Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 Olivia Auell's ('13) Research Lab on PBS - News Hour:

"Can science make low-sodium foods without sacrificing flavor?"

Look for Olivia,
Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, and GCMS!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Graduate Report is in... "Excellence"

The annual Graduate Report tracks graduates' employment at approximately 6 months following graduation.  Following federal guidelines, "excellence" is defined as full-time employment, enrollment in graduate school, or a post-graduate internship.  "Success" is defined as the excellence criteria and part-time employment.

Congratulations to the 2013 class Chemistry graduates for helping the department earn an Excellence rating of 100%!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two Undergrads Co-Author Paper:

Two chemistry undergraduates co-authored a research paper entitled “Analysis of Iron and Calcium in a Geothermal System Outflow Steam”. The paper investigates the concentration of iron and calcium within an artificial stream created as part of the newly constructed Euler Science Complex. The ground water, rich in hardness ions (primarily iron and calcium), that is used as part of the building’s geothermal cooling system returns to the environment via an esthetically constructed streambed that runs through campus. The study reveals the successful removal of iron and calcium from the water as a result of natural oxidation processes which are encouraged by using a rocky streambed and waterfall. 

Timothy Griffiths, Emily Hart, Patricia Stan, and Daniel King.
“Analysis of Iron and Calcium in a Geothermal System Outflow Steam”.
Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. 122, 35-39, 2013.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Organic Research- Maillard Reaction

Students in Dr. Kroll's Organic Chemistry lab are back to their research! Jenn Dolezal and Dan Clemens are doing their research on the Maillard reaction which involves the reaction of an amino acid and a sugar to give certain foods their desired taste and smell. By using TLC's of known and unknown products and by varying time and temperature, this group will be observing how these effects will change the products it will yield!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Student Research and Attending ACSM

Plans are in place for two chemistry students to attend the national meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, FL along with an interdisciplinary team of biologist and exercise science students and faculty from Taylor.  Additionally, four students will be research here in Upland this summer.  Their projects involve developing analytical methods for analysis of blood metabolites, analysis of metals in tissue, analysis of thermal decomposition, and assessing physiological tremors.  The summer research students will be blogging here, throughout the summer, so stop by or follow this blog to see their progress!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Women of Chemistry

The Women of Chemistry met once again for a delicious meal prepared by Dr. Stan. The food and great company made for a perfect combination. The conversation flourished on opportunities in Chemistry and what post-graduate school might look like in the future. It is fun to fellowship with a group of women who have similar passions in Chemistry.