Prof. Melvin Morris – A NDSU Icon

Proud of his Ohio State University heritage and fiercely loyal to chemistry students at NDSU, emeritus Prof. Melvin Morris has dedicated 47 years of service to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Prof. Morris, an inorganic chemistry, received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1958 and continued his postdoctoral training at Northwestern and…
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X-Rays – More Than Meets The Eye

X-Ray technology is used for a lot more than just medicine. When a beam of X-Rays are bombarded onto a pure crystal of a molecule the photons are diffracted off of the atoms. Depending on the 3-dimensional position and the size of the atoms, the X-Rays are diffracted at different angles. The patterns that emerge…
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Virtual Office Hours

Faculty in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are using new tools to connect with students. It is especially challenging for faculty teaching a large class at a large university to hold office hours in a small faculty office. Fortunately technology is making it easier. Using the university’s Wimba Classroom connection software built into the…
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Human Side Of Organic Chemists

The American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry in University of Richmond’s Jeffrey Seeman have put together an outstanding website with videos of eminent organic chemists. These are leaders in the field discussing various topics of science, education and even gender discrimination and prejudice. These video interviews are a fascinating glimpse into the human side…
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Blue M&Ms To Treat Spinal Injuries

A new research paper from researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center details a study that shows a common food dye, FD&C Blue Dye #1, may hold a key in treating spinal cord injuries. This blue dye is found in many foods including M&Ms candy and Gatorade. Building on research that came out five…
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