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November 9, 2017

Check out the 2017 UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Newsletter!

November 6, 2017

Surprise Result from Harms Lab Experiment May Help Explain a Protein Puzzle

This illustration shows predicted evolutionary routes for different proteins. Blue paths are falsely predicted as accessible, red paths are falsely predicted as inaccessible.Using computer simulations, UO Biochemist Mike Harms and graduate researcher Zach Sailer thought that they could manipulate a protein one mutation at a time and predict its evolution. They failed, but the team harvested information that may be useful for understanding problems such as antibiotic resistance.

Read the full article in AroundtheO

November 3, 2017

1st Annual Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact may not have broken ground yet, but its impact got a jump start by sponsoring five, $500 Knight Campus Student Innovation Fellowships for underrepresented students in STEM disciplines who participated in the Sustainable Invention workshop that kicked off the 2017-18 academic year.

The week-long workshop, titled Sustainable Invention Immersion Week, took place September 10-15th at 942 Olive Street, the UO’s innovation hub in downtown Eugene. Participating students had the opportunity to learn from experts in design, business, chemistry and communication as they worked in interdisciplinary teams to create their own green product over the course of the event. The teams then pitched their product ideas to win funding to move their idea forward. Awards were given for the top four product ideas.

The five Innovation Fellowship recipients were Genevieve Dorrell (undergrad, biochemistry), Carl Hartzell (post bac, physics), Ruth Maust (graduate student, chemistry), Makenna Pennel (undergrad, chemistry, honors college) and Pallavi Webb (undergrad, CIS). The fellowship funds could be used to offset academic expenses such as tuition, books, school supplies and travel to scientific meetings.

Photo Julie Haack

Julie Haack

The workshop was organized by professor Julie Haack, the assistant department head of the UO’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Kate Harmon, the undergraduate program manager and management instructor at the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship.  Their goal is for Sustainable Invention Immersion Week to become an annual event, with a changing theme that will be tied to what’s happening at the Knight Campus.

Read more in AroundtheO or visit the event website:

October 26, 2017

Christopher Hendon Profiled in Oregon Quarterly

Christopher Hendon in his laboratoryThe first of three new faculty hires for the UO’s Energy and Sustainable Materials Initiative, Christopher Hendon searches for innovative answers to vexing energy problems and cheaper, greener ways to make batteries, solar cells, and other products.

Ready more about the newest member of the UO Chemistry and Biochemsitry faculty in Oregon Quarterly.

October 23, 2017

David Johnson – ‘Father of Ferecrystals’

A recent special issue of Crystal Research and Technology is dedicated to David Johnson, the “father of ferecrystals.”

Read more in Advanced Science News

Darren Johnson talks Science and Innovation in Quack Chat


Photo of Darren Johnson in his laboratoryHow a mistake because an opportunity is the subject of Darren Johnson‘s Quack Chat about the story of SupraSensor.

Read more in AroundtheO.


October 17, 2017

Guenza Lab Discovery Being Tapped for New Medical Treatment

A discovery in Marina Guenza‘s UO chemistry lab that was recently published in a major physics journal, Physical Review Letters, is already being tapped by outside scientists working on a new medical treatment for tuberculosis.

Read the paper:

Physical Review LettersUniversality and Specificity in Protein Fluctuation Dynamics

Read more about the lab’s discovery:

AroundtheO: Cancer slows but can’t stop a UO discovery on protein motion Team identifies universality and specificity in protein motions

October 3, 2017

Research by Bruce Branchaud Leads to New Drug

A new anti-inflammatory drug moving into phase two clinical trials to treat two serious diseases was built on a scientific collaboration with UO chemist, Bruce Branchaud.

Read more in AroundtheO and the Daily Emerald:

Drug entering clinical trials has fingerprint of UO chemist

New drug developed by UO chemist could help kidney disease sufferers

September 28, 2017

Christopher Hendon talks Coffee Science in The Conversation

New UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Christopher H. Hendon discusses the science behind good coffee in an article for The Conversation.

Read his article here.

Research by Julie Haack Looks at Tensions that Drove Green Chemistry

Recent research finds that differing ideas about the benefits on Green Chemistry helped the field to grow rapidly.

Julie Haack, assistant department head and senior instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oregon, collaboratted with Andrew Nelson, associate vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation and a professor of management at UO, and management scholar Jennifer Howard Grenville, now at Cambridge University, on a recently the published paper.

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