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Majors Meet Alumni

Posted on Apr 11 by

On Wednesday April 3rd, 2019, Chemistry and Physics faculty, students, and alumni gathered in the new residence hall to welcome the new chemistry majors, discuss the different career paths in chemistry, and celebrate the success of alumni out in the real world.  Emmanuel College’s Class of 2014 Victoria Perrone was the key note speaker. Victoria is a Chemistry Instructor and Director of Student Life at Boston University Academy. She discussed the different paths to becoming a teacher, as well as her journey to become a chemistry teacher. She shared the importance of teaching and the joys that come along with it. Victoria talked about one of her favorite projects that her students present throughout the year in the classroom. The project includes picking a topic of interest such as a sport, a favorite movie, or an everyday used product, and connecting/relating chemistry to that topic of interest. After Victoria’s presentation, students and faculty discussed with alumni their current jobs, research, and education.  The Chemistry and Physics department would like to thank the Chemistry Club for organizing the event and alumni for coming back...


Emmanuel Chemistry Major is ACS-certified!

Posted on Apr 1 by

Fantastic news for the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Emmanuel College. We have recently gotten approval to offer an American Chemical Society (ACS)-certified major! This is an awesome opportunity for students to earn a degree that is distinctly Emmanuel while being stamped by the ACS as being a top-notch chemistry...


Keith Baillargeon ’16 visits the Analytical Chemistry class

Posted on Mar 25 by

Keith Baillargeon ’16, a third year graduate student in the Chemistry Department at Tufts University, visited campus today to give a presentation to the Analytical Chemistry class on his graduate thesis research. Keith’s presentation, “Methods for Blood Preparation and Analysis using Paper-based Devices”, gave insight into a new paradigm in Analytical Chemistry, focusing on low-cost, on-device sample preparation and analysis that could be used in point-of-care or in-field analysis. Keith’s presentation was enthralling and the students had many questions about Keith’s data, public health in the US, and graduate school in general. It is wonderful to have such great...


Nobel Laureate, Dr. Martin Karplus, visits campus

Posted on Mar 24 by

On March 14th, 2019, Professor Martin Karplus, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013, visited Emmanuel College. He gave an academic lecture to students and professors entitled “Motion: Hallmark of Life. From Marsupials to Molecules”. In his lecture he traced the intellectual path between motion in animals and the molecules that make motion possible. He presented recent work that he found were most interesting! Dr. Karplus focused on the laws of motion for organisms to molecules and atoms. He shared a quote by Dr. Richard Feynman, “…everything that living things do can be understand in terms of the jigglings and wigglings of atoms”. Dr. Karplus then discussed the role of ATP synthase and showed an animation of how myosin “walks” on actin and how kinesis “walks” on microtubules to transport materials in an organized fashion. At the end of the lecture, a reception was held for students to meet Dr. Karplus and ask questions about his approach to science, academics, and education. The department would like to thank Dr. Karplus for his wonderful talk, the FENS seminar committee...


Ever Changing, Ever Emmanuel

Posted on Mar 21 by

A very impressive installment was recently introduced and unveiled on campus entitled “Ever Changing, Ever Emmanuel: 100 Years of Adaptation” History Exhibit. The installation highlights the impressive history of Emmanuel College as well as Emmanuel’s ability to adapt and thrive during pivotal periods of change locally, nationally and globally. One picture caught Dr. Gerdon’s eye as he walked down the hall thinking about recent experiments in Analytical Chemistry. I think the current students would agree with chemistry students of the...


Motion: The Hallmark of Life. From Marsupials to Molecules

Posted on Mar 14 by

On Monday, March 18th at 4:30pm in the Library Lecture Hall, there will be a featured speaker, Professor Martin Karplus. Dr. Karplus was awarded the Noble Prize in Chemistry in 2013. He will be giving a lecture on Motion: The Hallmark of Life. From Marsupials to Molecules. The lecture will present an intellectual path from the role of motion in animals, to the molecules that make the motion possible. This lecture is part of the Forum for Emmanuel’s Natural Sciences (FENS) series and is hosted by the Chemistry Club. Faculty from the department will be present and students will be able to ask questions and have discussions with Dr....