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! 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Taylor Chemistry Graduates: What Are They Up To?

Taylor Chemistry Graduate Brad King was one of 6500 scientists to attend the American Society of Mass Spectrometry conference this summer in Indianapolis. Here, the attendees were able to hear talks, participate in workshops, and learn from short courses regarding "antibody drug conjugates, proteins, peptides, and analysis of biopharmaceuticals, biosimilars and small molecule therapeutics".

King presented one of the 3000 posters that were a part of this conference. From his presentation, listeners learned from his work with the LC-MS/MS method for stabilizing the hydrolysis of cocaine esters.

To read more information on Brad King's work and AIT Bioscience, follow the link below!

Photo from "American Society of Mass Spectrometry in Indy" by Jennifer Vance in AIT Bioscience

A Glimpse Into Summer Internships

September 19 was an evening filled with summer internship presentations, delicious soup, and good company for the Chemistry Department. Five of our upperclassmen shared a brief overview of the work that they did this summer. Other students, as well as the department staff, came together to enjoy homemade soup and hear about the various jobs in the Chemistry world that our students were able to experience.

Brielle accepted a second summer REU through Princeton and worked on a computational project in the Czech Republic this summer. Crown ether conformations were investigated as models to look at synergistic binding in more complicated systems and the effects they have on each other.

Danya's summer internship experience was at Pharmachem technologies. Here, she worked alongside chemists in the process development area to ensure the plant manufacturing process was efficient as possible. She synthesized compounds and carried out testing on products made in the lab and in the plant. 

This summer, Julia worked in the Hofferberth Laboratory at Kenyon College to optimize the synthesis of precursors in an acid-catalyzed vinylogous aldol reaction to form all carbon quaternary steroecenters.

Nathanael Boone did research a Taylor this summer with Dr. Hammond. He worked at improving the ion exchange chromatography steps in particular for LDH isolation, a procedure that is used in biochemistry lab. This change was necessary because the isoelectric point is different in chicken than the beef heart originally used.
George Gray did a second year of research with Dr. Hammond and succeeded in showing that a Western Blot could be visualized with a DSLR camera and compare favorably with a much more expensive Li-Cor scanner.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Four Taylor Chemistry Majors Visit Eli Lilly Laboratories

Four TU Chemistry majors participated in Eli Lilly's annual Analytical Chemistry Outreach Day.  The day involved conversations with Lilly employees, tours through functioning laboratories, and presentations of how analytical tools and techniques are used throughout the drug development process.