Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

How eating less can slow the aging process

Posted: Feb 13, 2017

There’s a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to products that fight signs of aging, but moisturizers only go skin deep. Aging occurs deeper — at a cellular level — and scientists have found that eating less can slow this cellular process.

Recent research published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics offers one glimpse into how cutting calories impacts aging inside a cell. The researchers found that when ribosomes — the cell’s protein makers — slow down, the aging process slows too ...

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Harvard Professor Adam E. Cohen Opens Rossiter Lecture Series

Posted: Jan 23, 2017

Harvard professor Adam E. Cohen opened the Rossiter Lecture series on January 19-20, 2017. This lecture series was established in tribute to Dr. Bryant E. Rossiter who was a professor at Brigham Young University from 1985-1994. "Professor Bryant Rossiter was a scholar, mentor, exceptionally gifted intellect, father, scientist, and former professor at Brigham Young University. . . His life was tragically and prematurely cut short by cancer.  He was only 41 when he passed away, but his ...

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Dr. Milton Lee Awarded the "Chromatographic Society of India Lifetime Contribution Award"

Posted: Nov 21, 2016

Dr. Milton Lee, Professor Emeritus, was honored with the “Chromatographic Society of India (CSI) Lifetime Contribution Award” for his contributions to developing various chromatographic techniques and for his research and application in SFC technique.

This award was presented at the CSI International symposium on “the Recent Development in Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry” which was held at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India on 18-19 November, 2016. Professor Lee gave two talks at the symposium ...

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Changing Lives, Changing Families, Changing the World

Posted: Nov 17, 2016

Donors representing over forty scholarships joined students like Senkane for a luncheon at the BYU Hinckley Center on Thursday, October 27 to celebrate the importance and blessing of scholarships in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (CPMS).

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Photo Credit: Alyssa Lyman

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Chemistry “Magicians” Wow Local Audiences

Posted: Nov 16, 2016

Dozens of anxious toddlers, tweens, teenagers, and parents waited eagerly outside of room W111 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building to attend one of the several magic shows held annually by BYU’s Department of Chemistry during National Chemistry Week, which was held October 17 through October 21, 2016.

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Photo courtesy of CPMS

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Homecoming Department and Alumni Dinner 2016

Posted: Oct 19, 2016

The 2016 annual Homecoming Department and Alumni Dinner was held on October 14th, in the Benson Science building. Alumni, young and old, came with their partners to greet faculty, staff, emeritus, and department retirees at a reception followed by a delicious meal.

After the meal, everyone moved to a lecture hall for a presentation and talk. John Lamb was the speaker for the evening and his talk was entitled  "Drawing Back the Cosmic Veil: Science ...

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BYU Chemistry Capstone Project: On-Campus Internships

Posted: Oct 17, 2016

At Brigham Young University we strive to ensure that our students receive the best and most state-of-the-art education possible.  In order to succeed in industrial careers, students need to understand how their skills fit into a team effort that uses chemistry to solve commercially valuable problems.  Internships at companies are a great way to learn these skills, but these experiences can be difficult to integrate into a program of study.  "Our solution is that instead ...

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3 Science Papers in 3 Years

Posted: Oct 04, 2016

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry professors Dr. Daniel H. Ess and Dr. Scott Burt were part of a multi-institution collaboration to disclose in Science a new catalytic chemical reaction that replaces hydrocarbon bonds with nitrogen. The collaboration headed by Professors László Kürti at Rice University and John Falck at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSWMC) developed a one-step reaction to convert arene hydrocarbons to aryl amines, which are key molecular precursors for the ...

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