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For the second year in a row, the ACS Club performed a Chemistry Magic Show as part of the Maryland STEM Festival.  The standing room only crowd loved every minute of the event- the visiting children were captivated with the experiments that were performed and laughed at the chemistry jokes.  A great time was had by all and we look forward to doing this again next year!

Biochemistry junior, Morgan Wirtz, was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Golfer of the Month twice in October, and now in November, Morgan was named the ECAC Division III Women's Co-Golfer of the Month!

Morgan is having a career year through two months of play, having been named the MAC Golfer of the week five times. She is averaging a career-best average 81.0 and has and has shot an 80 or lower five times this year.

We're all so excited for you, Morgan!


The American Chemical Society Club hosted its Annual Chemistry Magic Show, this time in our new building in one of our Chemistry Demonstration Rooms! This exciting fall event shows the fun and interesting experiments students can do using basic chemistry!

The magic show included 10 exciting experiments performed and explained by ACS members:

Cold Light of Luminol, performed by Courtney Aceto

Briggs Rauscher Oscillating Reaction, performed by Corinna Carter

Turning Pennies Silver and Gold, performed by Blake Ford

Fun with Dry Ice, performed by Ryan James

Gummi Bear Explosion, performed by Tyler John

Phenolphthalein Acid-Base Indicator, performed by Kayla Bynion

Cold as Ice, performed by Jan Donato

Magic Wand, performed by Tania Rodriguez-Cintora

Burning Money, performed by Ana Villa Abarca, and Elephant Toothpaste by Stacey Wardenfelt.

Thank you to all ACS members, especially Krystine Hill, the Vice President of ACS, and our Lab Services personnel, for organizing and running a fun and exciting event! The Magic Show was a huge success again!

There's a lot of excitement on campus for our new Men's Ice Hockey as they play in their inaugural season under the direction of head coach, Dominick Dawes. The Mustangs have started the season with four wins in their opening six games. Two of our chemistry freshmen are on the team:  Zak Sheikh and Joe Kittelberger.  Both are defensemen and are excited to be part of the team.  Go Mustangs! 

Today in the Integrative Lab course in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry, students prepared their cisplatin analog samples for gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer analysis.  They then added cisplatin, oxaliplatin, their analog or nothing to target DNA.  The target DNA will subsequently be tested for damage with molecular beacons.  We're looking forward to hearing the results!

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