Olaf College

May 2, 2003 Honors Day Science Symposium

May 2003 Faculty: Bob Hanson Editors: Karen Renneke and Anna Henry

Spring 2003 Awards
Senior chemistry majors were honored with special awards at the Chemistry Senior Banquet, held at the Buntrock Commons on the evening of May 8, 2003. The awards and awardees are as follows. Merck Awards: to Robert Hillard and Paul Tlucek, the two highest-ranking GPA students. Merck & Co., Inc sponsors this award. Each Awardee receives an inscribed copy of the Merck Index. The American Institute of Chemists Foundation Award: to Cory Fix. This award sponsored by the American Institute of Chemists honors a graduate who has a demonstrated record of ability, leadership and professional promise. A certificate and a one-year membership in the AIC are awarded. The 2003 Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry goes to Jake Bullard. This award consists of an eightmonth honorary membership in the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry, as well as an eight-month subscription to Analytical Chemistry. HyperCube, Inc. sponsors the HyperCube Scholar Award. This year's recipient is Matt Christianson. He will receive a soft-key version of the HyperCube software package "HyperChem".

The Chemistry Department also recognizes Cory Fix for being the graduating senior who has attended the most departmental seminars. Cory attended 27 seminars. He received a certificate and appropriately some doughnuts. Doughnut Award Departmental Service Award this year goes to: Cory Fix Madeline Pearson Kate Terebova Neal Olson Erin May Rajan Vatassery Theresa Herbers Jared Anderson

They will each receive an ACS mug from the Chemistry Department.

Gary Spessard showing off his new bike helmet donated to him from SOCS.

SOCS Update—Officers for 2003-4

Co-Presidents: Amanda Johnson and Kathy Van Heuvelen Courtland and Ellen Agre, in 1981, gave money to be Treasurer: Dan Honl used as senior awards to a high-ranking student going on in Lab Sales Manager: Al Bateman Senior Banquet Managers: Sara Leitner and Andrea medicine and a high-ranking student going on to graduate Martin school in chemistry. This year's recipients of the cash Social Coordinators: Ania Urban, Abby Sprenger, Brett prizes are Justin Seningen and Erin May. Aplin, Stephanie Barron, Caitlin Harris, Matthew PatChemistry department faculty member Robert Hanson do- terson Executive Advisor: Emily Breen nated a signed edition of his book “Molecular Origami” to a student going on in K-12 education. This year’s reCongratulations to all of you and we are looking forward to another successful year of SOCS. cipient is Brent Bly.

More Photos from the Senior Chemistry Banquet

Dr. John Walters was the honored guest speaker for the Senior Banquet. After his talk, Dr. Walters was honored by the Chemistry Department for all his years of dedicated service to the students and the department. Brent Bly gave a great speech, which was both funny and informative. Turns out he became a Chem Major to get girls? Instead he is going to become a teacher?

There was an intense game of Chemistry BINGO using the periodic table. Rumor has it there were a couple professors using very small pocket periodic tables to help win???

Madeline Pearson and Cory Fix ( SOCS officers), were part of the crew that helped put on this gala event. Thanks for the great night!

Chemistry Majors Class of 2003

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ACS Report on the 2002 Salary and Employment Survey The Chemical & Engineering News magazine published the ACS Salary and Employment Survey in the April 7, 2003 issue. Here are some very interesting results to note.

All of these figures were taken from the Chemical and Engineering news magazine. This the rest of this article can be found online at in the April 7, 2003 archive.

Future Plans – Chem Majors 2003
Neal Olson: Currently seeking gainful employment. Contemplating going to grad school or medical school.

Peder Thoen: Next year I plan to take courses at the University of Minnesota. Stephanie Maling: I'm planning on doing research for a year and then hopefully going on to medical school.

