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Professors Create Chemistry Camp to Fill Void and Inspire Young Minds

Posted: Aug 25, 2016

The inaugural BYU Chemistry Camp was a fun-filled three-day event for campers ages 9-12 who participated in hands-on, inquiry-based chemistry experiments. Campers came from all local Provo schools (Franklin, Provo Peaks, Timpanogos, and Wasatch) and from as far away as Alaska and Tennessee.The idea for the camp was sparked by Dr. Ess who was looking for a science camp for his 10-year old daughter to attend this summer. With no rigorous science camp offered ...

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2016 Outstanding Referee

Posted: Mar 08, 2016

BYU professor emeritus Douglas Henderson has been chosen by the editors of the APS Physical Review Journals as a 2016 Outstanding Referee. Congratulations!

Press release contact: Eunice Toro, American Physical Society,, 631-591-4047

Ridge, NY, 19 February 2016 — The American Physical Society (APS) has selected 146 Outstanding Referees for 2016 that have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in the Physical Review journals. The decisions were difficult and there are many ...

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Milton Lee Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: Mar 08, 2016

At the Pittcon 2016 oral symposium, held in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 7, Dr. Milton L. Lee was honored with the 2016 LCGC Lifetime Achievement in Chromatography Award. This annual award, started eight years ago by LCGC North America (the largest publication dedicated to chromatography), honors one iconic figure in the field of chromatography.

Lee certainly is an iconic figure. He has obtained 20 patents, received 35 major awards, commercialized three instruments, founded three analytical ...

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Homecoming Alumni and Fall Social 2015

Posted: Oct 12, 2015

The 2015 Homecoming Alumni and Fall Social for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was held Friday, October 9, in the Benson Science Building.  Alumni, young and old, came with their partners to greet faculty, staff, emeritus, and department retirees at a reception followed by a delicious meal.

After the meal, everyone moved to a lecture hall for a presentation and talk.  Dr. Francis R. Nordmeyer, who served as Department Chair for nine years, was ...

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J. Bevan Ott

Posted: Apr 02, 2015

Dr. J. Bevan Ott passed away March 27, 2015.  Ott received his bachelor’s degree from BYU and later returned to teach physical chemistry. He mentored many BYU professors, current and emeritus, including Adam Woolley and Brian Woodfield.

Ott spent several years at BYU as the Chemistry Department Chair and also served as BYU’s associate academic vice president over research.

Ott married his childhood sweetheart, RaNae, and the couple had six children.  After retirement ...

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Farewell to James Rex Goates

Posted: Dec 02, 2014

James Rex Goates, former professor in the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and former dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, passed away Friday, November 28.  He was 94 years old.

Read the full obituary here.

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David V. Dearden Receives Award

Posted: Nov 25, 2014

On November 13, 2014, Dr. Dearden was presented with the Reed M. Izatt & James J. Christensen Faculty Excellence in Research Award.  After receiving the award, he presented a lecture titled "Supramolecular Chemistry in the Gas Phase."

This award, given every two years and recognizes the research accomplishments of a faculty member in the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemsitry. Recent recipients include Dr. Adam T. Woolley (2012), Dr. Paul B. Savage (2010) and Dr ...

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Highlights from the 2014 Homecoming Alumni Dinner

Posted: Oct 20, 2014

Alumni, faculty, staff, emeritus, and department retirees, many accompanied by a spouse or guest, came together Friday, October 17, for the 2014 Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Fall Social.  

Dr. Greg Burton began the evening by welcoming everyone and introducing new faculty members Kara Stowers, Rebecca  Sansom and Ken Christensen, and well as the new CSR, Randy Morgan. He then acknowledged those who had retired in  the last year, faculty members John Lamb, Randall Shirts, Philip ...

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