Departmental News


Fall 2013

  • Dr. Sarah Winget received an award from the Ann Lee Sullivan Gravatt and Claude C. Gravatt, Jr. Women in Science Faculty Innovation Fund at Agnes Scott in order to begin work with a mentor and collaborator in her research field. She will be working with Professor Dong Qin form the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech on research relating to nanoparticles.
  • Dr. Leon Venable won the "Chemistry in Pictures" contest sponsored by Chem13 News, an educational publication for high school and college teachers produced by the University of Waterloo in Ontario. The photo was featured on the cover of the September issue. The image illustrates surface tension with three coins floating on water. All three coins are aluminum and would be expected to sink under normal conditions.

Summer 2013

  • Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Winget! Dr. Winget was promoted from Assistant Professor of Chemistry to Associate Professor of Chemistry in May.
  • Dr. Lilia Harvey accompanied a group of ASC students to Costa Rica for the 2013 Global Awareness trip in May. 
  • Dr. Harvey was appointed chair of the chemistry department for a three year term.
  • Kudos to Dr. Harvey, who was instrumental in organizing the fall 2013 PKAL meeting at Georgia Tech. The meeting, entitled "Tech in Teaching," will focus on the use of technology in teaching.

Spring 2013

  • Our biggest news of spring 2013 is that Professor Ruth E. Riter was promoted from Associate Professor of Chemistry to Professor of Chemistry. Congratulations Dr Riter, your hard work and dedication is appreciated by the Department of Chemistry!  
  • Professor Lilia C. Harvey was invited to give the lecture at the annual Agnes Scott College Dean’s Colloquium Lecture, where she spoke about a difficult and thought-provoking topic The Right Chemistry: Rethinking Courses Students Love to Hate”
  • Professor Sarah A. Winget was invited to talk about her Agnes Scott research at the 245th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in New Orleans.
  • Genefine Sapateh (class of 2013), a chemistry major, has won a place in an American International Sports Teams (AIST) program and will represent the USA in basketball on a tour of Italy this summer. 
  • The student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on campus hosted their first Chemistry Department Game Afternoon, a fun event for the staff, faculty and students of the chemistry department.  Thank you to all who came, and a special thank you to the students who brought such great games!

Fall 2012

  • The brand new research-grade FTIR spectrometer has arrived, thanks to the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant obtained by Professor Ruth E. Riter (PI) and Professor Sarah A. Winget (co-PI).   Students will be using it in their spring 2013 courses!
  • Professor T. Leon Venable got the kids excited about chemistry at the local Fernbank Science Center, giving chemistry demonstrations as part of National Chemistry Week.
  • The brand new chemistry curriculum was taught for the first time.  Please look at our Majors/Minors page for more details.

Summer 2012

  • Congratulations to Professor Ruth E. Riter (PI) and Professor Sarah A. Winget (co-PI) for being awarded $195,997 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their research into Enriching IR spectroscopy learning through inquiry-based activities.
  • Christine Franzel (class of 2013), a chemistry and mathematics double major, has been awarded a 2012 Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious national scholarship awarded to outstanding science, math and engineering students.
  • Professor Ruth E. Riter and Professor Sarah A. Winget joined like-minded chemists at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) this summer to join a national National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to create Process Oriented Guided Inquiry-based Learning (POGIL) laboratories in physical chemistry.
  • Professor Lilia C. Harvey worked with a team at Georgia Tech this summer on a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to implement scientific research into biochemistry and organic chemistry teaching laboratories.
  • Professor Ruth E. Riter was invited to be a facilitator and session leader at the South East Regional Process Oriented Guided Inquiry-based Learning (POGIL) meeting at Guilford College, NC.
  • Professor Ruth E. Riter presented a poster about her Agnes Scott research at the Process Oriented Guided Inquiry-based Learning (POGIL) National Meeting in St Louis, MO.