Brent Bly: I turned down all my internship offers to work at Matthew Christianson: I will be going to the University of Dunn Bros. Coffee shop this summer and pursue some interests. Wisconsin-Madison to start work on a Ph.D. in inorganic chemThen it's on to get my teaching degree at St. Thomas. istry. Jess Aldinger: After graduation I will be working full time at Theresa Herbers: For the next year, I will be working for a Walgreen’s in Richfield, MN as a Pharmacy Technician. After veterinarian in Kansas City doing lab tech-type work and learnworking for a year or so I hope to go to Pharmacy School at the ing the ropes of the small-animal vet business. I also hope to University of Minnesota. volunteer at the Humane Society and the zoo. I will be applying Madelyn Pearson will be attending the University of Minnesota for vet school for the fall of 2004 at the University of Missouri, School of Dentistry in the fall (and hopefully squeeze in a little University of Minnesota, and maybe some other schools as well. time for dance classes!) Jay Eidem: Will be attending the University of Minnesota ColMike Purnell: I am currently looking for jobs at labs in the cit- lege of Pharmacy and working towards a Pharmacy Degree. ies, in particular pharmaceutical labs that utilize analytical Gregg Sydow: This fall I will be attending either Southern Illichemists for quality control. nois University School of Medicine in Springfield, IL, or UniLaura L. Uridil: I will be returning home to work and find out versity of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. what it is that I want. Jessica Thomes: I will be working this upcoming year, and in Mrijesh Shrestha: Go back home to Nepal and attend medical the following, attend medical school, preferentially at the U of school. M, but neither a specific company nor school are known. Lukas Nystrom: I will be attending the University of Minnesota Nicole Oetjen: I will get back to you on this? - Duluth School of Medicine in the fall. Michael Blackwell: Going to school to become a paramedic. Kyle G. Halvorson: I am hoping to attend medical school in the Lisa Eidenschink: I will be attending University of Washingfall, but unfortunately at this time I don't know exactly what is ton's chemistry graduate program going to happen with that. I may wind up in Chicago, Omaha, or Minneapolis-- I'm really not sure. Nick Holmes: Graduate school, uncertain of where as of yet. Erin May: I plan to attend Iowa State University in Ames, IA in Paul Tlucek: I am planning on attending medical school at the the Fall (just like Mary!!!!), where I plan to major in physical University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. chemistry. Justin Seningen: Future in medical profession. Jake Bullard: have accepted a job as an analytical chemist at Mike Donohue: I hope to get a research job in a lab at the UniCima Labs in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. I plan to work for a versity of Minnesota. Following a year of work I hope to attend few years and then possibly go to graduate school in chemistry. medical school... somewhere. Raj Vatassery: I am planning on working in an organic or anaJared Anderson: Work for a year in a lab, make money, go lytical lab for a year and studying for the GRE. I will be returnback to school in Pharmacy or grad school. ing to school for a PhD in physical chemistry. Cory Fix: I will be at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Robert Hillard: I will attend the University of Missouri Medithe graduate Chemistry program for analytical chemistry. It'll be cal School next Fall the first time living in the Eastern time zone for me! Ekaterina Terebova: I am going to Purdue (IN) next fall to Matt Gibbs: Trying to find this survey on the web? start a program in medicinal chemistry. I'm very excited. Yvone Yang: Thinking about it, needing some quiet time? Michelle Richards: I have no idea. Probably I will end up Jenni Olson: Heading for physical therapy school. working in a tollbooth on I-90. Bryan Cole: Graduate school in Marine Biology at the Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University. I will be working with Dr. David Epel.


Most Memorable Moments on the Chemistry Floor 2003
Rob Hillard turning on the hot plate underneath the hot plate that was holding his beaker, and almost burning down the whole Orgo lab. It was a Tuesday afternoon just like any other in instrumental lab. Jay was attempting to program the robot, Mike, who had been mild-mannered most of the year. Little did he know, Mike had turned evil. I'm not sure which happened first, it's little robot friends coming alive and bringing havoc down on the lab or the slinging of buffers and reagents across the lab. One thing was for certain: there was no stopping him. Still, in the midst of the chaos, I came to the rescue. Throwing cans of diet coke from Doc's secret storage, I subdued the beastly robot and his minions. True story. All the fun my lab bench had in Organic lab.

fast. Adding to that Dr. Jackson's sense of humor always made analytic lab go quickly. Jared Anderson showing up to instrumental lab as an orange crayon on Halloween. In analytical lab last year my partners Matt Gibbs and Prashanth Rao were so efficient that we consistently finished hours before the other groups and got the best results. Also all the lab and TA work I've done and meeting the people there. The day I showed up for Chem 126 and my desk completely broke from under me -- I was really embarrassed! Last year during one of our orgo labs, the reactants started on fire, and we had to evacuate the lab. At the time it was scary, but now my friends and I laugh about it.

