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February 27, 2015

Geri Richmond Interviewed on Vietnamese Television

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On the go as a U.S. science envoy, Geri Richmond appeared on “Sharing Vietnam,” an English-language show, during her recent visit.

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Physical Chemistry Seminar ~ Monday, March 2nd

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More News Coverage for Recent Faculty Awards

CHEMelement_yellowThe Oregonian covers our recent NSF Career Award and Sloan Foundation Fellowship recipients – read more at:

February 24, 2015

In Memoriam – Gregory Harlow, Class of 2013

There will be memorial service on Saturday, February 28th, in Medford, OR, for Gregory Harlow.

Gregory graduated in June 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. While an undergrad in the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, he did research in the Liu lab as a Beckman Scholar. Gregory was a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.  He passed away January 22, 2015.


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February 23, 2015

Boettcher, Harms & Pluth Chosen as 2015 Sloan Foundation Fellows


Three UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty – Shannon Boettcher, Michael Pluth, and Michael Harms – have been named 2015 Sloan Research Fellows. The fellowships, which provide $50,000 over two years, honor early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars in their fields.

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Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Wednesday, February 25th

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February 19, 2015

George Nazin Receives NSF Career Award

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty George Nazin is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Career Award. The awards represent the NSF’s most-prestigious recognition of top-performing young scientists in the early stages of their faculty careers. Professor Nazin will use the funds from the award to expand his atomic-scale, real-time exploration of the physical and chemical properties of carbon nanotube-based materials.


Chemistry Grads to Present at Grad Student Research Forum February 20th

Come support our graduate students at the sixth annual UO Graduate Student Research Forum

Thirteen chemistry graduate students will be participating in the Forum on Friday, February 20, at the Ford Alumni Center. The event provides UO graduate students with an opportunity to present their research and creative work to peers, professionals and professors.

DIXON AWARDS – 1:00-2:00PM

Room 403, Ford Alumni Center

Abcam SimpleStep™ ELISA – Presenter: Leticia Montoya

Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells – Presenter: Andrew Ritenour



Giustina Ballroom, Ford Alumni Center

Par Complex-Directed Protein Polarization Using Phosphorylation-Regulated Membrane – Matthew Bailey

Counter-Ion Effects on Surfactant Assembly at the Oil-Water Interface of Reverse Emulsions – Presenter: Andrew Carpenter

Modifications to Toxic CUG RNAs Induce Structural Stability – Presenter: Elaine deLorimier

Computational Studies of Methylglyoxal at the Air-Water Interface – Presenter: Brittany Gordon

Synthetic MBNL1 Design: Creating a Higher Activity RNA Binding Protein – Presenter: Melissa Hale

Advanced Characterization of Aqueous Inorganic Nanoscale Clusters – Presenter: Milton Jackson, Jr.

RBFOX1 Modulation of MBNL1 Regulated Splicing Events – Presenter: Sunny Ketchum

Tracking Platinum-Based Anticancer Drugs in the Cell to Improve Drug Effectiveness – Presenter: Kory Plakos

How Do Platinum Drugs Affect Triple-Negative Breast Cancer? – Presenter: Emily Reister

Transcriptomic Profiling of Myotonic Dystrophy Patient-derived Tissues: Applications in Basic and Translational Research – Presenter: Adam Struck

Probing the Nanoscale: A Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study of Didodecylquaterthiophene – Presenter: Benjamen Taber

February 18, 2015

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Friday, February 20th

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February 13, 2015

Dissertation Defense – Andy Ritenour, March 6th


Good luck to Andy Ritenour as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!
Friday, March 6, 2015
1 PM in 331 Klamath

The title of his thesis is “Close-Spaced Vapor Transport and Photoelectrochemistry of Gallium Arsenide”

After earning his degree, Andy has accepted a position as a Development Engineer with Alta Devices at Sunnyvale, CA.  He will be working on research and development of thin, lightweight solar cells for use in mobile devices.

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