. From the capital of Quito the group will travel through the Andes to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station research station deep in the South American rain forest. 

Twenty-one senior chemistry and biochemistry capstone students completed their internships this summer and fall and presented the results of their work and research at the semi-annual SOS poster session in December.  Also presenting were students that completed independent research in the fall, students that completed summer research at SU with the S3RP program, or in NSF sponsored summer REUs at outside institutions. Many students presented two posters simultaneously!  The SOS poster session is attended by faculty, families and invited guests. Often an internship mentor will come to support the students during their presentations. 

Amanda McGown (BS Chem '05), who received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University after SU, serves as Lead Physical Scientist at Booz Allen, where she has been working for several years.  She supports several different government agencies and branches of the military with projects relating to chem/bio defense.  She reports that the work is challenging and very rewarding.   Shown here are Amanda, Mike and their children, Kaylee and Allie, who really enjoyed Christmas this year!

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