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Loyola's 'green chemistry' American Chemical Society club awarded grant

October 12, 2012

Loyola American Chemistry Society club officers include: Alex Krotulski, Megan Rushing and Justin Romaire in the back row, and Ashley Simoneaux in the front row.

The Loyola University New Orleans student chapter of the American Chemical Society received a $500 grant from the society to unify the chemistry clubs at Loyola, Xavier, University of New Orleans and Tulane University.

The grant will fund team building among the regional clubs to form a more cohesive group. That’s important because this group of students will plan and lead undergraduate activities at the upcoming National American Chemical Society meeting in April 2013 hosted in New Orleans.

Senior chemistry student Ashley Simoneaux authored the grant proposal with help from the club’s officers.

Loyola’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society is now also a “green” chapter. That designation recognizes the club’s activities completed in its quest to do chemistry in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner. Among those activities, two students gave poster presentations about green chemistry at the national American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego last year. The club also listened to a talk by internationally known green chemist Robin Rogers, Ph.D., from the University of Alabama, and sponsored a movie night showing “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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