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Junior biochemistry major Amber Spriggs spent her summer at an internship with DC Water, the water and sewer utility for the District of Columbia as well as wastewater treatment for several Maryland and Virginia counties. During her internship, she was responsible for many different assays: total suspended solids, total volatile solids, chemical oxygen demand, phosphorus, sulfur, nitrates, nitrites and ammonia. In the photo, Amber is completing a chemical oxygen demand assay on influent samples from East and West DC. 

The chemistry department kicked off the school year with games and cookies last week to bring students and faculty together. There was fun and laughter as majors from all years came for a little down time. It's a great opportunity to meet and get to know your faculty on a more personal level. Cookies with Chemists meets every other Wednesday at 2 PM in Solve Center D. The next event is on September 13th. Hope to see you there! 

Congratulations to SU chemistry alum Brandon Smith (BS'13/MSFS'14) and biochemistry alum Ciara (Faupel) Smith (BS'16) on their marriage. Their ceremony was held on July 21, 2017 at Herrington on the Bay. Ciara is currently working as Assistant Laboratory Manager at Notre Dame of Maryland University, while Brandon is the Laboratory Manager for the Chemistry Department at SU. 

Here in the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, it is our mission to help students succeed. To reflect this, we have updated our mission statement, and you will find it hung in the science spaces as a reminder of our commitment to student success. Welcome to the Fall 2017 semester to our new and returning students!

Ian Liyayi, senior biochemistry major, spent his summer University of Michigan in the lab of Dr. George Garcia working on a drug discovery project. Specifically, he worked with the transcriptional activator, VirF, which regulates the virulence cascade of Shigella Flexneri, the causative agent of shigellosis. He conducted mutagenesis on VirF to isolate its DNA binding domain in order to develop a crystal structure to probe interactions with a known inhibitor of the VirF DNA binding domain. Ian enjoyed his experience in Michigan, saying:  "The lab work was challenging and taught me a great deal on conducting research. The experience was eye opening. I realized that I'm interested in pursuing a PhD in medicinal chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry. " 

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