SEU Alumnus Celebrates 50 Years as Elsevier Author

Dr. Michael F. L’Annunziata (’65, Chemistry) has published several books with Elsevier over the years, including the Handbook of Radioactivity Analysis and Radioactivity:  Introduction and History.  In recognition of 50 years of working with Elsevier, the publisher posted a two-part interview with Dr. L’Annunziata.  In it, he recalls the important role St. Edward’s played in laying the foundation for a successful career.  Congratulations, Dr. L’Annunziata!

2017 Lucian Symposium Schedule – Friday, 29 September

From the 2017 Lucian Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Dr. Tricia Shepherd:

This week Friday, the Lucian Symposium will be held in Carter Auditorium beginning at 8:50 am.  You can find details on the Lucian Symposium website:  The Lucian Symposium is an annual event, open to the public.

Lunch follows the keynote speakers.  After lunch, student research posters will be available for viewing in the halls of the John Brooks Williams North Building from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

There will be four keynote speakers:

  • Thomas E. Cheatham, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry & Director of the Center for High Performance Computing at the University of Utah
  • Michelle M. Francl, Professor and Chair of Chemistry at Bryn Mawr College
  • Ward Thompson, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Kansas
  • Garritt Tucker, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines (

While there will be a common thread among speakers in terms of the using various computational methods in their research, the application/connections with undergraduates in each Natural Science discipline was my goal for the symposium. In particular, the presentations will be broadly applicable as follows: Cheatham: Biology/Computer Science, Francl: Mathematics, Thompson:Chemistry, Tucker:Physics/Engineering. I have advised all the speakers to include background/context appropriate for a broad audience of majors that span the Natural Sciences. Below is the schedule with tentative titles:

Friday, Sept 29th
8:50 am welcome
9:00-9:45   Garritt Tucker: Exploring the Nanoscale Mechanisms of Functional Materials with Computational Materials Science
9:45-10:30   Ward Thompson: The Big Deal about Being Small: Dynamics and Spectroscopy in Nanopores
10:30-10:45   break
10:45-11:30   Michelle Francl: Tools for predicting and understanding molecular structure from paper and pencil to Beowulf clusters
11:30-12:15   Tom Cheatham: Optimizing the use of computers to understand the complexity of biomolecular systems
12:15-1:30   lunch
1:30-3:30   poster session

I appreciate your support of this annual event for our school!

Tricia Shepherd, PhD
Chemistry Professor & Dept. Chair
St. Edward’s University

ESTEEM Program at Notre Dame

Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. They are fascinated and passionate about science or engineering while yearning to put their learning into action with the tools of business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It is not unusual for ESTEEM graduates to leave the program throwing around words like “transformed”, “confident”, “problem solver”, and “entrepreneur” to describe themselves. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to become leaders in their chosen fields. Our alums include Janaee Wallace (2016), Karl de Zoeten (2017), Ralph Hayyat (2017), EB Conklin Reyes (2018), and Valeria Gonzalez (2018) from St. Edward’s University. 

Do you have science & pop culture on the brain?

Launching next month is SciPop Talks!, a speaker series that explores topics at the intersection of science and pop culture. Think Wonder Woman and The Chemists’ War, comic book physics, or why is bacon so popular. Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Raychelle Burks, who co-created SciPop Talks! at University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) while a postdoctoral scholar, is hoping these Science Cafe style events will attract a diverse crowd of pop culture and science fans. SciPop Talks! program will be a collaboration with the Munday Library, who will host the talks and offer a multi-media content that supports each talk’s content. Talks are aimed toward a general audience, being 20-30 minutes in length, with Q&A to follow. Like a movie night, snacks will be provided!

