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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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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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Abuse of Over-the-Counter Drugs

Abuse of Over-the-Counter Drugs                                             When we think about drug abuse in the era of marijuana legalization (circa February 2014), it along with illicit drugs  like cocaine or heroin may be the first things that[…]

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Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… “Designer Drugs”

 Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… “Designer Drugs”  In the post “Size Matters-Dose Size That Is… Prescription Drugs” we took a look at dosage of prescription drugs as well as the risks of prescription drug abuse and some of the organizations battling this growing problem. When asked how prescription narcotics were obtained for nonmedical use, 70% of[…]

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Alternative Perspectives: A Horse of Many Colors By: Christina Coucke-Garza, Senior Forensic Drug Chemist

In the fields of Forensic Toxicology and Forensic Science, the day-to-day experiences of scientists can vary depending on the area of the world they serve. Our goal with the “Alternative Perspectives” series is to offer experiences from Forensic Scientists all over the world. We begin this journey with Christina Coucke-Garza’s “A Horse of Many Colors”[…]

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The Case of the Disappearing Mephedrone

The Case of the Disappearing Mephedrone A suspected Driving While Intoxicated/Driving Under the Influence case is submitted to the laboratory and screened for alcohol and other drugs. AxSYM immunoassay results were negative, ethanol headspace gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) results were negative, and initial base GC/MS screening revealed a large peak at 9.69 of a 22[…]