Thursday, March 21, 2013

Alumni Survey

Dear Department of Chemistry graduate,

I am writing to ask for your participation in an upcoming survey for our most recent B.S. in Chemistry degree recipients (graduating classes 2004 to present). Your participation in this brief survey will provide valuable input that will help to evaluate and strengthen our programs. While this survey is targeted to those of you who graduated under the current curriculum, we intend to seek input from other graduating classes in future surveys.

 You can expect to receive an email message from Villanova that will prompt you to participate in an electronic survey on behalf of the Department of Chemistry.  Up-to-date contact information will ensure that you receive this important message. If your contact information has changed, please let us know by sending an email to

Thank you for considering this request. Your feedback is invaluable as we make well-informed decisions concerning the growth and improvement of the programs in the Villanova University Department of Chemistry.

Wm. Scott Kassel, PhD
Associate Professor & Chair

Monday, March 11, 2013

University of Maryland - Baltimore Open House on April 13, 2013

Join us at our University Open House, Satruday, April 13, 2013 from 9 am to 3 pm, to explore the seven professional schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.   We are now accepting registrations for this event at   Registration deadline is April 7, 2013.    This is an opportunity for students to explore the professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public services offered by the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  There will also be opportunities available for student scholarships, leadership and community involvement. 

Green Corps is Looking for College Graduates

In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.  Click here to find out more.  In your year with Green Corps: You’ll get great training with some of the most experienced organizers in the field: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people such as Adam Ruben, political director of, and Bill McKibben, author and organizer of the You’ll get amazing experience working on environmental issues across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Food and Water Watch and Environment America all across the country.  You’ll have a real impact on some of the biggest environmental problems we’re facing today: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep the Arctic safe from drilling, that led to new laws that support clean, renewable energy, that convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans and much, much more. You’ll even get paid: Green Corps Organizers earn a salary of $23,750. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify. And when you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready for what comes next: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment. In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2013-2014. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haulIf you think you’re one of those people, then click here to submit your application to join the 2013-2014 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2013 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the country.  Candidates must be willing to relocate. For more information, fill out our online interest form.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CHF presents Vernacular Science of the New Madrid Earthquakes: Creating knowledge in the Early United States - March 15, 2013

The Chemical Heritage Foundation will present a lecture by Conevery Bolton Valencius on  Vernacular Science of the New Madrid Earthquakes:  Creating Knowledge in the Early United States  on March 15, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.   CHF - 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA  19106.   Open to the public and free admission, but you must register.    If you have any questions or trouble registering, please email: