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Dr. Anna S. Duggar has a new publication on the use of plasma cleaning for the preparation of soil minerals for forensic comparison by photon and electron microscopy. The article was published in the Journal of Forensic Science (Duggar & Kubic, 66: 1452-1463) July 2021

In April of 2021, Dr. CJ Stephenson was awarded a Board of Regents Departmental Enhancement grant to purchase new LC-quadrupole instrumentation, enhancing the Department’s analytical capabilities and training. A “triple quad” instrument is the standard for toxicological and environmental analysis in government and private industry, so this instrument, in addition to opening new avenues of research, will provide opportunities for students to get hands-on experience with workplace relevance. Congratulations, Dr. Stephenson!

Dr. Qian Qin has a new publication in the journal Acta Crystallographica. The article, published September 2019, is titled, “Crystal structures of two charge-transfer com-plexes of benzo[1,2- c:3,4- c':5,6- c'']tri-thio-phene ( D 3 h -BTT),” and includes two student authors, Haley Gould (c/o 19) and Samuel Vasquez (c/o 20)!

Dr. Allyn Schoeffler has a new article in which the authors demonstrate that Three critical regions of the erythromycin resistance methyltransferase, ErmE, are required for function supporting a model for the interaction of Erm family enzymes with substrate rRNA. The article was published in RNA, a publication of the RNA Society.(RNA 2022. 28: 210-226)

Dr. Christine Heinecke has a new publication in Catalysis Letters on the synthesis and testing of two “magic number” clusters, Au102(p-MBA)44 and Au144(p-MBA)60, showing that both clusters are effective catalysts. The article includes three student authors, Nicholas Milosch (c/o 2020, CHEB), Rachel Dufour (c/o 2017, CHEM), and Mario Rodriguez (c/o 2018, CHEB)!

Congratulations to CHFS 2021 graduates Kirsten Turner and Quynh Dang, accepted to graduate programs at Boston College and George Washington University!

Dr. Qian Qin was awarded a Louisiana Board of Regents Research and Development grant of over $120,000 to study new organic superconducting materials from sulfur-rich aromatic molecules. This funding will support Dr. Qin’s productive undergraduate research program. Congratulations!

Congratulations to alumna Julia Falco (c/o 2016, CHFS ) on graduating from Boston College with her PhD in Chemical Biology!

Congratulations to alumna Dayla Rich (c/o 2017, CHFS) on graduating from the University of South Carolina with her PhD in Analytical Chemistry and joining the FBI’s Huntsville laboratory as a Chemist!

Dr. Garrett Fontenot graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2012. He was always interested in studying History, and chose Loyola after touring college campuses and finding the feeling of home here on campus. After finishing his Bachelor’s degree, Dr. Fontenot went on to Notre Dame University to get both his Masters in History and Ph.D where he researched eighteenth century French North America. While conducting his research, Dr. Fontenot received a Fulbright Scholarship and did research in Montreal. 

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