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2014 Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Fall Social

Posted: Sep 30, 2014

On Friday, October 17, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Emeritus, Department retirees and partners are invited to attend this special event hosted by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The evening's events will include:

6:00 p.m. reception in W170 BNSN

6:30 p.m. dinner in W170 BNSN


7:30 p.m. in W140 BNSN

Recognition of Dr. Earl M. Woolley

Dr. Paul B. Savage will present "Chemical warfare at the microbiological level ...

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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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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.

Read the full article here.

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Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Fall Social to take place Friday, Oct. 12

Posted: Oct 03, 2012

All alumni, faculty, staff, emeritus and their partners of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are invited to attend the 2012 annual Homecoming Alumni Dinner and fall social on Friday, Oct. 12. Please RSVP to Peggy Erickson at (801)422-6269 by October 8.

The evening will begin in W170 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building at 6 p.m. with a reception and dinner, followed by the recognition of Dr. Reed M. Izatt, an emeritus ...

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Bevan and Renae Ott Honored at Homecoming Alumni Dinner

Posted: Oct 12, 2011

Department alumni, emeritus professors and current professors gathered in the rotunda of the Benson Science Building on Friday, October 7, for an enjoyable evening talking with old friends and making new ones.

Dr. Greg Burton, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, welcomed the guests and thanked them for their support in “continuing the tradition” of excellence. Dr. Burton also announced the 2011 Distinguished Pillar Award recipient, J. Bevan Ott, a physical chemist.

The ...

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Alumnus Publishes in Science Magazine

Posted: Sep 30, 2011

Department alumnus Kaid C Harper and his PhD mentor, Dr Matthew Sigman, recently published an article titled, "Three-Dimensional Correlation of Steric and Electronic Free Energy Relationships Guides Asymmetric Propargylation," in the prestigious journal Science. Kaid received his BS in Chemistry at BYU in April 2008. He is currently a PhD graduate student at the University of Utah.

 by Peggy Erickson

Please check out these links for more information:

Deseret News Article

Article in Science

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Improving Large-Scale Synthesis of Natural Products

Posted: Jul 15, 2011

BYU alumni Spencer B. Jones and Bryon Simmons just published an article in Nature with their mentor from Princeton University, Dr. David MacMillan and another student in MacMillan’s research group.

Jones and Simmons are the first and second authors of the article, published July 14 (online publication July 13). In the article, the authors present their research on improving large-scale synthesis of natural products.

“The field of natural product total synthesis has evolved dramatically ...

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Sam Tartakoff

Posted: Apr 13, 2011

IRVINE – BYU alumnus Samuel Tartakoff, now a graduate student in his second year at the University of California, Irvine, just learned he will be awarded a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program to fund the next three years of his program. Tartakoff graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree Chemistry in 2009.

While at BYU, Tartakoff worked in Dr. Steve Castle’s lab from May 2007 to June 2009 ...

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