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.
Student Access to Advanced Instrumentation
Students enrolled in chemistry courses and those doing laboratory research in chemistry have access to many modern laboratory instruments. The experiences students gain in operating the instruments provides them with considerable advantages when they pursue careers or advanced education when they leave St. Mary's. The most significant instruments are listed below.
- JEOL 400 MHz FT-NMR (NSF 0088228)
- Hewlett-Packard GC-MS (NSF 9851032) w/ autosampler
- Innovative Technologies Glovebox
- Perkin-Elmer AA Spectrometer w/
Graphite Furnace (NSF 8951372)
- Jasco 4200 FT-IR with ATR
- Hewlett Packard HPLC (NSF 9152542)
- Varian Cary 50 Bio UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
- Thermo Labsystems Multiskan Ascent Microplate Reader
- Johnson Matthey Magnetic Susceptibility Balance
- Sorvall Legend RT Centrifuge
- 19 Gateway Computers w/interface accessories
(NSF 9551654), for computerization of the general chemistry and physical chemistry laboratories.
- Perkin-Elmer Voltametric Analysis System