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GreenFest 2014

Each year, SU celebrates our environment with GreenFest.  This year, many student clubs participated, including the American Chemical Society Club.  The club featured a trifold on Green Chemistry (back left in this picture) and allowed students to try various green experiments, including writing with lemon juice and working with environmentally friendly packing materials.

Chemistry Senior, Lizzie Kyte, is currently completing her capstone with Dr. Tim Dwyer, studying the off-target effects of RNA interference.  Lizzie is sharing her excitement for biochemistry research with a local high school student, Lani R. (right), who is interested in biochemistry.

Brittany Cassell (BS Chem ’12, MS Forensic Science ’13) stopped by campus to see everyone one last time before moving to North Carolina.  Brittany is very excited to be starting her career as a forensic scientist!  She will be working as a Forensic Scientist I in Drug Chemistry at the North Carolina Department of Justice State Crime Lab in a couple of weeks.  Best of luck, Brittany!  We know you’ll be great!

Congratulations to Chemistry Senior Harriet Adutwum on her acceptance into the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences!  We’re so excited for you!!

Biochemistry Sophomore, Chris Toth, spent his Spring Break on the SU trip to New Orleans.  He worked with others on the renovation of a former hardware store to become a Children’s Community Center.  Chris feels his Spring Break was very worthwhile- caring about others and giving his time and efforts to others less fortunate than he is something that is very important to him.

Happy Pi Day 2014

Pi Pie at Delft University

Some Pi Day facts:

- In 2009, the US House of Representatives designated 3/14 as Pi Day.

- 3/14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

- The earliest official Pi Day celebration was organized by Larry Shaw at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988.  These yearly celebrations continue today.

- Pi Day is celebrated internationally.

Some people try to see how many digits of pi they can memorize for today.  Others see how many flavors of pie they can eat today.  Have a great Pi Day!

Mentoring Freshmen

Upperclass Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors organized an event to meet with freshmen to answer questions, give advise and just get to know one another.  Freshmen enjoyed hearing the advise the sophomores, juniors and seniors had for them and the upperclassmen enjoyed sharing things they had learned through their time at SU.  A complete monthly mentoring program for incoming students is planned for the fall.




As part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration, the American Chemical Society Maryland Section is working on a history project to preserve more than 70 years of the Chesapeake Chemist newsletter.  To this end, the Stevenson University ACS Club stepped up to the plate and scanned 50 years’ worth of newsletters into digital format.   For this tremendous efforts, the SU ACS club was presented with a certificate of achievement from the Maryland Section at the February Meeting.  



Three 2010 chemistry alumni, Becki Shook, Alyssa Pawlowicz and Janine Ladzinski are all co-workers at Taylor Technologies, a water testing company.  They enjoy seeing each other and working together!


Rebecca Hollins (BS Chem ’12) is currently a student at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.  She went to Honduras this winter to work at a health clinic. Becca shared these two pictures from her trip:   ”In one, I am taking a patient’s blood pressure and in the other I am constructing a makeshift height chart to measure the children in clinic (measured out by knowing that 2 of my fingers were an inch, seeing as resources were limited).”  She credits the liberal arts aspect of her SU degree for allowing her to be culturally aware and to respect the beliefs and values of her patients and colleagues.

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