Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Crash Testing Bacteria: BYU Chemistry Professor Daniel Austin and His Graduate Students Try to Find Fatal Limit

Posted: in Faculty, Research, Staff, Jul 31, 2016

The research group, funded by NASA, is studying high velocity impact of bacterial spores. More specifically, the group is trying to find the speed limit above which bacteria won’t survive when they crash into a hard surface. And the best part? There is a video!

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Department Picnic Held to Welcome Incoming Graduates

Posted: Jun 22, 2016

On Friday September 9th, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Picnic was held to welcome our new graduate students. While guests enjoyed dinner, courtesy of Zupa’s, they engaged in lively games of bingo and a frozen t-shirt contest where contestants raced to put on t-shirts which had been frozen in dry ice. To end off the event there was a competitive volleyball game. Overall the Department picnic was a great success and we would ...

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BYU Chemistry Stockroom Receiving Manager, Linda Richards, to Retire

Posted: May 25, 2016

After just over 12 years of exceptional service, Linda Richards, the Chemistry Stockroom Receiving Manager of BYU, will retire at the end of the academic year; during which she plans to do volunteer work, spend time in her garden, do a little traveling, and get more involved in her family history work.

Richards’s long career is distinguished by the impact she left on not only her co-workers, but on the countless students she helped ...

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2016 Awards Banquet

Posted: Apr 08, 2016

The Annual Awards and Graduation Celebration Banquet was held April 7, 2016, in the Garden Court of the Wilkinson Center. Many undergraduate and graduate students were in attendance, as well as faculty and staff. Dinner was provided by BYU catering.

Congratulations to all award recipients and graduating scholars.



Student Research Conference (SRC) Session Winners

Jiuzhi (George) Gao, Emma Burrell, Clayton Moss, Charles Sherrill, Tayyebeh Panahi, Spencer Wallentine, Mason ...

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Richard Piccolo Honored by University

Posted: in Staff, Mar 24, 2016

Richard Piccolo, the BYU custodial department’s area supervisor for the Benson and Nicholes buildings, was chosen to receive the Fred A. Schwendiman award this coming August.

Piccolo was raised a Boston sports fanatic in Watertown, Massachusetts. After high school, his older sister, who was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, convinced him to attend BYU. He knew nothing about the Church at the time, nor did he know that ...

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Rex Lee Run 2016

Posted: in Community, Mar 22, 2016

On March 12, 2016, over 1,500 people gathered at the BYU track to raise money for cancer research and to run together in support of loved ones. The 2016 Rex Lee Run for cancer research is an annual race held in honor of BYU’s tenth president, Rex E. Lee, who succumbed to cancer during his term at the university. Lee’s granddaughter, Stephanie Paulsen, spoke at the run's opening ceremonies with BYU ...

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2016 Outstanding Referee

Posted: in Emeritus, Physical, Mar 08, 2016

BYU professor emeritus Douglas Henderson has been chosen by the editors of the APS Physical Review Journals as a 2016 Outstanding Referee. Congratulations!

Press release contact: Eunice Toro, American Physical Society,, 631-591-4047

Ridge, NY, 19 February 2016 — The American Physical Society (APS) has selected 146 Outstanding Referees for 2016 that have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the Physical Review journals. The decisions were difficult and there are many ...

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Milton Lee Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: in Analytical, Emeritus, Mar 08, 2016

At the Pittcon 2016 oral symposium, held in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 7, Dr. Milton L. Lee was honored with the 2016 LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award. This annual award, started eight years ago by LCGC North America (the largest publication dedicated to chromatography), honors one iconic figure in the field of chromatography.

Lee certainly is an iconic figure. He has obtained 20 patents, received 35 major awards, commercialized three instruments, founded three analytical ...

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