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Chemistry and Biochemistry News

Chemistry faculty members, Dr. Jeremy Burkett (left) and Dr. Will Harrell (right) were among the new assistant professors in the School of the Sciences who attended the Council of Undergraduate Research Conference in Denver last weekend.  The initiative was supported by the National Institutes of Health through the SU Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.  The goal of the conference was to give new faculty members  the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experienced faculty how to establish and manage a research program with undergraduates.  Drs. Burkett and Harrell reported that the conference was excellent and that they greatly benefitted from this experience.

This fall, the Stevenson Softball Team started a new program, Random Acts of Kindness (RAK), to thank faculty and staff for positively impacting the team members' careers at Stevenson.  Tiffany Kahl, Biochemistry senior and captain of the Softball Team, nominated Department Chair, Dr. Ellen Roskes, to receive an RAK. Some members of the Softball Team came to Dr. Roskes' home to help out by raking leaves and painting. Their help was most appreciated and everyone had a good time!  

Junior chemistry major Blake Ford (left) traveled to Portland, Oregon for the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference.  Blake presented the results of his summer research with SU faculty member, Dr. Keith Johnson (right), which focused on predicting oyster reef restoration success from juvenile oyster growth in the Chesapeake Bay....Click here to read more.

This year, the Maryland STEM Festival included a weeklong series of dynamic events and activities across the state of Maryland to share the excitement of science.  As part of this initiative, the American Chemical Society Club hosted an encore performance of the Chemistry Magic Show. Young students from across the state of Maryland were able to attend the event which we hope to spark their interest in science. Students were able to participate in hands-on demonstrations and experience the fun side of chemistry!  

The American Chemical Society Club hosted its Annual Chemistry Magic Show!  This exciting fall event demonstrates the fun and interesting experiments students can do using basic chemistry! Some classic Magic Show experiments such as Burning Money, Fun with Dry Ice, and the Cold Light of Luminol were performed by sophomore, junior and senior science majors.  This year also incorporated a new experiment performed by senior Chemistry major, Heather Drake.  Spring Blossoms demonstrated LeChatlier’s principle using different acid and base indicators.  The Magic Show was a huge success, filling up Knott Hall 23 yet again!

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