student photoposter session Two chemistry majors shared their research at the WiSys SPARK symposium at UW-La Crosse. Luis Padilla presented “Effect of calcination temperature on the properties of nanofibers electrospun from Ce-Ti-Zn based solution”, his Honors Thesis project with Dr. Nenad Stojilovic. Ethan Groshens presented “Recycling of Polystyrene Waste by Chemical Modification and Subsequent Depolymerization to Generate New Value Added Small Molecule Products”, his McNair Scholars project with Dr. Brant Kedrowski.

Two chemistry professors participated in the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Purdue University. Dr. Jonathan Gutow presented “Jupyter Pandas GUI: Open Source Graphical User Interface Tools to Facilitate Using and Teaching Python Data Analysis, Visualization and Fitting” and “Jupyter Physical Science Lab: An Open Source Electronic Laboratory Notebook and Data Acquisition Platform for Educational Use”, while Dr. Jennifer Mihalick presented “Introducing Postdoctoral Scholars to Careers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions through a Visiting Seminar Program” and “Using Art and Archaeology to Demonstrate the Chemistry of Materials in a General Education Course”.

Two professors also participated in the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Chicago. Dr. Caroline Geary and Dr. Jennifer Schuttlefield Christus presented “Development of multi-campus chemistry curriculum at one institution for student success,” co-authored by Department members Dr. Kimberly Schatz and Dr. Karrie Rukamp.