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Chemistry Department News

Cooks Inspires Students at 9th Annual Izatt-Christensen Lecture

Posted: Mar 23, 2017

The ninth annual Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Lecture Series was given by Dr. R. Graham Cooks from Purdue University on 20-21 March, 2017. Cooks is one of the world's foremost experts on mass spectrometry ranging from fundamental research and instrumentation to analytical applications. He was educated at the University of Natal, South Africa, and Cambridge University in the UK. Since 1990 he has been the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of ...

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PhD Chemistry Candidate Diana Saavedra Wins 3MT Competition and People's Choice Award

Posted: Mar 22, 2017

Congratulations to PhD Chemistry Candidate Diana Saavedra for taking first place in the CPMS College 3MT competition and being selected as People's Choice award winner for the College. As winner of these awards she will receive $2,000.00.

3MT, meaning “Three Minute Thesis,” is an annual event that challenges students working on a graduate degree to present their thesis in just three minutes. And to make matters more interesting, the students must explain ...

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Graduate Student Site Visit

Posted: Mar 15, 2017

“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 3-4, for the annual graduate student site visit. 

Friday’s activities included meetings with individual professors and area chairs, a video about the history of BYU, and a Q and A ...

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Cancer research students are finding more discoveries due to the Rex Lee Run

Posted: Mar 13, 2017

BYU graduate Michelle Townsend will never forget watching her healthy, tennis-playing grandmother slowly weaken and pass away from cancer. The subsequent diagnosis of her mother and her grandfather motivated Townsend to enter the cancer research field and discover a cure that will ease, and someday lift, the fight that all patients must go through.

Like Townsend, BYU master’s student Jenny Pattison was driven to cancer research after watching her dad pass away from cancer ...

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Dr. Matthew Linford and Cody Cushman take strides in spectroscopic ellipsometry

Posted: Feb 21, 2017

Chemistry professor Dr. Matthew Linford and chemistry graduate student Cody V. Cushman were featured on the cover of Surface Science Spectra (SSS) for their studies in spectroscopic ellipsometry. This research is funded by Corning Incorporated who is also the manufacturer of the material that was analyzed. The journal functions as a peer-reviewed database for surface spectra of materials whose purpose is to archive reference spectra of materials using surface analytical equipment. The chemistry at the ...

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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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