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National Chemistry Week

Recently, the TCNJ Student Chemists Association (SCA) participated in a number of events for the 2015 National Chemistry Week. On Saturday, October 17th, 9 members of SCA performed a demo on spectroscopy for museum patrons in the Chem Expo at Liberty Science Center. Attendees were able to view the spectra of various light sources, including an incandescent light bulb, a hydrogen lamp, and fluorescent lights, illustrating 2015 National Chemistry Week’s theme of “color”.

On Friday, October 23rd, SCA held a Green Chemistry Scavenger Hunt for TCNJ chemistry freshmen. Participants took pictures of their teams performing activities or finding scavenger hunt locations after solving chemistry-related clues. Some examples included “Take a picture with your group on the steps of a hall whose name could indicate that they minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances” (Ans: Green Hall), and “Take a picture of your team with a large object on campus that resembles a 1s orbital” (Ans: The Pixels). Participants also created skits based on principles of green chemistry, and the winners of the scavenger hunt will be going to Red Berry in Campus Town!

On October 23rd, 9 SCA members also participated in Princeton University’s National Chemistry Week 2015 Color Activities Night. There were 750 people in attendance at the event, and SCA members invited both children and adults to explore an exciting demo on marker chromatography which involved drawing on coffee filters with washable markers that were then dipped into water. This allowed attendees to watch the colors of the marker separate on the coffee filter. The colorful coffee filters were then turned into butterflies and flowers using pipe cleaners.

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TCNJ Homecoming Event

TCNJ undergraduates, alumni, and faculty gathered on Saturday, October 24th at the Department of Chemistry tent at the 2015 TCNJ Homecoming. Continue Reading

Three TCNJ Chemistry Students Accepted to the GOLEAD Program

Congratulations to TCNJ undergraduate chemistry majors Aleena Andrews, Troy Brier, and William Sabbers, for being accepted to the Graduate Opportunities: Learn, Engage, and Discover (GOLEAD) Program at University of Delaware, which is funded by the National Science Foundation IGERT program. In mid-November, they will attend a two day program including workshops, presentations, and opportunities for… Continue Reading

Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium

The second Philadelphia Inorganic Colloquium (PIC-2) will be held Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10 am – 4:30pm. All local scientists are welcome, and there is no registration fee. Just like PIC-1, the meeting will be a venue for sharing research in inorganic chemistry, and opportunity for networking with area scientists. The meeting features four seminars as… Continue Reading

Goodbye to the Bridge

Last week marked the end of a chapter for the Science Complex and the beginning of a new phase for Chemistry.  As part of Phase I of the STEM Complex Construction, the structure– fondly referred to as “the bridge”– that connected Chemistry and Biology buildings was torn down to make room for a new STEM addition.… Continue Reading

TCNJ Faculty and Students Present at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS

Dr. Abby O’Connor was invited to give a presentation at the Northeast Regional Meeting of the ACS, which was held from June 10-June 12 2015, at Ithaca College, in NY state. She participated in a session titled “Advances in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis.” The keynote speaker was Professor Alan Goldman of Rutgers. Dr. O’Connor brought… Continue Reading

Symposium in Honor of Professor Maurice Brookhart

On June 20, 2015, Dr. O’Connor hosted a retirement symposium to honor the work of her PhD advisor, Professor Maurice Brookhart. Dr. Brookhart is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina and is internationally known for his work in the area of organometallic… Continue Reading

2015 Chemistry Graduation Ceremony

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Department of Chemistry held their graduation ceremony in the Mayo Concert Hall to celebrate and recognize the achievements of their students. At noon, Dr. Stephanie Sen began the Chemistry Department ceremony with opening remarks, which was followed by faculty remarks from Dr. Abby O’Connor and a speech from TCNJ… Continue Reading

2015 Celebration of Student Achievement

This week, chemistry majors presented their undergraduate research at the TCNJ Celebration of Student Achievement. As part of this annual tradition, the Department had a luncheon for all chemistry students, faculty, and staff, where Dr. O’Connor presented the 2015 Excellence in Chemistry Awards. These awards are given to outstanding seniors that have demonstrated excellence in… Continue Reading

President Gitenstein Congratulates TCNJ Scholar-Athletes

The College of New Jersey President R. Barbara Gitenstein invited seniors Liz Johnson (Chemistry) and Jake Weiss to her office to congratulate each student-athlete for their academic excellence during their tenure at TCNJ. Weiss and Johnson were joined by Dr. Sharon Beverly, assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of athletics and recreation.… Continue Reading