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December 19, 2017

Dennis and Janet Beetham Establish Grad Fellowship in Honor of Prof. John Keana

photo: Dennis and Janet Beetham

Dennis and Janet Beetham

To honor his former mentor, Chemistry alum Dennis Beetham and his wife, Janet, have donated $1 million to the University of Oregon to launch the John Keana Graduate Student Fellowship Fund.

Mr. Beetham, one of the first students to do research in the Keana lab, received his Masters in Chemistry from the UO in 1967

Read about this remarkable gift in AroundtheO

December 12, 2017

Boaz P. Levi, Class of ’99

Photo: Boaz P.Levi

Dr. Boaz P. Levi
– photo: Allen Institute

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry alum Boaz P. Levi popped up in our news feed recently!

Dr. Levi received his B.S. in biochemistry from the UO, and did his undergraduate research in Tom Steven’s lab. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University.

He is currently an assistant investigator in Applied Genomics at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Catch up with Dr. Levi and learn about his research at

May 22, 2017

Alum David Kuninger in the News!

David Kuninger, class of  ’92, was the featured speaker for the first in a series of neurobiology webinars hosted in partnership between Thermo Fisher Scientific and LabRoots.

Read more at: Thermo Fisher Scientific Demonstrates Improved differentiation of Stem Cell-derived Neurons and Downstream Applications



April 28, 2017

Article Profiles UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Alumna Ann Oluloro

Photo: Ann Oluloro

OHSU medical student Ann Oluloro graduates in June and will start her residency at the University of Buffalo. (Photo: Melanie Sevcenko) – Skanner News

The Skanner News interviewed University of Oregon alum Ann Oluloro as she is preparing to graduate from OHSU and begin a residency in a Buffalo. Ann earned her B.S. degree from the UO in 2012 with a double-major in biochemistry and biology, and a minor in business administration.

Read the article at


April 5, 2017

UO Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumni Speaker – Dr. Fei Mao, April 12th

Dr. Fei Mao (PhD, class of 1990) will give a talk on Wednesday, April 12, at 3:00 PM in the Giustina Ballroom of the Ford Alumni Center. His talk, titled “Learning from Experiences,” will focus on professional development and career paths outside of academia. 

Dr. Mao is visiting campus as part of the UO Graduate School’s Distinguished Alumni Speaker program.

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.


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

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.



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

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