Swarthmore Chemistry Majors Win NSF Graduate Fellowship!
Chem majors Jack Nicoludis and Mary Alice Upshur and Chem minor Rosalie Lawrence, all from the class of 2012, have been awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships. Jack Nicoludis '12 won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. Jack is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University where he is studying protein structure using X-ray crystallography. Mary Alice Upshur is currently attending Northwestern University and her field of study is Chemistry - Chemical Synthesis . Rosalie Lawrence is currently attending Stanford University and her field of study is Life Sciences - Genetics.
NIH Names Dr. Jon Lorsch Director of the National InstituteJon Lorsch '90 has been named the next director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. At Swarthmore, he was a chemistry Honors student, and completed his senior thesis under the direction of Judy Voet, who is the James H. Hammons Professor Emerita of Chemistry. In 1990, he received the American Chemical Society Award for Academic Achievement. He has been a Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Jon returned to Swarthmore in 2005 as a Visiting Examiner for the Honors Program in Biochemistry.
Chemistry Department Alum Named President of Kenyon College
Sean Decatur '90 will be Kenyon College's next president, effective July 1, 2013. At Swarthmore, Sean Decatur majored in Chemistry and completed a senior thesis under the direction of Bob Pasternack, who is the Edmund Allen Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus and currently a Senior Research Scholar at Swarthmore. Upon his graduation from Swarthmore, Sean was awarded the Chemistry Department's highest academic award (American Chemical Society Award). See this article in Bloomberg to learn more about Dr. Decatur's career after he graduated from Swarthmore.
Chemistry Glassware Transformed into a Colorful Masterpiece
Lab instructors Donna Halley and Lori Sonntag came up with this idea after seeing something similar on the web. more...
"Garnet Athlete of the Week"
Senior Chemistry Major Brett McLarney was named Garnet "Athlete of the Week". Brett was pictured in the Phoenix with his senior thesis advisor and Chemistry Professor Paul Rablen. Link to the Phoenix feature.
Biochemistry and Chemistry Students Present at Sigma Xi Poster Session
Students that did research over summer 2012 at Swarthmore or other academic institutions and industries presented their research at the annual Sigma Xi poster session held over Garnet Weekend.
Mole Day Celebration
Mole Day is celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., and commemorates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. The Mole Day Festivities included a chemistry-themed cake, guacamole, molasses cookies, and beverages.
Did you know that a one liter bottle of water contains 55.5 moles of water?
Two Swarthmore Chemistry Majors Win NSF Graduate Fellowships!
Chemistry majors David Zee '07 and Nathan La Porte '08 won an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship. David is a graduate student at UC Berkeley, where he is carrying out research in the lab of Jeffrey Long, an inorganic/materials chemist. David's proposal was entitled: "Molecular Catalysis Deriving from Earth-Abundant Elements for Efficient Hydrogen Production from Water " - he is combining synthesis of Mo and Co complexes with electrochemistry to undertake this project. Nathan La Porte is a graduate student at the University of Chicago working with Michael Hopkins on an artificial photosynthesis project. NSF award funds three years of graduate work.
Jazz Dickinson '09 Awarded NIH Ruth L Kirschstein
National Research Service Predoctoral Fellowship!
Jazz is currently a 4th year graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, working in the lab of Nancy Allbritton. Her research project is in the area of bioanalytical chemistry, developing an automated system to improve the throughput of single-cell analysis by capillary electrophoresis.
Kyle Broaders '06 NIH Postdoctoral Fellow!
Kyle Broaders '06 is now an NIH Postdoctoral fellow at UCSF (University of California - San Francisco) in the lab of Zev Gartner, studying chemical modification of molecules involved in cell adhesion. Kyle recently completed his Ph.D. at UC-Berkeley under the direction of Jean Frechet.
2012 Ice Cream Social
The annual Ice Cream Social, to welcome students to campus, was held in the Harry Wood Courtyard during the first week of September. Chem major, Steven Barrett '13 and Biochem major Vienna Tran '13, whipped up a batch of liquid nitrogen vanilla ice cream for everyone to taste. There were also gallons and gallons of ice cream, all flavors imaginable, with syrup and nuts, to satisfy everyone's palate. It looked like a good time was had by all.