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Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Students Serve as Valuable Mentors

Posted February 5, 2015

Bryn Mawr’s liberal arts focus and small classes create the perfect environment for mentorship to flourish. In one chemistry lab, Ben Williams, Ph.D. ’15 has been like “the older brother” who shows undergraduate researchers the ropes. By Kathy Boccella About five years ago, Meredith Skiba ’12 arrived on the Bryn Mawr campus as a transfer […]

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Helps Develop a Chemistry Set for the IPad

Posted May 1, 2014
chemistry app

When the Chemical Heritage Foundation and app developer BlueCadet teamed up to create a virtual chemistry set for the IPad, one of the experts they called on to make sure they got the details right was Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl.

Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer Receives NIH Grant to Continue Researching the Impact of Molybdenum on Human Health

Posted February 26, 2014
Professor Sharon Burgmayer and the members of her 2013-14 Research Group

Since the year 2000, Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer and her research team have been looking into the relationship of the metal molybdenum to human health. Burgmayer and her team recently received an additional grant of nearly $285,000 to continue the research for three more years. All the funding for the research has come from the National Institutes of Health.

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Interviewed by the BBC’s “Naked Scientist” About Chemopobia

Posted November 7, 2013

In this Chemistry World podcast, Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl is interviewed by Chris Smith, best known as the creator of the BBC radio program “The Naked Scientists,” about Chemophobia. Francl first tackled this topic in a the February Slate article, “Don’t Take Medical Advice From the New York Times Magazine: The Dangerous Chemophobia […]

Michelle Francl Blogs Contemplative Traditions 360° in Japan

Posted October 2, 2013
Contemplative Traditions Students in Japan

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl is blogging from Japan as part of the 360° Contemplative Traditions course cluster. Contemplative Traditions, the first repeated course cluster in the history of the 360° program brings together historical, cultural, psychological, and religious perspectives in its study of mindful and contemplative traditions. In addition to Francl, the courses are taught […]

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Writes About the Explosive Allure of Unsupervised Science

Posted May 8, 2013

In a recent piece for Slate, Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl writes about how “doing chemistry that pushes beyond the boundaries of the classroom” inspired her to pursue the life of a scientist. Writing in connection to the case of Kiera Wilmot, a 16-year-old who has been expelled and may even face criminal charges […]

Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Takes on “Chemophobia” in Slate Article

Posted February 14, 2013

In the Slate article, “Don’t Take Medical Advice From the New York Times Magazine: The Dangerous Chemophobia Behind its Popular Story About Childhood Arthritis,” Bryn Mawr Professor of Chemistry Michelle Francl points out the possible dangers of benignly named alternative medicines. Francl’s article created a lot of buzz online, with more than 6,500 Facebook “likes” and […]

Bryn Mawr Chemists’ Synthesis of Key Molecule Highlighted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

Posted February 6, 2013
The Burmayer Research Group

The work of Chemistry Professor Sharon Burgmayer’s research group was recently highlighted by the Journal of the American Chemical Society. “This article is the culmination of decades of research in my labs devoted to creating a model compound for the reactive center in molybdenum enzymes,” says Burgmayer. Molybdenum is a chemical element found in all […]

Bryn Mawr Professor Gives Students a Taste of Applied Chemistry with Liquid Nitrogen Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted December 13, 2012

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl’s recipe for Liquid Nitrogen Vanilla Ice Cream: 4 liters of half and half 1 liter of heavy cream 750 grams of sugar 60 ml of vanilla extract 10 liters of liquid nitrogen Mix first four ingredients in a large metal bowl.  Slowly whisk in liquid nitrogen until mixture freezes. […]

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Faculty and Students Make Multiple Presentations at American Chemical Society Conference

Posted October 4, 2012
BMC Presentations at 2012 ACS Conference

Bryn Mawr College was well represented at this year’s biannual gathering of the American Chemical Society. Eight undergraduate chemistry majors from Bryn Mawr and eight graduate students joined faculty members Sharon Burgmayer, Jonas Goldsmith, and Bill Malachowski at the conference, which took place in Philadelphia in August. The participating undergraduate students were Roselyn Appenteng ’13, […]

