MIR Lab In The News and the Community

Dr. Shana Stoddard, assistant professor of chemistry, is a 2021 recipient of the Mentor Award presented by the Council on Undergraduate Research’s (CUR) Health Sciences Division. The division recognizes transformative mentoring and advising by higher education faculty across all subdivisions of health sciences—wellness, disease, health care, and health management—with awards in the early career, mid-career, and advanced career categories. Each award includes a cash prize and a certificate of recognition.

Watch Dr. Stoddard as a panelist in COVID Uncovered Community Conversations Part 3 hosted by the NAACP Grand Rapids chapter. Dr. Stoddard had a community conversation providing timely and important information about discussing COVID, vaccine development, the current variants developing in COVID, and other topics seminal to understanding how to stay safe in the COVD pandemic. Watch the video to learn more about COVID!

Check out the COVID-19 Treatment and Foundational Chemistry aired on The Academic Minute played part of WAMC radio. This segment is about  Dr. Stoddard's Foundations Students who designed COVID-19 antivirals in lab class. 

During the week of January 25, five Rhodes professors will share their expertise on the theme of equity for the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ (AAC&U) program, The Academic Minute. Introduced by AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella and produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, listeners can catch the program live each weekday at 7:30 a.m and 3:56 p.m. or find the podcast on Apple Podcasts.

Dr. Shana Stoddard and Lab Students Discover Antiviral That Could Aid in COVID-19 Treatment

When Rhodes College switched to remote teaching and learning in March, Dr. Shana Stoddard, assistant professor of chemistry, wanted to continue creating meaningful labs for her first-year Foundations of Chemistry course. Instead of showing videos, she decided to charge her students with designing and testing possible therapies for coronavirus....

Student-made COVID-19 treatments at Rhodes fill pipeline

When Rhodes College had to cancel in-person classes last March, Shana Stoddard had what felt like a moral dilemma for her first-year chemistry students: How could she create a meaningful lab when no one would have access to chemicals, let alone environments at home for mixing them. The assistant professor proposed they design drugs for coronavirus....

MIR Lab Students Publish Again

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....

Level Up: Increasing the number of women in STEM careers through mentorship

Women and minorities are still very underrepresented in STEM.  In Chemistry only 4.2% of PhD holders are women. She what four female African American scientists are doing in to help change these numbers through mentorship.... 

Faculty Mentorship is at the Center of the Rhodes Experience

Before Rhodes, Kennedi Fitts '21 didn't believe Chemistry was for her. Under the mentorship of Dr. Shana Stoddard, she is now participating in meaningful research and planning to pursue a career in STEM....

NOBCChE Conference

Dr. Shana Stoddard, assistant professor of chemistry, presented a workshop and participated on a panel discussion at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Conference held Nov. 18-21 in St. Louis, MO. The conference theme was “Gateway to Excellence.”...

MIR Students Publish Research That Could Aid in Therapy for Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer

Dr. Shana Stoddard, assistant professor of chemistry, and students in her research lab have co-authored articles recently published in two peer-reviewed journals—Molecular Informatics and PROTEINS: Structure, Function, Bioinformatics....