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Dr. Paul Savage Awarded Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Posted: in Faculty, Sep 09, 2010

BYU professor Dr Paul B Savage received the Reed M Izatt and James J Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award September 9 at 4 p.m. in W140 BNSN. At this time, he also presented a lecture about his research on the human innate immune system.

“The human innate immune system is tuned to recognize specific threats of infection and respond to infectious agents with lethal force,” Dr. Savage’s lecture abstract reads. “Recognition and ...

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Dr. Brian F. Woodfield Launches Virtual Biology Lab

Posted: in Faculty, Aug 19, 2010

BYU professor of physical chemistry Dr. Brian F. Woodfield recently launched a virtual lab that will allow biology students to gain needed lab experience without the expense of a real lab.

"We cannot afford to do a real lab experience for that many students," the Daily Universe quoted Dr. Keith Crandall, biology department chair and co-creator of the virtual lab. "Virtual biology really looked like a great option for giving a lab experience to a ...

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Dr. Juliana Boerio-Goates Wins Utah Award in Chemistry

Posted: in Faculty, Aug 11, 2010

Dr Juliana Boerio-Goates, 28-year professor at BYU, was presented with the Utah Award in Chemistry by Tom Richmond of the American Chemical Society’s Salt Lake Section Wednesday, August 4 at an awards banquet in Salt Lake City.

The purpose of the award is to “recognize outstanding contributions to the chemical enterprise as reflected by excellence in research, technology, service to the ACS or its sections, and/or chemical education in any field of chemistry ...

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CPMS Appoints New Department Chairs

Posted: in Faculty, Jul 28, 2010

PROVO – The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Brigham Young University recently announced the appointment of one new department chair and the reappointment of two others. The appointments went into effect on July 1st.

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Dr. Greg Burton has accepted an appointment to serve as the Chair of the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Burton received Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Medical Technology from the University of Utah and a ...

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Dr. Jaron Hansen and Research Group Reach Finals at Utah Innovation Awards

Posted: in Analytical, Faculty, Research, May 17, 2010

Dr. Hansen and his research group from BYU, including students Logan Shumway and Kade Lyman, were chosen as finalists at the 2010 Utah Innovation Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held April 29, 2010, at the Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City.

More than 300 individuals attended the luncheon. Jason P. Perry, Chief of Staff for Governor Gary R. Herbert, provided opening remarks and Amanda Dickson, KSL Radio Announcer and Author, delivered the keynote address ...

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Annual Awards Banquet

Posted: in Faculty, Staff, Student, Apr 12, 2010

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry held its annual awards banquet on April 8 in the garden court of the Wilkinson Student Center. Attendees included award recipients, 2010 graduates, and department faculty and staff.

Dinner was served by BYU catering followed by the presentation of the awards. The awards are listed below:
 
Central Utah Section American Chemical Society Awards-Presented by Allen Buskirk
 
Spring Research Conference- Recognizes the top presenters in the chemistry sections of ...

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Chem Professor Receives Grant, Strengthens Antibiotics

Posted: in Faculty, Organic, Research, Feb 12, 2010

Paul Savage, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, recently received a $2.9 million research grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The grant will fund Savage's continuing research on a family of antimicrobial agents that he developed called ceragenins.

Savage refers to ceragenins as “mimics” of the body's antimicrobial peptides, compounds that act as the body’s front-line defenses against infection and many diseases ...

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Chem Professor Develops Early Cancer Detector

Posted: in Analytical, Faculty, Research, Feb 08, 2010

When the threat is cancer, the current three-day waiting period for test results can be a tense, long stretch of time.

But if Adam Woolley, a BYU professor specializing in analytical chemistry, has his way, those at risk for cancer will soon receive their test results in only thirty minutes. That means quick, convenient and reliable cancer detection while you wait. Woolley’s new early cancer detection technology is a big deal at a small ...

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