Erie County chemist is a walking, talking tea party
FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — All Clint Jones wanted was a decent cup of tea. And with Amazon.com and other internet sources, Jones' trek to the tea mountaintop was much simpler than it would have been...
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A chemistry professor whose exam question asked students to calculate the lethal dose of a poisonous gas used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust has taken a leave of...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When Tracy Drier comes to Science Expeditions, the annual public open house held across the UW-Madison campus, he'll arrive with a wealth of scientific glassblowing knowledge...
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has agreed to spend $1 million on chemistry equipment, partly to stock the school's new cannabis...
Grace DeNoya is used to getting snickers when people learn she's majoring in marijuana.
"My friends make good-natured jokes about getting a degree in weed," said DeNoya, one of the first...
Classes relocated at UW-Madison after water damage
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Some classes are being relocated on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus after weekend flooding caused damage to two buildings.
Both Vilas Hall and the Chemistry Building were closed because of the damage.
The university said Sunday morning that a pipe burst inside Vilas Hall, damaging several floors. On Friday, a water main break affected the Chemistry Building's first floor, basement, sub-basement and elevators.
UNESCO celebrates 150 years of chemistry’s periodic table
PARIS (AP) — The periodic table of chemical elements is having its 150th birthday, and the U.N. scientific agency is holding a year of events to celebrate.
Anyone who has studied chemistry will recognize the table, which organizes all chemical elements by the number of protons in a given atom and other properties. Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleev published the first such table in 1969.
Northern Michigan University science program seeks expansion
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A science-based program at Northern Michigan University has grown from having no students three semesters ago to 230 students this fall.
And more are expected.
The Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program, which has gained national and international attention, was the subject of a recent Northern Center for Lifelong Learning tour at NMU.
Williston family-run drug testing lab among top in country
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Minot native Robert Howard has found just the right chemistry in Williston for operating one of the country's top clinical drugs testing laboratories.
The president and chief executive officer of the family-run MedScan Laboratory and Advanced Drug Testing, Howard said he finds himself in a position he never would have dreamed when he left for college in Chicago after graduating from Minot High School in 1970.
Russian chemistry teacher accused of setting up a drug lab
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Prosecutors in St. Petersburg have charged two Russian high school teachers of producing and selling drugs, a case that Russian media have compared to the "Breaking Bad" television series.
The prosecutors in Russia's second-largest city have accused a chemistry teacher of setting up an underground lab to produce amphetamine.
Nobel chemistry winners regret fear of new developments
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Chemistry say that excessive concerns about genetically modified foods and other substances can inhibit mankind from benefiting from developments in the field.
Frances Arnold from the United States and Gregory Winter of Britain made the comments Friday ahead of Monday's presentation of the prize.
Libyan officials say suspects in killing of US teacher held
CAIRO (AP) — Authorities in eastern Libya said Thursday they have taken into custody suspects in the 2013 killing of a U.S. chemistry teacher in Benghazi, and that more suspects would be tried over the deadly attack a year earlier that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans there.
Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died. He was 90.
His alma mater Nagasaki University said Monday that Shimomura died Friday of natural causes.
Shimomura and two American scientists shared the 2008 Nobel prize for the discovery and development of a jellyfish protein that later contributed to cancer studies.
Upcoming scientist program topics include chemistry, lasers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Sunday with a Scientist program in Lincoln will focus on chemistry, lasers and student science presentations in the coming months.
This Sunday, visitors can watch a 30-minute interactive chemistry show and then participate in hands-on activities to discover how chemistry is used in everyday life.
On Nov. 18, laser technicians and graduate students from the Extreme Light Laboratory will teach visitors about the nature of light and laser technology.
Nobel Prize winner honored with dedicated campus bike rack
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated spot in a bicycle rack.
George Smith learned this month that he'll share this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry with two other scientists.
Other schools have recognized their Nobel laureates with a dedicated parking space. But the 77-year-old Smith is, by his own assessment, "not a good driver."
Correction: Chemistry Experiment-Burns story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 5 about a chemistry accident at a school, The Associated Press misidentified the school. The accident occurred at the High School for Violin and Dance, not the Bronx International High School, another school in the same building.
A corrected version of the story is below:
2 students suffer burns in chem accident at NYC high school
Two teenage girls have suffered burns in a chemistry experiment at a New York City high school
Chemistry Nobel for using evolution to create new proteins
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for using a sped-up version of evolution to create new proteins that have led to a best-selling drug and other products.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Science said their work has led to the development of medications, biofuels and a reduced environmental impact from some industrial processes.
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The Latest: Nobel chemistry winner credits team at Caltech
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local):
Nobel chemistry winner Frances Arnold is celebrating her prize with her students and fellow faculty members at the California Institute of Technology.
