Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Taylor Mentioned in Chemical Distributor Magazine

Early this fall, some of Taylor's female chemistry majors participated in a women in chemical business field trip in Chicago.  Lori Hilson, a chemical distributor, discusses her efforts to promote chemistry and chemical business to future scientists.  To view the Interactive Magazine, click here:  Annual Meeting Review and flip to page 4.  The interview with Hilson is entitled "Outreach Growth". 

Chemistree Lighting Ceremony

Students helped decorate the department’s annual “Chemistree” during labs this week. Students decorated the tree with things from the labs, from weighing boats to rubber gloves. The TU alumni will appreciate this tradition. As usual, Santa is hiding nearby.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Senior Thesis Presentation and Italian Dinner

The department celebrated our first Senior Thesis presentation of the year with an Italian dinner (by the faculty) and a presentation by senior Katie Speidel.  Some photos from the dinner are posted on the Life page.

Euler Science Complex Construction update

The steel for the bridges between the new Euler Science Complex and the current Nussbaum Science Building have been put in place.  A photo of the 3rd floor bridge and the future chemistry floor under snow is posted on the Life page.

Chemistree lighting ceremony

A photo of the department's "chemistree" is up on the "Life on the Top Floor" page.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dec. Department Social

The final department gathering of the fall is set for Thursday, December 9th, at 5:15.
We will enjoy some food and fellowship before hearing one of our seniors present her senior thesis.  The event should wrap up before 7:00.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

PIPS: Pectinase Database up and running

PIPS (PG & PGIP Structural Database) is now up and running live on the web.  We have some more models and information still to add, but most of our older structures are now available.
PIPS - Pectinase Structural Database

Forensics Night: department social

Recent department social photos and story have been added to the department's webpage. 
Life on the Top Floor

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Forensics Dinner

The department held its second social of the semester with a forensics themed evening involving food and missing pumpkins. In addition to eating some great food, students tried their hands at composite sketching, dusting for fingerprints, and testing for blood. Eventually, it was discovered that the missing pumpkins were taken and made into one of our delicious desserts! Thanks to everyone for a big turn out on a Friday night!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dr. Stan and eight female chemistry students spent the day in Chicago learning about the job possibilities for a chemistry major in the food industry. From buying and selling the actual chemicals from the manufacturers to producing the flavors, to developing the food products to use the flavors to the challenges involved in manufacturing food products on a large scale chemistry is a great major to have for these jobs. We met with women business owners who are chemical distributors and dairy flavoring manufacturers to flavorists working at Kraft foods to bring you flavored cream cheese. Chemistry is an important part of so many of the jobs we learned about that the students were able to see a chemistry major as a path to many careers new to them.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Science Complex Construction Update

Steel is going up quickly on the west end of the new science complex project. You can monitor the progress by following the link to the construction project webcam.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Department Tailgating - Cookout

The department’s first social gathering of the year was a tailgating cookout prior to TU’s first home football game. In addition to the usual tailgating food, Dr. Kroll prepared excellent barbecue ribs and chicken.

The cooking and lawn games finished just in time to eat huddled together out of the heavy downpour.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

2010 Department Awards Banquet

The department celebrated another successful year at our annual awards banquet on May 17. Students who have served as teaching assistants were recognized. Lizzie Scott, Kim Reishus, Lynne Normant, and Ben Hayes were given the Outstanding Chemical Instrumentation Award for their excellent performance in the Analytical Chemistry II laboratory this semester. Brad King was named the Outstanding Analytical Chemistry Student for earning our highest score this year (94th percentile) on the ACS Analytical Chemistry Exam. The seniors were honored with painful limericks (by Dr. Kroll) and scrubs or a lab coat (depending upon their career paths).

Enjoying the spread

Dr. Kroll presenting to the seniors

2010 Seniors and facalty

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Professor Speaks at Teaching Conference

Dr. Trisha Stan participated in a panel discussion at the annual Midwest Scholars Conference regarding teaching methods for general education courses. The panel consisted of five veteran professors from a variety of disciplines. Dr. Stan shared the approach she uses when teaching "Chemistry for Living", one of Taylor University's general education chemistry courses, to build connections between course content and students' lives. One aspect of her approach is to help students think about the environmental and chemical issues in their home towns. Discussions about water pollution, for example, begin to take on more meaning as students evaluate the water quality reports from their local (home town) municipal water facility.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Chemistry Colloquium

The Chemistry Colloquium schedule for the spring includes evenings for the discussion of science, ethics, missions and service, and a celebration of our student research accomplishments and always great food! Our Colloquium meetings are a great opportunity for our students, faculty, and families to build relationships and enjoy each other's conversation and discussion. Anyone is welcome to join us, simply, RSVP to Dr. Daniel King.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Interterm Begins

The January interterm is in full swing, now. The department's two interterm courses, Inorganic Chemistry and Biochemistry Laboratory, allow for in-depth investigation at a time when students often only have one class. Students appreciate the chance to focus and invest a little more deeply into these classes that is typically possible during the regular semester. In addition to traditional course work, TU Chemistry majors are participating Lighthouse Missions trips in Guatemala, Ethiopia, India.
Read about the various Lighthouse trips

Track the groups' prayer blogs