2017-2018 Features

Spring 2018

May 5, 2018: Graduation. Congratulations to Alexandria Roach, Aurora Burkus-Matesevac, and Alberto Liriano!

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May 4, 2018: Barry’s Honors Convocation Ceremony. Diana Cordero received College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate award and Jeremiah Paul received St. Catherine Medal for Outstanding Service. Congratulations to both!

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May 3, 2018: Celebration of Dr. Giannotti’s and Dr. Hamilton’s promotion to a rank of Professor. Congratulations to both!

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April 21, 2018: Students and faculty attended South Florida ACS banquet (pictured with ACS president Peter Dorhout). Diana Cordero received two awards: SoFL-ACS Outstanding Graduating Senior award and Dr. Leonard S. Keller Service award. Lilybeth Mesa and Michaela Reyes were honored with travel awards to help defray the cost of attending the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, earlier in the semester.

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April 20, 2018: Honoring student accomplishments during the End of Semester party. Jocelyn Baquier, recipient of Chemistry and Physics Endowed Scholarship and Physical Sciences Honor Scholarship. Aurora Burkus-Matesevac, outstanding graduate. Fabian Ramos-Almodovar, outstanding general chemistry student. Elizabeth Schabot, outstanding organic chemistry student. Miguel Belaunzaran, outstanding general college physics student. Jorge Caripidis-Troccola, outstanding university physics student.

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April 18, 2018: Chemistry Alumni Panel: Peter Nwokoye ’16, high school teacher at the Miami Springs Senior High School, accepted to Georgetown Medical School starting Fall 2018 and Miriam Basden ’15, nursery wildlife rehabilitator at the South Florida Wildlife Center, applying to veterinary school

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April 13, 2018: 14 local high schools (126 students) competed in the Barry’s 17th Annual Chemistry and Physics Tournament. One portion of the competition, including a demonstration was developed by chemistry major Alexandria Roach.

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April 7, 2018: Students and faculty presented a “Chemistry Magic Show” during an on-campus Community Festival for Children, organized by Barry’s Stamps Scholars and Cake’s on Us, Inc. Jeremiah Paul is an executive director of Cake’s on Us, Inc.

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April 6, 2018: Students presented their research posters during Barry’s 10th Annual STEM Research Symposium. Jeremiah Paul and Aurora Burkus-Matesevac won the poster competition. Jocelyn Baquier received an honorable mention.

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April 3, 2018: Diana Cordero received the fellowship award from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). There were 2000 awardees selected from a pool of over 12000 applicants. In fall 2018 Diana will be enrolling in PhD program in Geochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Congratulations!!!

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March 28, 2018: Aurora Burkus-Matesevac, Sidney Vest and Alberto Liriano presented their service-learning project and won 3rd place at the Barry’s Fifth Annual Community Engagement Symposium. They are pictured with the Symposium’s lead speaker Dr. Nadinne Cruz. This project was conducted in the Instrumental Analysis class. Students tested soil from the Urban GreenWorks community gardens for the presence of lead.

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March 23, 2018: Students and faculty attending a talk at the University of Miami by 2014 Nobel Laureate Dr. William Moerner. Students: Emily Londono (will be conducting a summer internship at ECI Pharmaceutical), Chevine Johnson (will be conducting a summer research at the University of Miami), and Jeremiah Paul (will be conducting a summer research at the University of Pittsburgh).

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March 18-22, 2018: Students and faculty presented research and received the Outstanding Chemistry Club award at the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans, LA. In attendance were Jeremiah Paul, Dr. Fisher, Lilybeth Mesa, Dr. Hamilton, Michaela Reyes, Aurora Burkus-Matesevac, Chrisorden Joseph, Jocelyn Baquier and Dr. Boulos. Chemistry Club students were invited to give an oral presentation entitled “Barry University Chemistry Club: Success in Improving Science Outreach”, highlighting the results of their receiving the ACS Community Interaction Grant over several years.

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January - April 2018: Doctors Charter High School (DCHS) students conducted hands-on experiments at Barry under the mentorship of Barry faculty and a fourth-year chemistry major completing a service-learning project (Dr. Boulos, Dr. Fisher, Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Zajickova and Jocelyn Baquier). As part of this program, students engaged in a “Crystal-growing Competition” where they learned skills of scientific inquiry and presentation, culminating in students making presentations at Barry’s STEM Symposium in April. In addition, Mrs. Maria Aloya presented Mrs. Karen Franklin, a teacher at DCHS, with $100 gift certificate donated by Flinn Scientific.

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January 8, 2018: Sidney Vest, double major in chemistry and criminology, was selected to attend the Student Enrichment Program (SEP) at the 2017 Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) conference in Boca Raton, FL. In the Fall Sidney will be conducting an internship at the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

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Fall Graduation

December 9, 2017: Congratulations to our graduates!

