Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Professor Milton L. Lee, Axcend Corp. Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer, Receives the Prestigious 2018 Csaba Horváth Memorial Award

Posted: Oct 24, 2018

The Award was presented to Professor Lee during ceremonies held last Thursday at the 18th Annual Csaba Horváth Memorial Award Symposium on the campus of Yale University in Orange, Connecticut. Following the award presentation, Dr. Lee delivered the Keynote Lecture, titled "Novel Technologies for Portable Capillary Chromatography."

According to CSSC President, Thomas Melninkaitis, "The Csaba Horváth Memorial Award has been presented annually since its creation in 2000 ...

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Dr. Brian Woodfield Featured In Nature Science Journal

Posted: Oct 08, 2018

Brian Woodfield of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was interviewed featured in the world’s top science journal, Nature. 

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Coach Rose's 100K Charity Challenge Winnings Become Endowment for BYU's Cancer Research Center

Posted: Oct 03, 2018

Earlier this year BYU fans across the globe helped win $100,000 for BYU’s Simmons Center for Cancer Research by voting BYU Basketball Head Coach Dave Rose to the top in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge

This week the Simmons Center announced that the prize-winning money has enabled them to create an endowment that will fund cancer research fellowships in perpetuity. The David and Cheryl Rose Family Student Cancer Research Endowment will provide student ...

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A Thing of Beauty: Lighting Up Scorpions

Posted: Sep 24, 2018

Scorpions: what's not to love? The way BYU chemistry professor Jeffrey Macedone describes the prickly and poisonous creatures will make you want to go hunting them in the desert with a purple light.

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Daniel Austin Receives International Mass Spectrometry Award

Posted: Aug 27, 2018

The International Mass Spectrometry Society recently presented Dr. Daniel Austin with the Curt Brunnee
Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to the development of instrumentation for mass spectrometry by
a scientist under age 45. Dr. Austin was invited to Florence, Italy to receive the award and present a lecture at
the 22 nd  International Mass Spectrometry Conference taking place 26-31 August 2018. This is only the third
time the prestigious award has been given to a scientist ...

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Third Series of BYU Chem Camps Provides Genuine Experiments for Children and Youth

Posted: Jul 17, 2018

In June 2018, the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry hosted the third annual series of Chemistry Camps directed by Professors Daniel Ess, Jennifer Nielson, Rebecca Sansom, Kara Stowers, and Joshua Andersen. Chem Camp is a fun-filled three-day event for campers aged 9-12 who participate in hands-on, inquiry-based chemistry experiments. This year, 98 campers attended from Utah, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada.

With no rigorous science camps offered for upper elementary school students in ...

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Stopping a Tiny — and Deadly — Fly in its Tracks

Posted: Jul 06, 2018

Sixty million people in sub-Saharan Africa live at risk of African sleeping sickness, a disease caused by parasites transmitted through the tsetse fly. In the late stage of the disease, when the parasite crosses the blood-brain barrier, the results are oftentimes fatal.

BYU chemistry professor Ken Christensen, students and collaborators at Clemson University have developed an innovative technique using biosensors to monitor the glucose level of Trypanasoma brucei parasites, which could in turn help develop ...

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BYU PhDs Capture Top Jobs

Posted: Jun 01, 2018

2018 has been another outstanding year for PhD students from the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to obtain top jobs. Our PhD graduates leave BYU and continue their training as postdocs, become faculty members, or work at corporations.

2016 PhD graduate Paul Lawrence recently finished a prestigious postdoc position at the University of Washington and has now been offered a chemistry faculty position at Keystone College.

“In graduate school, my projects revolved around understanding ...

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