Department and Alumni News

TWU alumna's company looks to expand with toxin-free cleaners and soaps

Alex Schreiber, co-owner of Lion Bear Naked Soap Co., has a chemistry degree from Texas Woman’s University, and she and her co-owner/husband have put it to the test. Their Denton-born toxin-free cleaner and soap company has won over consumers in small pockets across the country. Now, it’s looking to expand to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Many find Lion Bear Naked Soap products on the Environmental Working Group’s website, where products are scored based on how safe they are for people. The Schreibers' company ranks among the best for being devoid of harmful toxins.

TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry participates in 2018 EarthX Expo

The TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry participated in this year's EarthX Expo at Fair Park in Dallas. The event, which took place April 20-22, is the largest exposition for Earth Day and associated environmental concerns drawing over 900 exhibitors, 260 speakers and 100,000 visitors. The department was the only chemistry department in attendance and TWU was one of only six Texas universities participating.  On Friday, graduate students Mikaela Wilk and Skylar Wappes gave a presentation on their recent trip to Brazil to learn about water conservation.

Astrobiologist Melissa Trainer, Ph.D., to present 'Chemistry on Mars' April 13


Melissa Trainer, PhD, headshot

Melissa Trainer, Ph.D., astrobiologist and Assistant Chief for Science, Operations, and Strategic Planning in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center will present "Chemistry on Mars: The Search for Habitable Environments with Curiosity" 12-1:15 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 in CFO 202. This presentation will recount the most important findings on the chemistry of Mars to-date and will discuss the implications for our understanding of whether the red planet was ever habitable.


TWU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry attends national meeting of the American Chemical Society

Chemistry faculty and students on the way to New Orleans

Faculty members Mary Anderson, Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Cynthia Maguire and Richard Sheardy; graduate students Anna Stopper, Lindsay Haynes, Skylar Wappes, Sara Williams, Karen Reyes and Trang Nguyen; and undergraduate students Claudette Fraire, Tra Nguyen, Meredith Garrett, Aishwarya Lanka and Daniella Trujillo attended the 255th American Chemical Society Meeting & Exposition from March 18-22 in New Orleans, LA. Both faculty and students presented research at the event, and the TWU KEM Club received an award for their outstanding achievements in education and green chemistry. Download the full report >>

Biochemistry undergraduate Marjorie Nelson accepted to summer research program

Marjorie Nelson has been accepted to the University of Maine's summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). The Forest Bioproducts Research Institute REU program works in collaboration with the University of Concepción in Chile. During the course of the program, Marjorie will travel to Chile to perform part of her research. Congratulations, Marjorie!

TWU chemistry program earns top national recognition

Over the past decade, Texas Woman’s University students in chemistry and biochemistry have turned aluminum cans into Play-Doh, sampled and analyzed water quality in the Trinity River watershed, and converted human energy on treadmills into potential electricity. For “graduating chemists with civic lenses” and addressing such social issues as sustainability, water quality and safety, TWU has been singled out for special recognition by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

KEM Club teams up with Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History to celebrate National Chemistry Week

Have you ever wondered what chalk, rocks and ghost crystals have in common? Chemistry! Members of the American Chemical Society at Texas Woman's University teamed up with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to explore these concepts and more during Chemistry Connections: National Chemistry Week, October 24 – 28. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this year’s theme for the event was “Chemistry Rocks!”

“The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History celebrates the wonders of technology, engineering and chemistry every day. However, National Chemistry Week provides the perfect opportunity to really explore that particular science,” Museum President Van Romans said. “Most importantly, it connects students with hundreds of chemists in our studios. In that connection, science becomes real and professions become tangible.”

During this activity packed festival, guests investigated the interesting world of rocks and minerals while trying out classic chemistry experiments that deepen their understanding of the intriguing field of geochemistry.

Paige Hall with award

Chemistry undergraduate Paige Hall receives ACS award

Undergraduate chemistry major Paige Hall was recently selected as the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awardee by the American Chemical Society's Dallas-Fort Worth Local Section. In recognition of her achievements, Paige was honored at the section's April awards dinner and also will receive a cash prize. 

With nearly 157,000 members and 185 local sections, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. Congratulations, Paige, on your outstanding achievements!

EPA grant aids in development of pollinator gardens

Photo of a butterfly on a flower

Four faculty members have been awarded a $15,000 Environmental Protection Agency Grant for the development of pollinator gardens on campus and across the community. The Butterfly Garden Advisory Committee is comprised of Government Professor Jeff Robb, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Chair and Professor Dr. Richard Sheardy, Herbarium Director and Biology Professor Dr. Camelia Maier and Chemistry and Biochemistry Senior Lecturer Cynthia Maguire.


Texas Woman’s faculty Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan appointed as national fellow

Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan

Nasrin Mirsaleh-Kohan, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Texas Woman’s University, is one of five educators to be elected to the most recent class of Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Leadership Fellows by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. Mirsaleh-Kohan was chosen from a pool of more than 6,000 faculty members and academics considered to be a part of the SENCER community.


TWU's Richard Sheardy named conference chair for the North American Calorimetry Conference

In recognition of his long-standing contributions to the field of biothermodynamics and dedication to students, Richard D. Sheardy, professor and chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Texas Woman’s University, has been named conference chair for the North American Calorimetry Conference (CALCON).


TWU's Cynthia Maguire off to become a wizard

Cynthia Maguire

Texas Woman’s University chemistry faculty member Cynthia Maguire’s road to become a science wizard isn’t paved with yellow bricks in the Land of Oz. Rather, she will travel across the “Land of the Long White Cloud” to New Zealand this fall, returning as the “Mistress of Potions”— believed to be the nation’s first woman science wizard.  


Chemistry student organization receives national recognition for excellence, green chemistry

The Texas Woman’s University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s student organization — the KEM Club (Kappa Epsilon Mu) — has received an Honorable Mention Award from the American Chemical Society Committee on Education in recognition of the club’s commitment to promote chemistry at the university. The American Chemical Society also gave the group a Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award for its commitment to environmentally-friendly chemistry practices. The TWU Kem Club was among only 43 student organizations out of 500 in the nation to receive the Green Chemistry Award.