The pursuit of knowledge and finding new ways to share its information is at the forefront for the Seton Hall University’s chemistry department.
Every Tuesday, during the academic year, the department hosts a seminar series to showcase the latest research inside and outside of SHU.
Nicholas Snow, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said the seminar series is named after Rose Mercadante, who was the departmental secretary from 1961 to 1991.
Mercadante came back to the SHU community in 2001 and was the 2015 McQuaid Medal recipient. According to the University website, the medal recognizes members of the SHU community who have served beyond measure and distinction.
Mercadante dedicated her time to being a mentor and made lasting connections with students, especially with those working towards their PhD, Snow said.
“Our PhD students especially consider Rose a mentor, friend and advisor,” Snow said. “Her friendship and counsel has made a lasting impact on anyone, especially our graduate students, who have known her.”
Snow also directs the seminar series which was named after Mercadante in 2015.
The series each week sets out to connect students, of any major, with the latest knowledge within the chemistry community. Attendance and participation in the seminar is required for each graduate student within the chemistry field, however, the series is open to all students.
“It highlights the latest in chemical research from both inside and outside Seton Hall,” Snow said. “Students are exposed to cutting edge research across the breadth of the discipline.”
Snow added that the series includes diverse presentations and speakers who range from students pursuing their masters to PhD students to speakers not affiliated with Seton Hall.
This past year, the series has featured a lecture by Frieder Jaekle, a professor of chemistry at Rutgers University from the Newark campus. Jaekle discussed his boron-containing-polymers as luminescent, sensory and stimuli-response materials, according to the Rutger’s chemistry department website.
The series also featured a lecture from Eugene Higgins, chair of the chemical biological engineering department at Princeton University. There are times where the lecture will be held in McNulty Hall, but each week the University events calendar updates the times and location.
Stephanie Gomulka can be reached at stephanie.gomulka@student. shu.edu.