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The Chemistry Department is excited to welcome Dr. Dana Ferraris as a Visiting Professor of Chemistry.  Dr. Ferraris' background includes many years in industry using his organic chemistry background to synthesize drugs, to teach courses and to mentor students. This semester, Dr. Ferraris is teaching in the General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry courses.  In the spring, he will continue teaching and also work with students on research projects.  

What does Dr. Ferraris do in his spare time?  He and his wife own a cafe, Kismet, in Eldersberg, where Dr. Ferraris helps out by making lattes and chai teas and baking bagels. 

At the start of the semester, all chemistry and biochemistry students were invited to visit Dr. Ellen Roskes' office to say hi and talk about their summers.  These three students, Mandi Sheroke, Mike Skaro and Morgan McCluskey-Wirtz all stopped by at the same time and enjoyed sharing their summer experiences with each other.

From studying for the MCATs to completing a research project at the University of Maryland School of Medicine on vaccine development to playing golf and preparing for her freshman year at SU, everyone kept busy and enjoyed the summer. All three were excited to start the school year with classes, research and extracurricular activities!

Congratulations to Science Safety Manager, Stephanie McClouds and her husband, Doug, on their beautiful twin baby girls! Ava and Emma will be in the SU class of '36! 

Chemistry and biochemistry students and faculty interact with Stephanie often as she ensures that our labs and general environment are safe places to learn and work.

Last month, Dr. Sara Narayan gave a presentation at the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her talk, "Interactive Digital Presenation of Chemistry Courses Using PREZI and Voice Thread as an Alternative to PowerPoint" highlighted some of the teaching methods that she uses when she teaches chemistry to our nursing students.



Biochemistry junior Alicia Greene spent the summer at the Nathan Schnaper Summer Intern Program (NSIP) in Cancer Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She worked under the direction of UM faculty member, Dr. Arnob Banerjee, studying T-cells. She had an amazing summer working on her project, "STAT5 Activation and ATM Expression in T-cell Lines" and plans to use all the information, skills and experience she gained as she continues towards her career goal towards becoming a physician.

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