Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Attend an Open Lab Day!

Posted: in Student, May 02, 2013

All middle school and high school students are invited to attend an open lab day on May 11 or May 18. Open Lab Day is organized annually by Y-Chem, the student chapter at BYU of the American Chemical Society.

This event will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with no signups required. Interested students should meet in room W140 of the Benson Science Building at 10 a.m. for an information meeting. Following the meeting ...

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Adam Woolley Published in ACS Review Journal

Posted: in Analytical, Faculty, Student, Apr 22, 2013

Dr. Adam Woolley and two of his graduate students recently published a review on general advances in microfluidics research in the ACS review journal Chemical Reviews.

The issue, released online April 10, takes an in-depth look at “new frontiers in bioanalytical chemistry” and includes 12 other review articles with topics ranging from “Mass Spectrometry of Structurally Modified DNA” to “Biocompatible Materials for Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices.”

Chemical Reviews is “one of the most highly regarded ...

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Starving Cancer

Posted: in Biochemistry, Faculty, Research, Apr 19, 2013

What if we could starve cancer? Dr. Josh Andersen aims to do just that, with his team of eight students and a slew of tumors in petri dishes.

“If we can prevent tumors from using energy, we can basically starve them and the tumors die,” Andersen said.

All cells have a metabolism that uses energy, typically in the form of glucose. But tumors use this energy in a fairly unique way. Andersen’s team hopes ...

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Former Graduate Student of Daniel Austin Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted: in Research, Student, Apr 17, 2013

Terik Daly, a former BYU student in the Department of Geological Sciences, recently received a highly competitive NSF (National Science Foundation) Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the Geological Society of America’s Stephen E. Dwornik Award. Both of these significant awards came as a result of Daly’s research on something very small—dust. Cosmic dust, that is.

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Run for a Cure

Posted: Apr 15, 2013

Organizers of Brigham Young University's annual Rex Lee Run (held March 23) ran into two problems this year: first, city construction that prevented them from offereing their typical 10K, and second, snowy weather that likely deterred some runners from participating in the 5K run.

But despite their challenges, the run went on as planned--and people still came to support those currently fighting cancer and honor friends and family members who have died of cancer ...

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Jerald Bradshaw, Students Recognized at Chemistry Awards Banquet

Posted: in Faculty, Student, Apr 08, 2013

Department administrators decided to change up the April 3 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards Banquet a bit this year by including the presentation of its annual Department Pillar Award.

Dr. Jerald S. Bradshaw was awarded the honor, which recognizes emeritus professors who have made a significant impact on the department. Organic chemistry professor Dr. Paul B. Savage, who was part of Dr. Bradshaw’s lab when he was an undergraduate, spoke of the many ...

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A Chemist Without Borders

Posted: in Faculty, Mar 07, 2013

Though it was her husband’s political science research that brought her to Uganda, chemistry professor Jennifer Nielson started a project of her own. She began with a simple question—What’s happening with science in Uganda? What she found surprised her.

“The conditions teachers had to work in were pretty abysmal,” said Nielson. “I couldn’t believe how little resources there were, even at the university.”

In many schools, they didn’t even have ...

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BYU Scientists Find Gene Sequences That Stall Protein Synthesis

Posted: in Research, Mar 01, 2013

Machines don't always run smoothly--phone calls drop, computers crash and cars stall

A new Brigham Young University study shows the same kinds of problems happen to the molecular machinery within our cells.

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