Friday, April 27, 2018

Students Present Research at the National ACS Meeting



Two Taylor chemistry students and two faculty attended the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans this Spring.  In total, the research efforts of three TU undergraduates and three professors were presented.  They also enjoyed some great Cajun food!

Poster Presentations: 
  • “Characterization of the mass spectra energetics of butane and propanol derivatives via ab initio methods”, Ally Burke, Gabe Saliba, Dan King, and D. Brandon Magers
  • “Ammonium ligand binding to dibenzo-18-crown-6 in solvent”, Brielle Tilson, D. Brandon Magers David Reha, Babak Minofar, and Jannette Carey

Oral Presentations:
  • "Democratized cloud-based computational chemistry in support of undergraduate chemical education and citizen science", D. Brandon Magers, Reid Bishop, David O’Gwynn, and Harley McAlexander 
  • "A redesign of the first general chemistry lab session: Introducing the research process", Dan King, D. Brandon Magers, and Tricia Stan

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Spring: A Semester of Traveling

As we look forward to spring, several students will be off campus as they pursue opportunities to travel across the country and across the world. Our own Dr. Magers, along with 1 chem major and 12 other students will be headed to Peru for a spring break missions trip. In fact, 3 of our majors are headed out on spring break missions trips.


In addition to this unique opportunity, other of our students have the opportunity to present what they are learning about with the world outside of Taylor. Next month, two of our students will be traveling to New Orleans, where they will be presenting research at the American Chemical Society national conference. They will be there with 12,000 other chemists!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Taylor Students Visit Abbot Laboratories (Chicago)

10 students and 3 faculty spent a day touring facilities and meeting with employees at Abbott Laboratories - leading developers of medical diagnostic tests and devices and pharmaceuticals.  This experience was valuable in helping our students imagine    
Thank you to the Schultz's for hosting us!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Olympics Opening Ceremony / Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Party

Students gathered to enjoy the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics 
and some equally cool liquid nitrogen ice cream.


  Thanks to "Dr. Ice" Stan and "Dr. Freeze" Magers for the great ice cream and 
for using your cryogenic powers for good and not for evil.  



Monday, November 27, 2017

Chemistry Senior Theses Presentations: the sequel

Four of our seniors presented their theses Monday evening.  In addition to enjoying a nice lasagna dinner, we learned about cutting edge research including approaches to developing new antibodies and using DNA to detect metals.  Congratulations to Elisha, Jenny, Jimmy, and David!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chemistry Senior Thesis Presentations (the first edition)

Three chemistry seniors presented their theses while we enjoyed learning about quantum theory, plasmon resonance, and enzyme catalysts and eating (brisket).
Congratulations to Brielle, Jacob, and Nathaniel.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

ACS Chemistry Rocks Event

The ACS student chapter met to enjoy the Program-in-a-Box hosted by the American Chemical Society.  The interactive webinar connected student chapters from across the country to learn about the interesting chemistry of minerals and gems.  The program provided door prizes and give-aways, including water bottles and pop rocks.  Congratulations to Ariel for winning the beaker mug!