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                                                        Corinna Carter

Corinna Carter, (Chemistry BS'17/MFS'18) is being featured on our blog as an alum who now teaches at Stevenson, and we are glad she does!  Her story: "Since graduating I worked for a clinical toxicology facility that performed LC/MS testing for drug rehabilitation centers. When there I was in charge of accessioning samples, batch preparation, releasing data reports, and chemical inventory (I'm not there anymore). While working full-time at the lab, I started teaching General Chemistry labs as an adjunct and loved every minute! I now teach CHEM 115/116 lecture, lab, and an online Food Chemistry class through SUO. What I like best about teaching at Stevenson is the relationship I'm able to build with my students. It's absolutely amazing to see how an originally timid freshman class opens up and becomes more confident throughout a semester. Being a stepping-stone in their journey is incredibly rewarding!"

Trung Nguyen

Whether you want to work in person or virtually, research in chemistry hasn't stopped because of the pandemic. Molecular modeling is a great way to contribute with low risk. Dr. Narayan's student, Biochem major Trung Nguyen, is working on modeling of anti-HIV drug Nevirapine with the non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase of HIV. This a convenient way to explore drug designs and their affinity to their target binding sites. 

Destinie Burgan

5 Questions With…” is a weekly BioBuzz series where  authors interview "interesting people in the BioHealth Capital  Region.  Alumna Destinie Burgan (BS'17 BT with a chemistry minor) was featured as part of the series' celebration of Women's History Month. Destinie is the Upstream Supervisor of Manufacturing,  at Emergent BioSolutions, and has been employed there since 2018. Click Destinie's photo for a transcript of the interview with Andy Eckert. 

Scientist Spotlight

The chemistry department began having students research notable black scientists during Black History Month but decided to keep the project going all semester long. Students in Ms. Bailey's General Chemistry class have been creating short presentations every week, and this month, they began including less recognized minority and women scientists. They may be seldom referenced in math and science textbooks, but that does not make their achievements any less important.  If you would like to read about the scientists they have presented, click on the above photo of Katherine Johnson. 

Chris T on Fox Baltimore

Biochemistry alum Dr. Christopher Toth (BS'16) was featured on Fox Baltimore this week. Christopher Toth is a Physician Assistant at GBMC's Health Partners Primary Care in Jarrettsville and teaches a course at SU in Medical Terminology.  He shared some advice for heart health, in celebration of Heart Health Month. His segment can be viewed by clicking on the photo. Great Job, Dr. Toth! 

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