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Professors Go Caroling in the Benson Science Building

Posted: Dec 06, 2011

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and several of the professors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are spreading holiday cheer by going caroling in the main hallway of the Benson Science Building.

Professors David Dearden, Matthew Asplund, John Lamb, James Patterson and Eric Sevy formed a group and sang a few songs several times during the day, performing to the applause of listening students.

By Jessica Henrie

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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.

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Chemist Recognized for Career of Outstanding Research

Posted: Sep 23, 2011

BYU chemistry professor Milton Lee received notice in September that he will receive a national award next year from the American Chemical Society (ACS), bringing recognition to BYU and better opportunities for its students.

Dr. Lee has been an analytical chemist at BYU for over 35 years. The ACS is recognizing his work with next year’s national Award in Separations Science and Technology.

Lee’s work has focused on developing instrumentation and methods for ...

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Chem Prof Continues to Serve University

Posted: Sep 19, 2011

A jack-of-all-trades, John Lamb of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has left his mark all over BYU campus. Now as associate chair of his department, he will continue adding more experience to his long history of service to the university.

For Lamb, it is the variety of his career that has made it so rich and enjoyable. First coming to BYU in 1984, he accepted a joint appointment as a chemistry professor and as ...

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Lots of Fun and Food at Annual Department Picnic

Posted: Sep 14, 2011

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry kicked off the new school year with fun and food at the annual department picnic held in Rock Canyon on Saturday, September 10.

The event was well attended with a large group of graduate students, faculty, staff and their families. Former students and colleagues attending a symposium in honor of Dr. Milton Lee, which took place this weekend, were also invited.

It was a beautiful afternoon for activities and ...

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Department Faculty Members Receive University Awards

Posted: Aug 25, 2011

President Cecil O. Samuelson paid tribute to all BYU faculty and staff members in the Marriott Center Tuesday morning (Aug. 23), and announced the 2011 recipients of numerous university honors, including six people from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Faculty members Steven R. Goates, Steven G. Wood, Allen R. Buskirk, and Daniel L. Simmons were recognized for various awards by President Samuelson 

Dr. Goates was chosen to receive a General Education Professorship, an award ...

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Predicting Premature Birth

Posted: Aug 15, 2011

Though more than one in 10 American babies are born prematurely, there have been few clues to predict whether a particular baby is going to arrive too early - until now.

A new BYU-U of U study suggests that more than 80 percent of pre-term births can be predicted with a blood test from a mother who is 24 weeks pregnant. BYU chemistry professor Steven W. Graves (BA '69) and the U's Sean Esplin found ...

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Reinventing the Chalkboard

Posted: Jul 08, 2011

For a long time, classrooms have remained essentially the same: teacher, chalkboard, textbook and a lecture to help students absorb the information.

Dr. Steven Wood is one of those helping to change that. A professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Wood is in charge of ChemCompanion, an interactive website that helps students understand chemistry. Easy to navigate and well-organized, the website is filled with video explanations and entertaining animations which explain important concepts ...

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