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Chemistry Students in Prof. Shana Stoddard’s Lab Publish Research Advancing Drug Design for Cancer Therapies

Dr. Shana Stoddard, assistant professor of chemistry, and students in her research lab have co-authored articles recently published in two peer-reviewed journals—the International Journal of Molecular Sciences and the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. They have successfully tested several of the designed drugs that have the potential to be cancer therapeutics. Current work in the lab is focused on synthesis of more drug candidates that have been identified in the lab.

Prof. Elizabeth Pettinaroli Co-Edits Book on Environmental ‘Slow Violence’ in Latin America and Latinx Worlds

Dr. Elizabeth Pettinaroli, associate professor of Spanish and chair of Latin American and Latinx Studies at Rhodes, has a new book out titled Ecofictions, Ecorealities and Slow Violence in Latin America and the Latinx World (Routledge, 2019), which focuses on works denouncing extractivism in Latinx and Latin American literature, visual and performance arts, and film. She co-edited this volume of critical studies with Dr. Ana María Mutis of Trinity University and Dr. Ilka Kressner of the University of Albany.

Madison Treas ’20 Collects Data Uncovering Disparities Between Local Urban and Suburban Schools

In the teaching and learning track of the Educational Studies program, Rhodes senior Madison Treas has deepened her understanding of the effects of privilege and poverty in school systems. Through an urban studies course that ties to her educational studies major, Treas was able to interview teachers from schools in the Memphis area in order to gain insight into inequalities in the classroom based on school location and environment, students’ socio-economic backgrounds, and educational opportunities being offered.

Rebeca Roldan ’19 and Other Rhodes College Researchers Publish New Research on Antibacterial Agents

Chemistry alumna Rebeca Roldan ’19 is first author on an article based on her undergraduate research published in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. “I am so honored to have been a part of getting this paper published, and I am especially proud of Dr. Larryn Peterson and the excellent science that is coming out of her lab,” says Roldan. “The experiences I gained and the mentorship I received in that lab, the chemistry department, and Rhodes as a whole gave me the confidence I needed as a young chemist, preparing me well for graduate school and beyond.”

Rhodes to Offer New Course Dedicated to the Science of Climate Change

Warming oceans. Wildfires. Shifting weather patterns. This semester, Rhodes College is offering a new course dedicated to one of the most challenging global issues—climate change. The liberal arts environment of Rhodes is uniquely suited for important conversations about this subject, since it cuts across many disciplines. The spring 2020 course is a collaboration between Dr. David Rupke and Dr. Sarah Boyle.