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February 20, 2018

Wondering what’s next? Mark your calendar for Undergrad IDP Workshop, April 11th

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With graduation around the corner, are you (or your friends and family) asking what’s next after your bachelor’s degree?

Get some answers and create an individual development plan (IDP) that will help you build a roadmap for the next stage of your career!

Workshop: Introduction to Individual Development Planning
When: Wednesday, April 11th, 7-9 pm (week #2 of spring term)
Where: 107 Klamath
For: Undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry majors
Presenter: Julie Haack, undergraduate academic advisor for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

In preparation for the workshop, feel free to check out:

Science Careers – myIDP at
ChemIDP at

And be on the lookout for an RSVP request at the beginning of spring term!

May 9, 2017

Creating Nanomaterials through Sustainable Design – Hutchison Hosts ACS Webinar

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Jim Hutchison will host an  ACS webinar on how to Create nanomaterials through sustainable design.

Nanomaterial Design Guided by the Principles of Green Chemistry

Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 2-3pm ET

For more information and to register, visit




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.

February 9, 2017

Three Biochemistry Undergrads to Present at 2017 McNair Scholars Symposium

2017 McNair Scholars Symposium 
New Voices in Research

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Noon – 4pm
Gumwood Room, EMU

Three UO Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduates will be participating in the 2017 McNair Scholar Symposium. Everyone is invited to attend the symposium and to hear our students present their research.

1:00PM – David M. Lee, Leafcutter Ants Inside the Nest Have Sharper Mandibles than Ants Outside the Nest

2:30PM – Lindan ComradaMarkers of Cardiovascular Health in Chronic Marijuana Smokers

3:00PM – Trenton M. Peters-Clark, Increasing the Efficiency of a Biotin-Streptavidin Pull Down for An Investigation of Pt(II)-Protein Interactions

Read their Abstracts here.

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About the McNair Scholar Symposium
The University of Oregon celebrates the research achievements of its McNair Scholars during the annual McNair Symposium. These achievements are made possible by faculty mentors who guide Scholars through scholarship activities and help prepare them for the challenges and culture of graduate school.

McNair Scholars participate in paid summer research internships in their fields of study. During the internships, students are involved in original research culminating in a presentation of their findings. Held winter term, the McNair Symposium provides a public forum for students to share their work with peers, mentors, faculty and staff, family members, and the general public.

August 1, 2016

Nanotech Science Pub with David Johnson – 8/11!

Learn how making things small has led to breakthroughs at Aug 11 pub talk on nanotechnology with Dave Johnson

Details at

April 21, 2016

UO Science Policy Initiative Event – April 28th

Lane County Health Policy Event Flyer

August 7, 2015

A Great Week of Chemistry for UO SAIL Participants!


Campers work on their battery design.

For the second summer in a row, UO Chemistry hosted a hands-on chem lab experience for local high school students participating in the university’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program.

The UO SAIL Chemistry Camp, organized by chemistry grad students Kara Nell and Blake Tresca, ran from July 27th-31st. The campers, all soon-to-be high school freshman, put on their goggles and analyzed water samples, created filters, tested the pH of of common household chemicals, and designed batteries using metal sulfate solutions. Be sure to check out our photos!

The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is a University of Oregon program led by volunteer faculty and aimed at increasing students’ enrollment and success in college. SAIL invites eligible 8th through 12th grade students to attend free, annual academic summer camps until they graduate from high school.

SAIL Chemistry camp is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and UO Women in Graduate Sciences. Thanks to all the additional volunteers who helped make this years SAIL Chemistry camp a huge success: grad students Loni Kringle, Kimberly Jones, Kate Karfilis, Fern Bosada, Laura McWilliams, Aurora Ginzberg, Erik Hadland, Sarah Casper, Lisa Enman, Lisa Eytel, Anne Emig, and Nina Vincent.



June 1, 2015

Chemistry Teaching Labs places First in Biz Commute Challenge


Congratulations to the UO Chemistry Teaching Labs Business Commute Challenge Team! Their 19 member team placed first for their size category.

