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One of the highlights of Stevenson's First Year Seminar course is formulating a service project to bring to Mustangs Make a Difference Day. Held in conjunction with Day to Serve in the state of Maryland, it is a way for Stevenson students to volunteer and give back to their communities. First Year Seminar classes in the Department of Chemistry came up with several unique service projects. One class hosted a Be the Match bone marrow drive, a second class provided materials to make stress relief Galaxy Jars, and a third class promoted Pedestrian Awareness with a pledge to be safe campaign in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Transportation.   Whatever the project, students enjoyed the opportunity to get to know their classmates and instructors in a more relaxed setting. The teams used all of their materials to make jars, signed up 49 new potential marrow donors, and collected over 200 signatures.

Lab services staff member and chemistry alumna Sarah (Woods) Brush (BS'11, MS'12) celebrated the birth of her son, Cole this June with husband Joe. Sarah also received a promotion from Laboratory Specialist to Laboratory Safety Manager which she assumed this July. 

Congratulations, Sarah! 

Senior chemistry major Krystine Hill is traveling to Reno, NV this week to present her research at the SciX National Meeting. She received funding from the SU Chemistry Department student travel fund and won a grant from the Society of Applied Spectroscopy to support her travel. She will  be presenting the work she completed this summer at the Naval Medical Research Center, in Silver Spring, MD, focusing on heterotopic ossification, an affliction where combat-wounded patients experience a bony hardening of their damaged soft tissues, causing a myriad of issues, including poor prosthesis fitting. With this work, caregivers hope to provide an earlier intervention and treatment for these veterans. 

Update! Krystine won second place in the poster competition. Congratulations and great work! 

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. 

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