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Chemistry Class in Jefferson’s Rotunda

Chemistry nerds unite! A chemical hearth has been uncovered during recent renovations to the famed Rotunda designed by Thomas Jefferson.  Curators believe that the first Professor of Natural History at the University of Virginia, John Emmett, may have used the hearth in the 1850’s. You can read more about the discovery here.

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“Empowering Women Through Innovations in Advertising” AWIS Magazine

Empowering Women Through Innovations in Advertising AWIS Magazine By Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA (AWIS Member since 2007) For the past 45 years advertising has shifted from strictly selling a product to delivering messages that speak to broader societal issues. Many of today’s ads tell stories designed to impact the way we think and/or feel beyond[…]

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“Cohabitation Anyone?” AWIS Magazine Article

When we think about laboratory space we often picture the lone scientist, hard at work on a ground breaking discovery. This article may change that image with a look into shared laboratory space….  CohabitationAnyone This article was published in the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Magazine, Spring 2014. AWIS “champions the interests of women in science,[…]

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“Technologies in the Class Room” AWIS Magazine

As a member of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), I have the honor to write and edit articles for their AWIS Magazine. AWIS champions the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in[…]

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Alternative Perspectives: Dabbers By: D Michelle O’Neal, Senior Forensic Chemist

Dabbers By D Michelle O’Neal In the Forensic Drug Chemistry Section where I work we’re seeing more and more of a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) positive taffy-like substance. I’d always referred to it as marihuana ‘budder’ and assumed it was used in special snack treat recipes. Since our lab isn’t in a marihuana friendly state, I decided on[…]

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E-Cigs and Drug Use

 E-Cigs and Drug Use   The use of tobacco products can lead to nicotine addiction and prolonged use can result in lung disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease.1 Electronic cigarettes or e-cigs are perceived safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes and their use is on the rise.2 “In 2012 adolescent ever-use increased to 6.8% and, among high[…]