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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Biochemistry senior Ian Liyayi conducted independent research with Professor Michelle Ivey this semester. His work involved validating the quantification of nitrates in high chloride samples. This work will be used to assay water from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, a waterway especially susceptible to nitrate contamination from farm runoff or industrial waste. 

Final exams start this week at Stevenson. To support students while they study, the library locations have extended hours and designated quiet areas....Click here to read more.

The 2017 induction of Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society took place last week. The society welcomed six new student members, recognizing their achievements in chemistry. To qualify for membership in GSE, students must completed a minimum of 16 credits in chemistry and are enrolled in four additional chemistry credits with a minimum GPA of 3.40 in all chemistry courses and a minimum 3.00 GPA overall. Students must also demonstrate excellent academic integrity. Congratulations to the following students: L-R Blake Ford, Yaakov Itzkowitz, Kayla Bynion, Stacey Wardenfelt, Delaney Patterson, Julie Davenport, Briana Winer, Sade Lucas, and Corinna Carter (not pictured: Janaya Slaughter and Tyler John) for all their hard work! 

The Stevenson University School of the Sciences hosted it's 2nd annual Spring Spectacular on April 26th. It was held on the North lawn of the Manning Academic Center and involved science demonstrations, logic puzzles and games, liquid nitrogen ice cream and lots of fun. The highlight of the day was hands down the ping pong fountain. 

Senior chemistry major Blake Ford has been working with faculty member Dr. Burkett this semester, attempting to crystallize a low-coordinate iron complex as a simple model for the nitrogenase active site. Nitrogenase is an important enzyme in plants that converts nitrogen into more useful ammonia, which serves as a starting material for many natural and synthetic processes. Ammonia is an important starting material in fertilizers, but also in pharmaceuticals. With a non-plant based system, this process can be orders of magnitude more efficient. They are talking over plans to have the latest extraction product sent out for x-ray crystallography. 

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