Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Congratulations to Laura Hallisey (BS/MS Chemistry)! She and her curling team won the US Curling Nationals and are headed to the World Curling Championships. Good luck!

Research Positions at Children's Hospital

Investigators at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are seeking to fill several open research positions in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular/cellular biology. The positions are entry-level, suitable for college graduates with a background in chemical or biological sciences.

Interested students should provide a curriculum vitae and a cover letter, as attachments, to with the phrase "Research Position" as the subject.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Villanova University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering presents CEE SEMINAR SERIES SPEAKER, Derick G. Brown, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Brown is from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lehigh University.  His talk will be on Relationship between bacterial adhesion to a surface and cellular bioenergetics.  This talk will be given on Friday, March 26, 2010 in the Center for Engineering Education, Room 001 from 10:30 – 11:30 AM    All are welcome.

St. John’s University introduces their new Masters degree program in Biological and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Begun in 2007, the program is interdisciplinary and administered by the Institute for Biotechnology.   Based upon the Professional Sciences Masters paradigm, the aim is to prepare students with a broad knowledge base so that they will be ready for a career in biotechnology.   Students combine theory with practice through the capstone project, a required paid internship in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical company.   All of our graduates are either fully employed or are enrolled in graduate programs.  The program also benefits from the high-tech academic resources of St. John’s.  If you or anyone in your area would like more information about the program, please visit  or call (877) STJ-7792 and ask for ext. 1601.

The Twenty-First Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Student Research Conference on Thursday, April 8, 2010, 1:00-7:00 PM in the Connelly Center


1:00 PM Welcome – Cinema
Student Panel Presentations – Meeting Rooms

First Session:   1:10-2:30 PM   Second Session:  2:40-3:50 PM

4:00 PM Keynote Address – Cinema

“’A Very Radical Proposition’:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Meanings of the Vote”   Lori Ginzberg, Pennsylvania State University

5:30 PM – Dinner and Awards – Villanova Room

Please R.S.V.P. for dinner by March 29th to (610)519-3815 or

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Women in Chemistry Career Pathways Conference: How is networking useful, or Why should I leave the lab for this?

A conference on networking opportunities for women in the field of chemistry. Wednesday, 14 April 1:00–4:30 p.m. Chemical Heritage Foundation 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Featured panelists include: * Madeleine M. JoulliĆ©, Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania * Sharon L. Haynie, Principal Investigator, DuPont Central Research * Amy L. R. Bug, Professor of Physics, Swarthmore College This conference will bring together women in chemistry—undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty—from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area for presentations, a panel discussion, networking opportunities, and a special tour of the Museum at CHF. We hope to facilitate a network of young female chemists in the region. Full program details are available online. This event is presented by the Women in Chemistry Oral History Program of the Center for Contemporary History and Policy at CHF. It is free and open to the public. Registration required by 9 April. After the conference, stick around for The Secret Cinema at CHF, a free film screening that mixes rare, vintage educational films about science with classic science-fiction features, at 6:30 p.m.

The Secret Cinema at the Chemical Heritage Foundation: The Invisible Ray (Universal: 1936).

Join us for the first of four screenings curated by Jay Schwartz of The Secret Cinema in conjunction with CHF's new exhibit, Marvels and Ciphers: A Look Inside the Flask. Each screening mixes vintage educational films about science with classic science-fiction features. Wednesday, 10 March 6:30–8:30 p.m. Chemical Heritage Foundation 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Feature film: The Invisible Ray (Universal: 1936). Immediately following this screening, David Grazian, associate professor of sociology, University of Pennsylvania, will lead a discussion on the films’ depictions of scientific debate and discovery. This event is free and open to the public. Popcorn and other refreshments will be served. Additional program details are available online at The next screening of The Secret Cinema at CHF will be 14 April 2010. For more information about CHF and upcoming events, visit our Web site or follow us online.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dr. Ned Heindel will speak on *Antidotes to Terrorist Toxins*

Dr Heindel from Lehigh University (Department of Chemistry) will speak on "Antidotes to Terrorist Toxins" Tuesday, March 9th at 4:30, Mendel 101. All are welcome to attend. World War I is called “the Chemists’ War” because of the variety of toxic gases employed. Gas masks provided some protection against the waves of chlorine and phosgene sweeping over the trenches, but the introduction in July 1917 of the blistering agent, known as sulfur mustard changed the dynamics of warfare forever. The gas penetrated most military garb and was absorbed unknowingly. The death-dealing effects didn’t appear till hours after exposure. Sulfur mustard is still around. It was employed in late 20^th century military operations, and the substance is believed to be a terrorist chemical of choice. CounterACT is a government sponsored project aimed at developing pharmaceuticals to block sulfur mustard’s toxic effects. Over 100 potential antidotes in five chemical classes have been designed, synthesized, characterized, and tested by our laboratory against sulfur mustard. Several anti-inflammatories are showing promise as interventional pharmaceuticals.