• 12/18/17 - Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) co-authored a chapter in "Enzyme-Based Electrochemical Glutamate Biosensors" (Chapter 2, Pages 13-32) with Stanley Okon, M.D., in Electrochemical Sensors Technology.

  • 8/21/17 - Pedro Del Corral (Biological Sciences/Clinical Exercise Physiology) had a paper accepted titled "11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type-II activity is affected by grapefruit juice and intense muscular work" in the Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism.

  • 8/21/17 - Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) had a paper accepted in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences titled "Hierarchical complexity and the size limits of life." The paper is the result of research he conducted with researchers from Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Florida and others as part of a spring 2015 working group at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC.

  • 5/19/17 - COS Awards at the University's End of the school celebration! Distinguished Faculty Award for Research: Dr. Jayashree Sarathy; Scholl Endowed Professorship in Health Science: Dr. Robert McCarthy

  • 5/17/17 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) published a paper entitled  “Vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy of the lowest-lying electronic state in subcritical and supercritical water” in Nature Communications. Read the paper here: https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15435. Congratulations on this very impressive publication!

  • 5/9/17 - Dr. Kari L. Stone (Chemistry) was an invited speaker at the Dr. Leonard Weisenthal Colloquium Series at Lewis University on April 21. The colloquium series is run jointly by the departments of Chemistry and Physics at Lewis. Stone’s presentation, titled “Enzyme Mechanism from an Inorganic Perspective,” discussed spectroscopic tools to elucidate enzyme mechanisms with a particular focus on the role of metal ions in biological processes.

  • 4/2017 - Muhaned Salem received the Department of Cardiopulmonary Sciences Respiratory Care Program Award for "Clinical Excellence in Respiratory Care" from Rush University's College of Health Sciences. This award is given to the student demonstrating the highest level of clinical excellence. Great Job Muhaned!

  • 3/13/17 - Jonathan Mason was selected for a Travel Award from the Division of Inorganic Chemistry to travel to San Francisco for the National ACS meeting. This is a competitive award and showcases Benedictine on the national level. He will present his research results from the summer research program.

  • 2/24/17 - Jakub Jancek will present his project, "Optimizing Kinect® Depth Sensing Using Dynamic Polarization," at the 48th Association for Computing Machinery Technical Symposium of the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) on March 8-11 in Seattle, Washington.  Jancek's project traces its roots to Benedictine's Natural Science Summer Research Program under the supervision of Dr. Grace Mirsky.  Read the press release.

  • 10/19/16 - Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) authored a book chapter in "Grape and Wine Biotechnology" (ISBN: 978-953-51-2692-8, publication date October 19, 2016 InTech). The book was edited by Antonio Morata and Iris Loira.  The title of the chapter is "Determination of Trace Elements in Wine by Atomic Spectroscopy and Electroanalytical Methods " (Chapter 20, Pages 417-439).

  • 10/3/16 - The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum was presented three awards at last week's annual conference of the Illinois Association of Museums (IAM). The museum was presented an Award of Excellence for its "Discovery Days: Educational Workshops & Outreach Events" and "Discovery Box Loan Program," and an Award of Distinction in the "Small Institution of the Year" category. Congratulations to Curator, Karly Tuminello and Education Coordinator, Laura Hall.

  • 6/8/16 - Dr. Kari L Stone (Chemistry) and senior Syeda M. Ahmed (Health Science) recently published a manuscript in the journal Inorganics titled “Advances in Engineered Hemoproteins to Promote Biocatalysts.” The manuscript was published online: http://www.mdpi.com/2304-6740/4/2/12. The paper was part of an invited feature paper in the special issue “Traversing the Boundaries of Inorganic Chemistry.”

  • 6/3/16 - Kristin J. Kubelsky, (C16 Chemistry), gave a poster presentation titled "Electroanalytical characterization of selected polyphenolic compounds utilizing linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and DC potential amperometry (DCPA)" in Analytical Chemistry/Instrumentation symposium at the 47th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society at Covington, Ky., on May 19. Kubelsky's presentation was based on undergraduate research performed with faculty mentor Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry). The theme of the CERM 2016 meeting was centered on "Elements and Strategies for a Better Future."

  • 4/5/16 - Faculty, students, staff participate in STEM Fest at All Saints.  A number of Benedictine University faculty, staff and students are participating in All Saints Catholic Academy's first STEM Fest from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. Among the participants are Karly Tumminello (Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum), who will be displaying several specimens and provide other activities for fest goers; senior Biology major Sally Jo Detloff representing the Benedictine Anatomy Club, whose exhibit "All About Organs" will display real and model cow eyes and hearts; Laura Valcour, a senior Nutrition major; and Dr. Regina Schurman (Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology program), whose presentation includes an interactive fitness activity. All Saints Catholic Academy is located at 1155 Aurora Ave. in Naperville.
  • 11/19/15 - Congratulations to the ACS/SPS Club for receiving an Honorable Mention award from The American Chemical Society, for its activities and conduct during the 2014-2015 academic year! Special commendations to Dr. Scott C. Meyer (Chemistry) and Dr. Darya Aleinikava (Physics) for their willingness "to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. (Their) efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country."

