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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Warm Holiday Wishes from the Department of Chemistry! Our annual Holiday Letter is here.

Congratulations to our three December graduates! Jasmin Ramirez (Biochemistry), Janaya Slaughter (Chemistry) and Yaakov Itzkowitz (Biochemistry) were awarded their degrees at the Stevenson University Winter Commencement on Monday.  Yaakov was also the SOS recipient of the Orsia YF. Young Leadership award. Follow the link to watch (and rewatch) our students cross the stage.

Alum Nicole Heil (Biochem BS'15/MS'16) contributed to the inaugural issue of "The Forensics Report", a new biannual newsletter developed by the Maryland Forensic Educator's Committee to showcase research and educational experiences of students being trained in forensics in the state of Maryland. She wrote about the persistence of  explosive TNT on metal and plastic evidence. Also a contributor was Taranjit Athwal (Biotech BS '15/MS '15) who wrote about forensic DNA analysis. If you would like to contribute to the next newsletter, please contact Alison Shao, adjunct professor of forensic science at Stevenson. 

Biochemistry senior, Angelica Lackey attended the 2017 American Epilepsy Society in Washington, DC this week where she presented her work with Dr. Kossoff on Ketogenic Diet Second Opinion Clinics. Her internship was conducted at the Ketogenic Diet Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital this summer, where patients learn to control epilepsy through diet. She was able to meet many of the important people who work with the ketogenic diet including famous patients, such as former U.S. ice hockey Olympic Chanda Gunn, who manages her seizures with the help of this diet.  Angelica was even was able to engage in a virtual reality experience where she was able to "walk" around in someone’s brain to map and conduct glutamate receptor binding which she said was "... incredible to say the least!" 

Mat Sterner, a 2011 SU chemistry graduate has been working with NeverWet, LLC since graduation.  NeverWet functions as a Research and Development company for all things water-repellent and has been an industry leader for the past ten years in developing superhydrophobic products for paint, coating, and textile applications. Their major manufacturing partner is Rustoleum, but they are an independent company that has also developed water repellent solutions for several other customers. Their website is and can be found on YouTube and other major social networks. Products include multi-surface superhydrophobic (andsuperoleophobic) systems, a water-shedding treatment for glass surfaces, and fabric treatments for boots/shoes as well as indoor and outdoor fabrics. Mats work with a few other people in a small lab in an industrial park outside Leola, PA. The office is built into a warehouse operated by a metal working company. It makes for a close-knit environment where everyone gets along rather well.

When asked how his Stevenson degree helped him in his career, Mat said  "Stevenson helped prepare me for my career by training me to do more than just complete academic work. From the Capstone program focusing on an internship and dissecting the experimental design of research papers, to the professors who would emphasize understanding the purpose of lab experiments and how to transfer that understanding to a detailed report on the results, to the tutoring programs at the Academic Link that allowed me the experience of working with other students to aid their understanding and my own ability to communicate clearly; Stevenson's program was focused on developing practical skills for use in my career. The faculty and staff were all tremendously passionate and committed to preparing their students to succeed."

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