For a week each May, the BCC hosts a friendly competition – workplace against workplace – to see who can walk, bike, bus, carpool, or telecommute the most.

This is the 3rd year in a row that UO Chemistry Teaching Labs won the First Place trophy!


May 14, 2015

Six Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergrads to Present at UG Research Forum Today, May 14th

Six Chemistry and Biochemistry undergraduate students will present their research today in the EMU at the Undergraduate Research Symposium taking place from noon 7:15PM.

Oral Presentation:

Presenter: Nicholas Rinehart
Maple Room, Oral Session 2 1:45-3:15PM
Title: Design and Synthesis of a Coordination Complex for Dinitrogen Rejection from Natural Gas
Mentor: Dave Tyler, Chemistry
Major: Biochemistry


Presenter: Benjamin Blue
Poster: 5

Title: Diet as a Mediator of Life-History in Ceanorhabditis elegans
Mentors: Patrick Phillips and Stephen Banse, Biology
Major: Biochemistry

Presenter: Lindan Comrada
Poster: 14

Title: In Vitro Angiogenesis Increases with Chronic Passive Heat Therapy: Likely Mechanism for Improved Cardiovascular Health
Mentors: Christopher Minson and Vienna Brunt, Human Physiology
Major: Biochemistry

Presenter: William Crowley
Poster: 15

Title: Silver Tip Preparation for Scanning Tunneling Microscopy
Mentors: Ben Taber and George Nazin, Chemistry
Major: Chemistry

Presenter: Nathaniel O’Neal
Poster: 49

Title: Asymmetrical Heteroatom Substitution in the Indenofluorene Framework
Mentors: Michael Haley and Jonathan Marshall, Chemistry
Major: Biochemistry

Presenter: Charlotte Taylor
Poster: 62

Title: Do Progenitor Subpopulations Contribute to Zebrafish Enteric Nervous System Development?
Mentors: Judith Eisen and Julia Ganz, Biology
Major: Biochemistry

February 19, 2015

Chemistry Grads to Present at Grad Student Research Forum February 20th

Come support our graduate students at the sixth annual UO Graduate Student Research Forum

Thirteen chemistry graduate students will be participating in the Forum on Friday, February 20, at the Ford Alumni Center. The event provides UO graduate students with an opportunity to present their research and creative work to peers, professionals and professors.

DIXON AWARDS – 1:00-2:00PM

Room 403, Ford Alumni Center

Abcam SimpleStep™ ELISA – Presenter: Leticia Montoya

Gallium Arsenide Solar Cells – Presenter: Andrew Ritenour



Giustina Ballroom, Ford Alumni Center

Par Complex-Directed Protein Polarization Using Phosphorylation-Regulated Membrane – Matthew Bailey

Counter-Ion Effects on Surfactant Assembly at the Oil-Water Interface of Reverse Emulsions – Presenter: Andrew Carpenter

Modifications to Toxic CUG RNAs Induce Structural Stability – Presenter: Elaine deLorimier

Computational Studies of Methylglyoxal at the Air-Water Interface – Presenter: Brittany Gordon

Synthetic MBNL1 Design: Creating a Higher Activity RNA Binding Protein – Presenter: Melissa Hale

Advanced Characterization of Aqueous Inorganic Nanoscale Clusters – Presenter: Milton Jackson, Jr.

RBFOX1 Modulation of MBNL1 Regulated Splicing Events – Presenter: Sunny Ketchum

Tracking Platinum-Based Anticancer Drugs in the Cell to Improve Drug Effectiveness – Presenter: Kory Plakos

How Do Platinum Drugs Affect Triple-Negative Breast Cancer? – Presenter: Emily Reister

Transcriptomic Profiling of Myotonic Dystrophy Patient-derived Tissues: Applications in Basic and Translational Research – Presenter: Adam Struck

Probing the Nanoscale: A Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study of Didodecylquaterthiophene – Presenter: Benjamen Taber

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