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13th Annual Research and Creative Inquiry DayResearch and Creative Inquiry Day is an annual event designed to promote student research and creative inquiry and provide a venue for presenting that work. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all departments who want to display their research and creative projects. Poster judging will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, April 9, in the Hooper Eblen Center. General viewing of the posters will take place between 9 and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10. The complete schedule for Research and Creative Inquiry Day can be found on the Office of Research website at https://www.tntech.edu/research/research-day


ACS National Meeting - New Orleans - March 18-22, 2018

ACS National Meetings are where chemistry professionals meet to share ideas and advance scientific and technical knowledge. By attracting thousands of chemical professionals, the meeting provides excellent opportunities for sharing your passion for chemistry, connecting with the world’s largest scientific society, and advancing your career in this ever-changing global economy. For more information, go to the ACS website: ACS National Meeting & Expo


Creative Inquiry Summer Experience grants

Are you looking for a paid summer internship that will help you develop your research and creative inquiry skills? If so, Tech’s Creative Inquiry Summer Experience (CISE) grant program is for you. The only firm requirements are that you are an undergraduate student and agree to work with a faculty member this summer. Grants are for a maximum of $4,000, with up to $3,500 as a stipend. CISE grant applications MUST be submitted via e-mail as a single, combined PDF file to Ed Lisic, director of the QEP CISE program. Deadline is March 17 at 4:30 p.m. https://www.tntech.edu/oci-qep/student-opportunities/fund-your-inquiry edlisic@tntech.edu | (931) 372-3425


Need volunteer hours?

Putnam County Remote Area Medical is hosting its third annual free clinic for patients of all ages, March 17-18. The free clinic provides quality vision, dental, and medical services to those in need. It will be held at the Cookeville High School (2335 N Washington Ave). We are still in need of volunteers to close the clinic Sunday afternoon, March 18. To volunteer please visit https://ramusa.org/volunteer/ For questions, please email ylangulo42@students.tntech.edu


Week of Biochem - February 26 - March 1

ASBMB will be celebrating Week of Biochem next week! We would love for everyone to come out and join us as we have fun activities all week! Monday, Feb. 26 (Room 233): Guest Speaker, Dr. Walker. 6-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 27 (Room 201): Trivia Night 5-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 28 (Room 233): Movie night. 5-8 p.m.; Thursday, March 1 (Room 220): Ice cream social! 11 a.m.- noon; Friday, March 2nd: Fun activity night! cnciotti42@students.tntech.edu | (931) 372-6511


Opioids: Combating Addiction with Chemistry webinar

You are invited to join the Student Members of the American Chemical Society for our Opioids: Combating Addiction with Chemistry webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Foster 406. After the webinar there will be a raffle of several items including a beaker mug. Please consider joining us for this informative topic! acarroll@tntech.edu | (931) 372-6324


November 3, 2017 - Groundbreaking for the New Science Building   

We will be breaking ground for our new Science Building on Friday, November 3rd at 3pm. We will have more details as the date approaches. 


November 4, 2017 - Homecoming

The parade starts at 10:30am and runs along Dixie Ave. from Hobby Lobby to Tucker Stadium. Join us at the northwest corner of Foster Hall for some great food from 10am - 12pm. The football game starts at 1:30pm.


October 22-28, 2017 - National Chemistry Week

Come celebrate National Chemistry Week with the Student Members of the American Chemical Society! We have a full week of events planned: Monday, Oct. 23 is Periodic Table Bake Sale by Foster and the Library 10 a.m. –2 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 23 is the Mole Day Race (602 meters) at Tucker Stadium Track 5:30-6:45 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 24 is Webinar on Geochemistry in Foster 233 at 6 p.m. with snacks and raffle prizes; Wednesday, Oct. 25 is the Green Chemistry Lecture in Foster 233 at 6 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 26 is "Geochemistry: Chemistry Rocks!" community outreach event in the STEM Center lobby from 5-8 p.m.; and  Friday, Oct. 27 is game night in Foster 406 at 6 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided! National Chemistry Week is a community based program of the American Chemical Society (ACS). This annual event unites ACS local sections, businesses, schools, and individuals in communicating the importance of chemistry to our quality of life. The theme for 2017 is "Chemistry Rocks!" (Exploring the chemistry of rocks and minerals). Click here to visit the ACS website for more information.


