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April 6, 2009
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In this issue:

  • Chemistry Seminar Speaker
  • Southwest General Health Center Opportunities
  • Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week Events
  • Oakridge Institute Internship Opportunity

Science Quotes

  • Mathematics is the study of analogies between analogies."--Gian-Carlo Rota in Indiscrete Thoughts, 1997

  • Science is a great game. It is inspiring and refreshing. The playing field is the universe itself.-- Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898-1988) U. S. physicist. Nobel prize 1944.
  • Most institutions demand unqualified faith; but the institution of science makes skepticism a virtue.-- Robert K. Merton, Social Theory, 1957.

Plan on attending the Undergraduate Research Banquet on April 23!
Check your email for your invitation and RSVP Now!

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Chemistry Tutoring
CHEM 105, 111, 112, &115--Sundays & Tuesday, 7 - 9 p.m. in SC 338
CHEM 214--Sundays, 7 - 9 p.m. in SC 338

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Chemistry Seminar Speaker

Everyone is invited to hear Dr. Dennis Bong, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Department of Chemistry, on Monday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. in SC 336. Dr. Bong will speak on "Directing Membrane Chemistry via Molecular Recognition of Synthetic Lipids.

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Southwest General Health Center Opportunities:
Shadowing Experience and School of Medical Technology

Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, is offering a half-day shadowing experience this Spring. If you are interested, contact Dr. Ray Rataiczak at Muskingum College at

Employment is good in the Cleveland area for graduates of clinical laboratory science programs. Southwest General Health Center’s School of Medical Technology offers excellent training facilities in a modern clinical laboratory that performs more than one million procedures a year. The course is 48 weeks in length and begins in July. Enrollment is limited to six students. The School is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or permanent residents. The program does not discriminate with respect to race, color, creed, sex, age or national origin. It is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Interested students should submit their application in the Fall semester (deadline December 1) before the class year that they wish to be considered for. For more information, please go to Or contact Dr. Ray Rataiczak at Muskingum College at

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Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week Events

Plan to attend the interesting events of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Week as the Science Division and the
Psychology Department celebrate student and faculty research accomplishments.

Monday, April 20

The James Bradford Colloquium                BSC 336, BSC 343                    6:30 p.m.

A presentation of senior research by students from the Science Division and Psychology. 
Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 23

The Undergraduate Research Banquet             PBC 300                     5:00 p.m.

All science majors and scholars are invited. Look for your invitation in your email and in your campus mailbox.

“The Dr. Homer A. Anderson Lecture Series”               BSC 343                    6:30 p.m.

Amy McKinney, “Pollination as a Model for Ecological and Evolutionary Study”

Undergraduate Research Poster Session                       BSC Lobby                8:00-9:00 p.m.

A poster display representing research by students and faculty from the Science Division and Psychology. 
Authors will be present for questions.  Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 24

Undergraduate Research Poster Display              BSC Lobby                    Until noon

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Oak Ridge Institute of Scientific Education (ORISE)
Internship Opportunity

U.S Environmental Protection Agency (Cincinnati, OH)
Office of Water

General: An applied research project, which is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Department of Energy, is available at the Technical Support Center (TSC) of the Office of Water, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in Cincinnati, Ohio. Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will gain experience and educational benefits from this project performed at TSC.

Fellowship Research Description:
Protecting drinking water supplies is a part of the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency. The US EPA has promulgated several National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWR) designed to ensure safe drinking water supplies. Under these regulations, drinking water supplies are routinely tested using a variety of analytical test methods approved by the Agency uner the NPDWR. A study will be conducted that will compare recovery of stressed/injured bacteria using analytical test methods approved for the regulatory microbial analysis of drinking water. This research project will entail analysis of water samples using established, prescriptive analytical test methods, as well as routine microbiological laboratory techniques such as: media preparation, bacterial isolation/culture/identification techniques, handling of biohazardous materials, and data collection/analysis skills. The successful candidate must have experience using standard microbiological practices and laboratory equipment, including: aseptic technique, autoclave, membrane filtration equipment, pH meter, and pipetting skills.

This fellowship research project will allow the successful candidate to gain knowlege about current regulations regarding drinking water supplies, as well as an understanding of the current methods approved for sample analysis of drinking water supplies. This project will also allow the successful candidate to review, analyze, and interpret environmental data regarding the recovery of stresses/injured bacteria in drinking water samples. The results from this study are expected to be summarized in a peer-reviewed manuscript.


  • An AA, BS, or MS degree in Microbiology or a AA, BS, or MS degree in Biology, with experience in Microbiology.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident alien status is required.
  • The participant will be selected based upon academic records, recommendations, research interests, compatibility of background and interests with research study at TSC, and interviews with TSC staff.

Contact Information:

Mike Brinkmiller
26 W. Martin Luther King Dr.
MC 140
Cincinnati, OH 45268
Phone: (513) 569-7102
Fax: (513) 569-7191

Deadline & Submission Requirements:

  • Deadline for submission is May 1, 2009
  • Information required in application: resume, copy of official transcripts, references or faculty endorsement, and written description of your interests in this project (limit 2 pages).
  • Method for receipt of application is email, fax, or mail to Mike Brinkmiller (contact information above).

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