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Did you know that the $1 bill has not had a face-lift since 1963?  Did you know U.S. currency is one of the most difficult to counterfeit and that most notes have over a dozen anti-counterfeit features? Did you also know that the detection of counterfeit currency is under the purview of the United States Secret Service? Students and guests in Introduction to Forensic Science learned all this and more when alumnae Julia Wikoff Barker (BS'10/MS'11) visited to give a seminar on questioned document evidence. Julia brought samples of currency, both authentic and counterfeit, for students to examine, and quizzed everyone on their ability to match handwriting samples. She is a chemistry and forensic science graduate and is now a Forensic Document Examiner for the U.S. Secret Service. In her work, she examines all kinds of evidence, from falsified contracts and identification to counterfeit currency. 

A new seminar course in the chemistry program this year is Career Development in Chemistry. Students learn about alternative careers, directed resume, personal statement and cover letter writing, the importance of networking and social media presence and science-specific interview skills. In class last week, students took turns being the interviewer and interviewee, while a third student took notes.  Dr. Ward recorded the interview so that students can see where to make improvements.

Junior biochemistry major Delaney Patterson and sophomore biochemistry major Sehlah Butt have been working with chemistry faculty member Dr. Will Harrell this semester. His research focuses on the synthesis of 1,2,3-triazole based derivatives as potential anion receptor and binder. In the long term, these sorts of complexes can potentially serve as therapies for patients who suffer from electrolyte mobility and transport issues, such as in cystic fibrosis, heart disease or Alzheimer's.

It's advising time! Academic advising is an important part of Career Architecture at Stevenson. First year chemistry and biochemistry students work with a Student Success Coach to plan their schedules, but are then assigned to a full-time faculty member until they graduate. Students are required to meet with their academic advisor during pre-registration advising every semester, but many students seek advice from their advisor on many other topics related to Career Architecture.  For more information on the advising process for our students click here.

Did you know you can direct a donation to your favorite Stevenson school or even department?

Marisa Bender (BS chemistry '10, MS forensic science '11) chooses to donate to the Chemistry Department's Instrument Fund. When asked why she donates, Marisa said: "When I discovered that I could donate specifically to Stevenson's SOS, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to give back to the department that taught me so much. I truly wanted to give to the Chemistry Department because of the wonderful faculty who work tirelessly to provide the necessary education, equipment, and skills needed for students to succeed in their future careers."  

There are several designated funds that could use your help. If you choose to designate a gift, you may give it in honor or memory of a friend or loved one, and it cannot be used for anything else. When giving online, select the "other" designation and type in any specific department or cause you wish. Thank you, for giving back to Stevenson! 

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