Students take Action in the Gulf
This past Labor Day weekend, five chemistry students accompanied Professor Larsen on a tour of the coastlines of Mississippi and Louisiana to learn more about the effects of the BP oil spill. They brought back samples of the beach sand and water to study back at St. Mary's and to further their understanding of the many environmental issues facing the gulf.
Chem majors in San Francisco
From left to right: Brian, JP, Dr. Leah Eller, Rob, Nick, Danielle, Mike, Bertrand, Anita, Janice, Dr. Andy Koch, Tabitha (Now Dr. Clem), and Taylor. Emilie and Kristina couldn't make the photo.
Last Spring, 12 St. Mary's students attended the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Fransico. Eight presented their work and we all met after Tabitha Clem's ('05) talk. Tabitha was just finishing up her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.
Innovative Technologies Glovebox
The glove box is used by students and faculty doing research in organic and inorganic syntheses which involve the preparation or handling of air and/or moisture sensitive compounds. When working in the glove box, the necessary glassware and chemicals are inserted into an antechamber which is purged with argon. The atmosphere in the glovebox is pure argon that has the oxygen and moisture removed by recirculating the argon through an absorbing chamber.