The American Chemical Society has two National Meetings a year, one in the Spring, and one in the late summer/early fall. The spring meeting this year was in San Diego from March 13th to 17th. Dr. Grice attended the conference and presented a talk at a symposium in honor of his graduate research advisor. Two of our department staff members, Sara Rocus and William Schjerven, also attended and presented posters of their work during their MS degrees when they were students here at DePaul. Bill and Sara got some great photos that are shown in a slideshow below (there’s one of Dr. Grice from twitter as well!).

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We look forward to hearing about what our students and faculty present at future meetings!


Staff Spotlight: Nicole Hack

Our department is composed not only of our students and faculty,  but we also have great staff members as well! We are planning on highlighting them periodically on The Catalyst in addition to posting about our students, alumni, and faculty.

IMG_1372If you’ve ever come to our front office, you’ve probably met Nicole, but we wanted to give you a little bit more information about her. Nicole is the Department Assistant, which actually means she handles a wide variety of things behind the scenes, including everything from ordering chemicals, to processing time sheets, to reserving rooms, promoting events and beyond. Her day-to-day work is extremely diverse, so instead of covering what she does, we’ll focus on some of the things you might not know about her.

First of all, Nicole recently had her 10 year anniversary as a staff member for DePaul (January 31st to be specific)! Congratulations Nicole! She has worked in various departments including HR and HAA within LAS.

Nicole is also an alumna of DePaul (2004), and has a degree in English with a concentration in Professional and Technical Writing.

Not only that, but Nicole also is currently a graduate student in the New Media Studies program (WRD/LAS). Her background in writing and experience in the New Media Studies program has been valuable in helping the department with various reports and publications (including getting this blog going!). Once she graduates from the NMS program, she is planning on using her diverse skill set in writing and media and is eyeing a future in content management, social media management, communications management, content/social media strategy, and/or digital marketing.

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