Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Senior Chemistry major Olivia Auell shows Buffalo Cheddar popcorn, a flavor she helped develop for Weaver Popcorn during her internship this summer. Olivia plans to attend graduate school in food science next year.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Friday, October 19th witnessed a multitude of alumni, students and faculty pack into the Euler Science Complex atrium for the dedication of this $41.4 million facility.
 As the ground-level seats filled, every inch of available space overlooking the stage was utilized, as people lined the balconies and walkways of Euler's four stories.

The dedication proved a huge success. Touching speeches were given by individuals such as Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, Dr. William E. Toll, Dr. Jan M. Reber, Ronald B. Sutherland, Dr. Leland E. Boren, Elizabeth A. Henricks, and Donald G. Soderquist. With stories of students sitting on the floor for lack of seating room, labs that must be set up and torn down each day, and Dr. Reber's taking chemical supplies to stick in her freezer for lack of room in Nussbaum, the dedication allowed people gain a true picture of just how much this new building and extra space means to the students and faculty of Taylor University.
 After the ceremony, those attended enjoyed a wonderful treat, as each floor had tables filled with beverages, mouth-watering desserts, and gourmet hours de vours.

The weekend of the dedication was also homecoming, and Euler's dedication allowed old friends and classmates to once again meet again in a Taylor's science halls. The Professors of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences all attended, and thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship and seeing former students once again.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their time, and the ceremony was a fitting dedication for the size and significance of Euler Science Complex. In the words of one Professor, this dedication was "by far one of the best events [he's] ever attended during [his] years at Taylor."

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Our new Chemistry instrument lab. Located in Euler Science Complex, room 343.

TOMORROW!! The TU Chemistry department will be hosting a dinner for all the Chemistry majors. It will be a welcome time to become acquainted with faculty and future chemists.

Friday, August 3, 2012

 Moving is Fun!!??

In the old stockroom
load a cart
down the hall
onto the bridge
up the hill
around a corner

through the cabinets
to grandmother's house?? a new home

same story


help is a good thing

where do all these parts go?
When can we start using this?

following instructions
Ready to wash!

are we done yet?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Research in Full Swing:

Five chemistry students are in the middle of an eight week research internship on campus this summer.  Some of the projects include developing a rapid LCMS method for muscle fiber typing, monitoring muscle metabolism following exercise, and elucidating the mechanism for resistance or susceptibility of tomato crop diseases.

Friday, May 4, 2012

The new building is finally coming together and we are getting so excited! Equipment and furniture is arriving by the truck load every day, and carpet was laid this morning.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Students Present at National Conference

Three Chemistry majors, Benjamin Hayes, Caroline Chow, and Olivia Auell, were among an interdisciplinary group from TU who traveled to present their research at the Experimental Biology 2012 national meeting in San Diego, CA.  There work entitled "Rapid Method for Monitoring Muscle Protein Metabolites by LC-MS" was the culmination of a year's worth of research by the group.  The method they developed will serve as one of a variety of analytical services the chemistry research students will make available for future exercise science research projects.  The group was also a finalist in the Taylor University Undergraduate Poster Competition.

Students in the Analytical II (Instrumental Analysis) course disassemble a decommisioned GCMS.  After having general instruction on the design of GCMS systems, the students had a great time finding all of the important components discussed in class.  The activity helps the students to see the physical relationships between each of the main components and any unique engineering challenges that had to be overcome in its design.  After isolating the mass analyzer and detector, the students were able to successfully reassemble the instrument by the end of class.

Friday, April 20, 2012

They are coming . . .

Attention all Chemistry folk! Your patience and endurance has not been in vain.
People may have doubted us.
They may have said it couldn't be done.

. . . . they were wrong, my Chemistry soldiers.

For today . . . the NEW EQUIPMENT CAME IN!

Behold the boxy box in all of its boxy glory!

This is only the beginning.  Let our reign begin.

Firearms, Forensics, and Bears OH MY!

Chief of Campus Police Jeff Wallace brings (unloaded and very safe) firearms to the Forensics class.  The class learned the types of evidence firearms give and how to obtain that evidence.  Future CSI agents in the making!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chemistry's Basketball Star: Tess Rudolph

Chemistry junior Tess Rudolph has reached the 1,000 point mark for her basketball career for Taylor University.  After scoring 7 points in the game against St. Francis on Wednesday, February 1st, Tess became the 18th player in Trojan history to reach the 1,000 point mark.  Her department is so proud!

The B-ballin' beast!

Way to go, Tess!

Monday, February 13, 2012

New Instrument Up and Running

This past week a brand new TGA/DSC (Thermogravimetric Analyzer/Differential Scanning Calorimeter) was installed and is already being used by student/faculty researchers.  The Q600 (TA Instruments) is essentially a very sensitive balance inside a very hot programmable oven.  The instrument is able to precisely monitor a sample's decrease in weight as temperature is increased to 1,000 degrees or more.  A materials decay pattern is fairly unique and can be used for identification and purity analysis.  One study plans to investigate the use of TGA/DSC to identify muscle fiber types.