Arnold learned of her prize while traveling in Texas but flew back home Wednesday for a ceremony honoring her at the Pasadena, California, campus where she's worked for three decades.
Phoenix, Reilly bond as outlaw kin in ‘Sisters Brothers’
TORONTO (AP) — To play any brother, by blood or not, of John C. Reilly is an intimidating prospect given just how firmly entrenched Will Ferrell is as Reilly's on-screen sibling.
"Step Brothers," their 2008 comedy classic that took the adolescent adult to absurdist extremes, looms large. It did even for Joaquin Phoenix in deciding to play Reilly's brother in "The Sisters Brothers," Jacques Audiard's Western. Phoenix considers "Step Brothers" one of his all-time favorites.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An ex-convict has been ordered to trial in the fatal stabbing of a retired University of Michigan chemistry professor.
Robert Sharp was repeatedly stabbed at his Ann Arbor home in June. His body was burned after he was killed.
A judge on Friday found probable cause to send Isom Hamilton to trial on a murder charge and other crimes. Judge Karen Quinlan Valvo says there's "significant" circumstantial evidence against him so far.
NEW YORK (AP) — Daveed Diggs was busy. Too busy. The actor was doing eight shows a week as Jefferson/ Lafayette in the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," and wasn't answering his emails.
So there was only one thing his writing partner and creative soulmate, Rafael Casal, could do: Move across the country, and set up camp in Diggs' dressing room.
"Every night, he'd just be there at intermission," Diggs laughs now. "He had to move to New York for us to maintain a level of creative output."
UAlbany professor finds clues in bloodstains
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A University at Albany chemistry professor says technology that makes it possible to distinguish a person's age range based on bloodstains could be used to fight crime.
Professor Igor Lednev says he's able to use lasers to classify blood samples as coming from specific age groups, such as newborns, adolescents or adults from 43 to 68 years old.
Lednev's lab has previously worked with bloodstains and statistics to help determine race and gender without the use of DNA profiling.
New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas.
Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since arriving en masse in 2008, making Pennsylvania the nation's No. 2 gas-producing state after Texas. Residents who live near the gas wells, along with environmental groups and some scientists, have long worried about air and water pollution.
Retired professor’s death treated as a homicide
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Police in Ann Arbor say they're treating the death of a retired chemistry professor as a homicide.
Robert Sharp was found dead Monday in the basement of his house. He was 76 years old and had retired from the University of Michigan in 2008. Neighbors were suspicious when they hadn't seen him at a community meeting.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Most students fail the first midterm in Michael Young's organic chemistry lecture at the University of Toledo. In spring 2017, the average was a 50. But one student, Daniel Liu, scored a 99.
"He smoked the competition," Young said.
Daniel is now a researcher in Young's lab. He co-authored a paper, published on May 22, that promises a faster, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly way to make pharmaceutical drugs and pesticides.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — If one were to list Sophia Kwende's accomplishments during her three short years at the University of Wyoming, it would read like the description of a much older scholar.
At 20 years old, Kwende graduated this spring with dual degrees in chemistry and molecular biology, having completed three high-impact undergraduate research studies, received certification as an EMT and firefighter and left a lasting impression on the mentors who guided her.
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Professors at a Mississippi college have received two National Science Foundation grants aimed at strengthening science instruction at historically black colleges and universities.
Tougaloo College says $300,000 is being awarded to chemistry professor Bidisha Sengupta. Her project aims to examine biochemical links between sleep, diet and Alzheimer's disease over the next three years.
NEW YORK (AP) — You can hear the playful banter long before Sting and Shaggy enter the room.
There's a genuine chemistry between the two men that defies difference in age and musical styles, one that translates seamlessly into their collaborative effort, the new CD "44/876."
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Somalian woman, who arrived to the U.S. as a refugee five years ago speaking very little English, gave one of the graduation speeches at the University of Utah about how she earned a chemistry degree and got accepted to start medical school at the University of Minnesota.
Catalysts make reactions go faster, says the unnamed narrator, a burned-out Ph.D. candidate, in Weike Wangs debut novel, Chemistry. They lower activation energy, which is the indecision each reaction faces before committing to is path.
The team that eats together, wins together: Pelicans say chemistry has been key to success
When the New Orleans Pelicans’ charter plane touches down, players reaching for their phones aren’t making a dinner reservation.
Student discovers possible water solution for Flint
GROSS POINTE, Mich. (AP) — Chemistry is more fun than you'll know.
Don a colorful lab coat and watch Grosse Pointe teacher Steve Kosmas show you how to coat a Coke bottle into a silver-coated creative memento and you'll get excited about science too.
