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A National Summit was organized by AYUDH (AYUDH = Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara (AMRITAPURI CHAPTER)) in the Amritapuri Campus during 24-27th December 2017 to motivate youth from different parts of India to imbibe Indian Culture and values among Youth. Dr. Naveen V. Kulkarni and Dr. (Mrs.) Mangalam Ramanathan of Department of Chemistry participated in the AYUDH Leaders Training Summit – ALTS’17 held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri from 24th December to 27th December. They were the team leaders for the team ‘Yamuna’.
On 20th January 2018, Dr. Chandra Bala (Head of Alternative Medicines, Vivekananda Polyclinic and Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow & Chairperson of Prasanna Trust, Lucknow, India) had a Interactive session on “Healthy Mind” with our students (MSc. and Int. MSc.), Faculty and Staff of Department of Chemistry.
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Born on the beautiful island of Crete in Rethymno, Greece, Andreas Toupadakis received his primary education while living in the mountainous village of Argiroupoli near the coast. After receiving his B.S. in Chemistry from the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki, he began graduate school in the U.S. He has lived in the U.S. since 1978, and he received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1990. Since 2005, Dr. Toupadakis has been teaching at UCDavis as a lecturer at the Department of Chemistry. The courses he teaches include the General Chemistry 2ABC series for first-year students majoring in science and engineering, the 4 Organic Chemistry 118ABC series and the Organic Chemistry 8AB series for second-year students, and the Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences 107AB series for third- and fourth-year students. His scientific interests are in better teaching methods and chemistry book writing and reviewing. His lectures are tuned toward conceptual learning via the Socratic dialogue method. He is the author of three chemistry study guides, CHEMISTRY READER 2A, CHEMISTRY READER 2B, and CHEMISTRY READER 2C and their corresponding solutions manuals, which have been received with great enthusiasm by students taking the CHEMISTRY 2ABC series, his teaching assistants, and colleagues.