ProLab: Undergraduate Research in the Curriculum!

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!

Emma explores life as a Duke chemistry researcher!!

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!!

A scientist abroad!

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!

Congratulations, Christina!! Second place at the NIR Science and Engineering Fair!

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 named 2016 Cottrell Scholar!

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!

Distillation!

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!

A new paper in JIB!

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!