Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Former Graduate Student of Daniel Austin Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted: Apr 17, 2013

Terik Daly, a former BYU student in the Department of Geological Sciences, recently received a highly competitive NSF (National Science Foundation) Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the Geological Society of America’s Stephen E. Dwornik Award. Both of these significant awards came as a result of Daly’s research on something very small—dust. Cosmic dust, that is.

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Run for a Cure

Posted: Apr 15, 2013

Organizers of Brigham Young University's annual Rex Lee Run (held March 23) ran into two problems this year: first, city construction that prevented them from offereing their typical 10K, and second, snowy weather that likely deterred some runners from participating in the 5K run.

But despite their challenges, the run went on as planned--and people still came to support those currently fighting cancer and honor friends and family members who have died of cancer ...

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Jerald Bradshaw, Students Recognized at Chemistry Awards Banquet

Posted: Apr 08, 2013

Department administrators decided to change up the April 3 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards Banquet a bit this year by including the presentation of its annual Department Pillar Award.

Dr. Jerald S. Bradshaw was awarded the honor, which recognizes emeritus professors who have made a significant impact on the department. Organic chemistry professor Dr. Paul B. Savage, who was part of Dr. Bradshaw’s lab when he was an undergraduate, spoke of the many ...

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A Chemist Without Borders

Posted: Mar 07, 2013

Though it was her husband’s political science research that brought her to Uganda, chemistry professor Jennifer Nielson started a project of her own. She began with a simple question—What’s happening with science in Uganda? What she found surprised her.

“The conditions teachers had to work in were pretty abysmal,” said Nielson. “I couldn’t believe how little resources there were, even at the university.”

In many schools, they didn’t even have ...

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BYU Scientists Find Gene Sequences That Stall Protein Synthesis

Posted: Mar 01, 2013

Machines don't always run smoothly--phone calls drop, computers crash and cars stall

A new Brigham Young University study shows the same kinds of problems happen to the molecular machinery within our cells.

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Pioneering the Impossible

Posted: Feb 27, 2013

Forget the bonnets and handcarts. Bring out the stem cells and microchips.

A modern pioneer came to BYU last week. Dr. Robert Langer from MIT shared his own experience and trailblazing wisdom in biochemistry engineering at the annual Izatt-Christensen Lecture.

“I definitely did it when it was unpopular, and I certainly did a lot of experimental work when people felt that chemical engineering was purely mathematics,” said Dr. Langer.

Langer hasn’t lost a humble ...

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CPMS Recognizes Dr. Macedone for Excellent Teaching

Posted: Feb 07, 2013

Dr. Jeff H. Macedone recently received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (3-10 years) at the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Awards Banquet on Thursday, January 31.

“[Dr.] Macedone is an energetic teacher whose enthusiasm is contagious,” a news article in the college newsletter reads. “Though his courses can be tough, students continue to give him the highest ratings.”

Appropriately, Dr. Macedone’s favorite part about his job is turning students on to chemistry ...

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BYU Conference To Be Held March 9

Posted: Jan 23, 2013

The 27th annual Student Research Conference will be held March 9 in the Jesse Knight Building.

"Every year at the CPMS Student Research Conference (SRC) hundreds of students present on research they have participated in during the last year. Undergrad and graduate students have the chance to be part of real research, and many are published," reads the description for a video on last year's conference, produced by CPMSTV.

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