The Synapse

Updates from the Sciences at Loyola University Maryland

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October 2022 | Issue 48

October issue of the Synapse provides news about Natural and Applied Sciences programs and events including Grand Seminar, NAS Alumni Award and reception, a talk at the interface of Arts & Sciences, Data Science panel discussion event and more. October also provides an opportunity to celebrate advancement of knowledge when the Nobel prizes are awarded in various fields each year.

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Announcements of the 2022 Nobel Prizes

Each year in the early October the winners of the Nobel prizes in various fields are announced by the the Nobel Prize Organization. The 2022 Noble prize recipients are:

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Svante Pääbo for "Discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution" (10/3/2022).

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger for "breakthroughs in quantum mechanics" (10/4/2022).

The 2022 Nobel prize in Chemistry
was awarded to Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless for “the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.” (10/5/2022).

The 2022 Nobel prize in Literature was awarded to the French author Annie Ernaux for “the courage and clinical acuity with which she uncovers the roots, estrangements and collective restraints of personal memory” (10/6/2022).

The 2022 Nobel prize in Peace was awarded to to human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, the Russian human rights organisation Memorial and the Ukrainian human rights organisation Center for "Civil Liberties" (10/7/2022).

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded to Ben Bernanke, Douglas Diamond and Philip Dybvig, for "significantly improving our understanding of the role of banks in the economy, particularly during financial crises" (10/10/2022).


Grand Seminar, November 8, 2022

Tuesday | November 8 | 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm | McGuire Hall | Loyola University Maryland

This year's Grand Seminar will be presented by Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia University in the city of New York. He is a global leader in sustainable wastewater treatment and engineered resource recovery. Chandran’s work is enabled through understanding and harnessing the biochemical potential and metabolism of microbial communities and developing appropriate technologies towards addressing global environmental and societal needs. He received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2015 (the so-called MacArthur Genius Award) and was named a Fellow of the Water Environment Federation in 2013.

For updates and more details related to the November 8, 2022 Grand Seminar, including the link to registration for this event, please visit the Grand Seminar page.

NAS Alumni Award and Reception

During the afternoon of November 8, and before our Grand Seminar lecture, there will be a reception that includes Hauber 2022 Poster presentations. Moreover, we are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize the scientific and career achievements of one of our most accomplished alum, Adam Phillippe, during this reception. We look forward to see participation by members of NAS community in the November 8 events including the reception, poster presentation, NAS Alumni Award, and Grand Seminar.

To learn more about our NAS Alumni Award recipients, the human genome scientist, and one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2022” please use the following link.

A talk at the intersection of Arts and Sciences “Webb’s First Look at the Universe.”

Tuesday | November 1st | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | the McManus Theatre | Loyola University Maryland

Joseph DePasquale, the Senior Data Imaging Developer at the Space Telescope Science Institute will present his work on how he turns data sets into the beautiful astronomical images we have recently been seeing from the James Webb Space Telescope. He will also discuss his career path that led him to his position as Senior Science Visuals Developer at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

His presentation, co-sponsored by Fine Arts, Physics, and NAS, will be Tuesday, November 1st from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the McManus Theatre.

Join us for A Night with Data Science to explore Data Science in Everyday Life: Applicability, AI, and Other Trends

October 20, 2022 | 5:30 pm | 4th Floor Program Room | Andrew White Student Center | Loyola University Maryland

Following a keynote from renowned industry executive and former Harrah’s CMO, David Norton, MBA ’95, panelists will explore data science from a variety of perspectives across industry and government—how data science is applicable in everyday life, how AI is being used across the world, and other data science trends. A networking reception will precede the event, beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the panel discussion beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Presidential Inauguration Reminder

This week during Oct 10-12, we are celebrating the Inauguration of the 25th president of Loyola University Maryland, Terrence M. Sawyer, J.D. The full schedule of events is on the Inauguration website, however, below is a list of this week's inauguration events:

  • Inaugural Symposium, Monday, Oct. 10, 3 p.m., McGuire Hall
  • Student Celebration, Monday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m., Academic Quadrangle (Fireworks to launch after 9:30 p.m.)
  • Mass of Thanksgiving & Fellowship, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m., Reitz Arena
  • Inaugural Convocation, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m., Reitz Arena
  • Luncheon on the Quad, Wednesday, Oct. 12, immediately following the convocation

A New Minor in Medical Humanities

Loyola launched a new medical humanities minor, entitled Health and Human Experience, this fall. It was created to complement students’ pre-health studies in natural sciences or work as a meaningful unit own its own, relevant to all who are interested in topics such as history of medicine, bioethics, and global health. Health and Human Experience is an interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences minor that prepares students to understand cultural factors in health and delivery of care. For more information, please visit: .

Environmental Justice - B'more Bucket List

Environmental Action Club & Addressing the System are inviting you to join the Environmental Justice efforts through Baltimore Bucketlist activities as described below. For more information contact Sylvia Lei
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Updates, Reminders, and Events of Interest

Book Adoptions for Spring Semester: The deadline for Book Adoption for Spring semester is October 31. Please use the link on "Inside Loyola" to place Book Adoption orders. For any assistance, please email

NAS Faculty and Staff Photo Session: NAS faculty and staff may sign up for a 5-minute NAS Photo Session on November 8, 2022, Tuesday, 3:00 - 4:30 P.M. in Donnelly Atrium/Memorial Garden. Please click here to register. This will be prior to the NAS Alumni Award ceremony / Hauber poster reception (4;30-6:00 pm), which leads to Grand Seminar at 6:00 pm.

Refectory Seating Area Open for Staff, Faculty, and Administration!

The Refectory's seating area has reopened for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. The Refectory is currently not serving food, but the seating area will be open from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm Monday-Friday. The seating area is reserved only for Staff, Faculty, and Administration.

The Bridge

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Training & Development Sponsored by Human Resources

  • Preventing Workplace Harassment - 11/16/2022, 11:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Sellinger VIP Lounge.
  • Employee Assistance Program Training for Supervisors-10/20/2022, 12/1/2022, 12:45 p.m.-1.15 p.m., College Center Rm 114
  • Creating an Inclusive Team and Promoting Culture of Respect, 10/25/2022, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Online Webinar, registration link is here
  • Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions, 11/8/2022, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Online Webinar, registration link is here
  • Emotional Intelligence for Success, 12/6/2022, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Online Webinar, registration link is here

Additional Training and Development Opportunities for Employees and Students

OUTLoyola SafeZone Training

Green Bandana Brigade

Gender Diversity and Inclusion Training

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Facilitators: Beth Berenson, LCPC, and Ryan Sappington, Ph.D., of the Counseling Center

Find more information on the Brown Bag Series and register to attend on the Upcoming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Events page.


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Coronavirus Resources

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Federal Work Study positions

The Visual and Performing Arts Department. is currently taking applications for Federal Work Study positions.

Studio Arts Assistant (2 open positions), apply via Handshake and/or contact Professor Friebele (

Photography Lab Assistant (1 open position), apply via Handshake and/or contact Professor Braxton (

Music and VPA Office Assistant (1 open position), apply via Handshake and/or contact Mx. Sophia Bell (

Positions are open to all Loyola students approved for Federal Work Study, regardless of major. The Work Study supervisors are more than happy to train students for anything they are unfamiliar with! All positions pay $13.25 per hour.