  • Ryan Brown with Alice Sima11/13/15 - Sometimes the world is a very small place. It is amazing how people come in and out of each other’s lives. You recognize someone from the past, nod your head in passing and move on with your busy life. Ryan Brown, communications arts, class 0f 2008; Tom Cartalano, biology, class of 2004.  On campus together for only a brief time, fate brought these two Benedictine graduates together in the most unexpected and traumatic way.

    On October 30th, Ryan’s father was shot. A victim of the horrendous gun violence plaguing our society, Mr. Roy Brown Sr. was in the wrong place at the wrong time. An unintended victim, Mr. Brown was seriously wounded. He was rushed to Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn where he ended up in the hands of trauma surgeon, Dr. Tom Cartalano.

    Ryan had nothing but superlatives when speaking about Tom. He told us that “Dr. Cartalano was amazing. He showed deep concern as he assessed the situation thoroughly. He was able to keep all of the family members calm and informed.” After approximately four hours, Mr. Brown was out of surgery and on his way to recovery. Tom had noticed Ryan’s Benedictine sweatshirt and they both commented that the other had looked familiar. After talking, they discovered that they were on campus together all those years ago. Tom had brought up Ms. Alice Sima’s name, prompting a visit from Ryan, who is currently employed in BenU’s IT department.  Yep, the world is a very small place!

    We are happy to report that Mr. Brown is doing well and is expected to be home with his family in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

  • 10/9/15 - Dr. Scott Meyer (Chemistry) recently published a paper titled "3D Printing of Protein Models in an Undergraduate Laboratory: Leucine Zippers" in the Journal of Chemical Education.  Read the paper.

  • 10/5/15 - Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) recently published a manuscript titled "Course preparation assignments: A tool to enhance independent learning, increase student participation, and performance in chemistry courses" in the journal LUMAT, 2015, 3(5), 675-692. LUMAT: Research and Practice in Math, Science and Technology Education is a journal published by the LUMA Center housed at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The aim of all LUMA activities is to promote learning, studying and teaching of sciences, mathematics and technology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research articles as well as popularized articles on new and innovative practices of math, science and technology education. The purpose of the journal is to present Finnish and international know-how in the field of math, science and technology education, and share best teaching practices.

  • 9/28/15 - Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) authored a book chapter in Advanced Bioelectronics Materials (ISBN: 978-1-118-99830-4, publication date October 2015).  The book, edited by Ashutosh Tiwari, Ph.D., Hirak K. Patra, Ph.D., and Anthony P. F. Turner, Ph.D., is a part of Advance Materials Series by Wiley Scrivener Publishing.  The title of the chapter is "Micro- and Nanoelectrodes in Protein-Based Electrochemical Biosensors for Nanomedicine and Other Applications" (Chapter 1, pp. 3-34).  The book is written for readers from diverse backgrounds across chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, medical science, pharmacy, biotechnology and biomedical engineering.  It offers a comprehensive view of cutting-edge research on advanced bioelectronics materials.

  • 6/12/15 - Dr. Robin Rylaarsdam (Biological Sciences) was named a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) at its annual meeting in July. ASA's mission is to integrate, communicate and facilitate properly researched science and theology in service to the Church and the scientific community. ASA is noted for fostering gracious discussions on controversial topics related to science while maintaining a commitment to clear scientific consensus. Fellows are nominated and elected on the basis of their professional excellence, work towards integrating faith and science, and service to ASA.

  • 6/12/15 - Dr. Pete Nelson (Physics) developed online curricular resources that have been listed in a "Conference on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences Report" published by the American Association of Physics Teachers. The resources have been developed for the Physics for Life Sciences courses that Nelson is designing, and focus on stochastic phenomena such as diffusion, drug elimination, radioactive decay and osmosis. The National Science Foundation-funded report is available online at http://www.compadre.org/IPLS/documents/IPLS-Final-Report.pdf.

  • 6/8/15 - Congratulations to Fran Krumlauf, (Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Exercise Physiology) for her vision on fitness stations at Nike Sports Complex! Read the press release here.  

  • 5/28/15 - Dr. Kari L. Stone, (Chemistry) along with former BMB students Joey Hua and Humdoon Choudhry published and article entitled "Manganese-Substituted Myoglobin: Characterization and Reactivity of an Oxidizing Intermediate towards a Weak C-H Bond.” in Inorganics 2015, 3, 219-229.

  • 5/18/15 - Dr. Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) participated in a working group at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) this April in Durham, N.C. He collaborated with researchers from Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of New Mexico, the Smithsonian Institution, Duke University, the University of Florida and others on research on body-size evolution.

  • 5/15/15 - Dr. Phil Schreiner (former Physics faculty) had a paper accepted for publication in Physical Review D. The results are featured in the May 15 Fermilab Today web site. 

