Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Chemistry Professor Honored for Teaching Excellence

Posted: in Faculty, Sep 07, 2012

University president Cecil O. Samuelson honored Dr. Paul Farnsworth from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the 2012 University Conference on Tuesday, August 21.

Dr. Farnsworth, a professor of analytical chemistry and former department chair, received an alumni professorship for teaching excellence. The award includes a three-year stipend made possible by the BYU Alumni Association.

“Paul B. Farnsworth has served the university and its students for over 30 years,” the University Conference program reads ...

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Dr. Emily Bates: Running and Research

Posted: in Biochemistry, Faculty, Research, Aug 08, 2012

In her spare time between researching cancer and migraine drugs, mapping genes, and teaching chemistry classes Professor Emily Bates still has time to run marathons, and win them.

 Professor Bates is currently working on three very exciting research projects. The first project concerns Ectodermal Dysplasia, a dominantly inherited disease. Ectodermal Dysplasia causes digit and nail disfiguration, abnormal teeth, abnormal hair growth (i.e. eyebrows are backwards), dysfunctional tear ducts, and abnormal face patterning. Bates is ...

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Children Show Their Appreciation for Y-Chem Service

Posted: in Community, Student, Aug 03, 2012

The kids at attending summer day camp South Franklin Community Center showed their appreciation for Y-Chem. Y-Chem, BYU's chemistry club, taught the kids science principles through a fun and entertaining Magic Show.

"The purpose of the Y-Chem Magic Shows is to encourage students to explore their interests in science, especially in chemistry. These shows help them to visualize chemical principles in exciting ways so as to spark their imagination and curiosity," says  Mark Murdock ...

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John Harvey Mangum, 1933-2012

Posted: in Emeritus, Jul 18, 2012

John Harvey (J. H.) Mangum (aged 79), beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away in Orem, Utah, on July 14, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born April 16, 1933, to Milton and Vera Thomson Mangum, in Rexburg, Madison Co., Idaho. He joined three sisters, Marjorie, Adele and Lois. Another sister, Virginia, died shortly after birth. He spent his early years in Rexburg. The family moved to Logan, Utah for his father to ...

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2012 Department Retreat

Posted: in Faculty, Staff, Jul 11, 2012

The faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry enjoyed a retreat at Timp Lodge on June 28.  The day started with the department administration cooking and serving pancakes to everyone.   The mountain air seemed to improve appetites and a lot of pancakes were consumed.  After breakfast, faculty and staff met to hear Dr. James Faulconer, philosophy professor, talk on the subject, “Faith and Stuff:  Being an LDS Scholar/Scientist.”  Then after a ...

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Nelson Kent Dalley, 1935-2012

Posted: in Emeritus, Jul 09, 2012

Nelson Kent Dalley peacefully left this life on Friday the 29th of June, 2012. Speaking on his behalf, I (Jane) would like to share a sketch of his life.

The time has come for me to leave this interesting and beautiful world. Let me share with you a little about me now that I have, so to speak, come and gone. On February 21, 1935, I was born in Pontiac, Michigan to Stanley and Lenore ...

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Open Lab Day Opens Eyes to Chemistry

Posted: in Community, Student, Jun 05, 2012

Most moms tell their kids not to play with fire, but those whose junior and senior high school children attended Open Labs Days recently put that rule on hold. On May 12th and 19th, students from the community came on campus to complete hands-on lab experiments sponsored by Y-Chem, BYU’s Chemistry club.

Austin Gillespie, a recent graduate in chemistry education, started the day with a magic show presentation. After turning off the lights, Gillespie ...

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Building Small Tools for Big Adventures

Posted: in Analytical, Faculty, Research, May 22, 2012

With the ability to define the makeup of molecules and determine the mass of miniscule particles, mass spectrometers are particularly useful instruments. NASA hopes to more fully take advantage of these machines by expanding the mass spectrometer’s area of operation — all the way to Mars.

By sending mass spectrometers on space missions, scientists could better identify planetary substances, increasing our understanding of the solar system and the universe at large. But getting these bulky ...

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