Friday, October 30, 2009
How big is a carbon atom?
And, of course, I couldn't leave out the classic video, Powers of 10, which not only shows the size of atoms, but our planet's size in relation to the cosmos.
Your professors have planned review sessions Nov. 2-5 from 7-9PM in RNS 316.
Monday Nov. 2nd Organic with Dr. Pearson
Tuesday Nov. 3rd Analytical with Dr. Walczak
Wednesday Nov. 4th P-chem with Dr. Nat "entropy" Schaefle
Thursday Nov. 5th with Dr. Miessler
If you have additional questions, please contact a chemistry faculty member
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
CHEMISTRY DAY PROGRAM
Refreshments and Registration
Introduction and Department Overview
· General Description
· Faculty, Staff, Students
· Instrumentation and Other Resources
Graduate Program Overview
· Application Procedure
· Living in Brookings
Faculty Research Discussions
· Bio/Organic Chemistry
· Chemical Education
· Student Union
· HPER/Wellness Center
· Art & Ag Museums
Graduate Student Posters, Department Tour
· Research Labs
· Instructional Labs
· Instrumentation and Other Facilities
Refreshments, Q&A, Wrap-up
Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Dr. Scott Kohl, Technical Director, ICM, Inc.
Sessions to be held in Room 260 of the University Student Union.
Campus maps are available at
Friday, October 23, 2009
"It almost seemed like a no-brainer," Professor of Chemistry Bob Hanson tells MPR. "The students react to this very favorably and very much like, well 'why would you want to do this any other way? This is so obvious.'"
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in the fields of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics/ Astronomy, Mathematics/Computer Science, Economics, Geosciences, Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Humanities and Anthropology/Archaeology.
Any undergraduate may go to www.cur.org/ugreg/ to fill out a simple curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service. Organizations or companies seeking the students’ information for other marketing purposes will not be granted access. Graduate School representatives may contact students to invite applications or visits to the campus and laboratory, or to share information about their research programs and financial support opportunities.
An institution-wide annual subscription fee for access to the entire database is $1,500 and departments can subscribe for $300 on their own for their discipline, if they choose.
Graduate schools may provide a link to their websites, and may provide a short description of opportunities, such as research fields and fellowships. It will also be possible for institutions to place an ad on the database website if the content is related to the mission of CUR and the Undergraduate Registry.
We hope that students who are currently in their junior or senior year will register now. Juniors will be able to update their listing at the end of the summer and during their senior year, to include any summer research experience or information about Senior Theses and test scores. We also welcome submissions by students who are engaged in Masters' Degree programs now but who plan on going on to a PhD program. Just fill out the information on the form including the date you intend to enter a PhD program and your date of completion of your undergraduate degree. Upload a link to your CV that contains complete information about your MS/MA degree activity (school, subject, thesis topic (if applicable), and advisor).
CUR believes that this service will be a great benefit for both students and graduate schools by narrowing the search for the right match. So if you are interested in graduate school, please take a moment to register now. Be sure to include a statement of your research interests, as this will be important for making the match.
Please feel free to contact me, should you have any questions.
Senior Director, Membership Services
Council on Undergraduate Research
734 15th St NW
(202) 783-4811 fax
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The program is a joint effort of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America International Group (AIG), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and was developed to introduce chemistry and chemical engineering students to careers in the chemical industry.
Exceptional sophomores and juniors with a GPA of at least 3.5 and who are majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering are encouraged to apply.
* Twenty-one scholars will be chosen for internship positions in the summer of 2010.
* SCI Scholars receive $6,000-$9,000 for a ten-week internship.
* Students will be awarded a certificate and an additional $1000, which can be used for any purpose, such as participation at an ACS or AIChE meeting.
* Scholars nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition. Teachers will be awarded a certificate from SCI and $1,000, which can be used for professional development or classroom materials.
* Applications are due January 15, 2010.
* Interested students should visit www.acs.org/sci to fill out an application and get more information.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Challenge your professors and compete for ultimate bragging rights! All are welcome, but titration stations will be first come, first serve. We will also have some of last year's SOCS shirts for sale.
