A generation ago, a profusion of tattoos often indicated a dangerous person. But today, University of California, Santa Cruz, chemistry lecturer Randa E. Roland says her abundant ink makes her approachable. “I’m kind of the chemistry ambassador around town,” Roland says. Her prolific ink “opens up a lot of conversations about chemistry.”
It started a little more than five years ago, when Roland, now 44, realized that she could spell her name in element symbols. “So I started small, with my name spelled out on my lower back in boxes like those on a periodic table,” she says. “I would mention that in class, and the students would start looking at the periodic table. I’d get e-mails saying, ‘I can spell my name, too!’
You may have issues viewing the gallery below when using Internet Explorer. Please try another browser.Photos: Courtesy of Randa Roland - Tattoos: Ron Nelson, Mission Street Tattoo, Santa Cruz, CA - Layout: Ty Finocchiaro / C&EN
On Labor Day SHU’s ACS Chemistry Club members Kristie Konieczny, Amy Buonaccorsi, Neil Doppler, Joey Fierro, Kevin Hess, Krystal Scinto, Danielle Beier, Joe Wetherell, Kevin Campos and their advisor Dr. Linda Farber continued the twenty year tradition of setting up and tie wrapping 2000+ chairs for the Norwalk Oyster Festival. The chairs serve as seating for the festival’s many bands and events which this year featured Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The Norwalk Seaport Association runs the Norwalk Oyster Festival, which is held every year the weekend (Fri-Sun) after Labor Day. This activity serves as one of the main fundraisers for the ACS Chemistry club.