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September 20, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Erik Hadland, September 27th

Good luck toPhoto - Erik Hadland Erik Hadland as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Thursday, September 27, 2018
1:00 PM in 110 Willamette

The title of his dissertation is “Thin Film van der Waals Heterostructures Containing MoSe2 made from Modulated Elemental Precursors”.

After graduating, Erik has accepted a position with Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon.

September 14, 2018

Spotted Online – Alum Phil Kovac, Class of ’17

photo: Phil KovacElmira College Welcomes New Faculty

Philip Kovac earned his PhD in Chemistry in 2017, (more…)

September 5, 2018

New Company has Roots in 2017 UO Sustainable Invention Immersion Week

Photo: SIIW Team Algotek (formerly Oble)

2017 SIIW Team Algotek (formerly Oble)

A team from the 2017 Sustainable Invention Immersion Week (SIIW) has taken the idea they developed at the event to market. The week-long workshop was put on by the UO’s chemistry, product design, journalism and business departments, and co-organized by UO Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty Julie Haack.

Read more in the Daily Emerald:

Local startup AlgoteK creates dissolving plastic

July 31, 2018

SAIL Chemistry Camp Solves their Case with Science!

SAIL Chemistry Camp Photo Collage

This year’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) Chemistry Camp was the fifth annual hands-on chemistry lab hosted by the UO Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Organized and lead by grad students Lisa Eytel (Chemistry) and Dana Reuter (Geological Sciences), the camp offered hands-on chemistry lab experience for students from local high schools. Eytel and Reuter are outreach co-chairs for the UO chapter of Women in Graduate Sciences, which has provided leadership for the SAIL Chemistry camp since it got its start in 2014.

From July 23-27, student participants in this year’s forensics-themed camp got to use laboratory skills to tackle a “crime” and identify the culprit in a murder-mystery scenario.

A special appearance by UO President Michael Schill started the week off with a bang (literally!) and then SAIL campers got down to work. From Tuesday through Thursday they collected evidence from the crime scene and analyzed fingerprints, blood drops, fiber and an unidentified powder. On Friday, they presented their evidence and brought the culprits to justice. Check out the photos and videos on our SAIL Chemistry website!

Thank you! to all the additional volunteers who helped make 2018’s SAIL Chemistry Camp a huge success: Brylee Collins, Alicia DeLouize, Allison Dona, Tai Donor, Annie Gilbert, Shweta Gupta, Mason Leo, Checkers Marshall, John Morehouse, Holly Rittenberry, and Lucy Walsh – as well as SAIL staffers Katie Brooks and Robin Nagy, and faculty advisor Darren Johnson!

 

 

 

 

July 25, 2018

Dr. Julia Widom to Join Chemistry and Biochemistry Faculty

Photo: Julia WidomThe Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce that Julia Widom will be joining the faculty this fall as an Assistant Professor in the physical chemistry division.

Dr. Widom performed her postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Nils Walter at the University of Michigan, using single-molecule fluorescence microscopy to study how the structures that RNA molecules fold into affect their ability to regulate gene expression. Her research at UO will combine single-molecule and ultrafast spectroscopy to probe RNA structure and dynamics in complex macromolecular machines. She will also use RNA as a scaffold for chromophore arrays, developing methods that will enable rapid screening of the optical properties of a diverse library of arrays.

July 18, 2018

Four CH and BIC Majors Receive Summer Research Fellowships

Photo: student working in labFour Chemistry and Biochemistry majors are among the 2018 recipients of the UO’s Vice President for Research and Innovation summer research fellowships. The awards are designed to support the university’s undergraduate scholars as they pursue their research interests during the summer. Read more in AroundtheO


Casey Bisted

Major: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: James Hutchison
Project Title: The Study of sub 10nm indium oxide nanocrystals as carbon dioxide reduction catalysts


Anson Dang

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Andy Marcus
Project Title: Investigating the single-stranded (ss)DNA binding protein (gp32) dimer formation on a 15-nucleotide ssDNA lattice using microsecond resolution single-molecule florescence resonance energy transfer (smFRET)r


Patrick Connor

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Michael Harms
Project Title: Evolution in the Protein Calprotectin


Nikki Szczepanski

Major: Biochemistry
Faculty Mentor: Diana Libuda
Project Title: Determining the Early DNA Break Repair Dynamics Specific to Crossovers

July 16, 2018

Dissertation Defense – Michael Nellist, July 23rd

Photo: Michael NellistGood luck to Michael Nellist as he defends his thesis for his PhD in Chemistry!

Monday, July 23, 2018
3:30 PM in 110 Willamette

The title of his thesis is “Nanoelectrode AFM probes enable the in-operando measurement of surface potentials during oxygen evolution catalysis”

July 5, 2018

Ramesh Jasti and Michael Pluth among the First Recipients of New UO-OHSU Seed Funding

Photo: Ramesh Jasti and Michael Pluth

From AroundtheO:

Collaborative research teams examining everything from healthcare-associated infections to carbon nanotubes have been awarded funding to jump-start research projects as part of the 2018 OHSU-UO Collaborative Seed Grant program.

Ten teams were chosen as part of the program, which creates new collaborations between researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Oregon.

Ramesh Jasti‘s team will examine how nanohoops can be used for multiplexed Biological imaging, and Michael Pluth will be part of the Oregon Translational Chemical Biology working group.

Read the full article here

 

 

July 3, 2018

Alumna Lisa Wilson, Class of ’81, in the News

From The World News, June 26, 2018:

Another Batch Of U.S. Scholars Arrived In Liberia To Conduct Training For Teachers And Students

The I-HELP Liberia delegation from the United States arrived in Liberia to series of teachers and students training workshops aimed at improving the skills Liberian teachers and students learning skills.

According to a dispatch from the US, while in the country they will conduct two teacher training workshops, a junior high school workshop, and will also oversee STEM competitions in two locations. The first teacher training workshop is in Sacelepea from June 26th – June 30th. The second is at Paynesville High School from July 2nd through July 6th.

One of the visiting scholars, Lisa Wilson is a practicing patent attorney and works with inventors of biotech and pharmaceutical products to help them obtain patents on an enormous variety of scientific innovations benefitting health, medicine and agriculture.

Lisa began her scientific career with a BA in Chemistry and German from the University of Oregon, gained extensive laboratory experience while studying abroad at the Universitat Konstanz, Germany, and earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, focusing on the proteins involved in driving the bacterial flagellar motor.

Read the full article at bit.ly/2KKlsFp

Researchers find, and possibly fix, toxicity in nanomaterials

Looking more extensively, they found that a new automated delivery system, meant to speed the mixing of products for testing in the fish, created a synergistic, or multiplying, effect that triggered the toxicity.

The method used to analyze what was happening, it turns out, could provide a solution that could keep the nanotechnology field moving forward, said study co-author Jim Hutchison of the UO Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Read full article here

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