  • 4/16/15 - Nabihah Khan (Biology C15) was awarded the American Physiological Society's 2015 David S. Bruce Excellence in Undergraduate Research and the Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Awards.  Her faculty mentor is Dr. Jayashree Sarathy, (Biology). 

  • 3/25/15 - Angela Peverly (Indiana University, BU Chemisty C08) gave an oral presentation in the Environmental division on "Flame retardants in Chicago’s atmosphere and sediment of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal on Mach 25th at the ACS National Meeting in Denver Colorado.

  • 3/21/15 - Undergraduate research student Matthew Raub (BMB C15) gave a poster presentation entitled "Quantification of Select Trace Elements in Red Wines and Beers from Various Parts of the World by Utilizing Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy" at the ACS National Meeting, Denver Colorado on March 21th. Coauthors for the presentation were Nathan Olson (December 2014 graduate in Chemistry) & Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry faculty mentor).

  • 2/23/15 - Dr. Pete Nelson (Physics) was invited to speak during  a workshop titled “Teaching Science Like We Do Science: Integrating Research and Education” at the Biophysical Society 59th Annual Meeting held in Baltimore, Md., on February 7-11. Nelson’s presentation, “Keep Reading and Do Science: A Diffusive Model of Osmosis,” addressed teaching materials and the active-learning approach that he has developed for the Physics for Life Sciences course that he is designing. Nelson, Nelson who represented the University on the Biophysical Society Education Committee, also presented a research paper titled “Single-file water permeation through aquaporin channels.” This work was funded by NSF Grant DUE-0836833.

  • 2/10/15 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) published the paper, “Design of an Ultrashort Optical Transmission Cell for Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Supercritical Fluids,” with co-author Ireneusz Janik in the Review of Scientific Instruments, 2015, 86, 015102.

  • 1/20/15 - Sally Jo Detloff (C15 Biology) has been awarded a Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) Student Scholarship Grant to support her project “Discovering the Perineum”. In this project, Sally Jo will be working in coordination with Dr. Robert McCarthy (Biological Sciences), Dr. Dan Olson, and Dr. Niina Ronkainen (Chemistry) to create a new teaching model of the pelvis preserved in an acrylic block to be used in Human Anatomy labs.

  • 1/19/15 - Dr. Robert McCarthy (Biological Sciences) recently published a co-authored paper with Philip Lieberman of Brown University titled “Evolution of Speech and Language” in the 2nd edition of Handbook of Paleoanthropology.

  • 1/19/15 - Dr. Pete Nelson (Physics) gave an oral presentation, “Osmosis, Colligative Properties, Entropy, Free Energy and the Chemical Potential,” at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) National Meeting held January 3-6 in San Diego, Calif., in a session titled “Updates and Resources for Introductory Physics for Life Science.” Nelson presented a novel model of osmosis and a new pedagogy that introduces life science majors to thermodynamics using the new osmosis model. This material is to be used in the "Physics for Life Sciences" course that Nelson is designing. This work was funded by National Science Foundation Grant DUE-0836833.
  • 9/2/14 - Dr. Kari Stone (Chemistry) published a paper, "Preparation and Properties of an MnIV-Hydroxide Complex: Proton and Electron Transfer at a Mononuclear Manganese Site and its Relationship to the Oxygen Evolving Complex within Photosystem II," in the journal Chemical Science. Stone and collaborators from University of California-Irvine, Carnegie Mellon University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory performed a thermodynamic analysis based on manganese complexes and proposed a possible role of the calcium ion in the oxygen-evolving complex in photosynthetic plants.

  • 7/28/14 - Robert McCarthy (Biological Sciences) published a paper, “A morphometric re-assessment of BOU-VP-16/1 from Herto, Ethiopia,” in the Journal of Human Evolution. In the paper, McCarthy and co-author Lynn Lucas (University of Arizona College of Medicine) questioned whether an important early human fossil from Ethiopia should be placed into a new subspecies of Homo sapiens.

  • 6/9/14 - Robert McCarthy (Biological Sciences) recently presented a paper titled "New approaches to Neanderthal upper respiratory morphology and vocalization" at an international symposium held in Galway, Ireland celebrating the naming of Homo neanderthalensis by William King. Three College of Science students – Sarah Mustaly, Katherine Partyka and Mir Zulqarnain – were co-authors on the paper.

  • 5/21/14 - Dr. Robert McCarthy (Biological Sciences) recently presented a poster titled "Acoustic characteristics of Neanderthal vowel-like sounds: A comparison with American English speakers" at the 83rd annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Calgary, Canada. The research described in this poster was supported by the College of Science Summer Research Program and conducted by three students majoring in Health Science – Sarah Mustaly, Katherine Partyka and Mir Zulqarnain – and Nicole Blumenstein, a student at Hinsdale South High School. All four students were co-authors on the poster.