During p-chem, when Tony Frattalone and I were workMaking SOCS signs and posters with Cory Fix - P-chem ing out butts off on the polymer report, I accepted a dare lab with Kate! (And our futile attempts to not break any- and stapled myself, which I think is the one thing most people in my p-chem class will remember me for more thing!!) than anything else. When Bob used a blast shield to demonstrate in 126. When my lab partner added the concentrated hydrogen My most memorable moments of chemistry classes are peroxide too quickly, causing it to explode all over both how long the tests are! I once spent five hours working of us. on an organic test. My first test as a college student beInstrumental analysis class and lab! Lab was always gan at 7:30am with Paul Fisher, and I received a 67% great with my fellow Bravo Company partners. A high(my lowest test grade up to that point). But I pulled light was definitely writing a LabVIEW VI together over through! ☺☺ Gotta love Chem 125 first thing in the instant messenger! The semester ended with the unformorning with bow ties! gettable experience of watching Doc's last chemistry lecSocializing with the exceptionally nice faculty on a day ture turn into a pizza party! to day basis. Doing experiments in the Physical Chemistry lab. 2) Memorizing the Krebs Cycle in Biochemistry I In organic lab I dropped a round bottom crucible with ALL of my partner's and my product inside of it. It shattered on the lab bench. As I was looking over the damage there was one large piece of glass that still had almost all of my product sitting on it unharmed. Most of my recent memorable moments on the chemistry floor come from my interacts with my peers while doing summer research. Justin Seningen and I had a blast while working together and it made the summer go by really We always enjoyed playing around with the intercom system in Analytical lab under the watchful eye of 'upper management' and focusing the closed-circuit camera on our TA so we could watch him on TV. All were memorable. I'll never forget carrying out the Ferrocene synthesis outside of the hood in Organic lab while everyone else was working in the hoods. That was with my trusty lab partner Peder Thoen. All I can hope for is that scientist find a cure for cancer soon. oops. That would be Organic Synthesis 254, when John Grau and I were refluxing with a round bottom flask and a water cooled condenser with a stopper on. I assembled all

reagents, and John put together the apparatus. We forgot to communicate as a team, when I gave him the flask to heat I forgot to tell him to remove the stopper, and needless to say, we made liquid-works from our reaction and flames from the splatters. Dr. Riley came flying in with a fire extinguisher, and lab was stopped for around a half an hour. Pearson, our lab instructor was in his room and showed up after the fact, wondering what had happened. The best part was that we were still able to finish the reaction in the correct manner and characterize our product. Getting an A on a pchem test, I thought it was truly a miracle. My first class in the chemistry department was fairly memorable. I remember thinking "Do all chemistry professors write in their own font?" (I had Dr. Miessler) I remember taking organic synthesis lab in the summer. My group was waiting for a one-hour reaction to take place, so we went to The Cage and had ice cream. It was a summer afternoon at St. Olaf, so we basically had the whole place to ourselves. It was great! Getting the Bronze lab correct on three metals in analytical lab. We were excited. Whatever you do, do with INTEGRITY. Wherever you go, go as a LEADER. Whomever you serve, serve with CARING. Whenever you dream, dream with your ALL. And never, ever give up."

Nominate for 2003
Raj. We were trying to get NMR specs of our polymers in Pchem on the old NMR. I don't remember exactly how it happened, but he broke it. Then he tried to fix it by fiddling with the weird adjustment things that only D. Hanson knows how to use. Of course, everyone knows those are just for ornamental purposes. The NMR was glowing green and growling at that point, and he called Dr. Hanson. After some adjustments and some cursing, everything worked out. Most times in a row a CD can possibly be played during summer research: Tie Between Gregg Sydow (ZZ Top's Greatest Hits) and Kyle Halvorson (a mixed cd with the song 'Goldfinger' from James Bond) I would, but I haven't decided yet. I'll get back to you on this. Madelyn Pearson--she has the weirdest majors combination--chemistry and dance. Not only is she is the first Ole to do it, but also she did really well at both those majors. She always had goggles and dance clothes in her bag, always running from labs to company dance classes or meetings. Jake Bullard-mad scientist Jess Thomes gets the Nobel Prize for inventing a new explosive and blowing up her experiment in lab last year in organic labs. ...Paul Tlucek... because he's the best 500 player ever

Other 2003
I like chocolate. And diet coke. Thanks so much to the chem faculty and staff for 4 amazing years. Congrats and good luck to fellow seniors!! I have had a wonderful time here at St.Olaf. Thanks! It's been awesome! Thanks for a great four years! Chemistry rules Thank you to the professors. You are part of the reason why I didn't transfer after my sophomore year I run Track at St. Olaf. I It's grand to be a senior!

