News Archive 2007

December 2007 The annual Christmas party was held at Dr. Miller's house. Photos.

November 2007 The Fall 2007 Dr. Charles H. Fisher Lecture was held on November 7th. Dr. Walter Witschey of Longwood University spoke on "Achieving Immortality: How to Live Forever".


October 2007 The SAACS group was very active during National Chemistry Week this year! The Periodic Table of cupcakes, and the 2007 Mole Day breakfast (6:02 AM on 10/23) at Denny's are shown below.

October 2007 We are hiring a new faculty member this year, in the general area of biochemistry.

October 2007 Photos have been posted for the recent Alumni Panel on careers in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

September 2007 Photos have been posted for our Magic Show!

September 2007 Photos have been posted from the Family Weekend Summer Scholar Poster Session.

Kelly Fletcher and Dr. Jack Steehler work in the lab.

July 2007 Photos from 2007 summer research projects are now online.

June 2007 The latest edition of our departmental newsletter is now available online. Print copies will be mailed to all alumni soon.

April 2007. The SAACS group organized the Annual Chemistry Department Spring Picnic. About 40 people enjoyed good food, games, and good conversation....and a break from studying for final exams! Photos .

April 2007 Derek Wolfe (RC '99) gave the annual Alumni Weekend Lecture on April 20th. His talk discussed asymmetrical organic synthesis. Derek is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia this summer.

March 2007 Dr. Gary Hollis, Dr. Ron Oetgen (Emeritus Professor), and Barbara Oetgen were recently honored as the winners of the Roanoke Valley Scrabble Tournament. The tournament benefitted the Literacy Volunteers of the Roanoke Valley. The winning team was featured in a photo story in the Salem Times Register.

March 2007 The March 2007 issue of the "Inform" journal of the American Oil Chemists Society has a feature profile on Dr. C. Hap Fisher. The abstract of that profile is: Over the past 12 years, Charles Harold "Hap" Fisher has published about one paper a year in the Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (JAOCS). This fact may not seem extraordinary, except that AOCS membership records indicate that Fisher joined AOCS in 1951, that he is presently an emeritus member, and that he celebrated his 100th birthday on November 20, 2006. Congratulations, Hap!

February 2007 The Chem 280 "Sophomore Seminar" class presented a variety of posters about interesting applications of chemistry and biochemistry. This annual event always attracts a big crowd of student visitors. Photos .

February 2007 The 2007 Dr. Charles H. Fisher Lecture was held on February 7th. Carolyn Merritt, Chairman and CEO of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board gave a fascinating talk on human and systems factors affecting the safety of the U.S. chemical industry. It was an honor to have her with us!

January 2007 The department hosted the monthly meeting of the Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Richard Field gave a biographical lecture about the life and science of Dr. Erwin Schrodinger, the inventor of molecular wave mechanics.


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