The Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, or SMAACS, recently received a grant to travel to New Orleans in March for the 255th American Chemical Society Meeting.As an affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), SMAACS members were able to apply for the travel grants associated with the national meetings held twice throughout the year. They were subsequently awarded $300 and the opportunity to present their research to other ACS members. This grant and additional funding from other grants and scholarships offered at Saint Mary’s will completely cover travel expenses for the 12 students attending. All 12 students and three faculty presenters will present research conducted through the summer and the academic year.Senior and secretary of SMAACS Kate McMahon spearheaded the application process with the help of junior and SMAACS historian Heather DiLallo and faculty advisor Jennifer Fishovitz. As a fourth-year member of the group, McMahon said she is especially appreciative of this opportunity to share her work and further explore the world of science.“Most of us have been involved with the work for a while, with some of the participants having been doing research for over a year here at Saint Mary’s,” she said in an email. “This is an opportunity for us to talk about the research we are doing with other students and professionals in the field, to gain ideas, network and just have a good time celebrating the work we have done.”The research will cover a variety of topics, including counterfeit medicine, new instrumental analysis techniques and biochemical protein research. Most of the participating students will be part of a symposium on “Chemistry in the Developing World.”McMahon said this award will shed light on research at Saint Mary’s and open a door to the greater scientific community. “This accomplishment is just another opportunity for us to showcase how great the work that is being done at Saint Mary’s really is. We have a lot of fascinating and progressive ideas being researched right here on campus, and this accomplishment represents that,” McMahon said. “It not only shows our own community that we are capable of ‘keeping up with the big boys,’ but also proves this to the public sector as well. We are strong and capable women here at Saint Mary’s, and we need to highlight and celebrate that fact.”Fishovitz, a professor of chemistry and physics, said the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be an increased awareness of the innovative research taking place at Saint Mary’s.“We will be able to spread awareness about the research that’s being done at Saint Mary’s — not only at the conference where the students will get to network with graduate schools, medical schools and other prominent scientists — but also here on campus,” Fishovitz said. “We’ll show people that our students are doing research, and they’re doing research that is able to be presented at a national meeting with chemists from around the world.”DiLallo said she is looking forward to representing Saint Mary’s at the national meeting, spending time sharing ideas with colleagues and learning how to utilize a scientific background to improve the world. “This is a huge accomplishment for SMAACS to be recognized by the national American Chemical Society as a student chapter that is actively making an impact on our campus and in our world, as well as providing opportunities for undergraduate student research at an early age,” DiLallo said in an email. “I think this is even more of a reason for Saint Mary’s College to continue to develop a vibrant research culture on campus so that Saint Mary’s students can present at conferences like these and demonstrate the unique and empowering women’s education we receive here.”Tags: American Chemical Society, chemistry, research, Saint Mary’s Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, SMAACS, travel grant
Board Certification program aimed at government lawyers is in the works October 1, 2005 Regular News Board Certification program aimed at government lawyers is in the works The Government Lawyer Section, with consultation from the Administrative Law and the Environmental and Land Use Law sections, is pursuing the first certification program aimed at government attorneys.Section Chair Pamela Chichon told the Bar Board of Governors recently the plan is before the Board of Legal Education and Specialization and could come to the board by the end of the year.The new category would be called the State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice certification area.“The government lawyers are very excited about this,” Chichon said.The new certification would end frustration for government lawyers who want to be certified, but can’t find another certification area appropriate to their practice, she said.Government lawyers practice in incredibly diverse areas, from prosecutors and public defenders to administrative forums to being general counsels, and are lawyers who practice in nearly every field of law, Chichon said.“We all basically have the same client. The government is our client; the taxpayers are our clients; you are our clients,” she said.On other activities, Chichon said the section is planning a repeat of its successful Federal Seminar from two years ago, and it will be held again in Washington, D.C. The April 19-22 event will feature special tours of the White House and Capitol, as well as attendance at oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court.The section is also planning a seminar in February on public records and another at the Bar’s June Annual Meeting on practicing before the Supreme Court.