It has been a great four years with a great department. Thank all of you guys for your hard work! There are people behind the scenes in the department that every successful chem major should get to know. Those specific two people are Karen and Michelle. They are both as sweet as can be, and everyone who is privileged enough to get to know them is the luckiest chem major at St. Olaf. I really enjoyed my time here at St. Olaf majority of which is due to this chemistry department. Whatever they're doing, it should be kept up after I leave.
Summer Birthdays Paul Jackson Michelle Howe John Walters Karen Renneke Wes Pearson Don Tarr Bob Hanson Ken Kaul June 30th July 4th July 4th July 9th July 10th August 1st August 26th August 31st

11. When subjects didn't behave as predicted, he deleted them from the sample. 12. He rarely came to class, just told students to read the Book. 13. Some say he had his son teach the class. 14. He expelled his first two students for learning. 15. Although there were only ten requirements, most students failed his tests. 16. His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountaintop.

Now we say good-by to all our Chem Majors Class of 2003, you have made your mark and you will be remembered!

A Word from Karen
Why God never received tenure
Some academic careers just never take off... Why God never received tenure at any university: 1. He had only one major publication. 2. It was in Hebrew. 3. It had no references. 4. It wasn't published in a refereed journal. 5. Some even doubt he wrote it himself. 6. It may be true that he created the world, but what has he done since then? 7. His cooperative efforts have been quite limited. 8. The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results. 9. He never applied to the Ethics Board for permission to use human subjects. 10. When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it up by drowning the subjects.

You Know that You Are a St. Olaf Chem Major If?
If you know why a tree (used to) appear at the top of the first page of the Chem Mess. If your picture is on display on the third floor and you're not really wanted for anything. (Unless your picture's not there, then you're Karen's ten most wanted list) If the word third floor brings a tantalizing mixture of aromas to mind. If you can look at yourself in the mirror after lab and be sure that the rings around your eyes don't mean you're evolving into a raccoon. If you can find plenty of space in the caf line and a table all to yourself after you've been in synthesis lab all afternoon. If you know that role-playing doesn't mean a food fight in Stav Hall with your buddies using dinner rolls. If you know that it's Friday by the tie a certain faculty member wears. If you've seen a test tube and know that even in the biggest ones a baby really couldn't grow in there. If you know that Krebs cycle isn't the name of a mountain bike shop. If you know that it's a periodic table (not per'iodic table) but that it's per'iodic acid and not periodic acid. If you know that a PC won't perform like an ATM machine even if it has a CaCHE program. If you know that the instruction to digest a sample doesn't mean that you should start the process by drinking it. If you know that free energy doesn't mean that you no longer need to be concerned about gasoline prices. If you look at a piece of sheet music and all you can think of as you're looking at the lines in the staff are energy levels. If you know that the three laws of thermodynamics really are: you can't win, you can't break even, and you can't even get out of the game. If you know that a beaker is an open-topped glass laboratory vessel and not the bumbling figure in a white coat on

the old Muppets Show. If you know that the politically correct way to refer to lefthanded people is as chirally challenged. If all you can think of at this point is, "My God, that speech sure has a lot of entropy" and you're right! If you know that SOCS isn't just some Washington D.C. inside the beltway acronym for "Senate OKs Clinton Sex" If you know that 32-16-12-31 doesn't have anything to do with the annual Sorts Illustrated swimsuit issue.

This is the last Chem Mess for this year, and I want to take this time to thank Anna Henry. Anna has been my student worker for 3 years and co-editor of this publication. I will miss her next year, but know she is on to bigger and better dreams. Thank you Anna, and God Bless You. Sincerely, Karen Renneke, AAA Chemistry Department