October 28, 2017 - Golden Helix 5K

The Golden Helix 5K is an annual race organized by the ASBMB and ACS, and it will take place on Saturday, October 28. Late registration and packet pickup start at 7:30am. The race starts at 9am. TTU students run free. Lots of prizes and entertainment! For more info, visit http://www.goldenhelix5k.com/ or www.facebook.com/goldenhelix5k.


October 5, 2017 - Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project Seminar

The Nashville local section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) along with the TTU chapter of the Student Members of ACS will host a seminar given by emeritus professor, Dale Ensor on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Foster 233. Refreshments will be provided beginning at 6:30 p.m. This presentation will cover the development of the Oak Ridge, Tennessee site and its significance as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II. Focus will be on the contributions of the X-10 site to the production of plutonium and its separation and purification. For more information, click here for the local ACS Facebook page or email acarroll@tntech.edu.


October 6, 2017 - Golden Eagle Seminar

The TTU chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society will host its 6th annual Golden Eagle Seminar on Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in Foster 220. TTU alumna, Rebekah Scott, will present a seminar entitled "Chemistry to Industry: Applying your Chemistry Degree in an Industrial Workplace." Rebekah will be sharing her experience working as a laboratory technician in Eastman’s Corporate Analytical Division. She will be covering the topics of job requirements, application/interview process, continuation of learning, and working with others as a team player when working in a chemical company environment.


Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Research Mini-Symposia and Welcome New and Returning Students Picnic 

The Chemistry department will present a research mini-symposium from 4:30-5:45pm in Foster Hall room 233. Come hear many professors and upperclassmen talk about the research groups in the chemistry department. This is your first step in getting involved in research at TTU! While in the symposium, faculty and upperclassmen will be grilling outside in preparation for the Welcome New and Returning Students Picnic to be held in front of Foster Hall immediately following the symposium! After the picnic, many students will walk over to the Football stadium to watch TTU's first home football game.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - Annual Chemistry Department Awards Banquet

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Chemists Celebrate Earth Day 2017

The American Chemical Society began celebrating Earth Day in 2003. Each year the Committee on Community Activities chooses an annual theme to help give direction and variety to that year’s celebration. The 2017 theme is Chemistry Helps Feed the World. Specifically, we will examine the chemistry of fertilizers and grains. For more information, click here.

April 2-6, 2017 - 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, California

The national meeting of the American Chemical Society is in San Francisco this year. Student will be Attending an awards banquet for outstanding student chapters as well as presenting posters and Talks on research they have have done at Tennessee Tech. Faculty and students will be attending Work shops and talks, as well as the Expo, where they can see vendor displays for instrumentation, Glassware, chemicals, books, and educational materials. For more information, click here.

Friday, March 3, 2017 - Chemistry Olympiad

Tennessee Tech University will serve as host to dozens of outstanding high school chemistry students March 3rd for the annual Chemistry Olympiad. The competition, sponsored by the Nashville Section of the American Chemical Society, the TTU student members of the ACS, and TTU’s Chemistry Department, attracts students from throughout 27 counties in Middle Tennessee and south-central Kentucky. For more information, contact Dr. David Crouse at 931-372-3515 or e-mail him at dcrouse@tntech.edu. The registration deadline is February 17. Click here for more information.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Week of Biochemistry: Ice Cream Social

Do you enjoy ice cream, pizza, free things or Biochemistry? If you said yes to any of the above items, then you should join TTU’s ASBMB club at dead hour (11 a.m.) in Foster 220 as we host our ice cream social as a part of the Week of Biochemistry. Pizza, drinks, and, of course, ice cream will be provided. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come join us as celebrate the end to the Week of Biochemistry. smdavis45@students.tntech.edu | (931) 265-2451


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

As a part of the Week of Biochemistry, TTU’s ASBMB club will be hosting a Movie Night in Foster 233 on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 pm. We will be watching the film "Arrival" (2016). Genuine Carmike Cinemas popcorn as well as other snacks will be provided. Come join us as celebrate the Week of Biochemistry. smdavis45@students.tntech.edu|(931) 265-2451


