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March 22, 2017

Catching Up with Alum Paulo Schirch

Paulo Schirch, class of 1981, reports that he retired in 2013 after 25 years with Solvay. At the time of his retirement, Dr. Schirch was president of the company’s South America division. Currently he is serving as a Board Member of Peroxidos do Brasil and at the Brazilian Chemical Association (ABIQUIM).

Dr. Schirch received his Ph.D. under the supervision of Virgil Boekelheide, and did his postdoctoral work at Ohio State University.

February 14, 2017

Alum Mike Taylor selected as a judge for Veneer Tech Craftsman’s Challenge

photo: Mike TaylorUO Chemistry and Biochemistry alum Mike Taylor was selected for the 2017 panel that will judge an international design competition highlighting achievement in the use of natural wood veneer products.

Taylor, the CEO of States Industries in Eugene, OR, earned his BS in Chemistry in 1994 and MBA through UO’s Lundquist College of Business in 2005.

Read more at http://bit.ly/2l5816X

January 25, 2017

Alumna Thale Jarvis appointed CSO for Keystone Symposia

Dr. Thale Jarvis has been appointed Chief Scientific Officer at Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Dr. Jarvis earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Oregon (Class of ’89).

Read more about Dr. Jarvis’ career at http://bit.ly/2jqjeQq

December 21, 2016

Alumna & FBI Agent Julia Cowley Speaks at Westfield State University

chemcapVeteran FBI agent Julia Cowley spoke about her experience in the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit at Westfield State University in Massachusettes this past October.  Her lecture was hosted by WSU departments of psychology and criminal justice.

Ms. Cowley graduated from the University of Oregon in 1993 with a B.S. in Chemistry.

Read more at MassLive.com

 

October 4, 2016

Alum Ian Rinehart’s Research featured in Cascade

rinehartThe Fall 2016 edition of the UO’s Cascade magazine includes an article about alum Ian Rinehart’s research in the Tyler lab.

Rinehart, a Presidential Undergrad Research Scholar and recipient of a 2015 SAACS Undergraduate Research Award, graduated in spring 2016 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry.

Read about his energy-related research at http://bit.ly/2dPULzA

August 31, 2016

ACS’ Nexus Blog Interviews Alum Richard Glover

The American Chemical Society caught up with UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alum Richard Glover to talk about green chemistry in the laboratory and classroom during the GC&E conference in June.

Richard earned his PhD in Chemistry in 2013, and teaches chemistry at Bellevue College in Washington State.

Read the full article at: Getting Community College Students into the Lab with Green Chemistry

August 9, 2016

Chemistry Alum Brian Coombs in the brewing spotlight again!

Read the article in The Register Guard:

Eugene’s Alesong tuning up for brewery opening, bottle release

April 28, 2016

2016 UO Alumni Achievement Award in Chemistry and Biochemistry

The winner of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award, UO Alumnus Alan Waggoner (Ph.D. 1969) will give a talk on Friday, 14-Oct-2016 and be honored at a banquet dinner that evening. Vickie DeRose and Michael Pluth are hosting the event.

You can read more about Professor Waggoner’s research at: http://www.cmu.edu/bio/faculty/primary/waggoner.html.

The Department of Chemistry Alumni Award program was established to honor our successful alumni, to provide our current students with inspiring role models, and to instill in them the confidence to succeed in their scientific careers.

 

April 22, 2016

UO Alumna Helps Build Science Literacy for the Next Generation

Dr. Chantal Balesdent, class of 2013

Dr. Chantal Balesdent, class of 2013

While pursuing her PhD in chemistry at the University of Oregon, Chantal Balesdent, class of 2013, knew that she was passionate about sharing her love for science, but didn’t feel drawn to a traditional teaching career. So as graduation drew near, Chantal began looking for opportunities in informal science education.  Her search resulted in a position with Engineering is Elementary (EiE), a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston.  Now in her third year as a Professional Development Provider for EiE, Chantal trains elementary school teachers in curricula that encourage students to apply their science and math skills to engineering activities that are based on real-world technologies and problems. (more…)

April 21, 2016

Catching Up with Rebecca Price and Paul Jagodzinski

Alumna Rebecca Price, MD (MS Chemistry, 1984) is retired from her General Surgery practice and spends her time volunteering with Master Gardeners, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Northern Arizona Forestry Department. Paul Jagodzinski (Post-doc with Warner Peticolas, 1979-81) continues as Dean of the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences at Northern Arizona University. He also devotes his time to serving on the American Chemical Society Board of Directors.

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