Thurs, Oct 22 @ 11:30 a.m. in RNS 3rd floor atrium
Come watch Prof. Gittins and Prof. Epp do some amazing demonstrations. Can anyone say combustion reaction?
Thurs, Oct 22 @ 4:15 p.m. in RNS 4th floor atrium
Pictures can be found at the Chem Week bulletin board outside Karen's office (RNS 336). Submissions are due to the box by 12:30 p.m., Thurs Oct. 22. Pause bucks will be awarded to the winners, who will be announced at Demo Day.
-Hunt for the Golden Beaker is back!-
One clue per day will be posted on the Chem Week bulletin board outside RNS 336. First to find it wins a fabulous prize! Winner will be announced at Demo Day.
-Vote for Your Favorite Element!-
Going along with the theme for the week, we will have a ballot box outside RNS 336 on the Chem Week bulletin board. Submit your favorite element, and tell us why you like it. Results will be posted after Fall Break, along with the most interesting answers. Be creative!
Finally... Don't forget to celebrate Mole Day on Friday, Oct. 23!!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Abstract: Analysis of polar contaminants is a rapidly advancing area of environmental mass spectrometry. To this end, our group has recently developed a novel high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) screening method for pharmaceuticals and select metabolites in fish. Knowledge of contaminant occurrence in fish tissues has obvious implications for human health. Fish are also an integral component of aquatic food webs and can potentially facilitate the transfer of contaminants from aquatic to terrestrial ecosystems via trophic transfer. This talk will summarize results of a national pilot study of pharmaceutical accumulation conducted in collaboration with U.S. EPA. Results of a more recent study focused on uptake and biotransformation of explosives in earthworms will also be presented. Both of these investigations provide definitive examples of the analytical challenges affiliated with quantifying trace levels of chemicals in complex matrices.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
"You Smell" Have you studied your odorprint?
"Amide stacking rivals H-bonds" in protein structures
"Celebrating Chemistry" National Chemistry Week Oct 18-24 theme = Chemistry: It's Elemental
"Chemical Biology Teamwork" at the National Cancer Institute
"Considering an M.D., D.D.S., Pharm. D....Why not a Ph.D.?"
All of these articles come from American Chemical Society publications. Some are multiple pages, feel free to take them somewhere to sit and read, but bring them back! So, take a study break sometime to learn about something that's not in your textbooks.
Monday, October 12, 2009
- Sophomore, Junior, or Senior with strong academic record in science.
- At least one year of organic chemistry; majors might include chemistry, biochemistry, biology, pre-med, but other majors will be considered.
- Strong analytical abilities, ability to extend knowledge and skills to a very broad range of cutting-edge technologies related to chemistry.
- Evidence of effectiveness working independently; demonstrated self-starter.
- Ability to learn quickly
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to interact well with all kinds of people
- Understanding of and respect for diversity
Friday, October 9, 2009
Did you know that a single base-pair in DNA is hydrated by about 70 water molecules? Or that high temperatures can unfold proteins, but cold temperatures can as well? And what is up with A- or B- DNA and RNA?
In Chem 391: Biophysical Chemistry, you will have the opportunity to answer these questions and delve into others relating to the physical chemistry of nucleic acids, proteins, and membranes. Chem 391:Biophysical Chemistry advances the thermodynamic topics you learned in Chem 126 and 371, which makes the course incredibly relevant to anyone interested in experimental biochemistry, biological chemistry, and physical chemistry.
The course is divided into two sections: the first two-thirds of the course involves lecture and group discussions while the remaining one-third of the course involves a research project. The research project does not need a full-blown research proposal. In the past, students have just selected topics from lecture and ran with their ideas in the lab. Research projects have ranged from variants of the lysozyme experiments in Chem 357: Physical Chemistry Lab to predicting protein-protein binding energies using molecular dynamics simulation. The culmination of the course is a poster presentation of the class's research projects to the FNSM community.
If you have an interest in the course or want to know more about the course, don't hesitate to contact me.