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Student Awarded Postdoctoral Fellowship

Posted: Oct 19, 2011

Only 17 applicants nationwide are selected to receive the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Research Award and this year Jared Clark, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is one of the seventeen.

“I am naturally very thrilled about being selected to receive this award,” Clark said via email. “I get to do what I've always been interested in doing.”

Thanks to the fellowship, Clark has already started working at 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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PhD Student Takes Third in New ACS Symposium

Posted: Sep 12, 2011

Stacey Smith, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was surprised and honored when her name was read at the fall 2011 ACS meeting in Denver as the third place presenter in a new graduate student award symposium.

“[I was] surprised, like, ‘wow, that’s really neat,’ because everyone that was there … it was already a select group of people presenting, and then everyone that was there did a really good job ...

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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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Turning China's Waste Into Renewable Energy

Posted: May 02, 2011

Two BYU chemistry professors have been using their knowledge of bacteria to turn waste into energy for quite some time, and now they’re taking their craft on the road — to China!

Jaron Hansen, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Lee Hansen, an emeritus faculty member from the same department, recently traveled to the world’s most populous country to unveil the biogas conditioning system they built for the Chinese government ...

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Three New BYU Studies Explore How HIV Changes and Reproduces

Posted: Apr 29, 2011

Years ago, identical twin baby boys received a blood transfusion tainted with HIV. Today, one twin is relatively healthy with a near-normal immune system, but his brother is five years behind on the growth chart and has developed many complications.

A BYU research team studied how the virus evolved differently in each patient and published one of three recent BYU studies on the deadly virus. Another study analyzed the genetic changes in the virus during ...

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Finding Proteins With Laser Vision

Posted: Apr 15, 2011

Finding and studying important proteins has become more efficient and more accurate using newly developed laser technology in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University.

Because proteins are involved in almost every function within the human body, scientists are extremely interested in understanding how they work. During the last two years Dr. Paul Farnsworth and graduate student Matt Heywood have been fine-tuning a new method for detecting and studying proteins.

“Sometimes there ...

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Waste Into Renewable Energy

Posted: Mar 23, 2011

Slaughterhouse waste, manure, algae, sawdust, used cooking oil. What common factor unites these seemingly unrelated materials? They are all, in fact, sources of natural energy.

Thanks to Jaron Hansen, a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Lee Hansen, an emeritus professor of the same department, waste of all kinds may now be used to produce electricity. To market their innovative system, the pair created their own company called Anaerobic Digestion Technology ...

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