Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry Department News

Biochemistry Professor and Students Solve a Birth-Defect Mystery

Posted: Sep 12, 2012

The cellular cause of birth defects like cleft palates, missing teeth and problems with fingers and toes has been a tricky puzzle for scientists.

Now Professor Emily Bates and her biochemistry students at Brigham Young University have placed an important piece of the developmental puzzle. They studied an ion channel that regulates the electrical charge of a cell. In a new study published by the journal Development, they show that blocking this channel disrupts the ...

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Chemistry Professor Recognized for Internationally Accepted Virtual Lab Programs

Posted: Sep 10, 2012

Physical chemistry professor Brian F. Woodfield was honored with two colleagues in the Department of Biology at the Annual University Conference August 21.

Drs. Woodfield, Keith A. Crandall and C. Riley Nelson each received the Creative Works Award, which, according to the conference program, “recognizes faculty members and university personnel who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the development of creative works that have had wide acceptance and distribution nationally or internationally.”

The three highlighted professors all ...

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Dr. Adam Woolley to Receive Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award

Posted: Sep 10, 2012

Professor Adam T. Woolley is the recipient of the 2012 Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award and will present a lecture this week on his research in developing novel systems for application in chemical analysis and materials chemistry.

He and his research group use their knowledge of molecular interactions to make innovations and help streamline existing procedures such as quantifying biomarkers (which “have great potential for use in diagnosing ...

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Chemistry Professor Honored for Teaching Excellence

Posted: Sep 07, 2012

University president Cecil O. Samuelson honored Dr. Paul Farnsworth from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the 2012 University Conference on Tuesday, August 21.

Dr. Farnsworth, a professor of analytical chemistry and former department chair, received an alumni professorship for teaching excellence. The award includes a three-year stipend made possible by the BYU Alumni Association.

“Paul B. Farnsworth has served the university and its students for over 30 years,” the University Conference program reads ...

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Dr. Emily Bates: Running and Research

Posted: Aug 08, 2012

In her spare time between researching cancer and migraine drugs, mapping genes, and teaching chemistry classes Professor Emily Bates still has time to run marathons, and win them.

 Professor Bates is currently working on three very exciting research projects. The first project concerns Ectodermal Dysplasia, a dominantly inherited disease. Ectodermal Dysplasia causes digit and nail disfiguration, abnormal teeth, abnormal hair growth (i.e. eyebrows are backwards), dysfunctional tear ducts, and abnormal face patterning. Bates is ...

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Children Show Their Appreciation for Y-Chem Service

Posted: Aug 03, 2012

The kids at attending summer day camp South Franklin Community Center showed their appreciation for Y-Chem. Y-Chem, BYU's chemistry club, taught the kids science principles through a fun and entertaining Magic Show.

"The purpose of the Y-Chem Magic Shows is to encourage students to explore their interests in science, especially in chemistry. These shows help them to visualize chemical principles in exciting ways so as to spark their imagination and curiosity," says  Mark Murdock ...

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John Harvey Mangum, 1933-2012

Posted: Jul 18, 2012

John Harvey (J. H.) Mangum (aged 79), beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away in Orem, Utah, on July 14, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born April 16, 1933, to Milton and Vera Thomson Mangum, in Rexburg, Madison Co., Idaho. He joined three sisters, Marjorie, Adele and Lois. Another sister, Virginia, died shortly after birth. He spent his early years in Rexburg. The family moved to Logan, Utah for his father to ...

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2012 Department Retreat

Posted: Jul 11, 2012

The faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry enjoyed a retreat at Timp Lodge on June 28.  The day started with the department administration cooking and serving pancakes to everyone.   The mountain air seemed to improve appetites and a lot of pancakes were consumed.  After breakfast, faculty and staff met to hear Dr. James Faulconer, philosophy professor, talk on the subject, “Faith and Stuff:  Being an LDS Scholar/Scientist.”  Then after a ...

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