But for Michal Ruprecht, 18, the love of this discipline is deep.
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A chemistry teacher at the Florida school where 17 people were shot to death has been arrested. Authorities say he left a loaded gun in a public restroom, where a drunk homeless man picked it up and fired it.
No one was injured, but the teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is now charged with failing to safely store his weapon.
STEM continues to be at the forefront of learning in the Watertown Unified School District, but this time it was students doing the teaching.
Riverside Academy eighth-grader Lillie Schildbach hosted a STEM night for students at Schurz Elementary School on Thursday after school.
She had the idea after volunteering at a lock-in that took place at Douglas Elementary School.
"I thought it would be fun to do something similar but educational," she said.
Former cosmetologist, current ISU student Camie Parsons uses chemistry to make mark on hair industry
POCATELLO — Camie Parsons, a current nontraditional Idaho State University chemistry master’s student, never imagined that being a cosmetologist would prompt her to go back to college to study chemistry. She’s now a single mother to four kids, completing graduate school and starting a business based off her cosmetology and chemistry background.
Five Idaho State University faculty to receive 2018 outstanding service awards
POCATELLO – Five Idaho State University faculty members have been chosen to receive 2018 Outstanding Service Awards.
They will be honored at a reception held on April 10 and one will be chosen for the 2018 Distinguished Service Award and will be recognized at Pocatello commencement on May 5.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Family members say a Nobel Prize-winning Purdue University chemistry professor was confused and searching for help when his wife's body was found at a northern Illinois landfill.
Iovine: ‘Dre and I have never had an argument in 25 years’
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northern Illinois are investigating the death of the wife of a Nobel Prize winning chemistry professor whose body was found at a landfill hours after the couple were reported missing in Indiana.
The Ogle County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies found 80-year-old Sumire Negishi's body and the couple's car Tuesday at Orchard Hills Landfill outside Rockford shortly after they found 82-year-old Ei-ichi Negishi walking nearby.
Professor creates healthy antioxidant-infused coffee
NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) — In some countries in Europe, red wine is part of daily life. Not so in the US. And as a result, Americans may be missing out on the health benefit of a particular antioxidant found in the skins of grapes. Now a chemist at UNH is trying to get more of this antixodiant, resveratrol, into the American diet through coffee.
Pompeo, Trump developed chemistry during daily top-secret briefings
Mike Pompeo is the guy who gives President Trump bad news daily.
As director of the CIA, Mr. Pompeo travels most mornings from the agency's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, to the White House to present Mr. Trump with a classified report of global hot spots and national-security emergencies known as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB.
LONDON (AP) — The use of Russian-developed nerve agent Novichok to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter makes it "highly likely" that Russia was involved, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday.
Novichok refers to a class of nerve agents developed in the Soviet Union near the end of the Cold War. The agents were ostensibly created in an attempt to avoid the international chemical weapons treaty that had just been signed; any new substances wouldn't be subject to past treaties.
After majoring in chemistry at UR, pro-day testing may send Tafon Mainsah to another field
Tafon Mainsah majored in chemistry, and minored in mathematics, at the University of Richmond. Finding a job as a forensic chemist, a path he views as intriguing, would probably not be a problem for Mainsah. He graduated in December with a 3.01 grade-point average.
Einstein note fetches $6,100 at Jerusalem auction
JERUSALEM (AP) — For Albert Einstein, it turns out the law of attraction was relative.
A handwritten note by the Nobel-winning scientist, written to a young woman who apparently caught his eye during a trip to Italy, was sold at auction in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
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$1 million gift upgrades UNO chemistry labs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The University of New Orleans says it has received a $1 million gift to upgrade its chemistry labs.
The university says the money came from an anonymous donor.
The money is going toward new lighting, washing stations and chemically resistant benchtops and flooring. There will also be new storage areas and safety equipment with easy access to eye washes and safety showers. A lab prep and stockroom will also be renovated with new storage capability and improved workspace.
South Dakota professor uses pyrotechnics to make science fun
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota School of Mines & Technology professor is leading captivating demonstrations with pyrotechnics to encourage young students to pursue degrees in science and engineering.
Chemistry professor Justin Meyer is trying to impress upon visiting middle and high school students that science can be fun. His 45-minute science show uses mild pyrotechnics, including acid-infused cotton balls and small party balloons filled with hydrogen.
The Latest: Attorney studying options in Kansas man’s saga
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a Kansas father's efforts to avoid being deported (all times local):
An attorney for a chemistry instructor who is fighting deportation to Bangladesh says her office is considering all possible options to get him released from a Hawaii detention center and home to his wife and children in Kansas.