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.