Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Study Break 2011

For those of you who have enjoyed Dr. Kroll's pizza this should bring back good memories. For those of you who have not had the privilege we are very sorry for you. Tuesday evening was the annual study break at the Krolls during exam week. Students enjoyed not only pizza but sticky toffee pudding cake among other treats. I am sure it helps you excel on your finals!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like . . .

Chemistry!  The department got into the spirit of the season and decorated a "Chemis-Tree," complete with goggles, ornaments, and garlands of DNA strands.

Sing with me!  (To the tune of "Jingle Bells")
Hydrogen, hydrogen,
you have one proton
you are the most abundant element
in the entire world!
Oh, Hydrogen, hydrogen
you make life possible
but if a humans breath too much of you
then they will surely die.

Maybe not the most jolly song, but it is both knowledgeable and precautionary.

Merry Christmas from the Chemistry department!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Department Dinner Demo Night!

The Chemistry Department's first ever "Demo Night" themed dinner gathering included some of the professors' and students' favorite demonstrations.  Students Brayton and Caroline performed a luminol demonstration, and Olivia prepared coffee using a special pour-over method.  Dr. Kroll prepared a number of treats demonstrating molecular gastronomy.  Dr. Hammond amazed the crowd with his balloon creations and then shrinking and expanding them in liquid nitrogen.  Dr. Stan performed a number of demos including the Elephant Tooth paste (lots of bubbles, lots of mess, lots of fun).  Dr. King wrapped the evening up with some fire demos including the hydrogen balloon finale (of course). 
Preparing for the Hydrogen Balloon!
Dr. King demonstrates the flammability of various solvents... and the tablecloth!


(Dr. Stan) Elephant Toothpaste - before
(Dr. Stan) Elephant Toothpaste - After

Dr. Kroll, having way too much fun with his food!

Coffee Fun!  (yes, this was brand new glassware)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Chemistry Annual Pumpking Carving and Dinner!

The department gathered for our annual celebration of the pumpkin!  Among other things, we enjoyed two types of chili and several pumpkin desserts.  We had another great turn out to carve pumpkins including some that resembled a cat, the periodic table, molecules, and Dr. Kroll.  Enjoy the photo of everyone posing with their pumpkins!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Students Visit Eli Lilly

Several students visited Eli Lilly Friday as part of Lilly's annual Analytical Chemistry Outreach Day.  Students had an opportunity to tour lab facilities, interact with employees, and participate in hands-on demonstrations.  The event is intended to encourage undergraduate science majors to consider pharmaceutical research as a potential career. 

Friday, September 30, 2011

There is science in the hallways!

Chemistry students find themselves conducting labs and experiments outside of the classroom.

The College Chemistry lab is writing up a chemical reaction survey lab.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Let there be light!

As the construction continues on the new Euler Science Complex, Nussbaum is experiencing it's own make-over in the form of new windows at the end of the second and third floors.  It was, at times, a harrowing process.  At one point, a wind tunnel was generated, causing posters and bulletin boards down the third floor hall to be ripped from their studs.  

All is now well as students and staff alike enjoy the solar powered light source and the beautiful view that, until now, was unknown to all but construction crew.  

More photos to come!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Department Cookout

The department’s first social gathering of the year was a successful tailgating cookout that preceded the 28 – 6 victory over football rival Anderson U. in Taylor’s home opener.  Specially marinated chicken tenderloins (Dr. Kroll), fresh tomatoes from Dr. Stan’s garden, and (double) ladder ball contributed to great evening.  Thanks to everyone who came out!

