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The annual Chemistry Magic Show was held this week in the Manning Academic Center. The American Chemical Society Student Club presented cool science demonstrations for student in any major to experience awesome chemistry in action.

The club also participates in the Maryland STEM festival and will be having an encore performance of the ACS Magic Show for the pubic on Friday, November 10th at 2 pm. Later that day, another STEM festival event will be held at Stevenson: Mathstravaganza, November 10th at 3-5 pm. The event will include several interactive math exhibits and games which will be accessible to all ages and mathematical backgrounds. Some of the interactive exhibits include a giant Tower of Hanoi mathematical puzzle, the Chaos Game fractal generator, a station to create minimal surfaces with soap bubbles, a Prisoner's Dilemma simulation, and the Monty Hall Problem probability game.​ Please join us on the Main concourse in the Manning Academic Center on Owings Mills North. 

This is a typical scene in the office of Dr. Will Harrell, who teaches Organic Chemistry. Students gather for office hours to receive supplemental instruction and help with the subject. Dr. Harrell is so welcoming, and sincerely concerned with student progress, that students feel comfortable coming for help whenever it is needed. These types of interactions and relationships between faculty and students are what make Stevenson special. 

Dr. Tracey Mason was awarded the Braude Award by the American Chemical Society Maryland Section last week. The Braude Award was established to recognize outstanding mentorship in undergraduate research. She gave a research talk titled "Trans-Isopropylamine triphenylphosphine diiodine platinum II: challenging the paradigm of cis-geometry in platinum chemotherapeutics" and was presented the award by chapter secretary Dr. Louise Hellwig.  Chemistry department faculty came to celebrate with Dr. Mason as well as many senior students. 

Gamma Sigma Epsilon, the Chemistry Honor Society new member inductions were held last week. Membership in Gamma Sigma Epsilon is extended to those students who have completed a minimum of 16 credits in chemistry and are enrolled in four additional chemistry credits and who have a minimum GPA of 3.40 in all chemistry courses and a minimum 3.00 GPA overall. This is quite an achievement; congratulations to the new inductees: (front row, L-R) Joseph Acqui, Krystine Hill, Rebecca Holcomb, Jenna Murtagh, and Janaya Slaughter

Please join the chemistry department and all of the SOS at the Homecoming Tailgate before the game this Saturday. It is being held on the Owings Mills North campus this year, just a short walk across the Dell Family Pathway, which can be accessed from behind the stadium. The event runs from 10-12:30, and the weather is supposed to be beautiful!   Even if you don't have tickets to the game, come and enjoy some walk around nachos while visiting with faculty and other alumni. We can't wait to see you! 

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