Course Spotlight: CHEM 5430 – Carbohydrate Chemistry

Offered in Spring 2022.
Tues & Thurs 9:35am – 10:55am
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Callam
Prereqs: CHEM 2520 or 2620 or 2920

The main course objective is for everyone to gain a better understanding of glycolscience. Students will develop a working knowledge of the synthesis, conformation, and biological importance of carbohydrates and oligosaccharides. This course is designed to help develop scientific problem solving skills and application of organic and biochemistry to new situations.

Course Topics:

  • Weeks 1-3: Structure and Conformation
  • Weeks 3-6: De-gradative Reactions in Acid and Base, Protecting Group Strategies and Functional Group Inter-conversions
  • Weeks 6-8: Reactions at the Anomeric Center and Pseudosugars
  • Weeks 8-10: Chemical Glycoside Synthesis
  • Week 11: Spectroscopy of Carbohydrates
  • Weeks 12-14: Biosynthesis of Carbohydrates and Enzymatic Synthesis Methods, Biochemical implications

Evaluation and Grading: 2 midterm exams, take-home quizzes, literature review, and a synthesis project.

Course Spotlight: Chem 5240 – Introduction to Protein Modeling

Offered in Spring 2022.
Mon, Wed, & Fri: 1:50pm – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Students will have an opportunity to explore the theories and methods of molecular modeling and computational chemistry in CHEM 5240: Introduction to Protein Modeling.

The course allows students to get hands-on experience with computational chemistry software, using molecular mechanics, and modeling dynamic systems (molecular dynamics) as applied to large biological molecules such as proteins. The course focuses on the application of modern modeling techniques, rather than the mathematical formulation, used to solve current problems in biochemistry and pharmacology. The course runs like a workshop with extensive computer time using modern protein modeling software.

Pre/Co-requisites: CHEM 2520 (Organic Chemistry II)

Course Spotlight: Chemistry 2990 – Introduction to Chemical Research

Offered in Spring 2022.
Monday 3:00pm-3:55pm
Dr. Nicole Karn
1 credit hour

Chem 2990: Introduction to Chemical Research is a seminar course focusing on the development of professional skills, conducting literature searches, writing research papers, and exploring careers and research options.

  • Improve research skills
  • Hone writing skills
  • Meet chemistry faculty

Prereq: CHEM 1220, 1620, or 1920H, and English 1110

Course Spotlight: CHEM 6550 – Atmospheric Chemistry

Offered in Autumn 2021.
Tues/Thurs 12:45 – 2:05pm
Professor Heather Allen

Course objective: Chemistry, composition, and reaction kinetics relating to the Earth’s atmosphere with focus on tropospheric and stratospheric chemistry with regional and global comparisons is presented. Gas and aerosol phase chemistry will be discussed as well as the interactions of atmospheric constituents with the biosphere, past and present. Perspectives on air pollution, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, and anthropogenic influences will be discussed.

The course syllabus outlines specific topics that will be covered. Some topics that may be of particular interest are COVID-19 transmission and climate change.

Although this is a graduate-level course, Professor Allen would like to see a few undergraduate students join. Undergraduate students should have completed Gen Chem and Organic Chemistry, or be in their 3rd or 4th year. Interested students should contact ASC-chemadvisors@osu.edu for the special permission form needed for a 6000-level course.

Course Spotlight: ARTSSCI 5194 – Personal Wellness and Mental Health

Developed in conversation with the College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Student Mental Health and Wellness, ARTSSCI 5194: Personal Wellness and Mental Health is a one-credit, distance learning course being offered in Autumn 2021 for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Personal wellness and mental health are important determinants of success. Taught by Professors Jennifer Cheavens and Daniel Strunk from the Department of Psychology, the course will introduce students to a variety of evidence-based strategies for managing stress, warding off and combatting anxiety & depression, and promoting personal wellness. The course aims to provide students a psychological toolkit that they can rely on in facing a wide variety of challenges as they progress through their university experience and into the years that follow.

The skills covered in this class can be helpful to folks across the full spectrum of wellness and mental health. In other words, it isn’t necessary for someone to perceive themselves as being in need of help to benefit from or participate in the class.