  • 5/15/14 - Dr. Tanya Crum (Biology) was awarded the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence by a Term Faculty Member at the Dean's Award luncheon held on May 15, 2014.  

  • 5/5/14 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry/Biochemistry) was asked by the American Chemical Society to create a PowerPoint presentation to accompany his publication, “Charge Trapping in Photovoltaically Active Perovskites and Related Halogenoplumbate Compounds,” co-written by Ilya A. Shkrob, that appeared in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2014, 5, 1066-1071. The work is part of Marin’s ongoing collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory and has applications for new solar energy conversion materials.

  • Kyle Turcic (BMB '14) presented on McCune-Albright Syndrome research at "Experimental Biology 2014" in the "American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology" section. The event took place in San Diego, April 25-30. As part of this meeting, there was an undergraduate poster competition on the 26th, and Kyle received one of four honorable mention awards in the Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Signal Transduction category. There were 267 posters presented.

  • 4/28/14 - Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) was invited to serve as a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Examinations Institute's 2015 First Term General Chemistry Committee. The committee writes and evaluates new assessment materials and reviews essential content for a General Chemistry I course. These ACS exams are used as assessment tools and as final exams by many private and public universities nationwide. The appointment began at the 247th American Chemical Society  National Meeting in March at Dallas, Texas.

  • 4/15/14 - Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) co-authored a book chapter with Stanley Okon, M.D. in "Advanced Healthcare Materials" (ISBN: 978-1-118-77359-8, publication date May 2014). The book, edited by Ashutosh Tiwari, Ph.D., is a part of Advance Materials Series by Wiley Scrivener Publishing. The title of the chapter is “The Role of Immunoassays in Urine Drug Screening” (Chapter 14, pp. 485-516). The book is written for readers from diverse backgrounds across chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, medical science, pharmacy, biotechnology and biomedical engineering. It offers a comprehensive view of cutting-edge research on advanced materials for healthcare technology and applications.

  • 4/15/14 - Dr. Robin Rylaarsdam (Biological Sciences) published a paper, “Three intragenic suppressors of a GTPase-deficient allele of GNAS associated with McCune-Albright syndrome,” in the Journal of Molecular Endocrinology. Co-authors included current or former Benedictine students Kyle Turcic, Raquel Tobar-Rubin, Daniela Janevska, Julie Carroll, Eraj Din, Rebecca Alvarez and Jennifer Haick.

  • 4/12/14 - Dr. Jayashree Sarathy and Dr. Tanya Crum (Biology) - The Undergraduate research, scholarship and Arts (URSA) symposium is conducted annually, since 2011, at Benedictine and it is a university-wide venue for students to present their research projects. URSA also encourages students to expand their participation in similar off-campus events, such as the ACCA Student Symposium. Presenting at URSA offers students an excellent opportunity to do a "dry-run" for larger, regional conferences they may plan to attend.   See More Pictures >>

  • 4/1/14 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) published two papers:
    Charge Trapping in Photovoltaically Active Perovskites and Related Halogenoplumbate Compounds.  Ilya A. Shkrob and Timothy W. Marin.   Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2014, 5, 1066-1071. 

    Ionic Liquid Based Separations of Trivalent Lanthanide and Actinide Ions.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, and Mark P. Jensen.  Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 2014, 53, 3641-3653.

  • 3/21/14 - Nina (Oberoi) Goyal, M.D. (C98 Biology)  recently received a "Who's Who Among Benedictine University Alumni" Award.  Nina is currently the Director of Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (ISEPS).  She performs complex cataract surgeries and specializes in the medical, laser and surgical management of glaucoma.  Nina also helps to raise money for lymphoma research and participates in free health fairs for the under-privileged.  View more COS Award Recipients >>       

  • 3/4/14 - Dr. Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) recently presented a talk titled “Regression and classification trees are powerful and intuitive analytical methods for complex datasets in paleontology” at the 10th North American Paleontological Conference in Gainesville, Fla. His co-authors were from Swarthmore University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.

  • 3/3/14 - Robert J. Shields Jr. (Mathematics ) New head named to FBI's Milwaukee office.  Shields arrived in Milwaukee as the office's latest special agent in charge. Read the press release

  • 2/25/14
    Dr. Alfred Martin (Biological Sciences) was an invited speaker at St. Raphael Parish in Naperville. He spoke on the topic of "The Compatibility of Science and Religion," which explores these two ways of thinking and how they complement each other.

  • Dr. Sarah Ware (Biological Sciences) was a featured speaker on her book Hillbilly Justice on the School Bus earlier this month for the Benedictine University Library Faculty Authors Series.  Click here to view her presentation on YouTube.   

