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Faculty, staff, students, and family members gathered in the Greenspring quad on Monday to observe the solar eclipse. The Westminster Astronomical Society was on hand to provide viewing glasses and sun-themed snacks were provided by organizers from the School of the Sciences and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The physics department set up their telescope to view the event up close. It was a little overcast, but there was definitely enough breaks in the clouds to get a good view of the 80% sun coverage here in Maryland. 

Chemistry major Krystine Hill is wrapping up her summer internship at the Naval Medical Research Center.   She has spent the summer conducting research on infrared spectroscopic methods for the study of combat injuries. Specifically, the focus is on the occurrence of bony tissue in soft tissues as a result of injuries or skeletal trauma. This syndrome, known as heterotopic ossification is typically diagnosed with x-rays, but is difficult to visualize in its early stages. The work Krystine is doing will help lead to methods of earlier detection. Photo credit: Naval Medical Research and Development Enterprise Laboratories

December 2016 biochemistry graduate Dzov Singman began her studies at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. The first year of medical school is marked by the "white coat ceremony".  According to the University's website, the coat is a symbol of a physician's compassionate care and celebrates the start of a medical student's education and career. The white coat is also a welcome to students as junior members of the profession of medicine. Dzov is pictured with her mother who attended the event with family. 

Dr. Jeremy Burkett has created a new mobile chemistry app to supplement topics in general chemistry courses. It's called "Crystalz" and is currently available in the iTunes App Store. It is an app to help students visualize crystal lattice structure and packing, in high definition space-filling form or simple wire frames. The models can be moved and rotated in the app to see the crystals from any viewpoint and provides structural information about bond angles and sizes.  

Malik Naanaa, a chemistry (BS '16) and recent forensic science (MS '17) graduate was hired two months ago as an Analytical Chemist working for the Delaware Division of Forensic Science.  He is nearing the end of his training period, as he began with practice cases.  Malik  must complete ten proficiency cases, an oral exam and mock trial before being allowed to work on actual casework. He hopes to be approved to work on cases by October. Congratulations, Malik!

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