Chemistry Department News Feed

  • Mole Day Eve Spooktacular - 2011

    The Chem Club's Mole Day Eve Spooktacular was held on October 19! (Mole Day x 10-4 this year.) The event began with desserts in the Rieke lobby, moved to the Open lab for hands-on demos, and concluded with some faculty demos. 

    Some photos from the event are here and here

  • Paul Shelley ('92) and coworkers highlighted in Chem & Eng News article

    Paul Shelley ('92) and two of his Boeing coworkers were the highlighted in an article about the handheld IR methods they have devised to analyze airplane composites. They developed methods to use handheld IR spectrometers for analysis of surface coatings and damage of the composite materials used in the new 787 Dreamliner. The article nicely brings their work to light. It is nice to see a PLU alumnus noted in Chem & Eng News! Congratulations Paul!

    The following link requires ACS membership to access:

  • Chemistry Questions on Jeopardy for IYC

    2011 is the International Year of Chemistry. In honor of that fact, there was an IYC category on Jeopardy in the Double Jeopardy round. You can test your own chemistry knowledge by watching the video below.

    Jeopardy - IYC-themed Questions from ACS Pressroom on Vimeo.

  • In Memory of Julia Rutherford

    With great sadness we share the news that our own Julia Rutherford died on July 3rd, 2011 in an accident while hiking on snow in the Cascade Mountains.  Julia would have graduated from PLU in May 2012 with majors in chemistry and physics, and a minor in mathematics.  She was part of the fabric of our department.  Let us remember the capable, enthusiastic young woman that Julia was, and the bright spark that she brought to our midst.  

    During her junior year Julia was interviewed by the American Chemical Society regarding her interest in chemistry.   The interviews can be viewed at this link:

    Interviews with Julia by the American Chemical Society

    Efforts are underway by Julia's family to establish a scholarship in Julia's name through the Eatonville Chapter of Dollars for Scholars.   Donations should mention Julia's name and can be made to Eatonville Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 1155, Eatonville, WA 98328.

    Julia's funeral was held on Monday, July 11th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 12115 Park Ave. South, Tacoma, WA 98444.    Julia's obituary is at and also here.

    Some news accounts of the accident were posted at the following sites:

    Tacoma News Tribune
    KOMO News

  • PLU Chem Alum Steve Ufer Honored for a Much-Appreciated Career in High School Teaching

    PLU chemistry alum Steven K. Ufer ('68) is retiring from Washington High School after 36 years in the classroom and lab.  Mr. Ufer's teaching is legendary, having garnered awards that include the American Chemical Society Puget Sound Section Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award.   In his honor, the Frankling Pierce School Board designated Steve's longtime classroom the Steven K. Ufer Chemistry Room.   Mr. Ufer's much-appreciated career was recently highlighted in the Tacoma News Tribune.  Congratulations, Steve!

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