Congratulations to Lena B. for winning a large bag of Dr. Stan's famous cookies for being the upperclassman to bring the most freshmen to the outing!  I hope you shared some of those. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Department Cookout - Kickoff Thur., Sept. 1, @ 5:00

Chemistry Department Cookout – Kickoff
Thursday, Sept. 1, the Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry – students, faculty and families – will meet at 5:00 for tailgating fun before the 7:00 home football game against arch rival Anderson University.  For those of you who attended last year, you will notice two significant changes.  1) Location: we will me in a more festive location; just south of the baseball field (along the 1st base side).  2) Weather: we will plan on nice weather.  Attached are a few fun pictures of us enjoying the cookout and downpour.  Wear casual closes and expect some lawn games as we eat, meet the new freshmen, and catch up with the returning students.  **** Dr. Stan has offered some of her famous cookies to the upper classmen who bring the most freshmen with them.  I suppose there’s room for some scheming in this offer, but we hope everyone will be able to come. 
Let me know if you have any questions. 
                                -Dr. King

Monday, August 15, 2011

TU's Crop Disease Molecular Modeling Research on the Web

Over the past 6 years TU chemistry students/faculty have been using state-of-the-art computer software to create 3-D molecular models of proteins that are crucial to the understanding of crop diseases.  These protein models from a variety of bacterial and fungal pathogens (PGs) and defense proteins (PGIPs) from a variety of crops are being compiled and made publicly available online for crop disease researchers around the world to use. 

The new permanent home for these models is

Thanks to all the students who have contributed significantly to this research effort. 

New Windmills, New Loop, New Roof, etc...

For those of you who haven't been around campus this summer, you'll be in for a few surprises when you return.  The most obvious one will be the two new 120ft high wind turbines just south of Nussbaum.  The Euler construction project is right on schedule and you'll see the building with completed roof and central heliostat tower.  The Loop has been rerouted to travel behind the formor Nussbaum parking lot, passing between the wind turbines. 
Hope everyone has had a great summer!!

Summer 2011 Research

TU Chemistry students, Ben Hayes and Olivia Auell, have spent 8 weeks this summer developing chemical tests to monitor muscle growth.  Currently, they have optimized a method that uses our LCMS to quantify 3-methyl histidine, a metabolic marker for muscle protein breakdown.  They have also been working on gel electrophoresis procedures that can be used to identify muscle fiber types.   

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chemistry Awards Banquet

Four of our Graduates: Andy Davisson, Jorge Fernandez
Jason Stegink, Katie Speidel

Last night we held an awards banquet to recognize the hard work of our teaching assistants who make such a significant contribution to our department and to honor our seniors.  As is tradition, Dr. Kroll recited limericks composed specifically for each of our graduates and presented graduation gifts. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

3 Seniors Present Theses

Thursday evening, three of our seniors presented their theses to a group of faculty and students.  We all enjoyed a great meal and talks about the history and future of nuclear energy, the medical uses of iron nanoparticles, and the chemistry of biocompatable medical implants.  Congratulations to Phil Gorman, Jason Stegink, and Andy Davisson on their great work. 

Organic Chemistry Research Projects

A unique part of the second semester Organic Chemistry lab experience is participation by all students in small group original research projects. These have been a popular and useful part of the course for a number of years. The process is a simplified version of Master’s degree research. The main overall goal for the experience is to acquaint you with the usual process in this arena and equip you to engage in research, either as a student while at Taylor or in a summer off-campus opportunity like research. The skills you will learn and practice (use of computer databases & journals; research planning and reporting; keeping a research notebook; working with a group) are transferable to any of the sciences.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Forensic Science Class Hosts Crime Scene Projects

Certainly the highlight of the semester for the Forensic Science class is their crime scene projects.  Each lab group stages a crime scene for another lab group to investigate.  Decked out in lab gloves and fingerprint powder brushes, students will spend the last two weeks of class investigating a crime scene, processing the scene, analyzing evidence in the laboratory, and preparing an oral presentation.  The presentations, given during the final exam period, are designed as a press conference where they report on the investigation.

