Doug Mulford’s freshman seminar is featured in this week’s Dooley Report, the weekly ebulletin sent to all Emory students. From the article:
“If you have a better understanding of the history of knowledge, you realize the things we think are true now are going to change, and you have to be open to that new learning,” says Douglas Mulford, senior lecturer of chemistry and the director of undergraduate studies for Emory’s chemistry department.
Mulford’s first-year seminar, “How Do We Know That: 2,500 years of Great Science Writing,” aims to help students develop those skills by delving into scientific claims of the past and present as well as the ethics that go with scientific advancement.
Part science literature and part critical thinking, the course is one of several first-year courses offered under Emory’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “The Nature of Evidence: How Do You Know?”
“After nearly two years of construction, the Atwood Chemistry Center addition opens to reveal a fluid, dynamic space designed to support new and better ways to educate science students…” [Full Article]
“That class knocked me out and told me that chemistry was what I really wanted to pursue [ … ] I knew I wanted to become a physician.”
Recent Emory College graduate Yafet Mamo describes the impact that chemistry professor Matthew Weinschenk had on his development as a scholar. Mamo plans to attend medical school. The son of a political refugee from Ethopia, he hopes to work with refugee organizations in his career as a physician. Read the full story at the Emory News Center.
“As we all know, clouds are essentially water in the gaseous state,” says Bowman, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Emory. “And, of course, it’s really cold at that altitude. So why do you find clouds at sub-zero temperatures? It’s an obvious but interesting question. The answer certainly has something to do with energy the cloud has absorbed from the sun and with potential energy surfaces: The delicate, attractive forces holding little water molecules together.”