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Attend an Open Lab Day!

Posted: May 02, 2013

All middle school and high school students are invited to attend an open lab day on May 11 or May 18. Open Lab Day is organized annually by Y-Chem, the student chapter at BYU of the American Chemical Society.

This event will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with no signups required. Interested students should meet in room W140 of the Benson Science Building at 10 a.m. for an information meeting. Following the meeting ...

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Adam Woolley Published in ACS Review Journal

Posted: Apr 22, 2013

Dr. Adam Woolley and two of his graduate students recently published a review on general advances in microfluidics research in the ACS review journal Chemical Reviews.

The issue, released online April 10, takes an in-depth look at “new frontiers in bioanalytical chemistry” and includes 12 other review articles with topics ranging from “Mass Spectrometry of Structurally Modified DNA” to “Biocompatible Materials for Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices.”

Chemical Reviews is “one of the most highly regarded ...

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Former Graduate Student of Daniel Austin Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Posted: Apr 17, 2013

Terik Daly, a former BYU student in the Department of Geological Sciences, recently received a highly competitive NSF (National Science Foundation) Graduate Research Fellowship as well as the Geological Society of America’s Stephen E. Dwornik Award. Both of these significant awards came as a result of Daly’s research on something very small—dust. Cosmic dust, that is.

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Jerald Bradshaw, Students Recognized at Chemistry Awards Banquet

Posted: Apr 08, 2013

Department administrators decided to change up the April 3 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Awards Banquet a bit this year by including the presentation of its annual Department Pillar Award.

Dr. Jerald S. Bradshaw was awarded the honor, which recognizes emeritus professors who have made a significant impact on the department. Organic chemistry professor Dr. Paul B. Savage, who was part of Dr. Bradshaw’s lab when he was an undergraduate, spoke of the many ...

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Y-Chem Commended by American Chemical Society

Posted: Nov 30, 2012

The Y-Chem Society was selected in September to receive its second consecutive Commendable Award for its activities during the last academic year.

The Commendable Award is the second-highest recognition that can be given to student chapters by the American Chemical Society. Y-Chem is one of 81 student chapters selected by the ACS’ Committee on Education to receive a Commendable Award. Dr. Daniel Austin, who served as Y-Chem’s faculty advisor last year, is proud of ...

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Measuring Molecules With the Naked Eye

Posted: Oct 25, 2012

When someone develops liver cancer, the disease introduces a very subtle difference to their bloodstream, increasing the concentration of a particular molecule by just 10 parts per billion.

That small shift is difficult to detect without sophisticated lab equipment – but perhaps not for long. A new “lab on a chip” designed by Brigham Young University professor Adam Woolley and his students reveals the presence of ultra-low concentrations of a target molecule.

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Y-Chem a Hit at Annual Department Picnic

Posted: Sep 26, 2012

The usual mix of new and old faces appeared at the annual department picnic in Rock Canyon’s Park Area on Septempter 4, 2012, to socialize, eat and play. This year’s after-dinner activities may have been the best yet- a chemical magic show put on by two members of the Y-Chem Society that mesmerized the younger faces in the audience.

Not only did Y-Chem’s Mark Murdock and Will Rankin perform exciting chemical demonstrations ...

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Children Show Their Appreciation for Y-Chem Service

Posted: Aug 03, 2012

The kids at attending summer day camp South Franklin Community Center showed their appreciation for Y-Chem. Y-Chem, BYU's chemistry club, taught the kids science principles through a fun and entertaining Magic Show.

"The purpose of the Y-Chem Magic Shows is to encourage students to explore their interests in science, especially in chemistry. These shows help them to visualize chemical principles in exciting ways so as to spark their imagination and curiosity," says  Mark Murdock ...

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