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Chemistry of Sports Webinar

Come join the Student Members of the American Chemical Society as they host a webinar over the Chemistry of Sports! The webinar will be in Foster Hall 233 on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. A mingle and raffle will be held starting at 5:30. Raffle items include a beaker mug, a water bottle, and other goodies. Topics include how chemists are creating materials to help athletes perform better and stay safer, as well as how chemistry is being used to detect performance enhancing drugs. We hope to see you there! For more information, contact Amanda Carroll at acarroll@tntech.edu | (931) 372-6324

  

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 2017 Week of Biochemistry Talk

As a part of the Week of Biochemistry, TTU’s ASBMB club is hosting a guest speaker, Sam Schiller, on Monday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. Professor Sam Schiller is a Title IX Attorney, TTU alumnus, and Professor of Constitutional Law at TTU. The talk is titled “Why Does a Mother Kiss Her Baby?: Bioethics in the Maternity Ward,” and will be held on campus in Foster Hall room 233. The event is free and open to the public as a part of the Week of Biochemistry, https://www.facebook.com/events/259040117853814/

smdavis45@students.tntech.edu | (931) 265-2451


ACS love potion fundraiser - February 14, 2017.

The Student Members of the American Chemical Society will be selling "love potions" on Feb. 13-14 in front of FosterHall. These are test tubes with filled with candy and chocolate and they will be $2 each! Come by and see us and buy one for your favorite human or keep it all for yourself!

                           

National Chemistry Week - Tuesday, October 20, 2015-Thursday, October 22, 2015.

Starting Tuesday, Oct. 20, they will sell periodic table cookies outside of Foster Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 6 p.m., there will be a webinar "Tales of Lab Safety: How to Avoid Rookie Accidents" in Foster Hall 233. Following the webinar, there will be a green talk by Matt Mifflin at 7 p.m. in Foster Hall 233. There will be a purple and gold tie dye event on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4-6 p.m. in front of Foster Hall. They will tie dye white shirts with purple and gold paint. Then, the chapter will screen The Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. in Foster Hall 233. Popcorn and soda will be provided. The chapter will sell ice cream on the plaza during the 11 a.m. to noon "dead hour" period on Thursday, Oct. 22. The festivities will conclude with the annual Mole Day Race on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6:02 p.m. on the track.

                               

Saturday, October 1st, 2016!

Join us for our annual chemistry demonstrations show (including the making of liquid nitrogen ice cream) during Parent & Family Weekend this year! The activities in Foster Hall Room 233 begin at 11:00 on Saturday, October 1st! For other Parent & Family Weekend activities, visit this Family Weekend 2016!

Saturday, October 29th, 2016!

The "Golden Helix 5K" will start with a boom at 10AM again in Fall 2016!. Keep watch here so you can find out how you can join us for the 3.1 mile walk/run on a crisp October Saturday. The clubs are looking for door prizes (food coupons, goodies, etc.). If you'd like to donate prizes, drop them off at the chemistry department! For details, visitwww.goldenhelix5k.com.

                                       

November 14th, 2015 is Homecoming Weekend! Watch Tech Times and here for announcements or check out https://www.tntech.edu/studentaffairs/studentactivities/homecoming On Saturday, November 14th, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the chemistry department will be under "the big tent" adjacent to the football stadium at what is referred to as "Tailgate Park". Alumni, students, friends and their families are invited to stop by as there will be activities for all ages. Stay and enjoy the game between Tech and Austin Peay beginning at 1:30 p.m. Afterwards, join us back at Foster Hall in Room 406 for a variety of chili dishes and desserts. While in Foster Hall, feel free to tour the department.

                                           

Fall 2016 Student Research Grants! The Student Research Grants Committee of the Chemistry Department at Tennessee Tech University will be soliciting student proposals for funding for the 2016-2017 academic year and summer 2017.

                                               

Saturday, September 9th and 10th, 2016! TTU Chemistry clubs will once again sponsor an activities booth at Fall Fun Fest on the Cookeville Square. Be sure to go to ACS or ASBMB meetings to find out how you can get involved with this fun activity! Watch the hallways for club meeting announcements!

