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October 30, 2014

Andy Marcus Receives Schrag Honorarium

photo Andy Marcus

Andy Marcus

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Head Andy Marcus was awarded an honorarium during his seminar visit to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on October 23rd.

The endowed lectureship is named in honor of  Professor John Schrag, whose teaching and research career at UW-Madison spanned 35 years.

October 29, 2014

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Friday October 31st

Prescher Seminar Poster

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October 27, 2014

Chemistry Seminar ~ Wednesday, Oct. 29th

Shannon Boettcher
Asst. Professor of Chemistry
University of Oregon

3:30 pm, 331 Klamath Hall

Seminar Title:“Oxygen Electrocatalysis and Interfacial Charge Transfer with Transition Metal (Oxy)Hydroxides: Fundamentals and Applications in Solar Water Splitting”

Refreshments 3:00PM, outside Klamath 331

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October 24, 2014

Physical Chemistry Seminar ~ Monday, October 27th

Ryan Steele,
University of Utah

2:00PM – OCO Conference Room, 240 Willamette

Title:“Quantum Molecular Motion in Energy and Biology”

This presentation will address the manner in which quantum molecular motion influences key processes in both renewable energy and biology. The splitting of water, as a means of chemically storing solar energy, for example, offers as many promises for renewable energy as it does questions for the field of chemistry. This presentation will examine the molecular dynamics of oxidized water, including an explanation for the anomalous experimental vibrational signatures of ionized water clusters. The resulting picture is an exquisite example of the strong coupling between electronic and nuclear motion. The remainder of the talk will focus on the manner in which molecular motion affects key models of biological pathologies, including mismatched DNA base pairs. Throughout the presentation, newly developed computational techniques—which are required in order to tackle these challenging systems—will be highlighted.


Host: Jeff Cina
Refreshments served at 1:45pm

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October 23, 2014

Ken Doxsee becomes Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Effective September 15, 2014, Uo Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Ken Doxsee is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.

This new title reflects Ken’s expanded duties and responsibilities in Academic Affairs.

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October 22, 2014

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Friday October 24th

Faculty Introductions

2:30 pm, 331 Klamath Hall
Coffee Reception 2:00PM in Klamath 377

Introductions by:

2:15 – 2:30 Jim Prell
2:30 – 2:45 Jim Hutchison
2:45 – 3:00 Cathy Page
3:00 – 3:15 Jon Marshall for M. Haley
3:15 – 3:30 Shannon Boettcher

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October 21, 2014

Nazin Lab in the News!

photo: G. Nazin

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry George Nazin‘s research lab uses a specially built microscope to visualize traps in carbon nanotubes that can disrupt the flow of electrons.

The ability to get a detailed view of these nanoscale electronic traps could potentially lead to improved charge-carrying devices.

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October 20, 2014

UO ‘Chemistry Commuters’ team places 4th in BCC Competition!

BCC_2014collageCongratulations to the Chemistry Commuters bike team, who scored 4th for their category in the 2014 BTA Bike Commute Challenge.

This year, our twenty-three participants logged 2707 commuting miles in September –  that’s up from 1639 miles and a 13th place finish in 2013, with a team of 14 riders.

The BCC is a friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can bike to work more during the month of September.

Mark your calendars and plan on joining us next year!


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October 17, 2014

UO Alum and Faculty Jim Hutchison featured in UO Alumni News

Nice article about UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Jim Hutchison, class of ’86, and his nanotechnology research.

Prof. Hutchison will be the featured speaker at the Portland Science Night on November 5, discussing just how nanotechnology can shape the future.


October 15, 2014

New Academic Year includes a ‘Changing of the Guard’ for UO Chemistry and Biochemistry

Andrew H. Marcus


Michael Haley

Michael Haley


The University of Oregon Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry began the fall term with a new department head at the helm.  On July 1, 2014, Andrew H. Marcus officially stepped up to the position as Michael Haley stepped down.

Professor Haley, of the department’s Organic/Inorganic division, served two 3-year terms as department head beginning in 2008, overseeing a period in which the number of our undergraduate majors nearly doubled and our graduate student enrollments increased 20%.  Highlights of his tenure included the building of the new General Chemistry teaching laboratories and student Resource Center, overseeing two classroom remodels, more than doubling the number of teaching assistantships, and the hiring of six new faculty.

Professor Marcus, a Physical Chemist, was selected last spring by the department faculty and the College of Arts and Sciences to serve as the department’s next head.  Prof. Marcus has been at the University of Oregon since 1996.  This will be his first time serving as department head, and he is looking forward to working with colleagues to push the quality of the department even further.

Please join us as we welcome Andrew Marcus as our new head, and thank Michael Haley for his six years of service to the department!

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