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Welcome to New Faculty!

Posted on Aug 11 by

The Department of Chemistry and Physics would like to send a very happy welcome to new members of our department, Lecturer Dr. Jessica Bocanegra and Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Juan Duchimaza Heredia! We are excited for all that they bring to our department and to Emmanuel College. Please join us in helping them to feel at home in the WSC! Dr. Juan Duchimaza Heredia earned his PhD in Physical Chemistry at Iowa State University after double-majoring in Chemistry and Computer Science at Ithaca College. He completed postdoctoral research in computational physical chemistry at Boston University and served as a Science Teacher/Mentor at Fusion Academy in Newton, MA. Dr. Heredia has a special interest in hiking (seeing nature), filling out crossword puzzles, and reading comics. This fall semester Dr. Heredia will be teaching Physical Chemistry lecture and lab as well as Principles of Chemistry lab.           Dr. Jessica Bocanegra earned her PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Vermont after completing an ACS-certified major in Chemistry at The College of New Jersey. She has extensive...


Congratulations to Darren Cornell ’16!

Posted on Jul 21 by

The Department of Chemistry and Physics, especially the lab managers, faculty, student workers, and IAs, would like to say a sad farewell and a hearty congratulations to Darren Cornell! Darren has been the Assistant Lab Manager in our department for almost four years and has kept us all going strong in every kind of lab and tech situation imaginable. Darren recently finished his MS in Management from Emmanuel College and we are thrilled that he has a new position in compound management at Sanofi Genzyme. Since he will only be across the river in Cambridge, we expect to see Darren on campus again soon. Best of chemistry in your new position and congrats...


Congratulations to Dr. Faina Ryvkin!

Posted on Jul 14 by

The Department of Chemistry and Physics faculty, students, and alumni would like to express sincere congratulations and thanks to Dr. Faina Ryvkin. Dr. Ryvkin has concluded 20 years of teaching, service, and leadership in the department and at Emmanuel College. Her dedication to her students and to physical chemistry has been a hallmark of her teaching. She has inspired in her students a dedication to physical chemistry that has persisted over the years. Dr. Ryvkin served as Department Chair and as the Associate Dean of the School of Science and Health in the past few years, paving the way for our recent accreditation by the American Chemical Society. She has been an exceptional colleague and mentor to other faculty in the department and we all wish her the very best in her retirement from teaching. Dr. Ryvkin will always be a Saint and valued...


Chemistry in a Virtual World

Posted on May 26 by

Following Spring Break, in March 2020, the Emmanuel College Department of Chemistry and Physics joined the world in online education. We excelled in reaching and educating students in ways that many other institutions could not match. We had our challenges, but also successes and outcomes that were uniquely Emmanuel. What is chemistry like in a virtual world and what was the experience like for students, faculty, and staff? Faculty We panicked. Then we got to work flipping classrooms, recording video lectures, and moving labs online. (We also learned how to teach elementary school, managed child care, worked within 10 feet of a family member who’s on a loud phone call. Think about 20 first graders on a Zoom call together… pandemonium…) What did our classes look like? It was messy at first and we all struggled with learning Zoom, finding that great app to use as a whiteboard, or just finding a physical whiteboard to write on. We spent hours in front of our computers each day, alongside students, lecturing, working problems, holding office hours, teaching, and supporting-encouraging students....


Congratulations Chemistry Class of 2020!

Posted on May 19 by

The Department of Chemistry and Physics students, staff, and faculty gathered on Friday May 15th to honor and celebrate our graduating seniors. You have all been such an important part of our community for the past four years. You’ve done amazing work and we can’t wait to see what comes next. Congratulations...


Alumni Offer Advice to Seminar Students

Posted on Apr 22 by

The chemistry majors in Seminar this semester have been getting a taste of “what comes next” in their pursuit of chemistry and a career. A fantastic presentation by the Emmanuel College Career Center kicked things off and was followed in February by a series of presentations by the students on a career path of their choice, include high school chemistry teacher, research scientist, forensic chemist, pharmacist, and medical doctor. A big support for these students is knowing that we have recent alumni in each of these fields and more who are ready to help and offer advice. While the on-campus “Majors Meet Alumni Event” had to be cancelled, our alumni wouldn’t be turned away and many were able to join the class via Zoom to talk about their career paths and progress. A major theme that came out of the meeting was encouragement to students to continue to learn and explore after Emmanuel College – don’t be tied to one career track, but keep your eyes open to the possibilities in front of you. When something interesting comes before...