Anna Melker ’12 Continues Her Quest for the “Holy Grail” of Clean Energy With Fulbright Research Grant to Sweden

Posted April 5, 2012

Bryn Mawr chemistry major Anna Melker ’12, recipient of a 2012-13 Fulbright Research Grant, will travel  to Sweden’s Uppsala University this fall in search of what she calls the “holy grail” of clean energy. “I chose to apply for the Fulbright so I could continue my study of hydrogen fuel research, the ‘holy grail’ of […]

Chemist Bill Malachowski Receives National Institutes of Health Grant to Research Possible Cancer Treatment

Posted September 8, 2011

When talking about the research funded by his latest National Institutes of Health grant, which focuses on designing and synthesizing compounds that will inhibit the body’s production of an enzyme called indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) as a possible cancer treatment, Chemistry Chair Bill Malachowski uses a metaphor that sounds more like a Hollywood movie script than […]

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl Pens Commentary and Helps Produce Cover for Latest Nature Chemistry

Posted August 23, 2011

A commentary by Chemistry Professor Michelle Francl appears in the latest issue of Nature Chemistry. Francl was also involved with the creation of the issue’s cover, which features images of many Bryn Mawr alumnae. From the Nature Chemistry website… “To mark the International Year of Chemistry and the hundredth anniversary of the award of the […]

Fall 2011 360° Explores the History, Science and Practice of Meditation and Other Mindful Practices

Posted March 31, 2011
photo of meditating Buddha sculpture

This fall a group of faculty and students will contemplate contemplation in a 360° course cluster that  explores the history, science and practice of meditation and other mindful practices. “360°: Contemplative Traditions” comprises three classes plus an independent study (a fourth course) that share an interest in contemplative or mindfulness traditions and practice. The courses […]

Bryn Mawr Biology Students Present, Win Honors at Undergrad Bio and Chem Research Symposium

Posted November 18, 2010

Five Bryn Mawr students recently participated and three took prizes in the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Seniors Sara Marlow, Joanna Barkas, Amelie Raz, Emily Bergbower, and Alyssa Gagne spent Oct. 30 presenting their research in two poster sessions, during which they […]

Chemistry Chair Michelle Francl Takes The New York Times Challenge to Unplug

Posted August 17, 2010

Chemistry Professor and Chair Michelle Francl was one of the dozens of people to respond to a New York Times challenge to “temporarily give up their technological tethers, then make videos about the experience.” Now that she’s plugged back in, you can keep up with Francl on her blogs, The Culture of Chemistry and Quantum […]

Bryn Mawr Chemistry Chair Michelle M. Francl Named American Chemical Society Fellow

Posted August 7, 2009

Professor Michelle M. Francl, chair of Bryn Mawr’s chemistry department, is among the inaugural class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS Fellows Program was created in December 2008 “to recognize members of the American Chemical Society for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession, and the Society.” The first […]

Two Bryn Mawr alumnae named top cancer fighters

Posted January 22, 2009

Last fall, the American Cancer Society bestowed its highest award, the ACS Medal of Honor, on four Americans. The two scientists in the group—Berkeley National Laboratory’s Mina Jahan Bissell and Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Susan Band Horwitz—are both undergraduate alumnae of Bryn Mawr. Read more »

International Civic Engagement to Be Examined at Conference at Bryn Mawr Next Week

Posted January 24, 2008
photo: Cynthia Eyakuze-DiDomenico

Academics will join international-development, public-health, and human-rights professionals and student volunteers at Bryn Mawr next week to discuss civic engagement on a global scale. “International Civic Engagement: NGO Work in the Global South,” a conference co-sponsored by the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center and the Center for International Studies, will take place Thursday and Friday, Jan. […]