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July 14, 2016

Incoming CH major & Jim Hutchison participate in “Run with a Researcher”

Chemistry professor Jim Hutchison and incoming freshman Mckenna Pennel

Overlapping interests in running and nanoscience ~ read about it in AroundtheO

 

June 3, 2016

BIC major Eric Burlingame featured in most recent edition of Modus Operandi

Erik Burlingame

The UO’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program caught up with biochemistry major and soon-to-be-graduate Erik Burlingame for its ongoing series, Modus Operandi.

Read about Erik’s research and more at http://bit.ly/1U2RZXS

April 20, 2016

Stamps Scholar Makenna Pennel on her way to study Chemistry at the UO

Read AroundtheO article:

Triangle Lake student Stamps her ticket to the UO

 

February 3, 2016

BIC Major Caitlyn Fields to Present at McNair Symposium February 10th

UO Biochemistry major Caitlyn Fields will present her research at the 2016 McNair Scholars Symposium on Wednesday, February 10th, at  2pm in room 72 PLC. 

Every February, the University of Oregon celebrates the research achievements of its McNair Scholars during the 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.

Caitlyn’s presentation is titled “Investigating Fundamental Cluster Chemistry: VT-NMR Studies of the Flat Ga13 Cluster at Multiple Concentrations.”  Her mentors are Darren W. Johnson, UO Chemistry and Biochemistry, Anna F. Oliveri, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Chemistry, UC Davis and William H. Casey, Chemistry, UC Davis.

 

Abstract: 

Group 13 metal clusters have been of interest in both materials chemistry and geochemistry because they are naturally occurring and make excellent precursors to thin films for various devices, such as solar cells and laptops. Unfortunately, the solution dynamics of these clusters are not well known; therefore a solution study of these clusters may give insight to both the naturally occurring mechanism of synthesis as well as assist in finding more efficient ways to manufacture the clusters for use in devices. Oliveri et al. identified simple and unique 1H-NMR spectra for gallium species clusters, making it possible for this study to characterize them even further with kinetic and thermodynamic data. Variable Temperature Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (VT-NMR) spectroscopy experiments were carried out on the Ga13 and Ga7In6 clusters in an effort to extract the μ2 int proton peak expansion. The rate constant k was extrapolated from the FWHM of this peak. The change in entropy and enthalpy of the transition states were calculated using k and the Eyring equation.

November 2, 2015

SAACS Pumpkin drop makes the local news!

The Register Guard talks pumpkins and science with Ben Bachman, co-president of the UO Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, and faculty member Randy Sullivan for their Halloween issue:

http://bit.ly/1OfbUS0

June 19, 2015

Undergrads Ian Rinehart and Simon Ewing receive SAACS Summer Research Awards

Biochemistry major Ian Rinehart and Simon Ewing, a Chemistry and Math major, were selected as the recipients of two summer research awards funded by the UO chapter of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS).

Simon Ewing, a sophomore from Springfield, Oregon, will be working in the Prell lab.  The Prell lab’s research examines the structure of proteins at the nanoscale in order to understand the relationship between structure and function.  Simon describes his research as computational and theoretical, and works to develop computational tools for use with ion mobility experiments.  His interest in analytical chemistry began in high school, where his chemistry teacher was an analytical chemist.  He enjoys looking in depth at molecular interactions to see how they affect the system as a whole.  Simon’s post-graduate plans include earning his PhD and working in research, with the goal of someday having his own research lab.

Ian Rinehart is a junior from Portland, Oregon. He works in the Tyler lab on research that is seeking a solution for a problem confronting the natural gas industry – too much nitrogen in the wells. Purifying the gas by removing the unwanted nitrogen is difficult and expensive.  The project Ian is working on endeavors to design a small molecule that can purify the natural gas at a cost-effective rate.  Ian has known that he wanted to do science from an early age, and was particularly inspired by his organic chemistry studies.  He sees both science and art in the opportunity chemistry offers to explore the laws of the universe, and then to create something new and see what happens. Ian plans to continue on to grad school to pursue a PhD after completing his undergrad degree.  He has a strong interest in working in a national lab on small molecule synthesis.

This is the first time that UO SAACS has offered research awards for undergraduate researchers. The purpose of the awards is to support chemistry and biochemistry majors’ ability to engage in research during the summer term.

