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Faith and reason are compatible in the search for truth. This belief informs the Benedictine approach to the sciences. We help students develop a greater appreciation for this balance through programs that enable students to draw from different fields of knowledge, to ask questions, and to solve problems.
- 5/23/13 - David Kamber (BMB '11) has passed his prelims and advanced to the doctorate. He is also getting ready to submit his manuscript on the design and synthesis of cyclopropenes (read the paper). David is also featured on the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource website as an "2011 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award Winners." Congratulations David!
- 4/29/13 -Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry) gave a poster presentation titled “Integrating current scientific research topics and literature into Analytical Chemistry courses at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution” in a Chemical Education session at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, La., on April 7. Her research student, Bosky Parikh (a senior Chemistry major), gave a poster presentation titled “Determination of heavy metals in red wine with flame atomic absorption spectroscopy” on April 8. The presentation was based on undergraduate research performed at Benedictine University.
- 4/22/13 - Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry) recently published an article titled "Immobilization Techniques in the Fabrication of Nanomaterial-based Electrochemical Biosensors: A Review" in the journal Sensors, 2013, 13(4), 4811-4840. Sensors is the leading international, peer-reviewed open access journal on the science and technology of sensors and biosensors. The journal is published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) online monthly and reaches a wide audience worldwide. The manuscript has an undergraduate student author, William Putzbach (B.S. in Biology, C12), who is currently a first-year graduate student at Northwestern University. Ronkainen received an invitation to contribute an article to this special issue of Sensors titled "Enzymatic Biosensors" by guest editor Jan Halámek, Ph.D.
- 2/28/13 - ACS/SPS student club members Maria Radcliffe, Zylfi Memedovski, Jeremy Tapia, and Sree Bodepudi participated in STEM night at Fischer Middle School in Aurora IL. The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program is designed to foster the interest of the future generation in these areas. Sree Bodepudi (ACS/SPS Vice-President) commented that “We had the opportunity to reach into the community and share our passion for science with others!” The student club hosted a room filled with different activities related to electricity and charge with the goal of showing kids how cool science can be.
- 2/15/13 - Angela Peverly (Chemistry C'09) recently published a first author paper in the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. She will be defending her Ph.D. thesis at Indiana University (Bloomington) in early April and has found a post-doctoral position in a group at IU that does environmental chemistry utilizing MS. Read her article
- 1/31/13 - Christopher Check (Chemistry C'07) received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University at the December 16, 2012 commencement. Christopher conducted his research in the laboratories of Dr. James Stambuli and on September 7, 2012 successfully defended his dissertation, "Palladium-Catalyzed Inter-and Intramolecular Allylic Oxidation Reactions of Olefins." Congratulations!