  • 2/24/14 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) published a paper entitled "Ionic Liquid Based Separations of Trivalent Lanthanide and Actinide Ions" in the ACS Publications, February 11, 2014, with Ilya A. Shkrob, and Mark P. Jensen.  Read the paper

  • 2/18/14 - Angela A. Peverly (Chemistry C'09) published an article entitled "Electrochemical reduction of 1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane at carbon and silver cathodes in dimethylformamide" in the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Volume 713, 15 January 2014, Pages 136–142. Elizabeth R. Wagoner, Clark P. Baumberger, Angela A. Peverly, Dennis G. Peters Read the article

  • 2/13/14 - Elizabeth Do (Health Science), Bichnu Le (Health Science), Firdous Moin (Health Science), Sivaranjivi Velanthottukoottale (Health Science), and Kyle Turcic (Biology) are student members of a team chosen for funding to study abroad this summer with a grant through the 2014 ASIANetwork Freeman Student Faculty Fellows Award to support undergraduate research in Asia during the summer of 2014.  The proposal, which was chosen for funding from a very strong applicant pool, consisted of a research proposal and essays from and recommendation letters for each of the student and faculty members, Dr. Steven Day (Language and Literature) and Dr. Cheryl Heinz (Biology) of the team.  Visit their web site for additional information.

  • 1/16/14 - Jessica (Hendrickson) Anderson (Exercise Physiology) is doing an amazing relay this summer. Check out her journey at: http://jessmsruntheus.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/introducing-my-ms-run-the-us-journey/

  • 11/25/13 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) just published an article entitled "Mechanistic Insight in the Protective Action of Bis(oxalato)borate and Difluoro(oxalate)borate Anions in Li-Ion Batteries."  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel Abraham.  Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 117, 23750-23756.

  • 11/22/13 - The ACS/SPS Club was awarded an Honorable Mention for their 2012-2013 program.  The ACS Society Committee on Education selected chapters based on their programs and activities described in their 2012-2013 annual reports.  Congratualtions go to Dr. Kari Stone, Rebecca Alvarez, and Sreevidya Bodepudi for their work with the Club!

  • 11/18/13 - Dr. Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) and undergraduate student Keoki Burton (Biology) recently had a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Paleontology. Their paper, titled "Morphometrics indicates giant Ordovician macluritid gastropods switched life habit during ontogeny," is based on Keoki's independent research project using fossil snails from The Field Museum in Chicago.

  • 11/12/13 - Marco Colella, D.M.D. (Health Science C'09) is a general dentist practicing with Dickens, Mason & Kissell D.D.S,. Ltd. in St. Charles, Illinois. 

  • 11/12/13 - Kristyn Bales (Physics/Biology C'08) was awarded the September 2013 Pacesetter Award presented by Argonne National Laboratory "for excellence in achievement and performance with truly surpasses normal job expectations."  Congratulations Kristyn!

  • 10/31/13 - Dr. Monica Tischler (Biology) is featured in the latest newletter from the "Small World Initiative: Crowdsourcing Antibiotic Discovery" newsletter out of Yale University.  She is piloting The Pilot program to increase retention in college, inspire students to pursue science, and train future scientists. Read the Newsletter

  • 10/31/13 - In a letter from the office of the President of ACS in Washington DC, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter at Benedictine University has been selected to receive an Honorable Mention award for its activities conducted during the 2012-2013 academic year.  "Professor Kari Stone, faculty advisor of the chapter, deserves special commendation.  Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires.  Professor Stone's efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country."  Read the letter

  • 10/21/13 - Karly E. Tumminello (Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum) was recently elected co-chair of the Chicago Wilderness  Council’s Leave No Child Inside initiative. “This is a huge boost to the museum’s networking ability within the Chicago region, and I see it as a means to more strongly connect the museum with other local environmental programs and advocates,” Tumminello said. Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance of 300 organizations working together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all living things by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Members include area corporations, associations, coalitions, conservation groups, cultural and educational organizations, municipalities and park districts.

  • 9/6/13 - David Kamber (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology C'11) has submitted a manuscript entitled "Isomeric cyclopropenes exhibit unique bioorthogonal reactivities" to the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

  • 9/5/13 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) had 2 papers published as part of a new collaboration at Argonne exploring advanced lithium ion battery development:
    1) Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium Batteries. 1. Spectroscopic Observations of Radical Intermediates Generated in One-Electron Reduction of Carbonates.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel P. Abraham.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. and
    2) Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium Batteries. 2. Radiolytically Induced Polymerization of Ethylene Carbonate.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel P. Abraham.  in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

  • 8/29/13 - Angela A. Peverly (Chemistry C'09) and Erick M. Pasciak (Chemistry C'08) published an article entitled Electrochemical reduction of decabromodiphenyl ether at carbon and silver cathodes in dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Volume 704, 1 September 2013, Pages 227-232.  Angela A. Peverly, Erick M. Pasciak, Lauren M. Strawsine, Elizabeth R. Wagoner, Dennis G. Peters.

  • 7/31/13 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) published a paper entitled Photo- and Radiation-Chemistry of Halide Anions in Ionic Liquids.  (Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, R. A. Crowell, and James F. Wishart) in the  J. Phys. Chem. A, 2013, 117 (28), pp 5742–5756.

