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BYU Chemistry Alumnus Receives Utah Governors Medal for Science and Technology

Posted: Jan 21, 2011

D. Clark Turner, PhD, President and CEO of Aribex Inc., was awarded the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in a ceremony last night at Discovery Gateway. Utah Governor Gary Herbert made the presentation to Dr. Turner and six others for providing distinguished service that has benefited the State of Utah.

“I am privileged and grateful to be recognized among the other accomplished individuals who are receiving this most prestigious award tonight, and ...

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Emeritus Professors Honored at Alumni Dinner October 8

Posted: Oct 12, 2010

About 90 emeritus faculty, current faculty, alumni and their families arrived at the Benson Building Friday evening for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s annual alumni homecoming dinner and program.

The dinner was a delicious buffet from BYU Catering. The room buzzed with talk and laughter as old friends caught up on one another’s lives and others made new friends among the attendees.

After dinner, everyone moved to a lecture hall for two ...

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Eric Merkley

Posted: Jul 22, 2010

Eric Merkley graduated from BYU in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. From there he attended graduate school at the University of Washington and worked with professors Bill Parson and Valerie Daggett studying fluorescence and molecular dynamics properties of a thermophilic enzyme. He recently earned a PhD in biochemistry and is now a post-doctorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. His current projects include the use of chemical cross-linking and ...

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BYU Grads Develop Process to Synthesize Naturally-Ocurring Molecule Minfiensine in Nine Chemical Steps

Posted: Feb 08, 2010

BYU graduates Spencer Jones and Bryon Simmons have developed a process to synthesize the naturally occurring molecule minfiensine in only nine chemical steps. The two are currently doing graduate coursework at the University of Princeton. They worked on this project together with their Ph.D. advisor Dr. David MacMillan.

The process they created is catalytic and enantioselective, meaning they were able to use a catalyst to prepare only one of the mirror images of the ...

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