Friday, November 27, 2015

ACS Officers Get Chemistry Blankets

Taylor's ACS Chapter recently got Periodic Table blankets as part of the ACS's Member-Get-a-Member program. As you can see, the students were very excited to receive these warm and stylish blankets!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Students Tour Eli Lilly's Analytical Labratories

(Oct. 30)  Three students participated in the annual Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Outreach Day at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.  The students met with Lilly employees, were toured through labs, saw many state of the art instruments, but most importantly gained a clearer impression of what it would be like to work in the pharmaceutical industry.  Thank you to all the Lilly staff that made this an excellent experience for the students.  

Mole Day Celebration!

(Oct. 23)  The department celebrated Mole Day with games and food.  We enjoyed teates like Oreo Cookie Pie and Dr. Kroll's homemade crackers and cheese.  Congratulations to Jesse for winning the classic game, "guess how many of our conference rooms would be filled by one mole of M&Ms".  Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

Chemistry Dinner & Summer Research Reports

(Oct. 8)  The department enjoyed a great Italian dinner and heard from several students about their summer research experiences.  Most of their research will eventually result in a conference presentation or publication.  We heard from one student how his internship turned into a job offer for after graduation!  We appreciate all the participants!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Officers Elected for Taylor University Chapter of ACS

Congratulations to the six students who were elected as officers for Taylor's newly founded ACS Chapter! The officers are as follows:
President - Victoria Farris, Senior
Vice President - Drew Pemberton, Senior
Secretary - Marissa Kneer, Senior
Treasurer - Angie Bittner, Junior
Event Coordinator - Noelle Rubino, Senior
Publicist - YeChan Moon, Junior

The officers elected will be in charge of planning events, encouraging involvement in the chemistry department, and more. Stay tuned for more info!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Students Publish Article on Exercise Metabolism

Recent Taylor University graduates just had their research on exercise metabolism published in the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research.  Former students Kim Cleary, Scott Fenstermacher, Brayton Kiedrowski, Ben Hayes, Olivia Auell, Caroline Chow all contributed to an extensive study of the effects of exercise on 3-methylhistidine levels (a muscle breakdown product).  The study entitled "The Effects of Acute Exercise and Meat Fasting/Feasting on Urinary 3-methylhistidine by Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry", was the culmination of several years of research. The citation is bellow.  Congratulations, everyone!

Kim Cleary, Scott Fenstermacher, Brayton Kiedrowski, Ben Hayes, Olivia Auell, Caroline Chow, Erik Hayes, Daniel King. “The Effects of Acute Exercise and Meat Fasting/Feasting on Urinary 3-methylhistidine by Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry”, Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 14, 36-39, 2015.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Linux Workstations for Computational Research

Dr. Magers has two new computers for research.  These server workstations are being setup to host an interactive environment as a teaching experience in the classroom and in lab. Goals include utilizing a WebMO/PSI4 interface and JSmol. Additionally these workstations host computational chemistry packages for Dr. Magers' research group.

This summer, Drew Pemberton and Michael Nahrstadt will be doing research in Dr. Magers' lab.

Intel Xeon E5-1607v3 3.10GHz 10MB 1866 4C
16GB DDR4-2133 RAM
Intel Xeon E5-1680v3 3.20GHz 20MB 2133 8C
64GB DDR4-2133 RAM

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Annual Chemistry Banquet

Last night, we held the annual chemistry banquet for all of our seniors, chemistry majors, and TAs.  Plenty of food and fellowship to go around.

Some of the graduating seniors.  From left:  Maddy Trudeau, Jon Gray, Joe Kasper, and Emily Hart.

We are very proud of our seniors.  All of which are continuing their education next year.
Jon Gray - Rutgers University in pursuit of a Ph.D.
Emily Hart - Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in pursuit of a Ph.D.
Joe Kasper - University of Washington in pursuit of a Ph.D.
James Klimt - Midwestern University in pursuit of a D.O.
Maddy Trudeau - Taylor University in pursuit of a Masters of Arts in Higher Education

We honor many of our students with awards.  Here are this year's recipients:

Outstanding Chemistry Award - Joe Kasper
Outstanding Chemistry Thesis Award - Emily Hart

Outstanding Research Award - Emily Hart
Outstanding Physical Chemist Award - Joe Kasper
Outstanding Inorganic Chemist Award - Marissa Kneer
Outstanding Future Applications Chemist - Jon Gray
Leadership Award - Maddy Trudeau
Service to the Department Award - James Klimt

Check out the Awards tab at the top to see previous years' recipients.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Forensics Class Crime Scene Projects

It is time again for our Forensics course crime scene projects.  In groups of 3-4, students stage a crime scene, and then investigate a crime scene staged by another group.  Students are able to use skills learned throughout the course to evaluate the scenes including skills like fingerprint analysis, blood typing, and DNA comparison.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Senior Thesis Presentations

All of the chemistry majors are required to present a senior thesis on a research topic of their choice.  Naturally we coupled this with food.

Joe Kasper's presentation on Lithium Ion Batteries

Emily Hart's presentation on "Optogenetics"

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dinner & Presentation

"Birds, Bird Watching, Bird Chemistry, and Why Dr. King Reminds me of a Vulture"
After a fowl meal, prepared by our resident chefs, Dr. Tricia Stan gave a presentation entitled "Birds, Bird Watching, Bird Chemistry, and Why Dr. King Reminds me of a Vulture". 
Be sure to ask a student or Dr. Stan about the vulture comment. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Environmental Chemistry Students Collect Stream Soil Samples

Students will quantify the amount of various metal ions accumulating in the stream bed soil.

If it's not messy, it's not fun!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Organic Research Projects in Full Swing

The tradition of research projects in the Organic Chemistry 2 course continues.  Here, a few of the students in the "analytical group" prepare a batch of samples to be analyzed by GCMS.  
Be sure to ask the students in Organic Chemistry what there working on!

Taylor University Breaks Ground for new Campus Center

Students, faculty, administration, staff, trustees, alumni and many guests attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Larita R. Borne Campus Center.  

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Demo Night

Some of our favorite demonstrations were on display Tuesday evening, including lots of fire, colors, smoke, and slime!  Here are a few examples...

Dr. Hammond doing balloon animals before he shrunk them with liquid nitrogen.

Dr. King lighting some flammable vapors on fire.

Dr. Kroll and James making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

Dr. Stan shares some tips on making slime, nylon, and how to shrink peeps.

Dr. Magers ignites a variety of metals and makes some pretty colors.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

5 TU Chemistry Students Present Research at the Indiana Academy ofScience

Emily Hart, Jon Gray, Nathan Pavey, Drew Pemberton, and Haram Ko (right to left) each presented their research at the annual IAS meeting in Indianapolis.  Their research projects included topics such as reaction kinetics, metal concentrations in fish organs, an integrated instrumental methodology for FTIR, TGA, and GCMS, and assessing Essential Tremors.  Be sure to ask them about their experience!