  • 7/22/13 - Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) published a book chapter in "Teaching Bioanalytical Chemistry" (Web publication date July 8, 2013, Volume 1137, Chapter 10, pp. 187-208). The book, edited by Harvey J. M. Hou, is a part of The American Chemical Society Symposium Series and will be distributed in print by Oxford University Press. The title of the chapter is "Bioanalytical Chemistry and Chemical Sensors: An Advanced Elective Course for Undergraduates." The chapter is based on a 300-level chemistry course that Ronkainen has developed at Benedictine University.

  • 6/25/13 - Tim Marin, Ph.D. (Chemistry) published a paper entitled Ionic Liquids Based on Polynitrile Anions: Hydrophobicity, Low Proton Affinity, and High Radiolytic Resistance Combined. in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013, 117, 7084-7094.  Please go to: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/jp404313g to read the paper.

  • 6/3/13 - The Spring 2013 edition of the Benedictine Voices Magazine features several COS alumni.  Brian Saso, (MSCEP '02) - page 5; Patrick Blaney, D.D.S., (Biology '76) - page 8; Martin Bernard, Ph.D., (Physics and Mathematics '66) - page 9; Aheed Siddiqi ('98) - page 16;  Donald Stablein, Ph.D., (Mathematics '75), Thomas Appelquist, Ph.D., (Physics '63), and Donald Wyma, Ph.D., (Biochemistry '97) - page 18; Amy Boruta O'Rourke, (Molecular Biology '07) - pages 16, 21. To read about our COS alumni, please go to Voices.

  • 6/3/13 - Brian Saso, (MSCEP '02) was featured the Spring 2013 issue of Benedictine Voices Magazine's article entitled "Internships Help Train Next Generation of Medical Professionals".  To read the article please go to page five of Voices.

  • 5/23/13 - David Kamber (BMB '11) has passed his prelims and advanced to the doctorate.  He is also getting ready to submit his manuscript on the design and synthesis of cyclopropenes (read the paper).  David is also featured on the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource website as an "2011 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award Winners."  Congratulations David!
  • 5/9/13 - Wayne Wesolowski, Ph.D. alumni and former faculty member of the Chemistry department solved the mystery of the Lincoln Funneral Train.  Read about his history making discovery!  Yahoo! News, History Channel article and ExplorerNews.com.

  • 4/29/13 - Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry) gave a poster presentation titled “Integrating current scientific research topics and literature into Analytical Chemistry courses at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution” in a Chemical Education session at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, La., on April 7. Her research student, Bosky Parikh (a senior Chemistry major), gave a poster presentation titled “Determination of heavy metals in red wine with flame atomic absorption spectroscopy” on April 8. The presentation was based on undergraduate research performed at Benedictine University.

  • 4/22/13 - Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry) recently published an article titled "Immobilization Techniques in the Fabrication of Nanomaterial-based Electrochemical Biosensors: A Review" in the journal Sensors, 2013, 13(4), 4811-4840. Sensors is the leading international, peer-reviewed open access journal on the science and technology of sensors and biosensors. The journal is published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) online monthly and reaches a wide audience worldwide. The manuscript has an undergraduate student author, William Putzbach (B.S. in Biology, C12), who is currently a first-year graduate student at Northwestern University. Ronkainen received an invitation to contribute an article to this special issue of Sensors titled "Enzymatic Biosensors" by guest editor Jan Halámek, Ph.D.

  • 2/28/13 - ACS/SPS student club members Maria RadcliffeZylfi Memedovski, Jeremy Tapia, and Sree Bodepudi  participated in STEM night at Fischer Middle School in Aurora IL. The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program is designed to foster the interest of the future generation in these areas. Sree Bodepudi (ACS/SPS Vice-President) commented that “We had the opportunity to reach into the community and share our passion for science with others!” The student club hosted a room filled with different activities related to electricity and charge with the goal of showing kids how cool science can be.

  • 2/15/13 - Angela Peverly (Chemistry C'09) recently published a first author paper in the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. She will be defending her Ph.D. thesis at Indiana University (Bloomington) in early April and has found a post-doctoral position in a group at IU that does environmental chemistry utilizing MS.  Read her article 

  • 1/31/13 - Christopher Check (Chemistry C'07) received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University at the December 16, 2012 commencement.  Christopher conducted his research in the laboratories of Dr. James Stambuli and on September 7, 2012 successfully defended his dissertation, "Palladium-Catalyzed Inter-and Intramolecular Allylic Oxidation Reactions of Olefins."  Congratulations!        


  • 11/12/12 - Dr. Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) presented a talk on November 5 titled "Trilobite survivorship during the Late Ordovician mass extinction is associated with geographic, environmental and ecological breadth” at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Charlotte, N.C. The presentation is an outgrowth of undergraduate research he mentored with students Emily Miofsky and Chris Castle (Biological Sciences), who were co-authors, and was supported by a Summer Research Grant from the Faculty Development Committee. While at the conference, he also participated in the Executive Council meeting of the Paleontological Society as the editor of their newsletter Priscum.

