Pharmaceutical Friday

Pharmaceutical Friday


New Green Walls Course Offered

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A shared belief that art and science complement each other has sparked a new class in which students will design green walls—with living plants—to tackle climate change. Chemical and life science engineering associate professor Stephen Fong, Ph.D. and VCU Arts assistant professor Jon Sheridan, M.F.A., are collaborating with biology and urban planning faculty. A pilot class this spring is made up of concurring courses in art, biology, and engineering.

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Miniaturizing Drug Production

Researchers in the VCU School of Engineering’s Pharmacy on Demand initiative design drug manufacturing processes that shrink the environmental and industrial footprint. Thomas D. Roper, Ph.D., the school’s director of pharmaceutical engineering, said that through factories the size of a refrigerator, "we are able to bring science and engineering closer to the patient.”

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Catalysis Lab

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Professor Frank Gupton, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, introduces the Catalysis Lab at Biotech Eight. Under his direction, graduate and undergraduate students design, produce and test catalysts in the lab, which is part of the Center for Rational Catalyst Synthesis (CeRCaS).

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Meet Samuel Wojcicki

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Samuel Wojcicki, a Chemical and Life Science Engineering and Chemistry student, was the first VCU student to win the prestigious Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship. Wojcicki shares his enthusiasm about the opportunity to study energy and climate policy in Washington, D.C., noting, “That’s where policy happens.”

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Medical discovery, across the world and back

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After Laura Hayward graduated from the VCU School of Engineering’s Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering (CLSE) in 2014, her studies took her to Australia. Winning a Fulbright scholarship, she worked at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland.

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