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May 27, 2015

Dissertation Defense – Joshua Lowry, May 28th

Josh LowryGood luck to Josh Lowry as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Thursday, May 28, 2015
2 PM in 331 Klamath

The title of his thesis is “Investigating Membrane Dynamics in the Caenorhabditis elegans Germline Using Temperature-Sensitive Mutants”

May 26, 2015

Dissertation Defense – Samantha Sommer, May 29th


Darren Johnson Lab in the News!

Cascade Magazine article, “Chemical Twofer,” covers a new filter created in the Darren Johnson lab that will extract valuable metals and create clean water.


One gram of a material being used by chemist Darren Johnson for water filtration has the same surface area as the football field in Autzen Stadium.

Darren Johnson doesn’t want to “get the lead out.” But he does want to get the neodymium and ytterbium out.

Yes, those are real things. They’re among the so-called rare earth elements, metals that often get leached from underground minerals and brought to the surface in briny, hot, underground water that’s increasingly being tapped to generate electricity in geothermal energy plants. Often toxic, the metals need to be removed before the water can be used and then discharged into a river.

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May 22, 2015

Dissertation Defense – Beverly Smith, May 26th

Beverly Smith PicGood luck to Bev Smith as she defends her thesis for her PhD in Chemistry!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
3:30 PM in 110 Fenton

The title of her thesis is Investigating Thermal Transformations of Ligand-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles: Influence of the Structural Attributes of the Nanoparticle and its Environment on Thermal Stability”

Dissertation Defense – Paul Evans, May 27th

Paul Evans

Good luck to Paul Evans as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2:00 pm in 331 Klamath 

The title of his thesis is “Synthesis of Small, Chiral and Photoswitchable Cycloparaphenylenes”

Professor DeRose and UO PhD Students attend Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat


Last weekend seven UO women PhD students attended the Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat with UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Victoria DeRose.

The event, held outside Seattle, Washington, attracted over 50 junior women chemists from the Pacific Northwest for workshops and panel discussions. The retreat also provided participants with valuable opportunities to enhance their professional networks and build leadership and communication skills.

Future Retreats may move south to Oregon, which was well-represented as seen in this picture of UO and OSU attendees.  UO student participants included Mary Collins, Rachael Cunningham, Jackie McGrath, Laura McWilliams, Leticia Montoya, Kara Nell and Emily Reister.

Dissertation Defense – Ethan Walker, May 27th

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGood luck to Ethan Walker as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
3:30 PM in 171 Onyx Bridge

The title of his thesis is “Injection, Transport, and Ionic Interactions of Carriers in Polyacetylene Ionomers as Probed by NIR Absorbance and Visible Photoresponse”

May 18, 2015

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ May 22nd

Poster - Jeffries- May 22

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May 14, 2015

Dissertation Defense – Jet Meitzner, May 19th

Jet_MeitznerGood luck to Jet Meitzner as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
1:00 PM in 240D Willamette


The title of his thesis is “Heterojunction-Assisted Impact Ionization and other Free Carrier Dynamcs in Si, ZnS/Si, and ZnSe/Si”

Six Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergrads to Present at UG Research Forum Today, May 14th

Six Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate students will present their research today in the EMU at the Undergraduate Research Symposium taking place from noon 7:15PM.

Oral Presentation:

Presenter: Nicholas Rinehart
Maple Room, Oral Session 2 1:45-3:15PM
Title: Design and Synthesis of a Coordination Complex for Dinitrogen Rejection from Natural Gas
Mentor: Dave Tyler, Chemistry
Major: Biochemistry


Presenter: Benjamin Blue
Poster: 5

Title: Diet as a Mediator of Life-History in Ceanorhabditis elegans
Mentors: Patrick Phillips and Stephen Banse, Biology
Major: Biochemistry

Presenter: Lindan Comrada
Poster: 14

Title: In Vitro Angiogenesis Increases with Chronic Passive Heat Therapy: Likely Mechanism for Improved Cardiovascular Health
Mentors: Christopher Minson and Vienna Brunt, Human Physiology
Major: Biochemistry

Presenter: William Crowley
Poster: 15

Title: Silver Tip Preparation for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
Mentors: Ben Taber and George Nazin, Chemistry
Major: Chemistry

Presenter: Nathaniel O’Neal
Poster: 49

Title: Asymmetrical Heteroatom Substitution in the Indenofluorene Framework
Mentors: Michael Haley and Jonathan Marshall, Chemistry
Major: Biochemistry

Presenter: Charlotte Taylor
Poster: 62

Title: Do Progenitor Subpopulations Contribute to Zebrafish Enteric Nervous System Development?
Mentors: Judith Eisen and Julia Ganz, Biology
Major: Biochemistry

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