“Passport to Science” in Chemical and Engineering News Features Emory’s Study Abroad

Emory’s chemistry study abroad programs are featured in a Chemical and Engineering News article, “Passport to Science.” From the article:

Students who find it impossible to be away for a year, or even a semester, can find opportunities over the summer to study abroad. Since 2004, chemistry faculty at Emory have been taking 15 to 20 chemistry students to Siena, Italy, for five weeks over the summer. As part of their course work, students visit art museums to learn about art restoration and the chemistry of paints and pigments; they visit vineyards to study the fermentation process; they tour gold, alabaster, and glass factories to watch chemical transformations unfold; and they test for minerals in water samples at a nearby Tuscan town.

“It’s important to tie in what they study with what they’re seeing around them,” says Ram, who has led several of the trips. “The classroom then becomes a place to discuss their experiences.”

Jolyn Taylor, who went on the Siena trip in 2004, says the experience made chemistry come alive for her. “Everything we studied, we saw,” she says. She notes that she also got to see how passionate her professors were about chemistry. “That kind of enthusiasm from professors is contagious,” she says. “You can’t often get that in a class of 200.”

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Bowman Group Published in Science

The Bowman Group has had two publications in Science so far this year. The first one, “Quantum Deconstruction of the Infrared Spectrum of CH5+” appeared in the Jan. 6, 2006 issue, and the second one, “Signature of H2CO Photodissociation from Two Electronic States” appeared in the March 10, 2006 issue.

Dr. Bowman was also recently elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.