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The Loyola University New Orleans student chapter of the American Chemical Society was selected out of 400 nationwide student chapters to receive an Honorable Mention award for its activities conducted during the 2014-15 academic year.

Professors Kurt Birdwhistell and Clifton Stephenson were academic advisors to the chapter during the 2014-15 academic year and were included in the recognition.

Seven chemistry students are traveling to Memphis, TN on November 4 to present their research at the Regional ACS Meeting. These students represent two research teams in Loyola's Chemistry & Biochemistry Department: one is headed by Dr. CJ Stephenson and studies synthetic organic chemistry, and the other is headed by the department's chair Dr. Lynn V. Koplitz and studies computational physical chemistry . The students under Dr. Stephenson who will be traveling to Memphis are Dayla Rich (`17), Nate Kamm (`18), Nathalie Argueta (`18); the students under Dr.

Grants were awarded to two professors of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department by the University Committee of Internal Grants on October 22, 2015. Dr. CJ Stephenson received a research grant for his proposal titled "Formation and Testing of Novel Fluorescent Compounds for Sensing." Dr. Qian Qin was awarded a Marquette Faculty Fellowship for summer 2016.

Congratulations to both professors. 

Birdwhistell named recipient of the University's highest award for faculty members.

Justin Romaire, (ACS Certified BS in Chemistry, 2013) is a graduate student at Yale.

The chapter will be featured alongside other winners in Chemical & Engineering News and inChemistry, the student member magazine. In addition, the chapter will be honored at the 249th ACS national meeting in Denver, CO in March.

William F. “Bill” Trammell ’54, 2011 winner of the American Chemical Society’s Helen M. Free Award for Public Service, began volunteering with the National Science Center’s Fort Discovery museum in Augusta, Ga., in 1997.

Dr. Lynn Koplitz's undergraduate research group is currently synthesizing and characterizing crystals of pyridinium salts. Ultimately, their findings will be used in the fields of crystal engineering and supramolecular design.

Six years after his graduation from Loyola University New Orleans, Chemist Gregory R. Choppin '49 and three other chemists discovered chemical element 101, which they named Mendelevium.

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