Wednesday, March 28, 2012

IMPORTANT Seminar News for Juniors and Seniors

The St. Olaf Science Symposium seminars scheduled for Honor's Day this spring will not be occurring for reasons beyond our control. We realize that some of you may have been planning to earn one, two or three seminar credits that day. So we are now announcing two new seminar opportunities that allow a chemistry major to earn up to 4 seminar credits.

Eight current seniors are completing the requirements for earning distinction in chemistry. Part of the process involves giving a public presentation about the research project. These mini-seminars (approximately 20 minutes each) will occur at two different dates and times:

*Saturday, April 14 from 1:00~3:00 in the afternoon, on-campus location to be announced: 3 seminar credits for attendance at this entire mini-symposium.
*Wednesday, April 18 from 7:00~8:00 in the evening, on-campus location to be announced: 1 seminar credit.

We hope you'll be able to join us for these seminars, both to support and encourage your classmates and to earn seminar credits toward your chemistry major.

ACS San Diego - SciMix Poster Session

Procter & Gamble: Research Your Future in Science

Friday, March 23, 2012

Seminar: Special Date and Time!

Professor Chris Cheatum from the University of Iowa will be speaking at 11:50 AM in RNS 290 on Monday, March 26...the first day we are back from spring break! Everyone is welcome.

Prof. Cheatum is a biochemist interested in the interactions of substrates with protein active sites. He is a member of the chemistry department at the University of Iowa.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Analytical Studies Group Intern Program at MCI

2012 Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Group Intern Program

Supported by NSF REU Sites Program

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in conjunction with the NSF REU Sites Program is offering short-term opportunities for undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of its technical studies and research group. The Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) is the center for specialized technical collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums, collections, and research centers. MCI combines state-of-the-art instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical research and characterization of objects.

Internships will take place during the summer of 2012. Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a university program or scheduled to matriculate in the fall of 2012. Acceptable majors include, but are not limited to: museum studies, art history, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, ecology, earth science, chemical engineering, and materials science engineering. Basic chemistry and mathematical coursework is preferred; laboratory experience is not required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A stipend will be offered for a period of up to 10 weeks.

Projects will be supervised by one of the following staff members in their specific project area. Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential advisors in advance of application. Students are also welcomed to propose projects of their choosing contingent upon agreement of a staff member to advise the project.

Christine France, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1261,

Analyses of human and animal remains using stable isotope mass spectrometry

Jennifer Giaccai, Conservation Scientist, 301-238-1211,

Analytical studies of artists’ materials and degradation using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, Raman, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

Nicole Little, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1243,

Environmental studies of heavy metals using time of flight inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy

Odile Madden, Research Scientist, 301-238-1257,

Analytical study of polymer composite materials in cultural heritage using Raman, FTIR, and/or XRF spectroscopies, as well as visible light and scanning electron microscopy

Mehdi Moini, Senior Research Scientist, 301-238-1238,

Study of protein degradation in museums’ proteinaceous specimens

Melvin Wachowiak, Senior Conservator, 301-238-1218,

Advanced imaging of archaeological objects using 2D- and 3D-imaging techniques as well as optical imaging beyond the range of human vision

Applications must be made on line at - apply for the Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Group Intern Program. Application deadline is March 30, 2012. Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome. Notifications will be sent by April 15, 2012.