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Chemistry Department News

Research Pays Off at ACS National Meeting

Posted: in Physical, Research, Student, Apr 03, 2015

Of around 140 physical chemistry students in a poster session at the ACS (American Chemical Society) National Meeting in Denver last week, only a handful were chosen to receive awards for their research.  One of these few was BYU’s own Conner Harper, who graduated with his BS in chemistry this last December. 

Harper was awarded the American Chemical Society Division of Physical Chemistry Outstanding Student Poster Award for his research in Dr. David Dearden ...

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J. Bevan Ott

Posted: in Emeritus, Apr 02, 2015

Dr. J. Bevan Ott passed away March 27, 2015.  Ott received his bachelor’s degree from BYU and later returned to teach physical chemistry. He mentored many BYU professors, current and emeritus, including Adam Woolley and Brian Woodfield.

Ott spent several years at BYU as the Chemistry Department Chair and also served as BYU’s associate academic vice president over research.

Ott married his childhood sweetheart, RaNae, and the couple had six children.  After retirement ...

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Y-Chem Receives ACS Award, Fourth Year Running

Posted: in Student, Mar 31, 2015

For its fourth consecutive year, the Y-Chem Society has received a Commendable Chapter award from the American Chemical Society. To win the award, Y-Chem submitted a report of their yearly activities, their active member count, and their impact on the community.

Y-Chem stays very busy throughout the year, hosting magic shows at elementary schools, selling liquid nitrogen ice cream during National Chemistry week, and hosting Open Lab Day—a day when elementary and junior high ...

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Graduate Student Site Visit 2015

Posted: in Student, Mar 27, 2015

“BYU professor + hard working graduate student = several publications, a great job, and a satisfying life.”

According to the graduate student recruiting committee, this is the equation for a successful graduate school experience.

Prospective graduate students and their spouses visited BYU this past weekend, March 20-21, for the annual graduate student site visit.  One of the students was Janice Darko, originally from Ghana, who will be starting her PhD program this fall.  Darko, like many of ...

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Center for Cancer Research Hosts Appreciation Dinner

Posted: in Community, Faculty, Student, Mar 19, 2015

The Simmons Center for Cancer Research (SCCR) commemorated what would have been the 80th birthday of the late Rex Lee with an appreciation dinner for those involved with cancer research at BYU.

SCCR faculty and students gathered with members of Lee’s family and individuals from the community to celebrate the center’s research, to recognize the SCCR’s former director, and to honor Lee’s life.

Read the full article here.

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Harvesting Solar Energy

Posted: in Inorganic, Research, Student, Mar 19, 2015

Chemistry graduate student Trevor Smith grows nanocrystals to capture the energy in sunlight. Smith is the second author of a paper published in the journal Nanotechnology. He and first first author Stephen Erickson, a physics student, work with professors Richard Watt and John Colton.

Read the BYU news release here.

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Jennifer B. Nielson: Experiment and Experience

Posted: in Faculty, Mar 13, 2015

Dr. Nielson gave an inspiring and entertaining devotional address to the entire univeristy on March 3, 2015.

Read the article on The Digital Universe.

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Rex Lee Run Exceeds Expectations

Posted: in Community, Mar 11, 2015

The 20th annual Rex Lee Run, held on March 7, 2015, was a smashing success.  The number of racers doubled from approximately 900 in 2014 to almost 1,800.  Net revenue from the event, which will help fund the fellowship program in the BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research, rose from around $12,000 in 2014 to $55,000. 

The fellowship program gives promising students the chance to work with faculty mentors on specific ...

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