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Ursuline Students Enjoy Renovated Science Labs in Dauby Science Center
When students returned to campus to start the spring semester, they were welcomed into two newly renovated laboratories in the Dauby Science Center. These state-of-the-art labs for chemistry and biology will further enhance the student learning experience for Ursuline students.  Said one student of the new lab, “I can’t believe how beautiful this lab is and can’t wait for my next class in here. It is a whole new experience!”

The  renovation of these laboratories is part of the more than $21 million campus improvement effort which includes construction of the new athletic center and the center for the creative and healing arts & sciences. Renovation of space for the psychology department in the Pilla Center will take place this summer and is also part of this overall project. 

Ursuline College Chemistry Faculty Member Chosen for National Chemistry Olympiad Team

Dr. Barranger Mathys, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, was chosen to be the college mentor for the United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) team. Each spring over 10,000 students across the United Sates take an advanced chemistry exam. Those who scored in the top 1,000, sit for the national competition. The top 20 from the national completion are invited to study camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy where four students are chosen for the International Chemistry Olympiad team. 

In July of each year, the International Chemistry Olympiad team competes with 71 other countries for the gold in chemistry. In the past, the international competitions have been held in Turkey, Japan, England, Hungary, Russia and Taiwan. The 44th International Chemistry Olympiad (2012) will be held in Washington, D.C. She will serve for three years as a mentor for the USNCO team.

On September 20, 2011, Dow Chemical announced a $2.5 million pledge to sponsor the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) competition.  “As President of the 44th IChO, I am immensely thankful to Dow for this wonderful support, and I know that the teams coming from around the world will be equally thankful,” said Dr. Ahmed Zewail. “The IChO is uniquely positioned for celebrating the beauty and cornucopia of chemistry with the world’s best young minds. By intellectually bonding with fellow students from all over the world, they form networks for the future.” Dr. Zewail, the 1999 Nobel Laureate in chemistry, is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology.  Read the press release here.