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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

At the end of July, Dr. Michelle Ivey (in red) attended the PKAL Summer Leadership Institute in Adamstown, MD.  At the Institute, she worked with mentors and other attendees to develop exciting ideas on increasing success and fostering an environment that embraces and encourages diversity.  She plans to start incorporating these ideas at Stevenson this year.

Four new elements, discovered in recent years, have now been named, pending final approval.  IUPAC, The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, allows the people who discover elements to name them, provided they name the elements in one of the following categories:  mythological concepts, minerals, a place or country, a property or a scientist.

Nihonium and symbol Nh, for the element 113:  Nihon is Japanese for Japan, the place where the it was discovered.  This is the first element discovered and named after an Asian country.

Moscovium and symbol Mc, for the element 115 is for Moscow, the home of the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research.

Tennessine and symbol Ts, for the element 117 is for Tennessee, in recognition of this region's contribution to superheavy element research.

Oganesson and symbol Og, for the element 118 is for Russian nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian.

The new names are now being reviewed by the public and formal approval by the IUPAC Council will be announced in early November.

Dr. Tim Dwyer and Dr. Jeremy Burkett took a short break from class preparations to compete in the 2nd Annual Druid Hill "Ace Race" disc golf tournament this past weekend.  The tournament tests a player's accuracy by only allowing everyone to throw a single shot per hole!  Points are earned either by scoring a hole-in-one ("ace") or by hitting different parts of the basket.  Out of a field of 28 players, Dr. Dwyer and Dr. Burkett scored high enough to finish in 14th and 12th place, respectively!

Chemistry Lab Manager, Brandon Smith (BS CHEM '13, MS Forensic Sciences, '14), is excited about our new building.  He loves that there is a lot of space, especially in our very large chemistry/biochemistry research lab.  He reports that he's still learning his way around, but is excited for the semester to start to see how smoothly the lab courses will run.  He knows our students will love all our new and beautiful space!

Biochemistry junior, Meghann Hefner, is working with Dr. Tim Dwyer as part of the Summer Science Scholars Research Program (S3RP).  She is expressing and purifying isoforms of malate dehydrogenase to test inhibitors to help with chemotherapeutic agents.  Meghann is really enjoying her summer experience.  She loves being in our new building, learning new techniques, using new equipment and learning a lot of biochemistry! 

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