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May 9, 2019

Ten CH and BIC Undergrads to Participate in 2019 UG Research Symposium on May 16th

The annual undergraduate research symposium will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019.The symposium is part of the UO’s Week of Research events, which will run Monday through Friday.

This year’s symposium will host 513 presenters and 290 faculty mentors, including 10 student presenters from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Poster presentations will run from 5:30-7:30 in the EMU Ballroom on Thursday. May 16th.The finalized schedule for oral and creative work presentations will be available on the symposium website.



May 1, 2019

Apply Now! UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, September 8-13, 2019

Sustainable Invention Immersion Week is a free, co-curricular program where students from different majors come together for one week to build a sustainable business model. Students will be able to apply life cycle analysis, design thinking and business model development to a wide range of sustainability challenges. Students will come away from the experience with an ability to apply these skills in many individual and team-based settings (e.g. portfolio and resume building, creative collaboration, startup development). Sustainable Invention alumni have gone on to launch startups as well as receive significant industry-focused grants.

The collaborative program is free and open to all students, from all majors (including undergraduates and graduate students). The program will provide all project materials along with two meals a day over the week-long boot camp.

May 8th Information Session

Learn more about the Sustainable Invention Immersion Week program by attending the Info Session on May 8th from 6-7pm in the Science Library B040 room. Hear how the Algotek founders (David Crinion, Tanner Strikling and Justin LeBuhn) came up with their idea for a 100% biodegradable plastic at the 2017 Sustainable Invention Immersion Week and developed their idea into an actual business.

Program Website and Application:

Questions? Contact Julie Haack

Application Deadline: Friday, May 24th!


2019 Less but Better Challenge:

Participants will be challenged to design a new solution to address a need that eliminates or significantly reduces the problems associated with materials. We will explore strategies to get optimal effect with minimum input. Examples include eliminating the need for a lawn mower by inventing grass that only grows 2 inches and does not need to be mowed, or eliminating a window washing system by inventing self-cleaning glass. These kinds of innovations disrupt existing solutions requiring us to think in different ways. The solution should be economically viable, socially acceptable and have a net positive environmental impact compared to existing products/processes.


Sustainable Invention Immersion Week is sponsored by the UO’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with partners from the School of Journalism and Communication, the Department of Product Design, the Department of Biology and the Center for Sustainable Business Practices.


February 8, 2019

Author Autumn Bradley to Read at MNCH Family Day Event, February 23rd


Author and UO Chemistry and Biochemistry lab preparator Autumn Bradley has been invited to read from her children’s book series as part of the winter term Family Day at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) on the UO campus.

The event will take place on Saturday, February 23rd from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and includes games, activities, crafts, and performances for the whole family. Autumn will be reading at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Autumn’s books encourage young readers – especially girls – to imagine themselves pursuing a career in the sciences. Astrophysicist Akimie takes readers on an exploration of galaxies, stars and planets, and Astrobiologist Aurora takes an even closer look – examining the science behind our search for life on other planets. A third book in the series is currently in the works!



November 1, 2018

Willaims Fund Showcase will feature Julie Haack & Sustainable Invention Immersion Week Initiative

An instructional grant from the WIlliams Fund helped bring to life the UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, allowing students to collaborate across majors to develop ideas and products to solve environmental and societal problems.

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack will participate in the Williams Fund Showcase on Wednesday, November 7, from 11am – 1pm in the Erb Memorial Union’s Crater Lake North room.

from AroundtheO:

Williams Fund Showcase will share innovations in teaching

Every year, the Williams Fund recognizes faculty members from across campus for their insightful approaches to undergraduate teaching.

An upcoming showcase will feature a panel of Williams Fund fellows and instructional grant recipients who will share insights and takeaways from their experience enhancing undergraduate education at the UO.

The panel will include Michelle McKinley, the Bernard B. Kliks professor of law; Kate Harmon, an instructor in the Lundquist College of Business; and Julie Haack, a senior instructor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as a few other past fellows and grant recipients.

Harmon and Haack are the faculty members behind the UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, which was one of seven instructional proposals chosen by the Williams Council for 2017-18.

Read more here


September 25, 2018

O/I Faculty Introductions

Fridays 9/28,  10/5 & 10/12/2018
2:30 pm 331 KLA
May 17, 2018

UO’s Sustainable Invention Immersion Week – July 7 – July 12, 2018

Sustainable Invention Immersion Week is a collaborative program sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship and the Tyler Invention Greenhouse with partners from the School of Journalism and Communication, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the College of Design. UO Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Julie Haack is a Program Director and Faculty Facilitator for the event.

