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August 19, 2015

Geri Richmond to Deliver Keynote at Gender Summit 6 – Asia Pacific 2015

Geri_Richmond_BlogPicGeri Richmond will continue her efforts to advance the careers of women in the sciences at the sixth annual Gender Summit to be held in Seoul, South Korea, August 26-28.


August 12, 2015

Dissertation Defense – Matthew Golder, August 17th

MatthewGolderDefenseGood luck to Matthew Golder as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Monday, August 17, 2015

10:00 AM in 331 Klamath


The title of his thesis is “Synthesis and Characterization of Small Molecule Carbon Nanotube Fragments”

August 7, 2015

A Great Week of Chemistry for UO SAIL Participants!


Campers work on their battery design.

For the second summer in a row, UO Chemistry hosted a hands-on chem lab experience for local high school students participating in the university’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program.

The UO SAIL Chemistry Camp, organized by chemistry grad students Kara Nell and Blake Tresca, ran from July 27th-31st. The campers, all soon-to-be high school freshman, put on their goggles and analyzed water samples, created filters, tested the pH of of common household chemicals, and designed batteries using metal sulfate solutions. Be sure to check out our photos!

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is a University of Oregon program led by volunteer faculty and aimed at increasing students’ enrollment and success in college. SAIL invites eligible 8th through 12th grade students to attend free, annual academic summer camps until they graduate from high school.

SAIL Chemistry camp is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and UO Women in Graduate Sciences. Thanks to all the additional volunteers who helped make this years SAIL Chemistry camp a huge success: grad students Loni Kringle, Kimberly Jones, Kate Karfilis, Fern Bosada, Laura McWilliams, Aurora Ginzberg, Erik Hadland, Sarah Casper, Lisa Enman, Lisa Eytel, Anne Emig, and Nina Vincent.



August 6, 2015

David Tyler Featured in Atlantic Article

UO Chemist David Tyler helps a mom consider the sustainability of her daughter’s dolls for an article in Atlantic.  


July 22, 2015

Professor David Tyler Quoted in Article on California’s Paper-vs.-Plastic Debate

Professor David Tyler

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty David Tyler discusses the sustainability and lifecycle impacts of paper and cotton bags versus plastic in an article on the vote to extend California’s state-wide plastic bag ban.


Biochemistry Seminar ~ July 30th

Poster - Birgit Schiott - July 30

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July 14, 2015

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ July 27th

Poster - Gryko-Daniel - July 27

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July 13, 2015

Richard Chartoff Honored with 2015 NATAS METTLER Award


photo - ChartoffDr. Richard Chartoff has been honored with the prestigious 2015 METTLER Award in Thermal Analysis by the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS). The official presentation of the award will be at the NATAS 43rd Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada, this August.

The  award recognizes distinguished achievement in the field of thermal analysis, including but not restricted to thermogravimetry, differential thermal methods, effluent gas analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis, and rheology. The recipient must have performed outstanding sustained work in the utilization, creation, or refinement  of thermal analytical techniques of generally wide interest and impact. The  award represents the highest honor bestowed by the Society, and is sponsored by Mettler-Toledo Analytical Instruments.


July 9, 2015

Careers in Industry for PhD Students – Seminars, July 30 & 31

Dr. Neil Boaz and Dr. Stephanie Clendennen, two scientists from the Eastman Chemical Company, will be visiting the UO and giving guest seminars for PhD students about careers in industry. Their bios are included below. This is a valuable networking opportunity for grad students at all stages of their research. The seminars are sponsored by the UO Graduate Internship Program.

Dr. Stephanie Clendennen, Sr. Research Associate at Eastman Chemical Company
Biology, Sustainability, and Eastman Chemical Company
Thurs Jul 30, 2015
10:00-11:00, WIL 110

Dr. Neil Boaz, Technology Fellow at Eastman Chemical Company
Organic Chemistry, Sustainability, and Eastman Chemical Company
Fri Jul 31, 2015
10:00-11:00, WIL240D (OCO)

Dr. Clendennen will also be speaking at a WGS-sponsored seminar on dual career couples (Dr. Boaz is her spouse):
Dual Career Couples
Thurs Jul 30, 2015
1:00-2:00, LISB 217


Dr. Clendennen and Dr. Boaz were key contributors in the development of the GEM™ technology platform (green biocatalysis process) which won the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Award (1 of 5 awards given by the EPA each year). Dr. Boaz received his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University and has worked in biocatalysis, fine chemical synthesis, and asymmetric catalysis, the latter of which resulted in the ACS Industrial Innovation Award.  Dr. Stephanie Clendennen received her PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University. She has worked in pharma, agriculture, biotech, and chemicals.



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July 2, 2015

Geri Richmond Featured in Science Article

An article in Science, the journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, features Geri Richmond‘s efforts to remove career barriers for women scientists.

Read about “Breaking through the polycarbonate ceiling” at:

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