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Alumna Ashley Smith ’15 Thrives Teaching High School Chemistry

Posted on Oct 7 by

Featured Alumna Ashley Smith, Class of 2015 At Emmanuel College, Ashley was a Chemistry major with a minor in Biology. Once she completed her undergraduate studies at Emmanuel, she attended the University of Pennsylvania to receive her Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education: Science. She currently works at Ridgefield High School as a Chemistry teacher, where she teaches College Prep, Honors and AP Chemistry. When asked what convinced her to pursue her career as a Chemistry teacher, Ashley explained, “When I was a sophomore at Emmanuel, Dr. Gerdon gave me the opportunity to be a tutor for General Chemistry through the Academic Resource Center (ARC). As a tutor I quickly fell in love with teaching. I loved being able to help students and see their “ah-ha moment” when the concepts finally clicked.” As well as being a tutor in General Chemistry, she went on to become a tutor in Organic Chemistry and Physics, and she was also a lab instructional assistant (IA). During her junior and senior year, Ashley became the leader of the science tutors for the...


The Chemistry of Ice Cream

Posted on Oct 2 by

The students and faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Physics gathered for an important discussion on the chemistry of ice cream in the Wilkens Science Center on Oct 2nd. Through careful experimentation (mostly tasting) we have concluded that ice cream tastes good and that chocolate syrup tastes even better when delivered in a (clean, never been used) sep funnel! Lots of interested students and future chemistry majors joined in the for the fun as well. Happy National Chemistry...


Dr. Allen Price, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics

Posted on Sep 17 by

The Department of Chemistry & Physics at Emmanuel College would like to introduce Dr. Allen Price as our new Department Chair! Dr. Price has been teaching at Emmanuel for eleven years and counting, offering courses in Physics, Biochemistry, Sustainability, and Energy and the Environment. Dr. Price also runs a research lab that specializes in using single molecule methods to study DNA-protein interactions. One of Dr. Price’s notable achievements in 2017 is that he was awarded his second National Science Foundation Research at Undergraduate Institutions grant. His proposal, “RUI: Elucidating the mechanisms of site specific DNA cleavage using single molecule methods”, was funded for over $340,00 and is being used to support undergraduate research in Biophysics. ~Written by Amanda Castelluccio...


New microscopy – Chemistry contributes to NSF MRI award

Posted on Aug 2 by

A proposal to the National Science Foundation titled ” MRI: Acquisition of a High Resolution Scanning Electron Microscope to Enhance Research Collaborations and Educational Needs among Colleges and Universities in the New England Area” has been approved for funding! This grant brings over $425,000 to Colleges and Universities in the New England area for the purchase of a top of the line Scanning Electron Microscopy instrument. Chemists at Emmanuel College contributed to this proposal and Emmanuel College is listed as a major user of the new instrument. This means that undergraduate students at Emmanuel will have new access to amazing materials characterization tools useful in chemistry, biology, neuroscience, and more. The instrument will be hosted at UMass Boston. Congrats to the Primary Investigators and to all student researchers. See the award post...


Commencement 2019

Posted on May 19 by

The Emmanuel College community gathered on a beautiful morning on May 11th to celebrate the Commencement of our senior class. Congratulations to all the Chemistry Majors graduating this year. We are proud of you for all of your hard work, determination, and drive. You are wonderful...


Distinction in Chemistry

Posted on May 19 by

Congratulations to Karissa Mehrtens ’19 on successfully defending her senior distinction thesis on Distinction Day, April 25th, 2019 at Emmanuel College. Karissa presented beautiful work on “Investigating the Mechanism of DNA Cleavage by EcoRI using Single Molecule Methods”. After graduation, Karissa will be continuing in the “4+1” program at Emmanuel College to earn her Masters of...