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December 12, 2014

P-Chem First Year Rotation Talks – Friday, 12/12

1st Fall '14 Rotation Talks Poster

December 8, 2014

New Faculty Member Thomas Greenbowe Receives Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry

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Thomas Greenbow

The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society has presented Thomas Greenbowe with the James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry.

The award honors “an educator who is both an excellent classroom teacher and whose professional activities have had a wide-ranging effect on chemical education.” The Norris Award is one of the oldest national awards of the American Chemical Society, and is presented by the ACS Northeastern Section in Boston annually in November.

The ACS Awards Committee cited Greenbowe’s research and development activities on visualization of molecular and atomic phenomena and the use of inquiry strategies in instruction having a tremendous positive impact nationally and internationally in the areas of multimedia instruction, chemistry problem-solving and conceptual understanding, and structuring guided-inquiry laboratory activities as the basis for the award.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to welcome Thomas Greenbowe to the faculty beginning winter term, 2015.  He comes to the UO from Iowa State University, where he was a Professor of Chemistry, Coordinator of the General Chemistry program, and Professor of Curriculum & Instruction.

December 5, 2014

Andrew H. Marcus Named APS Fellow


In November, UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Head Andrew H. Marcus was elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society upon the recommendation of the Division of Chemical Physics.

The American Physical Society is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics.  APS represents over 50,000 members, including scientists in academia, national laboratories and industry from within the United States and around the world. APS Fellowships are peer-nominated awards given in recognition of outstanding contributions to physics, and the Fellowships are limited to no more than one half of one percent of the APS membership.

Professor Marcus’ nomination was put forward by Nancy Levinger of Colorado State University. Professor Levinger considered Marcus an ideal candidate for the award because of his thoughtful, creative approach to a wide range of experiments. His work bridges from basic laser science to chemical physics to biophysics, encompassing molecular studies that are critical to understanding the chemical basis of life processes. The nomination made note of several different unique laser spectroscopic methods that Marcus has developed to explore molecular interactions, and the extraordinary command of chemical physics necessary to understand these complex systems.

The Fellowship award honors Professor Marcus “For his contribution to the development of linear and nonlinear fluorescence correlation spectroscopies, and their application to the study of the structure and dynamics of biochemical systems.” He will be presented with a certificate at an upcoming meeting of the APS, and his name and award citation will appear in the March 2015 issue of APS News.

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December 4, 2014

Geri Richmond to Serve as U.S. Science Envoy

Geri_Richmond&studentsOn Thursday, Dec. 4, the U.S. State Department announced that chemistry professor and Presidential Chair Geri Richmond has been selected as a United States science envoy to work with researchers in other nations on global issues.


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December 3, 2014

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Friday, December 5th

Poster - Reaxys Seminar

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November 26, 2014

2014 Chemistry and Biochemistry Newsletter





Our annual newsletter is now available!

Catch up with faculty, alumni and department highlights at

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November 21, 2014

More News Coverage for UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Nazin Lab

The Nazin research lab‘s specially built microscope puts spotlight on the surface structure of quantum dots for designing new solar devices.

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November 19, 2014

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Friday November 21st

poster - John Gilbertson

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November 14, 2014

OCO/Physical Chemistry Seminar ~ Monday, November 17th


November 11, 2014

Organic/Inorganic Seminar ~ Friday November 14th

Seminar Poster -Kirsten  Jensen

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