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From left: Ajani Morgan (biochemistry), Jessenia Menendez (biology), Eva Paulus (biology), Dr. Fisher, Dr. Zajickova, Diana Cordero (biochemistry),Miguel Gao (chemistry), Debbie Hernandez (biochemistry), Nirva Maxi (biochemistry), Elexus Ryans (biochemistry)



December 6-12, 2017Jeremiah Paul (far right) attending the Nobel Week in Stockholm

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Christams Party

December 1, 2017:
Diana Cordero awarded "Academic Excellence, Inspirational Leadership, and Outstanding Service to the Barry University Community" and "Gamma Sigma Epsilon DeLap-Holcomb Scholarship" Nirva Maxi awarded "Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to Laboratory Preparations and Development" and "Gamma Sigma Epsilon Roy W. Sonntag award" Newly elected Chemistry Club officers: Chrisorden Joseph (VP), Jocelyn Baquier (president), Lilyveth Mesa (secretary), and Genesis Munoz (treasurer)

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Halloween Party

October 31, 2017

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Summer 2017: Summer research by Diana Cordero at the Brown University, Jeremiah Paul at the University of Texas at El Paso, Jocelyn Baquier at the University of California at San Diegoo

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Jocelyn Baquier at the University of California at San Diego



2016-2017 Features

Summer 2016: Summer research by Diana Cordero at University of Miami-Key Biscayne, Aurora Burkus-Matesevac at the Florida International University, and Ramón A Gutierrez at the Florida International University

Throughout the year, physical sciences students and faculty participated in several community-engaged and service-learning activities through the department’s COACH Program .

Halloween Party

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Christmas Party

December 2, 2016: Congratulations to Spring 2017 scholarship recipients: Physical Sciences Honor Scholarship – Diana Cordero, Chemistry and Physics Faculty Endowed Scholarship – Diana Cordero, and Nirva Maxi

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Fall Graduation

December 10, 2016: Congratulations to our graduates: Suzely Alexis, Ramon Gutierrez, Rachael Michelle, Kalthoum Hammond, and Allison Lewis

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January 23, 2017:Seminar by Elliott Rodriguez, ‘13 Barry alumnus and PhD candidate in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, titled: "Applications of Affinity Monolith Chromatography"

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February 6, 2017: Seminar by Dr. Gary W. Kunsman, Chief Toxicologist at the Office of the Medical Examiner & Trauma Services in Fort Lauderdale, titled: "Forensic Toxicology"

March 1, 2017: Seminar by Alex Higa, ‘14 Barry alumnus and research associate at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami, titled: "Translational In Vivo Pre-Clinical Studies to Enhance Healing in the Management of Acute Wounds"

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March 22, 2017: Seminar by Dr. Rüdiger Ettrich, Director of the Center for Nanobiology and Structural Biology at the Academy of Sciences in Nove Hrady in Czech Republic, titled: "Using Computational Modeling and Simulation in Understanding Protein Structure and Function"

March For Science

April 22, 2017: Students and faculty participating in the March for Science in Washington, D.C.

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April 2-6, 2017: Students and faculty presenting at the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco. The Chemistry Club was named Outstanding Chapter, an honor it has received for more than 15 consecutive years.

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April 7, 2017: 16th Annual Chemistry and Physics Tournament. List of participants and winners can be found here: www.barry.edu/physical-sciences/students/chemistry-physics-tournament.html

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Stem Symposium

April 12, 2017: Barry’s 9th Annual STEM Symposium. Congratulations to the winners: Diana Cordero Dumit, Jelena Momirov, Qiwen Su, and honorable mention Shatora Everett-Hannah

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April 14, 2017: Dr. Hamilton and students attended seminar presentation by 2005 Nobel Laureate Richard Schrock at the University of Miami

End of semester party

April 28, 2017: Congratulations to Fall 2017 scholarship recipients: Physical Sciences Honor Scholarship – Jocelyn Baquier, Chemistry and Physics Faculty Endowed Scholarship – Nirva Maxi, Shatora Everett-Hannah, and 2016-2017 outstanding general chemistry student - Elizabeth Schabot, outstanding organic chemistry student - Jocelyn Baquier, outstanding college physics student – Eva Paulus, and outstanding university physics student - Jocelyn Baquier, outstanding graduate – Qiwen Su.

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South Florida ACS Section banquet

April 30, 2017: Congratulations SoFL-ACS travel award recipients: Qiwen Su, Shatora Everett-Hannah, Nirva Maxi, Aurora Burkus-Matesevac, and Eva Paulus. Pictured with Drs. Dorothy and James Philips. Dr. Dorothy Phillips is retired from Waters Corporation as the Director of Strategic Marketing and is currently serving her second term on the American Chemical Society Board of Directors

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May 5, 2017: Barry students won 2nd place in the Battles of Chemistry Clubs hosted at Nova Southeastern University

May 4-6, 2017: Dr. Boulos and his research students presented at the 93rd Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition (FAME) in Innisbrook, FL

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Spring Graduation

May 6, 2017: Congratulations to our graduates: Jelena Momirov, Qiwen Su, and Shatora Everett-Hannah

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