Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Bombs and Balloons Burst onto the Research Scene

Posted: Oct 04, 2012

BYU science classes might blow you away—literally.

Although exploding balloons might seem like just another distraction to keep students awake in science classes, they can also be used in serious scientific research. Recently, two BYU professors used exploding balloons to better understand how sounds like those created by other loud sources—rockets, military jets, bombs, and shotguns–travel around us.

“It’s fun science. You get to blow things up, and I don’t ...

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Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Fall Social to take place Friday, Oct. 12

Posted: in Alumni, Emeritus, Faculty, Staff, Oct 03, 2012

All alumni, faculty, staff, emeritus and their partners of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are invited to attend the 2012 annual Homecoming Alumni Dinner and fall social on Friday, Oct. 12. Please RSVP to Peggy Erickson at (801)422-6269 by October 8.

The evening will begin in W170 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building at 6 p.m. with a reception and dinner, followed by the recognition of Dr. Reed M. Izatt, an emeritus ...

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Inorganic Chemistry Professor Recognized for Contributions to Ion Chromatography

Posted: in Faculty, Inorganic, Sep 28, 2012

Professor John D Lamb recently received an award for “sustained and significant contribution” to ion chromatography at the International Ion Chromatography Symposium in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 17-20.

Dr. Andreas Seubert, a professor at the University of Marburg, Germany and organizer of this year’s symposium, presented the 2012 Ion Chromatography Award to Dr. Lamb at the conference, which has been held nearly every year since 1988. Dr. Lamb, who goes to the symposium frequently, estimated ...

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Y-Chem a Hit at Annual Department Picnic

Posted: in Faculty, Staff, Student, Sep 26, 2012

The usual mix of new and old faces appeared at the annual department picnic in Rock Canyon’s Park Area on Septempter 4, 2012, to socialize, eat and play. This year’s after-dinner activities may have been the best yet- a chemical magic show put on by two members of the Y-Chem Society that mesmerized the younger faces in the audience.

Not only did Y-Chem’s Mark Murdock and Will Rankin perform exciting chemical demonstrations ...

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Dr. Adam Woolley Receives Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Posted: in Analytical, Faculty, Sep 14, 2012

Professor Adam T. Woolley received the 2012 Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award Thursday, September 13. He also presented a lecture on his research in developing novel systems for application in chemical analysis and materials chemistry.

He and his research group use their knowledge of molecular interactions to make innovations and help streamline existing procedures such as quantifying biomarkers (which “have great potential for use in diagnosing diseases, determining ...

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Biochemistry Professor and Students Solve a Birth-Defect Mystery

Posted: in Biochemistry, Faculty, Research, Sep 12, 2012

The cellular cause of birth defects like cleft palates, missing teeth and problems with fingers and toes has been a tricky puzzle for scientists.

Now Professor Emily Bates and her biochemistry students at Brigham Young University have placed an important piece of the developmental puzzle. They studied an ion channel that regulates the electrical charge of a cell. In a new study published by the journal Development, they show that blocking this channel disrupts the ...

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Chemistry Professor Recognized for Internationally Accepted Virtual Lab Programs

Posted: in Faculty, Sep 10, 2012

Physical chemistry professor Brian F. Woodfield was honored with two colleagues in the Department of Biology at the Annual University Conference August 21.

Drs. Woodfield, Keith A. Crandall and C. Riley Nelson each received the Creative Works Award, which, according to the conference program, “recognizes faculty members and university personnel who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the development of creative works that have had wide acceptance and distribution nationally or internationally.”

The three highlighted professors all ...

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Dr. Adam Woolley to Receive Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Posted: Sep 10, 2012

Professor Adam T. Woolley is the recipient of the 2012 Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award and will present a lecture this week on his research in developing novel systems for application in chemical analysis and materials chemistry.

He and his research group use their knowledge of molecular interactions to make innovations and help streamline existing procedures such as quantifying biomarkers (which “have great potential for use in diagnosing ...

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