News Archive 2006

December 2006 The annual Chemistry Department Christmas Party was a big success. Photos .

December 2006 The Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society participated in the annual Salem Christmas Parade. They had a wonderful float with a large periodic table, chemical elements as Christmas gifts, and live dry ice demos. They were one of the most spirited groups in the parade! Congratulations! Link to photos .

November 2006 Dr. Charles H. "Hap" Fisher celebrated his 100th birthday, on November 20th. Several large parties were held to celebrate the occasion. It has been an honor to have Dr. Fisher in our department for the past 34 years, and we look forward to working with him for many more years. Photos!

October 2006 The Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society celebrated its 75th Anniversary at the Hotel Roanoke. Dr. Ann Nalley, President of the ACS, joined the group for the special celebration. In the photo below, Dr. Nalley is joined by Roanoke Students Rachel and Samantha.

October 2006 Mole Day 2006 was celebrated by ~20 people, who had breakfast at Denny's at 6:02 AM on 10/23.

October 2006 Thank you to the five panelists who spoke on Biochemistry/Chemistry jobs at a Panel organized by the Career Services office. See photos .

September 2006 Over 250 people attended the "standing room only" Magic Show at Family Weekend. A wide variety of demonstrations entertained the crowd. The show also included a surprise real life engagement ring presentation! See photos .

September 2006 Four summer research students gave poster presentations on their research at the Summer Scholar Research Symposium during Family Weekend. See photos .

September 2006 The CHEM 250 Environmental Chemistry class is monitoring a new salt water aquarium. Eight analytes are being monitored as the initial biological cycles are established.

September 2006 The Chemistry Department was seeking a part time instructor to teach Nutritional Chemistry in Spring 2007. That person has now been hired!

September 2006 Maggie, Matthew, David, and Chad gave oral reports on their summer research projects. See photo below!

August 2006 Our new diode array UV-Visible spectrometer is now in regular use.

August 2006 The American Chemical Society has published the 2005 starting salaries for inexperienced Chemistry graduates. Here's a quick summary:
Overall: BS: $35,000 MS: $45,000 Ph.D: $72,400
See: Original Chemical & Engineering News Article

June 2006 Our department has been awarded one of 40 grants in the Hamilton Company 2006 Chemistry Education Grant Program. The grant consists of more than $1900 worth of scientific syringes, mostly for use in GC and HPLC. Dr. Gail Steehler wrote the winning grant application. Link to list of grant awardees .

June 2006 It's a busy summer in the department. Here are some photos !

June 2006 We are pleased to welcome Dr. Mary Tam to our department. She will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry for the 2006-2007 academic year.

June 2006 Our new 400 MHz NMR is now installed and operational. A big thanks to Dr. Vern Miller who worked tirelessly on the installation, with the Varian engineers.

May 2006 We mourn the loss of a former faculty member and past chairman of our department. Paul Douglas Henson, 68, of Salem, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2006. He attended Virginia Tech where he earned a PhD in Chemistry and also completed additional studies at Princeton University. He taught at Roanoke College and was serving as Chair of the chemistry department when he left. He later went on to work for and retire from the Environmental Safety Department with Norfolk Southern.

Dr. Paul Henson (1938-2006).

May 2006 Faculty and staff gathered to honor Dr. Ron Oetgen at his retirement reception. See photos here . See faculty resolution of appreciation .

April 2006 About 40 students and faculty enjoyed our annual spring picnic. See photos here .

April 2006 The Spring 2006 Dr. Charles H. Fisher Lecture was well attended, and featured Dr. William Jensen of the University of Cincinnati. See photos here .

April 2006 We are searching for a full time Visiting Assistant Professor, for the 2006-2007 Academic Year. Please see position description page in the links on the left side.

April 2006 Our new 400 MHz NMR is currently being installed...a month long process!

Our new 400 MHz NMR, during magnet installation.

March 2006 Dr. Gail Steehler travelled to Atlanta for a working meeting with the author group for the next edition of the "Chemistry in Context" textbook.

March 2006 The Roanoke College Chemistry Department Student Affiliate Group recently organized a field trip to Dixie Caverns, an area cave. application of all that acid/base chemistry we've learned!

March 2006 December 2005 graduate Jason Wolfe was featured in an article in his hometown newspaper.

March 2006 The Biochemistry class recently completed a "metabolism map", which stretches across much of the 5th floor hallway walls. The class and a portion of the map are shown below.

February 2006 The Chemistry Department was pleased to honor Dr. Charles H. "Hap" Fisher and his wife Betty at a special luncheon. A photo from that event is shown below.

February 2006 We are pleased to announce that Dr. Cathy Sarisky will join our department in January, 2007, as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Welcome Cathy!

February 2006 Our department was pleased to host the February meeting of the local ACS section, featuring Dr. Ronald DeLorenzo speaking on "From the Loch Ness Monster to the Killer Lake of Cameroon: Mysteries in Science". In the photo below, Dr. Adele Addington visits with Dr. DeLorenzo.

February 2006 We are pleased to announce that we have received a 2006 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant. This funding will allow us to purchase a new UV-Vis Spectrometer. Our proposal was one of 13 selected for funding, from among 60 proposals submitted. Gail Steehler and Jack Steehler worked on the proposal.

January 2006 Dr. Adele Addington was recently announced as a Roanoke College Faculty Scholar for 2006-2009. This competitively awarded designation provides release time and funding for research. Dr. Addington's focus is on the process of apoptosis. She joins Dr. Gary Hollis, who is also a current Faculty Scholar from our department.


Choose core courses that interest you

Say goodbye to ordinary introductory courses in the core curriculum.

Learn More

Facilities Showcase

Get a closer look at the exceptional facilities available to students at Roanoke College.

Learn More