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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!

The School of the Sciences hosted an Information Session about applying and succeeding in graduate school.  The session featured faculty members from the School of the Sciences, Dr. Will Harrell (Chemistry), Dr. Jeremy Burkett (Chemistry), Dr. Mark Branson (Mathematics) and Dr. Mark Norris (Biology).  Chemistry senior Kristen Cassetta thought that all of the panelists were extremely helpful.  They each had different and unique experiences in graduate school and their advice regarding networking with professors before entering graduate school was extremely beneficial. 

Students in Mrs. Payne's SCI 100 New Student Seminar were the recipients of this year's top prize in the Lego Challenge.  Students created their depiction of Career Architecture using Legos.  Mrs. Payne's chemistry and biochemistry freshmen designed their Legos to show three "beakers" representing the three aspects of career architecture: personal direction, discipline expertise, and professional know-how.  These poured into a river which intermingled all three.  Rocks in the river represented obstacles along the way and a light house stood for Career Services guiding the way towards the end.  Trees along the river banks represented peers and motivators that gave support along the way with bridges serving as checkpoints.  They came together at the end where they would begin their career in one of may fields in biochemistry and chemistry.

Congratulations to all!

Seven new students and four faculty members were inducted into the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon (GSE), the Chemistry Honor Society.  GSE recognizes outstanding students, demonstrating exceptional ability and interest in the field of chemistry.   In order to be inducted, students must maintain a 3.4 Chemistry GPA and 3.0 Math and Science GPA.  Congratulations to students, Ashlyn Hawbaker (Chem ’16), Blake Ford (Chem ’17), Corinna Carter (Chem ’17), Dzov Singman (Biochem ’17), Emily Wolf (Biochem ’17), Heather Drake (Chem ’16), and Prince Gyamfi (Biochem ’16).  New faculty members are also inducted into the Gamma Zeta Chapter.  Congratulations to Dr. Will Harrell, Dr. Dawn Ward, Dr. Jeremy Burkett and Dr. Mihaela Deselnicu.  

Dr. Jeremy Burkett joined the Chemistry Faculty at Stevenson University this fall after teaching at the University of Great Falls in Montana for 5 years.  Dr. Burkett completed his undergraduate degree at Huntington University in Indiana and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Purdue University.  This semester, Dr. Burkett is teaching General Chemistry Lecture and Lab as well as mentoring a student in research.  Dr. Burkett's research project is based in Bioinorganic Chemistry and focuses on using inorganic chemistry to model complex systems in a simpler manner.  Dr. Burkett has enjoyed meeting all of the faculty and students at Stevenson and looks to becoming more involved in the Department of Chemistry and mentoring students. 

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