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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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June 29, 2015

Andrew Wagner Receives AHA Research Training Grant

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate student Andrew Wagner has been awarded a 2015 American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship.

The $50,000 award will be distributed over two years, and is intended to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training. Research topics may be broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems, including multidisciplinary efforts.

Andrew earned his BA in Biochemistry in 2011at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO., and entered the UO Chemistry doctoral program in the fall of that year.  He is currently doing his thesis work in the Nolen lab, and his proposal, “WISH/DIP1/SPIN90 (WDS) Proteins Seed Assembly of Branched Actin Networks,” was selected for funding by the AHA.  His research is focused on investigating the regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, a protein framework that provides a physical scaffold for cells. Actin molecules polymerize into helical filaments that undergo dynamic rearrangements to allow changes in cell shape during motility and provide tracks for material transport. Striated tracks of actin filaments play a fundamental role in muscle contraction like those of the heart.
After completing his PhD, Andrew plans to continue to lead a research driven career investigating mechanisms in biochemistry and cell biology in diseased and non-diseased states.
June 19, 2015

Undergrads Ian Rinehart and Simon Ewing receive SAACS Summer Research Awards

Biochemistry major Ian Rinehart and Simon Ewing, a Chemistry and Math major, were selected as the recipients of two summer research awards funded by the UO chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS).

Simon Ewing, a sophomore from Springfield, Oregon, will be working in the Prell lab.  The Prell lab’s research examines the structure of proteins at the nanoscale in order to understand the relationship between structure and function.  Simon describes his research as computational and theoretical, and works to develop computational tools for use with ion mobility experiments.  His interest in analytical chemistry began in high school, where his chemistry teacher was an analytical chemist.  He enjoys looking in depth at molecular interactions to see how they affect the system as a whole.  Simon’s post-graduate plans include earning his PhD and working in research, with the goal of someday having his own research lab.

Ian Rinehart is a junior from Portland, Oregon. He works in the Tyler lab on research that is seeking a solution for a problem confronting the natural gas industry – too much nitrogen in the wells. Purifying the gas by removing the unwanted nitrogen is difficult and expensive.  The project Ian is working on endeavors to design a small molecule that can purify the natural gas at a cost-effective rate.  Ian has known that he wanted to do science from an early age, and was particularly inspired by his organic chemistry studies.  He sees both science and art in the opportunity chemistry offers to explore the laws of the universe, and then to create something new and see what happens. Ian plans to continue on to grad school to pursue a PhD after completing his undergrad degree.  He has a strong interest in working in a national lab on small molecule synthesis.

This is the first time that UO SAACS has offered research awards for undergraduate researchers. The purpose of the awards is to support chemistry and biochemistry majors’ ability to engage in research during the summer term.

Catching up with two of our Alums ~ Dr. James Gilbaugh & Dr. Robert Wah

Dr. Robert Wah (left) and  Dr. james Gilbaugh

Dr. Robert Wah (left) and
Dr. James Gilbaugh

Two University of Oregon Phi Beta Kappa Chemistry grads met up last week at the American Medical Association (AMA) Annual meeting.

Dr. James (Jay) Gilbaugh MD, Class of ’83, is President of the  Kansas Medical Society and Dr. Robert Wah MD, Class of ’79,is Immediate Past President of the American Medical Association.

The American Medical Association was founded in 1847 and is the largest association of physicians and medical students in the US. The AMA’s mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

Listen to Dr. Wah’s AMA speech at  

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June 18, 2015

Dissertation Defense ~ Adam Smith, June 26th

Adam Smith Defense

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