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Staff and Faculty Recognized as Outstanding

Posted: Jan 26, 2011

After enjoying a festive meal among colleagues and friends, attention turned to the podium where Dean Sommerfeldt honored both staff and faculty members at the College’s annual awards banquet held on Friday, January 21.

Nine staff members from the College were given University Service Awards, based on how many years of service they have given to the university. From Chemistry and Biochemistry: Janet Fonoimoana (5 years); Wayne Anderson (15); Keith Kling (25); and Bruce ...

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Professor Researches Cure for Preeclampsia

Posted: Jan 25, 2011

There is a disease that only pregnant women can get: preeclampsia. It is responsible for up to 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths every year, according to the official preeclampsia website.

Though relatively easy to diagnose, there are currently no effective treatments for preeclampsia and no known cause. Characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, preeclampsia is closely related to pregnancy-induced hypertension. If the disease progresses, the only solution is ...

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Biochem Prof Wins Award for Sponsored Funding

Posted: Jan 10, 2011

Recently at the Annual University Conference, Barry Willardson, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the Sponsored Research Recognition Award. This was to recognize his outstanding achievements in scholarly activities funded by external funding for his research. Willardson’s work has focused on important research problems in medicine and health.

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20 Researchers at Utah Universities are Ranked Among Most Cited

Posted: Nov 30, 2010

One way of judging researchers' work is by looking at how often other researchers quote and cite them. Twenty researchers at three Utah universities including Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry emeritus faculty members Jerald S. Bradshaw and Reed M. Izatt ranked in the top 250 cited researchers in their disciplines, according to the website

Read the full article in the Deseret News.

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Detecting Cancer With a Prick of a Finger

Posted: Nov 17, 2010

Researchers at BYU have created a micro device that could both decrease the amount of blood and time needed to test for cancer-markers in a patient’s blood.

Chemistry professor Adam Woolley’s research, published in a recent issue of the journal, Lab on a Chip, details the device and technique that would allow for effective detection of biomarkers in a blood sample in a matter of minutes rather than days or weeks.

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Dr. Daniel Ess, Assistant Professor, Becomes a Principal Investigator in the Department of Energy Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization

Posted: Oct 27, 2010

Professor Daniel Ess, the newest member of the BYU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty, was recently appointed to the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization (CCHF), a prestigious energy frontier research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Ess will be joining the CCHF as a principal investigator. “This means I am one of 12 professors at institutions from around the US that are focused on designing catalysts to selectively functionalize hydrocarbons ...

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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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Department Picnic a Success

Posted: Sep 27, 2010

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry held its annual department picnic Saturday, September 18, just inside Rock Canyon at Park Area 4.

About 180 graduate students, faculty, staff and their families attended for a delicious potluck with a wide array of foreign dishes as well as typical American food such as sloppy joe’s, green salad, and watermelon. After dinner, many enjoyed an equally varied arrangement of desserts. There were brownies, cookies, and a dish ...

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