The Haas and Corcelli groups are collaborating to tackle exciting problems in bioinorganic chemistry! This week, Dr. Steve Corcelli and his group held an intimate workshop to train Notre Dame and Saint Mary's researchers to use Amber16 to conduct Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Thank you, to Dr. Corcelli and graduate students Cory Ayres and Shelby Brantley … Continue reading Amber Boot Camp! Corcelli Group trains SMC researchers to use Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulation
Students in CHEM 342 (Bioinorganic Chemistry and Material) learned fundamental concepts of inorganic and biological chemistry through a comprehensive project. Each student chose a bioinorganic system to study throughout the semester. Their task: apply fundamental inorganic and biological chemistry concepts to understand how their particular system works... then, teach their classmates and THE WORLD about … Continue reading Bioinorganic Chemistry in 3D!
The Winter is Coming. Its the last week of classes, and the CHEM 342 students are getting restless, trying to win the title of best 3D-printed molecule. Emma, with her powerful siderophores, is winning Fe from the others. Jenna and Mary battle against her with their ferritin and transferrin.
The Department of Chemistry and Physics has broken new ground on campus by integrating undergraduate research fully into our Chemistry Majors' curriculum! The new "Pro-Lab" course for juniors and seniors now involves authentic, open-ended research projects! We've just finished this semester's first project after 8 weeks, and we've made exciting new discoveries about the human copper transporter! … Continue reading ProLab: Undergraduate Research in the Curriculum!
Saint Mary's student, Emma Bridgman, spent ten weeks exploring life as a chemistry researcher at Duke Univeristy. Emma is working in the Franz lab with graduate student, Steven Conklin to understand the antibiotic properties of human Histatin peptides. She is studying how copper works with Histatin to kill fungus. When Emma returns to us in … Continue reading Emma explores life as a Duke chemistry researcher!!
Scientific research is all about hard-working people, working together to solve really important problems! We've engaged in a new collaboration with the Bal Lab at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Haas spent 8 weeks in Warsaw, Poland this summer on a mini research sabbatical! It was a wonderful experience and together we made some important discoveries about extracellular Cu … Continue reading A scientist abroad!
Christina presented her research project at the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair today! She won Second Place! Congratulations, Christina! We are honored to have you on our team! You make us proud! Christina is a junior at Marion High School. She wrote a winning grant application and received funding for her research through … Continue reading Congratulations, Christina!! Second place at the NIR Science and Engineering Fair!
Dr. Haas is honored and excited to become part of this innovative community of science educators! This award will provide research and travel funds for undergraduate women at Saint Mary's College and will also be used to fund classroom technologies in Dr. Haas's courses and the development of publicly available educational videos for STEM students. … Continue reading Dr. Haas named 2016 Cottrell Scholar!
Virtuoso Distillery in South Bend, IN is serious about their separation science! These two columns are fractional distillation columns, just like the ones we use in the chemistry lab at Saint Mary's College (except a tad bigger). When I arrived, Virtuoso was "rescuing" a bad batch of wine by isolating its ethanol to make vodka!
Congrats to Stefanie on her first-author paper! Way to go, superstar! You make us proud! The paper was just accepted in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. This is exactly three years after she first presented her work at the 2013 Bioinorganic Chemistry Gordon Research Seminar. Good things take time and teamwork!