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October 6, 2015

In Memoriam, Marion Hill, Class of 1948 and 1950

Dr. Hill presents the Outstanding Senior Award to Matthew Tanner, June 2014

Dr. Hill presents the Outstanding Senior Award to Matthew Tanner, June 2014

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alumnus Marion Hill passed away on August 2, 2015, in Portland, Oregon.

Marion Hill received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1948 and 1950, respectively. He then began his professional career at the National Bureau of Standards as a physical chemist engaged in thermochemistry.

Shortly thereafter he joined the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory to do basic research on the synthesis of high energy organic compounds. While working at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, Mr. Hill developed a process for making the nitroplasticizer used in the Polaris missile rocket motor. He received twenty-three patents for his work in this area.

In 1960, Marion Hill joined the Stanford Research Institute where he became Director of the Institute’s Chemical Laboratory which employed more than 100 chemists. Under his leadership this Laboratory produced outstanding accomplishments including orthoester based polymers for controlled drug release, new dyes for polyester/cotton blends, and polymers providing fibers with extremely high tensile strength and high modulus.

Mr. Hill was selected by the department for the 1996 Alumni Achievement Award in Chemistry, in recognition of his outstanding career both as a research chemist and as a research director.

At the 2014 department commencement ceremony, he presented the American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding Senior award to Phi Beta Kappa nominee, Matthew Tanner.  Mr. Hill was also a recipient of both honors when he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1948.

Read more about Marion Hill in his obituary at


Posted by Leah O'Brien
October 5, 2015

Jim Hutchison co-authors article on Green Chemistry Education for C&EN

photo Jim Hutchison and Kent Voorhees

Jim Hutchison and Kent Voorhees

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Jim Hutchison has published an article on green chemistry and education for the September 28, 2015, issue of Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN).  The article’s co-author, Kent Voorhees, is the Chair of the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) Governing Board, and Professor Hutchison serves as Co-Lead for Green Chemistry Education Roadmap Leadership Team.

The article addresses the challenge of integrating green and sustainable chemistry education into the curriculum at a fast enough pace to support this growing field.


Posted by Leah O'Brien
September 30, 2015

Physical Chemistry Seminar ~ October 5th

Klimov Poster

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Organic/Inorganic Seminar – October 14th

Poster - Pluth - October 14, 2015

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September 29, 2015

New Scholarships offered by UO Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

The UO’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) has announced two new scholarships for undergraduate researchers.

The UROP Mini-grant program provides grants of up to $1,000 that may be used by undergraduate award recipients to purchase materials, equipment, and supplies that are necessary to complete their project and/or assist with travel expenses related to their project.  Awards will be given out twice during the academic year, once during the fall term and the winter term. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, a project proposal finalized and a faculty mentor secured prior to applying. Application materials are available at

The Vice President for Research and Innovation Undergraduate Fellowship awards students a $5,000 stipend for conducting research, creative scholarship or completing work on an innovative project full time during the summer. The fellowships are open to students from all majors. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, a project proposal finalized and a faculty mentor secured prior to applying. Applications will be available in early January, 2016.

Posted by Leah O'Brien
September 21, 2015

Bradley Nolen selected for MRF Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Bradley Nolen has been named a recipient of the 2015 MRF Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award by the OHSU Foundation. The Medical Research Foundation (MRF) presents annual awards to outstanding Oregon researchers, scientists and mentors.

The Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award is a competitively awarded research grant that supports promising biomedical exploration and the development of research careers in clinical investigation in Oregon.

The Nolen lab investigates the regulation of the cytoskeleton, a molecular framework that provides physical support for cells, in order to increase understanding of how phenomena observed at the cellular level are controlled at the molecular level. This research has provided new windows on the complexities of cellular structure, and suggested a potential future route to therapeutic targeting for use in medical treatments.

Professor Nolen will receive his award at a ceremony to be held November 12, 2015, at the Centennial Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

September 16, 2015

RG Article Includes Video Link with some Familiar Faces

An article in Sunday’s Register Guard newspaper showcased local STEM education efforts, including a video with some familiar faces.

Look for Kory Plakos from the DeRose Lab and Jeremy Copperman from the Guenza Lab doing hands-on science with students at the Arts and Technology Academy (ATA) Middle School in Eugene School District 4j.


September 8, 2015

Pluth Lab Research Collaboration on the Cover of JACS

Journal of the American Chemical SocietyA collaboration between UO Chemistry and Biochemistry and Physics laboratories was featured as the cover article in the August 19th issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

The research paper, written by Professor Michael Pluth‘s chemistry group and and Professor Raghu Parthasarathy‘s physics group is titled, “A Bright Fluorescent Probe for H2S Enables Analyte-Responsive, 3D Imaging in Live Zebrafish Using Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy.”

Read the paper at

UO Spinoff Dune Sciences in the News


Dune Sciences, a nanotech spinoff cofounded by UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Jim Hutchison, has developed a new anti-odor treatment for athletic wear.


Posted by Leah O'Brien
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.


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