Chemistry News Archive - 2005

December 2005 The Chemistry Department students and faculty held their annual Christmas Party. Everyone had a great time! Photos.

December 2005 The Roanoke College Chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society has won the Virginia Blue Ridge Section's National Chemistry Week Student Affiliate Competition. The award was based on our chapter's week long multi-faceted program of activities centered on the theme "The Joy of Toys". Congratulations to the SAACS members and officers!

November 2005 Four Roanoke College students were inducted into Iota Sigma Pi, the national honorary for women in chemistry. The students were Nida Ansari, Ashley Hall, Amanda Strutner, and Becca Winship, who join last year's inductees Kimberly Berndsen and Beth Tucker. Photos.

November 2005 The department was pleased to host 40 high school students for Math Science Exploration Day. The group split into a Biochemistry group and a Forensic Chemistry group. Both explored a staged crime scene and analyzed evidence. See pictures in either an Adobe Acrobat PDF file or a PowerPoint PPT file.

November 2005 The Fall 2005 Dr. Charles H. Fisher Lecture featuring Dr. Geri Richmond of the University of Oregon was very well attended, with about 250 in the audience.

November 2005 The Career Services office coordinated our annual panel of alumni, talking about careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry. See photos here.

November 2005 The student affiliate group (SAACS) sponsored a full week of National Chemistry Week activities. See photos.

October 2005 The Chemistry Department has received approval to hire a new faculty member for AY 2006-2007, for a newly created position. More information is available on the "Faculty Hiring Information" page.

October 2005 The Chemistry Department is pleased to officially begin shopping for a new NMR instrument. Assuming instrument quotations fall in the expected budget range, we expect to place an order in the next few months!

October 2005 The Chemistry Department was pleased to host Dr. Bill Carroll, President of the American Chemical Society on October 3rd. He toured the department and visited with our students.

October 2005 SAACS sponsored and organized the 2nd Annual Family Weekend Chemistry Magic Show. About 250 people attended. See photos.

October 2005 Summer research students participated in the Family Weekend Summer Scholar research presentations. See photos.

September 2005 Students who did summer internships described their varied experiences, which included teaching talented youth, working in a forensic science lab, and a traditional research project. See photos.

September 2005 Research students gave a series of excellent talks on their summer research work. See photos.

July 2005 Congratulations to our summer organic chemistry students!

June 2005 Dr. Gail Steehler attended a NSF funded workshop on NMR spectroscopy. The workshop was held at the University of Georgia. Lecture and hands on experimentation were featured. See photo of the largest NMR used, a 900 MHz instrument!

May 2005 Roanoke alumna honored! Dr. Bettie Sue Masters was honored by Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Dr. Masters is the Robert A. Welch Foundation Distinguished Professor in Chemistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Press Release

May 2005 "Robots and Society" was the topic of Dr. Jack Steehler's Intensive Learning term course this month. Students learned about robotics and their use in society, and also did lab work, culminating in a robotics competition.

May 2005 Congratulations to our 2005 seniors. Photo
Front row: Will Lancaster, Amy Neuhs, Curt Kleier, Amandaa Bostick, Megan Via, Uyen Le, Jason Wolfe
Back row: Matt Piper, Chris Wosleger, Melissa Carr, Michele Dellis, Jessica Worsham, Adria Mannon.
Not pictured: Hanan Dahche

May 2005 Dr. Charles H. Fisher featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education! Congratulations, Hap!

April 2005 Huge turnout for the 100th Birthday Party of the Chemistry Department!
The Chemistry Department enjoyed visiting with approximately 75 alumni at this year's Alumni Weekend. Some of the attendees are shown in the photos below. Alumni from the decades of the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, and 2000's were all present!

April 2005 Students honored with departmental awards!

April 2005 Beth Tucker receives undergraduate research honor.

April 2005 Chemistry Department 100th Birthday Party Announced, as part of Alumni Weekend! Alumni Letter

March 2005 Dr. Robert B. "Chip" Cody (RC, '76) won the 2005 Pittcon Gold award for the best new product at the 2005 Pittsburgh Conference. Dr. Cody is the co-inventor of the DART ion source for mass spectrometry. It allows the direct analysis of a wide variety of real samples in the open air, in sharp contrast to other mass spectrometry ion sources that require high vacuum environments.

March 2005 Students and faculty attend ACS National Meeting in California. Attendees included Dr. Gary Hollis, Dr. Vern Miller, Amandaa Bostick, and Will Wolanski. Pictures

February 2005 Dr. Vern Miller and Dr. Jack Steehler are participating in a new Undergraduate Research Assistant Program. Dr. Ben Huddle is the Director of that program. (Link)


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