Thursday, September 22, 2011

Oak Ridge Science Semester Information Session

What: Opportunity to learn about a fall semester off-campus intensive research experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Who: Current Sophomore or Junior Majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, and Physics
When: Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4-5 pm
Where: Regents Hall 284

The Oak Ridge Science Semester ( ) is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to conduct research and work alongside career scientists at a premier facility, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Students do significant work on a research project related to their interests under the mentorship of a scientist at the lab. Students receive a full semester of academic credit, usually including an advanced course in their major. The program runs in the fall semester and is open to juniors and seniors.

A Resident Faculty Director from one of the consortium schools participates each year to teach, coordinate the academic program, and be a liaison for the students. Prof. Craig Teague of Cornell College, who was the Resident Faculty Director in Fall 2009, will be here on Tuesday to share information and answer questions. All students and faculty are invited to stop by, even if you have no specific questions and just want to hear about this opportunity for science students.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Organic Chemistry in Context

Here's an interesting article (click on the title, above) about how chemists are trying to discover the molecular basis for the action of anesthetics (drugs used in anesthesia). Wouldn't it be fun to do something like this for a summer? By the way, if you become a student member of the American Chemical Society, you can get Chemical and Engineering News weekly and discover all sorts of interesting factoids. It's only $46/year. See outside my office, RNS 318, for some free copies.