Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Dr. Matthew C. Asplund receives Nichols-Butler University Citizen Award

Posted: Nov 20, 2013

Dr. Matthew C. Asplund was awarded the Nichols-Butler University Citizenship Award on October 29, 2013, which recognizes a faculty member that exemplifies having balance between religious commitment, academic achievement and education in the broadest sense.

The late Eliot Butler and his wife Ann set up the award to recognize the contributions of Professor Joseph Nichols and to honor a faculty member in the department who has demonstrated a clear understanding of and dedication to the ...

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BYU Alumni Wins ACS Hero Award

Posted: Nov 20, 2013

Zhifeng Ye, who received her MS in Organic Chemistry from BYU, has been honored as an ACS Hero of Chemistry for her work on a new drug to treat cystic fibrosis.

Ye is a senior technical operation manager at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. She and 11 of her colleagues are being recognized for their development of Kalydeco, a revolutionary new drug that targets the G551D mutation of cystic fibrosis.

Kalydeco is the first treatment of its kind ...

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Dr. Boerio-Goates presents "Last Lecture" at Homecoming Social

Posted: Nov 15, 2013

Dr. Juliana Boerio-Goates retired from Brigham Young University on July 1, 2013 after 35 years of service. She was honored at the Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Fall Social where she gave a "Last Lecture".

All department alumni, faculty, staff, emeritus faculty and retirees were invited to attend the dinner and lecture honoring Dr. Boerio-Goates. There were about 120 people in attendance.

After arriving at the Benson Building, attendees enjoyed a dinner provided by BYU Catering ...

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Y-Chem Receives Award from ACS

Posted: Nov 14, 2013

The Y-Chem Society received its third consecutive Commendable award from the American Chemical Society.

Of the 367 student chapters that submitted reports, 85 received commendable mention awards. This is the second-highest chapter award given by the ACS. Awards are given based on chapter activities and programs put on throughout the year.

"We work hard during the year and put a lot of time into already busy schedules," Will Rankin, the current club president said. "It ...

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Revelations in Science

Posted: Nov 06, 2013

Science and religion are often pitted against each other as enemies. But at this semester’s Education in Zion lecture held on October 23, Dr. Joshua Price explained that spiritual revelation is actually the key to scientific discovery.

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Turning Up the Heat

Posted: Nov 06, 2013

Dr. Scott Burt and collaborators at UCLA develop an MRI technique that produces a temperature map of gases in heterogeneous reactions. 

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A World Without Chemo

Posted: Oct 30, 2013

BYU chemistry alumnus Philip Low, now the Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University, works to create medication that targets cancer cells directly without harming non-cancerous cells.

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Discovering How the World Ticks

Posted: Oct 13, 2013

Welcome John C. Price as a new assistant professor.

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