A video describing the processing and analysis of a COSY 2D NMR spectrum has been added to the department's NMR page. It joins videos on analyzing normal proton and carbon spectra. Eventually videos describing most of the common NMR techniques will be produced and uploaded.
It doesn't have anything to do with chemistry per se, but Professor Ron Lipsman has written a hard hitting piece about higher education that is well worth studying, for faculty, administrators, and students alike.
According to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, a physician and breast surgeon, oral contraceptives represent a significant risk factor for breast cancer. You can read short, popular-level articles and blog posts on the subject, here and here. You can read a more technical treatment of the subject by Dr. Lanfranchi, here. This subject is of obvious interest to Catholics, given the Church's official teaching on contraception and the controversy that often surrounds it.
Who would have thought that animal venoms could be harvested to save lives? It turns out that animal venoms contain a rich brew of proteins and peptides that can be optimized into safe and effective pharmaceutical agents. You can read about some exciting developments in venom derived peptide drugs in a recent article.