  • 11/10/12 - John Romal, Joey Hua, Sandra Tovalin-Schmidt, Amanda Stachowicz, Kessler Kerr, and Anthony Hayes attended the PhysCon 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress last November (8th-10th) in Orlando Florida.

  • 11/5/12 -  Dr. Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) recently co-authored an editorial titled “A lack of attribution: closing the citation gap through a reform of citation and indexing practice” that was accepted for Taxon, the journal of the International Association of Plant Taxonomy.
  • 10/24/12 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) recently published a paper with Ireneusz Janik of the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory titled “A vacuum ultraviolet filtering monochromator for synchrotron-based spectroscopy,” in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Volume 698, 11 January 2013, Pages 44-48. The article is also available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168900212011035.                 
  • 10/16/12 - Dr. Pete Nelson (Physics and Biology) was the invited speaker at the 2012 Fall Chemical Education Seminar Series at Purdue University on October 3. His presentation was titled, “Teaching introductory STEM with the Marble Game.” This work was funded by National Science Foundation Grant DUE-0836833.  
  • 9/24/12 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) published a paper as part of his ongoing collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory to investigate the implications of radiation damage to ionic liquids for nuclear fuel cycling applications.  The paper is entitled "Toward Radiation-Resistant Ionic Liquids. Radiation Stability of Sulfonyl Imide Anions.  Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, Sergey D. Chemerisov, Jasmine Hatcher, and James F. Wishart.  Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2012, 116, 9043-9055".        
  • 9/21/12 - JSNM Curator, Karly Tumminello, attended the Illinois Association of Museums annual conference this week in Collinsville, IL. There were some amazing presenters, lectures, and workshops this year. We now have many new ideas for our museum.      

  • 9/17/12 - Dr. Kari L. Stone (Chemistry) was recently awarded a Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES) grant titled "Multi-University Integration of Solid-State Chemistry and Powder X-ray Diffraction into the Undergraduate Curriculum" funded through the National Science Foundation. This project is in collaboration with Michael Marvel, Ph.D., of Aurora University. This grant award will fund a new course at Benedictine that focuses on the area of solid-state chemistry.

  • 9/17/12 - The National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program has awarded a $1.2 million grant to Benedictine University for the College of Science project, “Expanding and Strengthening the Secondary STEM Teacher Training Program.” Dr. Allison K. Wilson (Biological Sciences) is the principal investigator of the project. Dr. Andrew G. Wig (Physics), Dr. Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry), Dr. Thomas G. Wangler (Mathematics) and Dr. John F. Zigmond (Education) are the co-principal investigators. The duration of funding is five years (January 1, 2013-December 31, 2017). The grant will provide $900,000 toward scholarships for as many as 110 Benedictine University undergraduates and Alternative Certification professionals who intend to be secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers chiefly in the fields of physics, mathematics and chemistry.
  • 9/10/12 - James Sostak, MD ('01 Health Science)  is currently practicing with the Fox Valley Orthopaedic Associates (read his bio). He will share his expertise on the hip scope, a noninvasive procedure used to treat and diagnose a range of hip problems, at "Dinner with the Doc" on Wednesday, December 12.  (This event is sponsored by Cadence Health's Central DuPage Hospital - for information or to register call 630-933-4234).
  • 9/7/12 - Regina Schurman, EdD, RCEP, CPA (MSCEP) presented her poster "Is There a Model For Success? Exploring the Journey of Exercise Physiology Graduates Seeking Employment in Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs" at the AACVPR (American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation) meeting held in Orlando, Florida on September 7. 838 practioners from around the country were in attendance.