The Hilltop’s SciPop Talks! will kick-off on October 4th with Dr. Michael Saclolo (Mathematics) shedding light on Euler’s Method, brought into the mainstream with the success of the book and movie Hidden Figures. Our October 11th talk will trigger your Spidey sense, with Dr. Matthew Steffenson (biology) talking Spider-Man science. Biology’s Emily Hooser Hartman’s will tackle the Harry Potter and the Transfiguration Problem on October 18th. Winter is coming to the Hilltop on October 25th when Dr. Burks talks The Song of Ice and Fire and Chemistry. All talks will start at 7pm in Munday Library room 141.

We hope to see all pop culture and science fans there!

Topper Tech Talks

The Office of Information Technology is bringing students an opportunity to network with Google fiber, Microsoft, Mozilla Foundation, and Adobe. They will be joining us at St. Edward’s University with product demonstrations, interactive discussions, and presentations. Please see the flyer for more details and make sure to add the dates to your calendars!

2017 Lucian Symposium and Poster Session

Dear colleagues and students,

A reminder to students that if you did research ANYWHERE this past summer and would like to present a poster on that work as part of the student poster session following this year’s Lucian Symposium (Friday, 29 September), here are the deadlines:

Students who would like to present a poster will need to submit their abstract and title by Noon, Friday, 15 September. To submit your abstract, visit and click the “Registration” tab or “Create Account” link.  Once registered, you will receive an activation link and can then access the “2017 Lucian Symposium” conference.  To enter your research information, from the home page click the “Create new submission” link.  Note: if the conference is not visible from your home page when you log in, click the “All Conferences” tab then enter “2017 Lucian Symposium” in the filter search field and click the title once it is visible.

This year, we are again using Spoonflower to print fabric posters for each student so we will need extra time to allow for the print process. Submit your poster print request in PPT or PDF format as soon as you are able but absolutely no later than 10 am on Thursday, 14 September. Submit your requests to NSCI Poster Print Request.

Each student may have one poster printed by the School of Natural Sciences each academic year.  Additional poster printing should be paid for by research grant accounts as appropriate.  Students should use the poster they print for all appropriate conference presentations during the 2017 – 2018 academic year.  The poster template can be accessed through Box:  NSCI Poster Template.

NOTE:  posters submitted after 10 am on Thursday, 14 September will not be printed by the School of Natural Sciences.  I recommend that if you need to print your poster after that date, please look for poster printing services at local area businesses (e.g., FedEx print).

We are asking students to hang their posters by 3:00 pm on Thursday, 28 September.  That afternoon, the School of Natural Sciences Advisory Board will meet.  Members of the board often enjoy reading through student posters.  They will have time to do so after their meeting concludes around 4:30 pm that afternoon.

We ask students to take their posters down by 5 pm on Friday, 29 September.

We ask students to plan to be at their posters for some portion of the time period 1.30-3.30pm on Friday, 29 September.  It is not necessary to stand at your poster for the entire period of time, but do commit to spending some portion of that period of time at your poster if at all possible.

Last year’s event was a tremendous success, and with our prestigious visitors on campus (both for the Advisory Board meeting and for the Lucian Symposium), we have a great opportunity to share what our students have been doing in the area of research and the successes you all are having in advancing the frontiers of science.

Remember, it is not essential that the research occurred at St. Edward’s— any REU or other university research program at which you did research this summer is eligible for a printing of one poster.

Finally – if you were a recipient of a Brother Romard research grant this past summer, the expectation is that you will print out and present a poster at this event.

If you have any questions, please contact

Looking forward to another great student research poster session.


Bill Munday School of Business announces 3 Day Startup

The Bill Munday School of Business is excited to announce that 3 Day Startup is coming to St. Edward’s University this fall. 3 Day Startup is a program that gives students the skills to not only start a company but also land jobs in startups, drive innovation in established corporations and kick-start social impact projects. By participating in 3 Day Startup, students will connect with talented people from different backgrounds, create something together and learn what it takes to found a company.

3 Day Startup at St. Edward’s University is free for participants and open to ALL majors. 

Dates: Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24

Location: Ragsdale Center

Interested students should visit and complete the application by Friday, September 8, in order to participate.