                                                       

Thursday, August 25th, 2016! The Chemistry department will once again provide a research mini-symposium from 4:30-5:45 in Foster Hall room 233. Come hear many professors and upperclassmen talk about the research groups in the chemistry department. This is your first step in getting involved in research at TTU! While in the symposium, faculty and upperclassmen will be grilling outside in preparation for the Welcome New and Returning Students Picnic to be held in front of Foster Hall immediately following the symposium! After the picnic, many students will walk over to the Football stadium to watch Tech take on Kentucky Christian University.

                                                           

News Items

TTU Pre-Professional Health students inspire partnership with Doctors in Italy

Phonsnasinh, Bailey
bphonsnasinh@tntech.edu
Published Monday Oct 23, 2017

When students in Tennessee Tech’s spring 2017 global health class visited Italy for the study abroad portion of the course, they expected to learn about how health systems there work and to be inspired toward passionate careers in medically-related fields. They got that, but they also left behind an impression on an organization called Doctors in Italy whose doctors were so impressed with Tech’s students that they are developing a medical study exchange program with Tennessee Tech as their first academic partner.   

“The students were introduced to global health issues before going on the trip by enrolling in the UNPP 3020 course,” said instructor and advisor for students in Tech’s pre-professional health sciences program Thomas Turner. “This course challenged these students to think about how natural disasters, immigration patterns and environmental factors all affect healthcare.” On Tech’s campus, they learned about efforts of governmental agencies, like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, and non-governmental agencies, like Doctors Without Borders and Doctors in Italy. Then, the class traveled to Italy where they got to see some of the systems they learned about first-hand.

“The Doctors in Italy group was so impressed by the interest and professionalism of our students that they are working on developing an international exchange program for pre-med students, from all around the world, to work with medical professionals in Rome, Italy at local walk-in practices, hospitals, United Nations medical clinics, and local universities,” Turner said. Doctors in Italy collaborates with local hospitals and clinics to serve local and tourist populations, as tourists can increase the population of Rome by 2.4 million people during high travel times.

The Tech students got to ask the doctors questions about how they do their work and how the health systems in Europe operate. “It was really cool because they even ended up having questions for us,” said Niki Graves, a pre-med student at Tech. “It provided a new perspective on things. We are so used to how things work here and it gave us a lot to think about. I loved it.” Graves is interested in being a surgeon some day and, like many of the students who went on the trip, her interest in healthcare and medicine was only enhanced through the experience. “The Doctors in Italy group taught me a lot more than I initially expected going into it,” said Megan Hill, a nursing student at Tech. “They had a lot of insight and accepted all of our questions openly. Hill was especially interested in looking at the nutrition of the Italian population, but said she also learned a lot about how the healthcare system is funded and how that impacts patient care. “It was very eye-opening,” said Paige Barlow, pre-physician assistant student. “It was something I had never thought about before. It was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.”

While the students say the experience was life-changing for them, what they didn’t realize during their trip is that their enthusiasm and interest could also change the lives of other students as well as they inspired the establishment of the Doctors in Italy international exchange program.“ I truly believe that studying abroad is an opportunity that every college student should experience,” said Pamela Owens, pre-physical therapy student at Tech. Now, more pre-med students may get to do just that.


                                          

 Kelsey Richards Receives ACS Award-- Kelsey has been chosen as one of 16 students across the nation to receive the 2015 Student Leadership Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS).       


                                                                                          

Dr. Dan Swartling appointed to National American Chemical Society Board - Dr. Dan Swartling has been appointed to the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board for a three-year term. This board serves as a consultative and advisory body to the ACS society Committee On Education and the Undergraduate Programs Office regarding activities pertinent to ACS student chapters and student members.


Dr. Cory Hawkins is a new radiochemistry faculty member, effective August 1, 2015. Dr. Hawkins earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently held a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Irvine. He is developing a research program studying the complexation and separation of metal ions in aqueous media, with a particular emphasis on f-block elements.


Dr. Wilson K. Gichuhi is a new Physical chemistry faculty member effective August 1, 2015. Dr. Gichuhi earned his Ph.D. from Wayne state University in 2011 and comes to us from a post doc position at Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA). He is starting a research program on Spectroscopy and dynamics of molecules and aerosols that are relevant to Astrochemistry and Atmospheric chemistry utilizing Cavity ring Down Spectroscopic (CRDS) technique. He is also interested in photodetachment studies of anions that are important in the interstellar medium as well as in planetary atmospheres.