Course Spotlight: MedRen 2610 – Science & Technology in Medieval & Renaissance Culture

Offered in Autumn 2021.
GE Cultures and Ideas
Tu/Th 11:10am-12:30pm, online & synchronous
Instructor: Professor Sarah Neville

Medicine, anatomy, alchemy, cartography, navigation, natural history, mechanics, war craft, astronomy, navigation, and more. The science and technology that we now take for granted grew out of discoveries that were made centuries ago. In MedRen 2610, you will study objects, technologies, and historical texts that will illuminate the cultural, social, and religious factors that shaped the theory and practice of science.

Learn more here.

Course Spotlight: CHEM 5240 – Intro to Protein Modeling

Offered in Spring 2022.
MWF 1:50 – 2:45pm
Dr. Richard Spinney

Students will have an opportunity to explore the theories and methods of molecular modeling and computational chemistry in CHEM 5240: Introduction to Protein Modeling.

The course allows students to get hands-on experience with computational chemistry software, using molecular mechanics, and modeling dynamic systems (molecular dynamics) as applied to large biological molecules such as proteins. The course focuses on the application of modern modeling techniques, rather than the mathematical formulation, used to solve current problems in biochemistry and pharmacology. The course runs like a workshop with extensive computer time using modern protein modeling software.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CHEM 2520 (Organic Chemistry II)

Spring 2021 Readiness Competencies Certificate

Employers are looking for ASC students to be “career ready,” which means that they are looking to recruit and hire students who can articulate their skills, talents, interests, and strengths. Are you interested in developing a new skill or receiving a professional certification? Career Success is excited to announce the Spring 2021 Readiness Competencies Certificate, designed to develop your professional skills!

ASC Career Success has partnered with New Horizons Computer Learning Centers and Kolena Exchange to offer students free professional certifications for the following hard and soft skills:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Teamwork and Team Building
  • Business Writing
  • Communication Strategies
  • Presentation Skills
  • Civility in the Workplace
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Delivering Constructive Criticism

These courses are flexible. The average completion time is 6-8 hours. You will receive a formal certification after one live, day-long class or through self-guided modules, depending on the course you select.

Submit a registration application here: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ksKqCJyDNrRftb

The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, February 21st at 12am midnight. Applicants will be reviewed, considered, and granted a communication on the status of their application during the week of February 22nd.

For questions about the registration process, please contact Sarah Bach (bach.81s@osu.edu).

2021 Pharmacy Scholars Program at UMich

Join UM Pharmacy TOMORROW, February 10th from 4:30-5pm for a Zoom info session to learn more about the Interdisciplinary REU Program and the Pharmacy Scholars ProgramRSVP here.


The Pharmacy Scholars Program (PSP) is a unique summer pre-pharmacy program open to college juniors, seniors, recent graduates, and individuals thinking about a career transition to pharmacy school.

The PSP is a four week virtual boot camp that provides coursework and activities that prepare students to be confident in the interview process, and first year pharmacy school courses. It also introduces them to faculty and administrators in the College, and exposes participants to the variety of career options one has with a PharmD degree. During the program you will have an opportunity to:

  • Attend admission information sessions
  • Receive one-on-one academic advising
  • Hear from a variety of faculty and student guest speakers
  • Explore various careers in pharmacy
  • Be mentored by current students
  • Review coursework in topics such as chemistry, math, and calculations
  • Be exposed to first year pharmacy school courses and more
  • Receive advice on writing a CV and personal statement
  • Receive a stipend!

The February 22 application deadline is approaching quickly! Visit the website to learn more and apply.

Nuclear & Radiochemistry Undergraduate Summer School

The U.S. Department of Energy and the American Chemical Society, Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, sponsor an INTENSIVE 6-week course (June 14, 2021 – July 23, 2021) in Nuclear and Radiochemistry for undergraduates held in San Jose, CA or Long Island, NY with 12 students each.

The course consists of lectures on the fundamentals of nuclear science, radiochemistry, and their applications in related fields. Laboratory work introduces state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation used in basic and applied nuclear science. Also included are a Guest Lecture Series and tours of nearby research centers at universities, National Laboratories, and other nuclear facilities. Students meet and interact with prominent faculty and scientists who are working in nuclear and radiochemistry, nuclear medicine, nuclear forensics, and related fields.

Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. Provided are a stipend of $4000, all tuition and fees, housing, transportation to and from the Summer School location, books, and laboratory supplies. Transferable college credit is awarded through the ACS accredited chemistry programs at San Jose State University (7 units) or the State University of New York at Stony Brook (6 units).

For additional information, view the program flyer or email questions to Dr. Lynn Francesconi (lfrances@hunter.cuny.edu).

The application deadline is February 1, 2021.