Forensic Chemistry

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Today we met Lynn Riemer, an experienced forensic chemist, illicit drug expert, community advocate and prior member of the North Metro Drug Task Force in Colorado.

We learned about the major role chemistry plays in solving crimes, by experimenting in our own version of a crime lab. In order to correctly identify an unknown “mystery powder” we first observed reactions between commonly known powders and various liquid solutions. Using the same liquids on the mystery powder, we were able to determine its contents based on the earlier observations.

Kicking off 2018-19

We had a blast meeting each other and collaborating on Trashin’ Fashion – designing with upcycled materials in the spirit of creativity and innovation!


Meet your chapter leader


Julianna Oviedo is a third year undergraduate at the University of Colorado Denver. She is majoring in Biochemistry and is on a pre-medicine track. She is currently researching in two different labs – one dealing with growing and treating prostate cancer cells under different conditions, and the other working with proteins involved in insulin secretion. Julianna has interned at multiple STEM-related facilities such as Lockheed Martin and the University of Colorado Hospital, and she hopes to encourage more girls to pursue STEM pathways as well as see them develop into confident women who aren’t afraid to fulfill their aspirations.