Getting Hands-On Experience
St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country. Ashon Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of calixpyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.
Awards Aplenty in New Orleans
Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest at the 245th National ACS Meeting in New Orleans. Josh was just one of two St. Mary's College of Maryland winners as Greg Triegger ('13) was also awarded for his presentation.
"Elemental Characterization of Aerosols at Piney Point, MD
High concentrations of atmospheric trace metals can cause adverse health effects. A common source of metals in aerosols is oil combustion. Cargo ships, such as the ones found at Piney Point, burn numerous gallons of bunker fuel while they unload oil and are unregulated by the EPA. Samples taken from Piney Point were compared to samples from the SMCM boathouse to determine if these ships were contributing trace metals to the air. The results showed significantly elevated values for Ni, Cu, and Pb at Piney Point, suggesting contamination by the activities at the oil offloading facility.