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Students in Charles Yager's chemistry lab

Then: This image from professor Charles Yager's class depicts a traditional chemistry lab setting (although one wonders if the students actually carried out experiments in full suits or if this was just for the photo). Oswego's chemistry program has a long and impressive history, including a connection to a Nobel Prize winner. Some Oswego students worked on projects under Gus Silveira, a distinguished teaching professor emeritus at SUNY Oswego, related to the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry earned by Ei-ichi Negishi (then a Syracuse professor) and colleagues. (Photo courtesy of Penfield Library's Special Collections)

Students helping youngster during Chemistry Week

Now: Technology continues to evolve in chemistry, but today's program maintains a focus on practical applications and ways to bring its lessons out of the classroom and to next generation of scientists. For example, during National Chemistry Week, the college Chemistry Club hosted examples showing local youth the wonders and opportunities of hands-on science. Here senior biochemistry major David Snow (left) and sophomore biochemistry major Yvaline Dorce (center) help Sasha Loayza, 6, work with plaster of Paris. (Photo by Jim Russell)