Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Cancer Research Center Renamed to Honor Daniel L. Simmons.

Posted: in Biochemistry, Organic, Dec 09, 2014

Dr. Simmons steps down after 17 years as the director of the center.  Dr. Steven L. Castle, also from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will be the center's new associate director.

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Farewell to James Rex Goates

Posted: in Emeritus, Dec 02, 2014

James Rex Goates, former professor in the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and former dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, passed away Friday, November 28.  He was 94 years old.

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David V. Dearden Receives Award

Posted: in Emeritus, Nov 25, 2014

On November 13, 2014, Dr. Dearden was presented with the Reed M. Izatt & James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award.  After receiving the award, he presented a lecture titled "Supramolecular Chemistry in the Gas Phase."

This award, given every two years and recognizes the research accomplishments of a faculty member in the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemsitry. Recent recipients include Dr. Adam T. Woolley (2012), Dr. Paul B. Savage (2010) and Dr. Milton ...

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Detecting Kidney Disease and Prostate Cancer in Minutes

Posted: in Analytical, Faculty, Research, Oct 24, 2014

Dr. Adam T. Woolley, with grad students Debolina Chatterjee and Danielle Mansfield, recently authored a study using urine samples to detect signs of disease. 

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Highlights from the 2014 Homecoming Alumni Dinner

Posted: in Alumni, Emeritus, Oct 20, 2014

Alumni, faculty, staff, emeritus, and department retirees, many accompanied by a spouse or guest, came together Friday, October 17, for the 2014 Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Fall Social.  

Dr. Greg Burton began the evening by welcoming everyone and introducing new faculty members Kara Stowers, Rebecca  Sansom and Ken Christensen, and well as the new CSR, Randy Morgan. He then acknowledged those who had retired in  the last year, faculty members John Lamb, Randall Shirts, Philip ...

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Komal Kedia Works to Discover Cause of Preeclampsia

Posted: in Biochemistry, Student, Oct 16, 2014

Komal Kedia, who represented the College of Physical and Mathematica Sciences in BYU's 2014 3MT competition, was recently featured on BYU Radio for her work with Dr. Graves.

Komal Kedia, a chemistry fifth year PhD student from New Delhi, India, represented the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in BYU’s 2014 Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). The 3MT program, created by the University of Queensland, Australia, challenges PhD candidates to present their doctoral ...

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BYU Alumnus Receives Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted: in Alumni, Oct 16, 2014

BYU alumnus, Brad Loertscher, recently received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

NIH, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the world’s largest source of funding for medical research. 

Loertscher worked in Dr. Steve Castle’s lab while at BYU.  Castle said of the award, “This is a very prestigious and competitive fellowship. Applicants are judged ...

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Three Students Win Awards at 2014 SciX Conference

Posted: in Analytical, Student, Oct 13, 2014

This year's conference was a great success for Dr. Paul Farnsworth's research group. 

The 2014 SciX Conference (September 28-October 3), held in Reno, Nevada, was a great success for Dr. Farnsworth’s research group.  The conference, which stands for “The Great Scientific Exchange,” is held annually at a different North American location and draws scientists from around the world. SciX is sponsored by the Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS).

Farnsworth ...

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