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January 18, 2018

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty in the News!

Photo: David TylerDavid Tyler is quoted in an article on the paper vs. plastic debate in an article for Scholastic Choices, a health and life-skills magazine for teens.






Photo: Geri Richmond Geri Richmond is quoted in an article in the Oman Observer about key economic and environmental challenges facing the Sultanate. Richmond is a member of the International Advisory Board  for Oman’s Research Council.

January 17, 2018

Geri Richmond Chosen to Lead Sigma Xi Honor Society

UO chemist Geri Richmond has been elected to take on a three-year leadership role in Sigma Xi, the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers.

Read more in AroundtheO

January 11, 2018

Biochemistry Majors Tristan Mistkawi and Alex Egdell Recieve Research Minigrants

Photo: Alex Edgell & Trstan Mistkawi

(L-R) Alex Edgell & Tristan Mistkawi

Biochemistry majors Tristan Mistkawi and Alex Egdell are among nine UO undergraduate researchers awarded minigrants through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), a unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.  The $1000 awards are given to students to assist with research expenses including purchasing supplies and materials and paying for travel that is necessary to conduct research.

Tristan is conducting research in the Haley lab on electronic properties of indenofluorenes and their derivatives, and Alex is in the Jasti lab doing reasearch focused on the synthesis of alkyne substituted cycloparaphenylenes for conjugated polymers. Both scholars will present their research at the UO Undergraduate Research Symposium on May 17, 2018.

Read more in AroundtheO, or visit the minigrant website for a full list of scholars with descriptions of their research projects.



January 10, 2018

Two Projects in the DeRose Lab Shed New Light on a Cancer Drug

Images: Vickie DeRose & art by Kory Plakos (Platinum drug attached to yeast ribosome RNA)One of the most widely used drugs to fight cancer could become more effective and safer, based on findings emerging from the lab of UO chemist Vickie DeRose.

In two recently published papers, separate projects using different approaches and led by two of DeRose’s doctoral students have made new predictions for where the platinum-carrying drug cisplatin binds in cells.

Read more about the DeRose Lab’s research and its implications for cancer treatment in AroundtheO

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

December 7, 2017

Haugland Fellowship Awarded to Kira Egelhofer

Photo - Kira EgelhoferKira Egelhofer has been selected as the next recipient of the Rosaria Haugland Graduate Research Fellowship. The Fellowship, established by Dr. Rosaria Haugland in 2004, is awarded every three years by the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to an outstanding graduate student in Chemistry.  It covers the recipient’s stipend, tuition, and miscellaneous fees for a three-year period. Kira was selected from a pool of applicants by a faculty committee who were impressed by Kira’s science and her work to engage women and minorities in STEM.

Kira grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, with a passion for nature and outdoor learning.  In high school, a tough-but-inspiring female science teacher sparked Kira’s interest in chemistry, and led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, with a thesis project in Environmental Chemistry.

Kira entered the UO chemistry PhD program in 2015, and jump-started her studies in solar energy by taking masters courses the preceding summer that were offered by the UO masters internship program, and taught by Fuding Lin, Benjamin Alemán, Jim Hutchison, and Mark Lonergan.

Now in her third year, Kira is a member of the Lonergan lab.  Her research involves measuring the selectivity and recombination of contacts to solar cells. “We are interested in these parameters because they impact solar cell efficiency,” Kira explains. “More specifically, I seek to understand how and why very thin layers of semiconducting or insulating materials inserted between the bulk material and contact of the solar cell impact selectivity and recombination. This information helps us rationally design solar cells with improved characteristics, such as efficiency.”

In addition to her research, Kira has been a member of the UO Women in Graduate Sciences since her first term at the UO. The goal of WGS is to involve and retain more women in the sciences.  Kira enjoys the opportunity to promote science with K-12 students, young adults, and the wider community through a variety of WGS outreach activities.  She currently serves as the organization’s Fundraising Chair, and is looking forward to their hosting a visit from Astronaut Wendy Lawrence for WGS’s annual fundraiser in March.

As for what the future might hold after completing her doctoral degree, Kira has no firm plans, but a few possibilities appeal to her – such as writing for scientific journals with a focus on communicating science to the general public, or working in solar energy research and development, perhaps even for NASA or SpaceX.


– By Leah O’Brien

November 30, 2017

Video Features New Faculty Christopher Hendon


Read more about Prof. Hendon and his research in AroundtheO’s article: Dr. Coffee


November 27, 2017

Julie Haack Named AAAS Fellow

UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Assistant Department Head and Sr. Instructor Julie Haack is among six UO faculty members recently named as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  The honor recognizes Dr. Haack for her “distinguished contributions to green chemistry education, particularly for building the capacity of educators to connect design and innovation to the science of sustainability.”

Read more in AroundtheO

November 22, 2017

In Memoriam – Professor Emeritus David Herrick, 1947-2017

Photo - David HerrickUO Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Emeritus David Herrick passed away November 15, 2017.

David joined the department in 1975 and served as department head from 1987-1993, before retiring in 2012. He was a dedicated instructor, and taught General Chemistry for most of his years with the department. David enjoyed teaching, and tried to make a tough class fun for his students. His research focused on theoretical chemistry and chemical physics, with emphasis on novel approaches to issues involving atomic and molecular structure. He was a member of the UO Institute of Theoretical Science.

David enjoyed playing the piano at various university events, and will be remembered as an integral part of the department’s annual Holiday Dinner, providing us with seasonal music on piano for nearly 40 years.

David’s obituary can be found in the Register Guard

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