Seniors Erika Harden (left) and Mandi Sheroke (right) designed and ordered SU Chemistry hoodies since they love the Chemistry Program at SU! The hoodies are quite popular on campus! Anyone interested in purchasing one should visit KH 224.
For her Capstone course, chemistry senior Rebecca Wong (left) conducted research with Dr. Dawn Ward. She presented her honors research, “Improving the Metal-Binding Efficiency of Heterocyclic Compounds, Targeting Metal Ion-Dependent Enzyme of Hepatitis C Virus” to the SU Community. Rebecca really enjoys research and has participated in many research experiences while at SU. After her graduation in May, Rebecca plans to attend graduate school towards a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences or medicinal chemistry.
Students continue to benefit from the SoLVE Center. Each week, students come at specified times to work on multistep problems for their 100 and 200 level classes. Students work in groups, using the whiteboard to work on details and explain concepts to their peers. Faculty and staff, acting as facilitators, help out at the sessions. SoLVE is offered in General Chemistry I and II, Organic I, Calculus I and General Biology I. In the spring, SoLVE will also include Physics.
Erica Hobbs (left), Brandon Ludwig and Isabelle Staab are enjoying General Chemistry Lab this semester. They enjoy learning through hands-on activities. In this lab period, they are using Ultraspec 100′s, spectrophotometers used to determine the maximum wavelength of various dyes found in commercial mouthwashes.
Dr. Justin Young (BS, Chem ’06) has enjoyed returning to SU for one semester to teach in the Department. In his General Chemistry lab, he is helping chemistry majors Amber Dwight and Ariana Hale set up the apparatus for ”The Color and Absorption of Light: The Color of Mouthwash.” In this experiment, students use spectroscopy and column chromatography to determine the dyes found in various commercial mouthwashes and compare their findings to those on the label.
Congratulations to the students who were inducted into Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honor Society. These students have excelled in their chemistry courses and in their overall performance at SU. Dr. Tim Dwyer, GSE Advisor, welcomed the students into the Society in a ceremony that was attended by the students’ families and friends.
Freshmen Jan Donato (left) and Zoe Singman had just finished an experiment on calorimetry in which they compared the energy content of marshmallows (sugar) to that of cashews (fat). They took a break from their Honors General Chemistry lab calculations to discuss their freshman semester at SU. Both are having a great first semester and find that the small class size and the one-on-one interactions with faculty make SU special!
Congratulations to our School of the Sciences faculty who were honored for their years of service to SU. From the chemistry/biochemistry faculty, Diane Payne (3rd from right) was recognized for 15 years of service, George Lauterbach (not pictured) was honored for 10 years of service, and Tracey Mason (4th from right) was recognized for 5 years of service. Also honored was Kathleen Lageman (left), the Dean’s assistant, for 30 years of service and Missy Craig (3rd from left), the department’s assistant, for 5 years of service. Thanks are extended to everyone for their commitment to educating and mentoring our students.