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Professor Investigates Stabilization of Protein-based Medications

Posted: in Faculty, Organic, Research, May 04, 2012

This year, an estimated 8,880 Utah residents will be diagnosed with cancer, according to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. When you include friends and loved ones of patients, the number of individuals affected by cancer is much larger. The research of Professor Josh Price, of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is aimed at reducing that impact by enhancing the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs like those used to treat breast cancer and glaucoma.

Price, whose ...

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Three All-Star Students Share Their Post-BYU Plans

Posted: in Student, Apr 17, 2012

Terik Daly, a geology major, already has experience studying cosmic collisions, thanks to a simulator he built with Dr. Daniel Austin. Daly credits the undergraduate research opportunities at BYU for helping him secure a spot at Brown University.

Each student participating in graduation ceremonies this week has his or her own story to tell. We caught up with a few of them to find out their post-BYU plans and to ask what they’ll miss ...

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Annual Chemistry Banquet Celebrates Outstanding People

Posted: in Faculty, Student, Apr 10, 2012

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry gathered together on Wednesday, April 4, to spend an evening in celebration of the outstanding accomplishments of its students over the past year.

The rooms were packed to capacity with around 260 attendees. BYU Dining Services prepared and served a three-course meal as the room buzzed with conversation and congratulations. Dr. Gregory F. Burton, the chair of the department, began the night with a warm welcome to all those ...

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Graduate Student Awarded Competitive Analytical Chemistry Fellowship

Posted: in Student, Apr 05, 2012

When Pankaj Aggarwal came to BYU in August 2009 to start his PhD studies, he wasn’t sure if he was doing the right thing. He entered Dr Milton Lee’s research group that December and began studying new liquid chromatographic methods used for identifying proteins and peptides.

Two and a half years later, Aggarwal is still uncertain of what the future may hold, but there is a difference. Then, he was unsure and uneasy ...

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Richard Zare Inspires BYU

Posted: Feb 14, 2012

The fifth annual Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Lecture Series were given by Richard N. Zare on February 7 and 8. Zare is a renowned chemist who has had a long and successful career. He is currently a professor of chemistry at Stanford University.

Zare’s first lecture, written for a general audience and delivered in the Wilkinson Student Center, was boldly titled, “How to Be Successful.” As the recipient of numerous awards ...

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Faculty and Staff Members Recognized for Their Service and Teaching

Posted: in Faculty, Staff, Feb 03, 2012

John Lamb, Robert Paxman and Kim Christensen were recently recognized for their excellent work and service at the annual CPMS banquet on Thursday, January 19.

Scott Sommerfeldt, the dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, announced fourteen recipients of different awards for service, citizenship and teaching.

Dr. Lamb was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award (10+ years). Sommerfeldt called special attention to his application of software tools and focus on student interaction.

“John is ...

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Hydrogen Peroxide Goes Green in Undergrad's Published Paper on Renewable Energy

Posted: in Research, Student, Feb 01, 2012

Most of us know hydrogen peroxide as a way to bleach hair, but MacKenzie Mayo is using it to help turn yard waste into renewable energy.

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Transfer Student Finds Research Opportunities and Religious Fulfillment at BYU

Posted: in Student, Jan 23, 2012

Aman Makaju (BS ’11) heard about Mormons while—of all things—watching the irreverent cartoon South Park. Curious, he requested a Book of Mormon. One of the obliging missionaries had studied at BYU, which Makaju learned had “amazing” undergraduate research opportunities.


Read the article by Maddie Gearhear Nordgren, BYU Magazine

Photo by Jessica Henrie, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


BYU Magazine, Winter 2012 issue. Used with permission.

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