Apply Now!
Visit Program Website:
Application Deadline – May 25, 2018
Program Dates – July 7 – July 12, 2018
2018 – The Do More With Less Challenge: The more materials, the bigger the impact. There are many strategies for reducing the use of materials to meet human needs. Examples include eliminating the need for a lawn mower by inventing grass that only grows 2 inches and does not need to be mowed, or eliminating a window washing system by inventing self-cleaning glass. These kinds of innovations disrupt existing solutions requiring us to think in different ways.
Your challenge will be to design a new solution to address a need that eliminates or significantly reduces the problems associated with materials. The solution should be economically viable, socially acceptable and have a net positive environmental impact compared to existing products/processes.
May 15, 2018

18 Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergrad Researchers will participate in Research Symposium May 17th

photo: UG Research Poster sessionThe UO’s eighth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium is Thursday, May 17, 2018.  The event will host 382 undergraduates engaged in original research, creative work, and community-based projects from over 71 majors, 13 minors, and eight colleges. The full schedule and research abstracts are available here

Eighteen undergraduates will be presenting their chemistry and biochemistry research at the following sessions:

Concurrent Oral Session 2 – 11:45-1:15 p.m.


Makenna Pennel − CHEMISTRY
Faculty Mentor(s): Jim Hutchison, Kenyon Plummer

Concurrent Oral Session 3 – 1:30-3:00 p.m.


Investigating the Role of Genomic Positioning in Directing Meiotic Double-Strand DNA Break Repair
Faculty Mentor(s): Diana Libuda, Erik Toraason


Poster Session – 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Determining Scrib binding partners relevant to its spindle orienting function
Faculty Mentor(s): Ken Prehoda, Nicole Paterson

Quantitative Analysis of Thin Films via X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy
Faculty Mentor(s): David Johnson

The Effect of Different Substituents on the Optoelectronic Properties of Diindenoanthracene
Faculty Mentor(s): Michael Haley, Justin Dressler

Mapping Interactions Of Single-Stranded (Ss) DNA With the Ss-DNA Binding Protein (Gp32) of the T4 DNA Replication Complex at Specific Nucleotide Residue Positions
Faculty Mentor(s): Pete von Hippel

Synthesis of Alkyne Substituted Cycloparaphenylenes for Conjugated Polymers Research Area: Organic Synthetic Chemistry
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti

Title: Energetic Loss From the Use of Hole Scavengers to Measure Photoelectrochemical Cell Efficiency Limits
Faculty Mentor(s): Shannon Boettcher

Synthesis and Characterization of Ru(II) Cycloparaphenylene Complexes
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti, Jeff Van Raden

Properties and Synthesis of Three Component Heterostructure: (BiSe)1+δ(Bi2Se3)1+ δ (BiSe)1+ δ (TiSe2)
Faculty Mentor(s): David Johnson

Assay of Insulin-Stimulated Signaling by Flow Cytometry: Key Points of Regulation Research Area: Natural/Physical Science
Faculty Mentor(s): Carrie McCurdy, Byron Hetrick

Synthesis of 7,14-Diarylfluoreno[3,2-b]fluorenes
Faculty Mentor(s): Josh Barker, Michael Haley

Modeling the Behavior of Pyruvic Acid at the Air-Water Interface Research
Faculty Mentor(s): Brittany Gordon, Dr. Geraldine Richmond

Optimization of Deposition Techniques for Thin Film Production and Analysis
Faculty Mentor(s): Cathy Wong, Kelly Wilson

Developmental Synchronization Of The Purple Pitcher Plant Mosquito, Wyeomyia Smithii, as a Result Of Increasing Temperatures
Faculty Mentor(s): William Bradshaw, Christina Holzapfel

Drug Development with New Catalytic Molecules
Faculty Mentor(s): David Tyler

Characterization of GaSbP as a photocathode For Water-Splitting
Faculty Mentor(s): James Young

Synthesis of 6,13-pentacene-incorporated [10]cycloparaphenylene
Faculty Mentor(s): Ramesh Jasti, Brittany White

May 9, 2018

Sustainability Event in Bend Features Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison

Photo: Jim Hutchison & JulieHaack

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack and Jim Hutchison will participate in a panel discussion titled “Disruptive Strategies for Product Innovation” on May 10, 2018 at the Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon.

The participating educators, scientists, and engineers who will seek to inspire the audience to consider new strategies for product design at the nexus of disruptive innovation, materials selection, and systems thinking that maximize product performance and minimize impacts.


Samantha Young & Nicole Paterson to Participate in 2018 Grad Forum

Photo: Poster Session, Graduate ForumChemistry graduate students Samantha Young and Nicole Paterson will be participating in the 2018 Graduate Student Research Forum on Friday, May 11th.

Samantha, a member of the Hutchison lab, will present on the Dixon Scholars Panel from 10:00- 11:00am in the EMU Swindells Room.

The Dixon Fellows are recipients of the Julie and Rocky Dixon Graduate Student Innovation Award, which supports doctoral students interested in developing their skills and experiencein innovation and/or entrepreneurship in preparation for careers outside of academia. Each year, the Dixon Fellows present at the Grad Forum to showcase their experiences and findings.

Nicole, a member of the Prehoda lab, will present her research at the Poster Session from 12:00 – 2:00pm EMU Ballroom.  Her presentation is titled “Role of Gukholder and Scribble in Spindle Orientation.”

The full schedule of events for the 2018 Grad Forum is available at


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!

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