A New Year (and a New Decade)

Happy New Year! I cannot believe that we are starting 2020. When I look back on the previous decade, I think about all of the changes in my life – personal and professional. On the latter side: I graduated with a Ph.D. in chemistry from Duke University in...

Holiday Party 2019

Every year, I enjoy hosting the Pollock lab research students for a short study break filled with good food and fun conversation. It typically takes place the Sunday before finals begin. Last year, we were snowed out (in Virginia?!?) but this year it went on as...

Tekniska Museet Stockholm Trip

As part of my project while studying abroad to observe how science is presented to the public in other countries, I traveled to Stockholm two weekends ago. There, I visited Tekniska Museet or The Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology. Compared to the...

SERMACS 2019

This post is a little late, but in mid-October, 7 students and I traveled to Savannah, GA to attend and present at SERMACS. I was able to give two invited talks – one on Joseph and Hyejin’s boronic esters project and another on empowering undergraduate...

Edinburgh Dynamic Earth Museum Trip

I decided to use my scholar stipend while studying abroad to explore two different science museums to observe how science is presented to the public in other countries. Two weekends ago, I traveled to Edinburgh to visit the Dynamic Earth Museum. The museum explores...

Seminar Series

I have always been a believer in attending seminar talks. I think this was ingrained in me while I was undergraduate student at Hope College. Early in my time, I was encouraged by faculty members to attend the external speaker talks (sometimes bribed with extra...
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