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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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Crash Testing Bacteria: BYU Chemistry Professor Daniel Austin and His Graduate Students Try to Find Fatal Limit

Posted: Jul 31, 2016

The research group, funded by NASA, is studying high velocity impact of bacterial spores. More specifically, the group is trying to find the speed limit above which bacteria won’t survive when they crash into a hard surface. And the best part? There is a video!

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Richard Piccolo Honored by University

Posted: Mar 24, 2016

Richard Piccolo, the BYU custodial department’s area supervisor for the Benson and Nicholes buildings, was chosen to receive the Fred A. Schwendiman award this coming August.

Piccolo was raised a Boston sports fanatic in Watertown, Massachusetts. After high school, his older sister, who was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, convinced him to attend BYU. He knew nothing about the Church at the time, nor did he know that ...

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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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Awards Presented to Faculty and Staff

Posted: Feb 13, 2015

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences held its College Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, February 6, 2015. 

Guests included full-time faculty, administrative and staff employees, professors emeriti, and retirees from the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Three members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry received special awards at this conference: Sue Mortensen, Executive Department Secretary, received the Outstanding Staff/Administrative Employee Award for 2015; Linda Richards from the Chemistry Central Stockroom received ...

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Faculty, Staff Honored at Annual Conference

Posted: Sep 11, 2013

President Cecil O. Samuelson welcomed Brigham Young University faculty and staff members back to campus and presented the annual awards during his Annual University Conference address Tuesday, Aug. 27.

John D. Lamb, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was given the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award, the university's highest faculty honor. A widely published and respected inorganic chemist, Lamb was praised as "a university citizen whose interests transcend the narrowly defined areas ...

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CPMS Recognizes Dr. Macedone for Excellent Teaching

Posted: Feb 07, 2013

Dr. Jeff H. Macedone recently received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (3-10 years) at the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Awards Banquet on Thursday, January 31.

“[Dr.] Macedone is an energetic teacher whose enthusiasm is contagious,” a news article in the college newsletter reads. “Though his courses can be tough, students continue to give him the highest ratings.”

Appropriately, Dr. Macedone’s favorite part about his job is turning students on to chemistry ...

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Homecoming Alumni Dinner and Fall Social to take place Friday, Oct. 12

Posted: Oct 03, 2012

All alumni, faculty, staff, emeritus and their partners of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are invited to attend the 2012 annual Homecoming Alumni Dinner and fall social on Friday, Oct. 12. Please RSVP to Peggy Erickson at (801)422-6269 by October 8.

The evening will begin in W170 of the Ezra Taft Benson Building at 6 p.m. with a reception and dinner, followed by the recognition of Dr. Reed M. Izatt, an emeritus ...

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