TTU Pre-Professional Health students inspire partnership with Doctors in Italy

Phonsnasinh, Bailey (Published Monday Oct 23, 2017) When students in Tennessee Tech’s spring 2017 global health class visited Italy for the study abroad portion of the course, they expected to learn about how health systems there work and to be inspired toward passionate careers in medically-related fields. They got that, but they also left behind an impression on an organization called Doctors in Italy whose doctors were so impressed with Tech’s students that they are developing a medical study exchange program with Tennessee Tech as their first academic partner. “The students were introduced to global health issues before going on the trip by enrolling in the UNPP 3020 course,” said instructor and advisor for students in Tech’s pre-professional health sciences program Thomas Turner. “This course challenged these students to think about how natural disasters, immigration patterns and environmental factors all affect healthcare.” On Tech’s campus, they learned about efforts of governmental agencies, like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, and non-governmental agencies, like Doctors Without Borders and Doctors in Italy. Then, the class traveled to Italy where they got to see some of the systems they learned about first-hand. “The Doctors in Italy group was so impressed by the interest and professionalism of our students that they are working on developing an international exchange program for pre-med students, from all around the world, to work with medical professionals in Rome, Italy at local walk-in practices, hospitals, United Nations medical clinics, and local universities,” Turner said. Doctors in Italy collaborates with local hospitals and clinics to serve local and tourist populations, as tourists can increase the population of Rome by 2.4 million people during high travel times. The Tech students got to ask the doctors questions about how they do their work and how the health systems in Europe operate. “It was really cool because they even ended up having questions for us,” said Niki Graves, a pre-med student at Tech. “It provided a new perspective on things. We are so used to how things work here and it gave us a lot to think about. I loved it.” Graves is interested in being a surgeon some day and, like many of the students who went on the trip, her interest in healthcare and medicine was only enhanced through the experience. “The Doctors in Italy group taught me a lot more than I initially expected going into it,” said Megan Hill, a nursing student at Tech. “They had a lot of insight and accepted all of our questions openly.” Hill was especially interested in looking at the nutrition of the Italian population, but said she also learned a lot about how the healthcare system is funded and how that impacts patient care. “It was very eye-opening,” said Paige Barlow, pre-physician assistant student. “It was something I had never thought about before. It was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.” While the students say the experience was life-changing for them, what they didn’t realize during their trip is that their enthusiasm and interest could also change the lives of other students as well as they inspired the establishment of the Doctors in Italy international exchange program.“ I truly believe that studying abroad is an opportunity that every college student should experience,” said Pamela Owens, pre-physical therapy student at Tech. Now, more pre-med students may get to do just that.

Kelsey Richards Receives ACS Award

Kelsey Richards has been chosen as one of 16 students across the nation to receive the 2015 Student Leadership Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Dr. Dan Swartling appointed to National American Chemical Society Board

Dr. Dan Swartling has been appointed to the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Programs Advisory Board for a three-year term. This board serves as a consultative and advisory body to the ACS society Committee On Education and the Undergraduate Programs Office regarding activities pertinent to ACS student chapters and student members.

New Chemistry Faculty

Dr. Cory Hawkins is a new radiochemistry faculty member, effective August 1, 2015. Dr. Hawkins earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and most recently held a postdoctoral position at the University of California, Irvine. He is developing a research program studying the complexation and separation of metal ions in aqueous media, with a particular emphasis on f-block elements.

New Chemistry Faculty

Dr. Wilson K. Gichuhi is a new Physical chemistry faculty member effective August 1, 2015. Dr. Gichuhi earned his Ph.D. from Wayne state University in 2011 and comes to us from a post doc position at Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA). He is starting a research program on Spectroscopy and dynamics of molecules and aerosols that are relevant to Astrochemistry and Atmospheric chemistry utilizing Cavity ring Down Spectroscopic (CRDS) technique. He is also interested in photodetachment studies of anions that are important in the interstellar medium as well as in planetary atmospheres.