Last Chemistry Colloquium of the Year

Thur., 5/5/11, will be our final colloquium meeting of the year.  Our final three seniors will present their theses while we dine on food prepared by the faculty.  Anyone is welcome to join us.  Just RSVP to Dr. King so we can prepare enough food.  Hope to see another great turnout.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Studies in Korea: Kyle Salsbery

Well, I've been studying in Korea at Handong University for about a month now, and I wanted to update anyone from the Chem. department who is interested on how things are going.

First off, I'm taking 13 credits during this semester; Genetics, Psychology, Korean History, History of American Literature, and Chapel. The schedule for classes is set up a little different here. There are eight 1:15 periods in a day with 15 minute breaks in between. Most classes take place in the first 6 periods. Since each class is 1:15 long, a three credit class only meets twice a week instead of three times. I do kind of like this set up, but it isn't fun when I have three classes back-to-back for almost four hours straight.

Classes here are a lot different. Teachers rarely assign homework or projects, but you just study. In the whole semester, I may just take 3-5 tests in a class and that is basically my grade. A few classes do have quizzes once in a while for about 10% of the grade, attendance is another 10%, and then the rest is just tests. This makes me nervous for my classes, because it doesn't leave as much room to bring up your grade if you get a low score on one test. Also, I'm having to be more self-disciplined to keep up in my studies on my own since there is no homework.

I am lucky that all of my professors speak understandable English. Sometimes they do break out in Korean for a quick definition, but most of the class is only spoken in English. In the beginning, I did feel a little out of place, especially in Genetics where I am the only foreigner, but now I have a set routine and made some really good friends so things are going very well! Since I am an American, lots of people remember me and my name, so people are always saying hi to me, but I just wish it was easy for me to remember their names!

Handong is a small Christian University similar to Taylor, but there are still many differences. Handong is only 17 years old, so compared to Taylor it is very young. They have curfew here at 11 every night and if you want to stay out later you have to submit a night pass. There is not really "wings" here, but instead they have what they call teams that meet once a week. Chapel also only meets once a week on Wednesdays, and on Sundays most students go to Church on campus in the chapel. Of course I am a little biased towards Taylor, and I miss it greatly, but I am enjoying my experience here and I hope that Handong will continue to develop a strong Christian atmosphere like we are blessed to enjoy at Taylor.

One last thing...when I come back to Taylor, I will never complain about the DC again! The main cafeteria here is called "12 Baskets" and there is only one option served at meals. It always includes rice, kimchi, a soup, vegetables, and a little meat. I've not had problems with the food, but I really miss being able to get a hot chocolate or ice cream whenever I want. Also there is only water for a drink, and they use the tiniest cups you can imagine. I've also been half way through a meal to discover that the meat I was eating was squid!

Well, I hope you are doing well and that you have enjoyed hearing about Korea!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Senior Thesis Presentation and Dinner

Our first senior thesis presentation was given by Katie Speidel (Chemistry – BS, ’11) last Thursday night. The faculty provided a great Italian dinner, featuring lasagna by Dr. Kroll, and Katie provided a great lecture on the future use the intercalation of drugs into inorganic nano-particles as a method for drug delivery. This approach may even provide a method for delivering macro-molecular drugs, like insulin, orally rather than via injections.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Chemistry Colloquium: "Relativity, Time Dilation, and the 6 Days of Creation"

Dr. King gave a presentation and lead a discussion about the cosmology theory of Dr. Gerald Schroeder.  Schroeder, a scientist and author, is most well-known for proposing a creation theory that employs the relativity effects on time following the big bang to argue that the creation account described in Genesis could have occurred in exactly 6 days and/or 18 billion years –depending upon your point of reference. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Euler Science Complex Construction Update

Progress continues on the construction of the Euler Science Complex. Steel for the bridges that will connect the 2nd and 3rd floors of Nussbaum and Euler have been recently installed. This photo, looking across the 3rd floor bridge, shows a recent snow on standing on the future Chemistry floor.

You can follow the construction progress on the live webcams at the following link.