June 15, 2015

2015 Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholarships Awarded to Aidan Grealish and Mary Earp

Aidan Grealish

Aidan Grealish

Mary Earp

Mary Earp

Aidan Grealish and Mary Earp have been chosen as recipients of the 2015 UO Chemistry and Biochemistry department’s annual undergraduate scholarships. The Faith Van Nice Scholarship has been awarded to Aidan Grealish, and the Kuntz-Swinehart Memorial Scholarship to Mary Earp.

The Faith Van Nice Scholarship is dedicated to the legacy of alumna Faith Van Nice, and recognizes exceptional UO undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry. This year’s recipient, Aidan Grealish, is from Tualatin, Oregon, and is a sophomore in the Clark Honors College.  Majoring in Chemistry and Digital Arts, she chose UO for the flexibility in schedule that would allow her to explore her diverse interests.  Aidan finds inspiration by dipping her toes into lots of fields, and feels that her interdisciplinary scholarship is an advantage as she applies her creative abilities to her approach to science.

Aidan will begin doing research in the Page lab this summer, working on the synthesis of thin films and their applications for electronics. She is excited to explore the chemistry behind new and developing technology. Her long-term goals include an MD/PhD combined graduate program.  She would like to settle into a career that will engage both her creative and scientific sides, perhaps in healthcare, bioinformatics, or scientific visualization.  She is passionate about increasing access to knowledge, and the potential for new media and technology to promote the democratization of information.

The Kuntz-Swinehart Memorial Scholarship, meant to recognize and encourage academic excellence in our majors, was established by former UO Chemistry students in honor of two professors whose instruction, influence and inspiration had a significant impact on their career paths. Our 2015 recipient, Mary Earp, is a sophomore from West Linn, Oregon, majoring in Biochemistry.  She was drawn to the UO for the resources it has to offer as a large university, and the opportunities for research.  She credits her organic chemistry courses with opening up a whole new world for her, offering an opportunity to discover how things work on a molecular level, and the reactions that occur when molecules are combined.

Mary is currently doing research in two UO laboratories, chemistry in the Pluth lab, and psychology in the Sereno lab. The Pluth lab research is focused on hydrogen sulfide detection in biological systems.  Hydrogen sulfide has shown importance in many different biological processes, and has a great deal of medical relevance.  Mary’s work involves examining fluorescent molecular probes to see if they behave as described in the literature, and comparing them to each other.  In the Sereno lab, her psychology research examines visual perception and how people perceive 3-D objects.  She finds that working in multiple labs rounds out her approach to research, and offers opportunities to pursue her varied interests. After earning her undergraduate degree, Mary plans to continue on to grad school in a MD/PhD combined program. She hopes to work in research, and eventually have a lab of her own.

Both Mary and Aidan would like to express their appreciation for being chosen for these awards, and for the department’s investment and belief in their potential as scholars and scientists.

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

Posters:

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

April 7, 2015

Biochemistry major John Gillies selected for Goldwater Scholarship

Kyla Martichuski and John Gillies

University of Oregon juniors Kyla Martichuski and John Gillies have been named 2015 Goldwater Scholars, a prestigious national award that recognizes undergraduates for their research work in mathematics, science and engineering.

Gillies, from Junction City, is a biochemistry major with a minor in business administration whose research looks at protein interaction with single-strand DNA. He works in Andrew Marcus’ lab in the Institute of Molecular Biology.

Read more at 

February 10, 2015

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergrads to Present at 2015 McNair Scholars Symposium

Winter 2015 McNair Scholar Symposium
February 18, 2015
1:00-3:00pm
Oak Room, EMU

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

Benedicta Wanjeri, Biochemistry

Erik Burlingame, Biochemistry

Jared Richardson, Biochemistry

Caitlyn Hazlett, Chemistry

 

1:00PM – Benedicta Wanjeri, Characterizing the Neuromuscular Effects of Tribendimidine in the Nematode Worm Caenorhabditis elegans; read Abstract 

1:30PM – Erik Burlingame, The Role of CASK in Synaptogenesis; read Abstract

2:00PM – Jared Richardson, Alternative Splicing in the Cardiac Tissue of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 Patients; read Abstract

2:30PM – Caitlyn Hazlett, Facile Synthesis of a Large Gallium Keggin Cluster, read Abstract

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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.

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