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Thanks to everyone who helped make our pilot of "Stone Soup Wednesdays in the CPD" a huge success. By popular demand we are institutionalizing this new tradition in the CPD. I am proud to announce that we will continue to host "Stone Soup Wednesdays" throughout the Spring Semester and beyond! Please stop to help celebrate our new CPD tradition on January 25th, 2012 at 5:30 pm. If you are interested in helping to create a Wiki on our "" to organize this weekly event please email me over Winter Break. If you have a one pot crock pot recipe that you would like to suggest or if you would like to contribute an ingredient to an upcoming Stone Soup, stop by S441 or send me an email - hopefully, we will have a wiki up soon to facilitate submissions!

The Inaugural CPD Fall Research Poster Session occurred on Monday, December 12th, 2011. What a huge success!! Thanks to all of the poster presenters, faculty, and visitors. 72 First-Year through Senior undergraduate women presented 36 posters covering their original research that was accomplished within Principles of Chemistry (CHEM113), Organic Chemistry II (CHEM225) and Mechanistic Toxicology (CHEM342) this Fall. Special thanks to the Warner Babcock Institute, the Beyond Benign Foundation and the W. M. Keck Foundation for your continued support of our Undergraduate Research Integration Program (Undergraduate Laboratory Renaissance.)

"Students at Boston-based Simmons College are part of an education experiment that has thrown out the standard approach of cookbook lab instruction and instead thrusts students immediately into integrated lab training and undergraduate research. Organic chemist
Rich Gurney and his colleagues admit their concept is a gamble, but they say it seems
to better prepare students to enter the chemical workforce."

"At the American Chemical Society national meeting in Denver late last month, Gurney and some of his students made presentations in Division of Chemical Education symposia in which they laid out the details of their program, including progress on one research project involving thymine-based copolymers. With the help of a grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation, the Simmons science faculty is creating an undergraduate experience in which students in chemistry, physics, and biology study different aspects of ongoing faculty research projects, Gurney explained."

Read more at Chemical and Engineering News Online or by downloading the PDF here.C&EN_Article_ResearchIntegration@Simmons.pdf


Congratulations to Hana Gilman (B.S. Biochemistry, '12)! Earning an acceptance offer for every Dental School interview is a feat that is nothing short of amazing! I agree completely with the sentiment you shared from one of the interviewers, "You Are a Shining Star!!"

Tufts University: School of Dental Medicine (MA)
Boston University: Henry M Goldman School of Dental Medicine (MA)
Midwestern University: College of Dental Medicine (AZ)
NOVA Southeastern University: College of Dental Medicine (FL)

Now onto the decision making stage!

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