  • 8/20/12 - Joshua Blomgren, MD ('01 Biochemistry) did a live interview on ABC7News about Kids' Concussions. Dr. Josh Blomgren, a sports medicine physician with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush (read his bio), treats a wide variety of sports injuries, including shoulder, knee, back injuries and concussion. He is a co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox, team physician for the Chicago Red Stars, and serves as a medical provider for Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Watch the interview       
  • 8/9/12 - Evan Ariano ('13 Biology) presented a poster at the Ecological Society of America conference August 9-12 in Portland, Oregon.
  • 7/3/12 - Kiel Lazarski ('06-Biochemistry) defended his doctoral thesis on June 22, 2012 in the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University. His wife, Caitlin Ondracek ('06-Molecular Biology), defended her doctoral thesis on June 12, 2012 in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kiel will be starting his post-doc in September working for Prof. John Porco at Boston University on biomimetic natural product syntheses. Caitlin will be starting her post-doc with Prof. Leonard Guarente at MIT studying the role of sirtuins in aging and cancer.
  • 6/17/12 - Angela Peverly ('09 Chemistry) published a cover article in Analytical Chemistry:
    Electrochemical Determination of Trihalomethanes in Water by Means of Stripping Analysis
    Angela A. Peverly and Dennis G. Peters*
    Department of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, United States
    Anal. Chem., 2012, 84 (14), pp 6110–6115
    DOI: 10.1021/ac301005t
    Publication Date (Web): June 17, 2012
  • 6/8/12 - Scott Toth ('09 Chemistry) published a cover article in Analytical Chemistry:
    Selective Imaging of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in Powdered Blends with Common Excipients Utilizing Two-Photon Excited Ultraviolet-Fluorescence and Ultraviolet-Second Order Nonlinear Optical Imaging of Chiral Crystals
    S. J. Toth, J. T. Madden, L. S. Taylor, P. Marsac, and G. J. Simpson
    pp 5869–5875
    Publication Date (Web): June 8, 2012 (Accelerated Article)
    DOI: 10.1021/ac300917t
  • 5/18/12 - John Stoessel (Chemistry '60) and Andreas Papakostas (Health Science C93) were featured in the Spring 2012 edition of the Benedictine Voices Magazine. Click here to read the magazine.  They are featured on pages 20 and 22 respectfully.        
  • 5/16/12 - Maggie Augustyn, D.D.S. ('99-Molecular Biology) was featured in two articles in the Trib Local Business Announcements. Click to read  "Premium Dental Care and Friendly Service Offered at Elmhurst Dental Clinic" and "Elmhurst Dental Office Provides Dental Services in an Atmosphere of Laughter and Fun."   
  • 5/10/12 - Regina Schurman (Exercise Physiology) successfully defended her doctoral thesis: "Is there a model for success?  Exploring the facets of sustainable professional employment among the graduates of clinical exercise physiology programs".  This was the culmination of two years of classwork and the evaluation of 21 hours of interviews with professionals in the field of exercise physiology.  Her analysis resulted in the development of a model of the criteria identified by these professionals that were essential for achieving professional success as a clinical exercise physiologist.  Her work will directly impact the students in our masters programs and will serve as an important resource in the literature as exercise physiologists weigh the importance of licensure for their profession.  Congratulations Dr. Regina Schurman!        
  • 5/7/12 - Dr. Pete Nelson (Physics and Biology) presented a paper titled “A new pedagogy for ion channels: they’re permeases, not pores!” at the Experimental Biology National Meeting held in San Diego, Calif. on April 21-25. This work was funded by NSF Grant DUE-0836833.        
  • 4/17/12 - Joey Hua, a junior biochemistry major, presented a poster at the 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego in March.  She is also the recipient of the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry.
  • 4/15/12 - Dr. Cheryl Heinz (Biology) had four students present at the ACCA Student Research Symposium on April 15.  Congratulations to Evan Ariano, Bilaal Hassan, Sweatha Jeevan and Stephanie Samuel for outstanding presentations!              
  • 4/10/12 - Dr. Tim Marin (Chemistry) and his Elemental Orchestra, featuring percussion, horns, piano, bass and guitar, provided the music during the presentation at the The Benedictine University Library as they marked the University’s 125th birthday and honor National Library Week by presenting “Library of Change: 125 Years of Music and History.”  The celebration featured a live, mixed-media presentation which will examined the dynamic history of Benedictine University and the library through music, guest speakers, rarely-seen archival images and artifacts from the Benedictine University Library archives.                
  • 4/2/12 - Dr. Elizabeth Freeland (Physics) gave a colloquium in the Department of Physics at the University of Iowa on March 19 titled "Searching for New Physics: Neutral B-mixing and Lattice QCD.” She also gave a department seminar titled “Lattice calculations for neutral B mixing: a brief discussion of the details.”
  • 3/19/12 - Dr. Pete Nelson (Physics and Biology) had a teaching resource, “Teaching Physiology with the Marble Game 2: Algorithms and Tylenol®,” peer-reviewed by the Archive Board of the American Physiological Society (APS). It is currently featured as an "Inquiry-Based K-12 Science" item on the front page of their National Science Foundation-funded online portal, “The APS Archive of Teaching Resources - A Collaborative Digital Library of Life Sciences." This resource covers introductory (second week) material in Nelson's BIOL 310 - "Physiological Modeling" and BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 323 - "Biophysics" classes currently offered at Benedictine and provides an introduction to computational science that is accessible to high school students. This work is funded by National Science Foundation Grant DUE-0836833.
  • 1/23/12 - Dr. Robin Rylaarsdam (Biological Sciences) recently gave a research seminar at Loyola University/Stritch School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, describing her work discovering Intragenic Suppressors of McCune-Albright Syndrome Mutations. The research is a first step in the rational design of new drugs for McCune-Albright Syndrome.

  • 12/13/11 - Nicholas Dobes ('09-Chemistry)  published the paper "Polystyrene-coated micropallets for culture and separation of primary muscle cells" in Analytical and Bioanalytical ChemistryRead the paper.  Nick is currently at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the Department of Chemistry (Analytical Chemistry).


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